Audrey Niffenegger Portfolio is finished by Soybean Press

April 13th, 2008

Audrey Niffenegger visited my printmaking class earlier this semester and printed a letterpress broadside with an image and short story. A portfolio to enclose it was recently finished by my printmaking students and the Soybean Press, a collective letterpress group at the University of Illinois. The folio was cut on a laser cutter, then manually folded and assembled by a group of volunteers. Thanks to Jason Pietrucha, pictured in the hat, for designing the folio complete with its special foot closure.

Variant Hues: Art, Design and Teaching with Artists’ Books at SCAD Atlanta

April 6th, 2008

The weekend of April 3-5, 2008 I attending an outstanding conference on the importance of artists’ books in special collections libraries for students of the arts. Presentations were made by Johanna Drucker, Carol Barton and Jo Anne Paschall, as well as several teachers on the SCAD Atlanta campus. A student show of 99 entries was on view. In addition there were two hands-on workshops. Participants screen printed covers and bound exposed spine sewn blank books one afternoon and made pop-up prototypes the next. The conference organizers, Deborah Prosser and Mary Murphy of the SCAD Atlanta library, hope to make this an annual event which will undoubtedly attract a loyal following.Their artists’ book collection is a fabulous resource and well worth a visit!

Leather bound book of Rachel’s Holidays completed

March 30th, 2008

In 1984 I completed a portfolio of 15 dye transfer prints that chronicled by daughter’s activities from Halloween through Christmas: Rachel’s Holidays.
The entire suite of images can be seen in this section of my website:
These images now appear in a new book, bound in red leather using an exposed spine sewing. Three copies of this 7.5″book were created, using an Epson printer on cotton rag paper. Available for $750 per copy. A selection of the original dye transfer prints are also available. Contact me by email for further information.

Secrets & Lies Exhibition at 23 Sandy, Portland: 3 books on show

March 12th, 2008

Three of my books will be on display in Portland, Oregon at the 23 Sandy Gallery. They have created a comprehensive website including all the books in the show. You can find it by going to their site or by following this link:

Indra’s Net: New book with poem by Grace Nettles

March 10th, 2008

This new scroll has just been completed in an edition of nine. The tubular boxes were crafted with hand marbled silk and silver tyvek coverings. When the lid is lifted, you will ring a small silver bell. The poem is printed on a spider-web background. The back of the scroll has been marbled using the sumigashi technique.
The poem, Indra’s Net, was written by Grace Nettles and appears in the book Corners, which can be ordered from this website. Only a few copies of Corners remain. Contact us by email for ordering details for this new signed and numbered book, priced at $350.

Indra’s Net
She told me that she never dreamed of him.

Walking straight-backed and proud
Keeping her promises
She never met him in that strange domain.

But dreams are mean
And can outwit the strongest will.

One night she found herself she said
Caught in an Indra’s net of shining strands
And at each crossing-place a memory was fastened
Etched on a little silver bell.

So delicate and strong this net
Even her breathing would disturb the nearest bell
And it would ring them all
Thrilling the impulse out along the shimmering cord.

And since that night she said
She knew the reason why
Roused by the tinsel calling of the birds
Her waking thought would always be of him.

©Grace Nettles, Corners, 1988.

Box Making Workshop coming up April 12 for Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies

March 6th, 2008


Box with Bone Clasp

Dates: Saturday, April 12, 2008 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Facilities & Services Printing Department 54 E Gregory Street
Cost: $109 includes fee for materials ($99 for GSLIS students, staff, alumni, and previous Book Arts workshop attendees)

Come and learn how to put together a box. The basics of measuring and constructing a box will be taught, as will covering one inside and out. Students will learn how to attach ribbon ties and make a loop for a small bone clasp. Properties of paper, bookcloth, adhesives will be introduced. No prior experience needed.
To register for this workshop, go to the GSLIS website:

14 Mysteries: New artists’ book completed

March 3rd, 2008

14mysteriesopen.jpg14mysteries.jpg14 Mysteries is an accordion book that features the keys that were found years ago in our home when we moved to Illinois. An actual key is embedded under the leather cover of the book which is tucked into a slipcase. Five books were created 3.75 x 2 x .75″. The book extended is 17″ long and was made in a limited edition of five copies that sell for $250. Contact by email for availability.
These keys were found in a cluster when we moved here in 1984. Their purposes have long been forgotten. After twenty two years they hang on a hook in the basement. No one has the heart to just throw them away. One never knows when their role in our house will be revealed.

GSLIS Workshop on Italian Pamphlet completed

February 25th, 2008

gslispamphlet1.jpgA dozen binder’s attended the Italian Pamphlet workshop, each creating a richly colored book. Outside it was below freezing, but inside we thought about Italy.

Audrey Niffenegger, Author and Artist, visits my printmaking class

February 8th, 2008

audrey21.jpgFrom February 6 to 7th, Audrey Niffenegger was a visitor to the University of Illinois campus. She is author of The Time Traveller’s Wife and an accomplished printmaker and book artist. She was a visiting artist in the printmaking class the I am teaching this semester. My students helped her print a broadside on our two letterpresses.

Workshop offered on February 16: The Italian Pamphlet

February 2nd, 2008

Italian Pamphlet: Mitered hard cover,soft-spined booklet
Dates: Saturday, February 16, 2008  Time: 9:00 a.m. Р4:00 p.m.
Cost: $109 includes fee for materials ($99 for GSLIS students, staff, alumni, and previous Book Arts workshop attendees)
This handsome structure combines several skills for new and intermediate binders. Covers are clothbound with ornamental indentations. A simple pamphlet is stitched onto a spine liner which is attached to the book by means of a soft contrasting cloth covered spine.

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