ABC from Oxbow

June 12th, 2011

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I am currently working on an alphabet book the I made while I was in Saugatuck, Michigan at Oxbow. This is it in its broadside form. It will be an accordion book.

Home from the Paper and Book Intensive, Oxbow 2011

May 31st, 2011

I took three great workshops at PBI this year at Oxbow, which is in Saugatuck, Michigan. For 2 weeks colleagues teach each other in an “art camp” environment.

The Book Doctor class with Ann Frellsen
The Book Doctor class with Ann Frellsen

Tunnel books with Andrea Deszo
Tunnel books with Andrea Deszo.


Popup Books with Carol Barton.
Popup books with Carol Barton

Registration now open for my U of I summer course: Book Arts Seminar

April 4th, 2011

July 18 – 22 (All day)
LIS 490BA Book Arts (Bea Nettles)

Advanced study of the history, literature, aesthetics, and criticism of the Book Arts. This course will offer advanced study of the role of artists’ books in contemporary art. It will offer students a new perspective on this diverse medium, incorporating the history of book production and its impact on societies and the cultural dissemination of information. Through readings and field trips, students will develop a critical awareness of the book as an art form.
Credit: 3 UG or 4 GR hours
http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/programs/mbms/summer-2011

Poetry Archive established at University of Florida

March 27th, 2011

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An archive of the poetry of Grace Nettles and the collaborative books that we made has been established at the Special Collections Library at the University of Florida. My mother and I both received degrees from this school. Grace began to write poetry in her fifties and for twenty years we worked together to create a series of visual/poetry books. Gainesville is now the home for the first unique book that was created: Poems and Dreams. You can also find all of the other editioned books and copies of a few artists’ books including Indra’s Net and The Sun and Moon. The original typewritten manuscripts and handwritten notes, several unpublished essays and stories, some correspondence from Grace are also in this collection.

Bookbinding workshop at University of Florida..finished!

March 24th, 2011

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I spent two class sessions at the University of Florida’s art department the week of March 22-24, teaching the book arts class to sew over leather straps to create hard cover journals.

Crop Work Orange, a collaborative book at FSU

March 17th, 2011

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From March 14-18, 2011, I was in residence at the Small Craft Advisory Press at Florida State University. I am working in collaboration with Robert Fichter and Denise Bookwalter on a book with round pages based on the Florida orange. Pictured here are a few of the finished pages and the orange team.

Recycled Book Workshop coming up: April 16th

March 16th, 2011

april-fool-book_1.jpgI will be leading a workshop in which participants make accordion books from recycled materials..Saturday April 16th. We will meet first at the IDEA store to select our items.http://the-idea-store.org/ We will then proceed to our classroom to create a book. To register go here:http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/programs/cpd/recycledbook

Upcoming lecture on Poetry Collaboration at SPE in Atlanta

March 3rd, 2011

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I will be giving a lecture at the upcoming Society for Photographic Education National Conference in Atlanta. It will be a 4PM on Friday March 11. The topic is the decades long collaboration with my mother Grace Noble Nettles, who wrote poetry that I published in visual books.
https://www.spenational.org/conference/schedule/evolution-of-a-photographic-poetry-book-collaboration-bea-and-grace-nettles

Lecture at Portland Art Museum

February 22nd, 2011

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On Tuesday, February 22 at 6:30PM, I gave a lecture at the Portland Art Museum. It was held in the Mark Building in the Trustee Room and it was free and open to the public.

Classroom visit: Oregon College of Arts and Crafts

February 17th, 2011

I have enjoyed visiting with Barbara Tetenbaum’s book class at Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. It snowed that day, which made the drive there surprisingly challenging…
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