Bookmarking Book Art – Louisa Boyd

Through abstraction and symbol, Louisa Boyd's art focuses on sense of place and our intrinsic connection to nature. The titles of three of her artist's book series - Infinity, Landscape, and Mapping - and those of the book art in them - Aether (2013), A Walk (2001), and Cartography I (2014)  - reflect that focus. How she manages abstract... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art – ABCs

Remember the entry about the alphabet-book film series Mysteries of Vernacular?  With his "Medieval Letter People", the marvelously named Eric Kwakkel opens my eyes yet again to the materiality of the letter in books and book art - and prompts this renewed but brief hunt for abecedaries. The human body is one of the most common objects... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art – New England Guild of Book Workers

For 2014-15, the New England Guild of Book Workers have organized a traveling exhibition: Geographies: New England Book Work, its itinerary covering each of the 6 New England states.  Last year, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine and the Bailey Howe Library at the University of Vermont hosted it.... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art – Mending Pages

William Dean Minter, Senior Book Conservator in the Digitization and Preservation Department at Pennsylvania State University drew my attention to these images. At first, they reminded me of passages in Annie Tremmel Wilcox's A Degree of Mastery, in which she describes mending rare books with kozo paper under the hawkeye of the late Bill Anthony. Then, dreamcatchers sprang to... Continue Reading →

Bookmark – Aldus Manutius, 6 February 1515 – 6 February 2015

Late afternoon before the long worn wooden benches in the Bodleian's Convocation Hall, 500 years after the death of Aldus Manutius, Oren Margolis served his audience well, providing them with a richer appreciation of the "finest printed book of the entire Renaissance"* - the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili - and of its publisher Aldus Manutius. Drawing our attention to... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art – “I placed a jar in Tennessee,/ …”

Hollie Berry has two brief posts on book art at Book Arts at The Open Press (BA@TOP), a supportive community of book artists in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for whom The Open Press provides access to printmaking, book arts, and letterpress classes, workshops and equipment. Her first post offers as examples of the breadth of book art: Dan Essig, Sandy Webster, Brian... Continue Reading →

Bookmark – Margins and making objects that live forever

Craig Mod modulates on margins here in Medium (18 August 2014). Text printed on the best paper with no margins or unbalanced margins is vile. Or, if we’re being empathetic, sad. (For no book begins life aspiring to bad margins.) I know that sounds harsh. But a book with poorly set margins is as useful as a... Continue Reading →

Bookmark – Phoenix in an Elegy for Paper?

In another elegy for paper, Mark Fox in Designers & Books leaps from the famous conversation between Ray Bradbury's characters Professor Faber and Fireman Montag in Fahrenheit 451 that begins, “Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean?" to Jaron Lanier's assertion that the remix culture... Continue Reading →

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Fibre Art, Eco Printing, Artists' Books, Vintage Textiles

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