Category Archives: Book Arts

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 … Continue reading

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Bookmarking Book Art – More Manutius in Manchester and More to Come

Merchants of Print from Venice to Manchester,                                                           29 January to 21 June … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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