Pyramid Special: Collection of Offset Books by Bea Nettles

September 29th, 2007

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Prairie Book Arts Center is pleased to offer the Pyramid Special, a complete collection of the photographic offset books of Bea Nettles. The entire set is $180 including shipping. A few of these titles will soon be out of print, so this is a excellent opportunity to obtain a complete set for your library. At last count there were 33 complete sets.
You can order this set using PayPal if you scroll to the bottom of this link:
http://www.beanettles.com/store

Portland Art Museum Acquires image from Return Trips

September 25th, 2007

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A recent exhibition held at 22 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon contained several of my artists’ books and a selection of images from Return Trips. The image entitled Dock (pictured on the extreme left side of this photograph) has just been added to the photography collection at the Portland Art Museum. Watch for it in an upcoming Recent Acquisitions show.

Portland Exhibition of Return Trips is now online

September 3rd, 2007

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There is an online tour of my exhibition at the 23 Sandy Gallery available at:http://www.23sandy.com/ I will be giving a gallery talk there on Friday September 21.

Bookbinding workshop at UIUC in October 13-14

August 22nd, 2007

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I will be teaching a popular two-day workshop “East Meets West” on the University of Illinois Campus on the weekend of October 13-14. This class covers the basics of bookbinding and is suitable for beginners. Through the introduction of three distinct styles of bindings, students will learn about binding history, paper, adhesives, sewing, and the essential tools of the bookbinder. For registration information, visit http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/mbms/workshops.html

Where you can find the newest content on this site

August 20th, 2007

Explore the external links area of this site and you will find a survey of photographic images, photographic books, and artists books going back as far as 1969 and as recently as my residency this summer in Iceland. There are also a few quicktime videos of the interactive books.

Book Workshop in Portland this September at 23 Sandy Gallery

August 8th, 2007

Spread the word in the Portland, Oregon area that I will be teaching a two-day East Meets West workshop. Participants will make three structures: hardbound accordion, hardbound book sewn on tapes, and a punch binding. For registration information go to their website at:http://www.23sandy.com/Events.html

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Collection at Yale acquires “Hair Loss”

August 2nd, 2007

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Last month, one of the four copies of Hair Loss was purchased by the Beinecke Collection at Yale University. Another copy of this book was also shown this spring in Chicago at Columbia College’s Center for Book & Arts in Action/Interaction: Book/Arts Conference Exhibition.

Visit the Center’s website at http://www.colum.edu/centers/bpa/

Final Book in Iceland: Heimdall’s Horn, The Guardian of Bilfrost Bridge

July 20th, 2007

westman-portrait.jpgEarlier this week I spent two days on Heimaey, the only populated island of the Westman Islands, made famous by a destructive volcanic eruption in the 70s which buried a large portion of the town.

I have finished my final book and will be leaving Iceland today. The book is called Heimdall’s Horn. Heimdall is the guardian of the gods who’s task it is to blow his horn at the end of the world. His hearing is so acute that he can hear grass grow. He guards the rainbow, which is called the Bilfrost Bridge, that leads to the home of his fellow gods. The final book made during my residency in Iceland features this alert guardian. The manuscript illumination of Heimdall is from Melsted’s Edda at the Arni Magnusson Institute in Iceland drawn in the 1765 by Jakob Sigursson.
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To see all pages of the book, visit Icelandic books.

The Guardians of Iceland, a new book.

July 13th, 2007

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I have just completed another project. This one folds out in four sections around a cut-out map of Iceland. It is based on the image found on the back of every Icelandic Kronur, the story of The Four Guardians.This is the text of the story as told by Snorri Sturluson in Volume 3 of his Heimskringla: The Lives of the Norwegian Kings around 1220.
Harald Sends a Warlock to Iceland
King Harald told a warlock to hie to Iceland in some altered shape, and to try what he could learn there to tell him: and he set out in the shape of a whale.
And when he came near to the land he went to the west side of Iceland, north around the land where he saw all the mountains and hills full of guardian spirits, some great, some small. When he came to Vopnafjörur he went in towards the land, intending to go on shore; but a huge dragon rushed down the dale against him with a train of serpents, paddocks, and toads, that blew poison towards him.
Then he turned to go westward around the land as far as Eyjafjörur, and he went into the fjord. Then a bird flew against him, which was so great that its wings stretched over the mountains on either side of the fjord, and many birds, great and small with it.
Then he swam farther west, and then south into Breiafjörur. When he came into the fjord a large grey bull ran against him, wading into the sea, and bellowing fearfully, and he was followed by a crowd of land-spirits. Then he turned to go westward around the land as far as Eyjafjörur, and he went into the fjord. Then a bird flew against him, which was so great that its wings stretched over the mountains on either side of the fjord, and many birds, great and small with it.
From thence he went round by Reykjanes, and wanted to land at Vikarsskei, but there came down a hill-giant against him with an iron staff in his hands. He was a head higher than the mountains, and many other giants followed him He then swam eastward along the land, and there was nothing to see, he said, but sand and vast deserts, and without the skerries, high-breaking surf; and the ocean between the countries was so wide that a long-ship could not cross it… Then the Danish king turned about with his fleet, and sailed back to Denmark. Hakon the earl settled habitations again in the country that had been laid waste, and paid no scat as long as he lived to Denmark.

Click for details of the book or to see a video

Sixth Week in Iceland: Foss-The Legendary Waterfalls of Iceland

July 8th, 2007

I have just completed a boxed set of accordion books of the famous waterfalls of Iceland, the ones that come with the best stories. The books cascade down like the falls and can be displayed on the wall as well as viewed in the hands. Each book tells the location of the fall and the story behind it, some very old and one from the last century.
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View a video. or details of the boxed set.

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