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Unique artist’s book by FSU professor acquired by MIT, Vanderbilt Libraries

Published September 4, 2022
The cover of Patio Furniture is a screen door with paint chipping off the edges.

Fleming’s Artist’s Book, “Patio Furniture,” was recently acquired by libraries at MIT and Vanderbilt University.

Amy Fleming (MFA Studio Art 2010), adjunct professor of art and manager of Florida State University’s Print Lab, draws inspiration for her relief prints, zines and screen prints from her Southern roots and her love of the outdoors, with many of her works incorporating found objects from wooded areas of Tallahassee.

Fleming’s work “Patio Furniture,” is a compilation of screen printing, hand coloring and original poetry printed by letter press in the FSU Print Lab. The artist describes it as “the world’s only screen door artist’s book.” Copies of “Patio Furniture” were recently acquired by MIT’s Rotch Library and Vanderbilt University’s Jeane and Alexander Heard Library.

“Patio Furniture” explores the history of objects, the role those objects play in our lives, and what happens when they are discarded and then rediscovered. Changed through years of exposure to rain, frost and fire, this collection of arranged found objects and original poetry explores the meaning of ‘home’ and how possessions define our personal spaces.

As manager of the Print Lab, Fleming frequently interacts with students and works closely with them through the creative process.

“We are so fortunate to have such a great lab space,” said Fleming. “I hear all the time from former students who remember the Print Lab as a second home, who made lifelong friends here and who years later still miss being here.”

To see more of Fleming’s work, visit or follow her on Instagram, where she goes by @porch_possum_press.

To learn more about FSU’s studio art programs, visit

Pages from "Patio Furniture" feature grey printed images of old vacuums on a pale yellow background.

Amy Fleming’s “Patio Furniture” features found objects and original poetry.