Jaime Lynn Shafer
MA graduate student at the Corcoran College of Art + Design,
Art and the Book Program

Circle the Drain


Circle the Drain is the result of a collaboration between writer Casey Ritenour and book artist Jaime Lynn Shafer. It’s a collection of essays written as a response to a traumatic sexual assault. The book chronicles the act itself and the raw emotion the victim experiences in the aftermath. Through vivid imagery, it challenges the reader to relive the pain a young woman can suffer at the hand of alleged romance.


Jaime says, "although Casey granted me full artistic liberty, creating this book was a challenge. I was constantly worried about whether or not I would be able to do the content justice with my design and imagery.  The content is extremely raw and emotional, and I wanted to generate feelings of loneliness and desolation."

Jaime Lynn Shafer is a current MA Art & the Book candidate at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.  A native of Pennsylvania, Shafer graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts/Ceramics and a K-12 Art Teacher Certification.  She spent thirteen years teaching art in the Pennsylvania public school system. She traveled internationally every other year with her students, offering them an opportunity to experience the global community.  Shafer has exhibited in the US and abroad. She currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with
her partner.

Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches, 84 pages.
Digitally produced in InDesign CS6 by Jaime Shafer; photography by Jaime Shafer; essays by Casey Ritenour.

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