Dedication of Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies, Soybean Press

May 8th, 2007

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On Friday May 4, we held the launch party for the Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies program and the new Soybean Press. Attendees were able to print their own bookmarks on a letterpress proof press. There were door prizes, refreshments, and a large crowd eager to hear about these new initiatives sponsored by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Art and Design, The University Press, and the Facilities & Services Printing Department.
To find out more about the Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies activities, visit their website at
http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/mbms/

Scott McCloud visits my Printmaking Class at UIUC

April 24th, 2007

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On April 23, Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics and several other seminal books on the topic, spoke on our campus. This was part of his 50 state tour. Today we were fortunate to have him visit my Experimental Printmaking Class. You can find out more about his work at his website:http://www.scottmccloud.com/

Vamp and Tramp’s visit to UIUC

April 12th, 2007

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Thanks to Bill and Vicky Stewart of Vamp and Tramp Books for bringing a van-load of fine press and artists’ books to the University of Illinois Art and Design Department today. They shared their philosophy and enthusiasm for books of this sort.

Have a look at their website at: http://www.califiabooks.com/html/home.html

First Day at the Soybean Press

April 6th, 2007

Soybean PressToday was the first day of printing at the new fine press at the University of Illinois, the Soybean Press. This is a teaching laboratory located at the Facilities and Services Printing Division. Students and community members are introduced to letterpress printing through a combination of staff and faculty expertise. A Vandercook press and an ample supply of type is on hand. Here we are shown working with photo-polymer plates on what will be the first broadside of the Press. The official dedication will be in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library on May 4 from 4-6.

Class Visits the Lincoln Bindery

March 14th, 2007

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My book arts classes both made visits to the Lincoln Bindery in Urbana this week. Here Christopher Hohn made a classic library bound book from the very start and Tedra Ashley showed them her fine bindings. More about this unique bindery can be seen on their website: http:// http://www.prairienet.org/bookbindery/ Tedra’s fine books can be seen at: http:// http://www.fineblankbooks.com/

Papermaking Workshop at UIUC

March 10th, 2007

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Margaret Rhein, from Terapin Papers in Cincinnati, was a visiting artist at the University of Illinois Art and Design Department this weekend. She taught two workshops in decorative papermaking. Twenty four students pulled and embellished several sheets each.

Suzanna Surprised

March 3rd, 2007

Suzanna Surprised

“Suzanna…Surprised” is moving permanently to the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. This was the largest work that I made in 1970 using liquid emulsion on fabric. It was first exhibited in a one person show, “Images and Swamp Dreams” at the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House. In 1972 it was included in “PhotoMedia” at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in NYC. It has been published in Strategies of Being: Art Since 1940 written by Jonathan Fineberg.

Yale acquires Mountain Dream Tarot

December 22nd, 2006

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One of the few remaining copies of the 1976 edition of Mountain Dream Tarot was recently acquired by Yale University for their Cary Collection in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Cary Collection was begun in 1945 and is a highly regarded scholarly resource.

Mt Dream Tarot Feature in DOINGBIRD

December 21st, 2006

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This month twelve cards from the Mountain Dream Tarot deck were published in the Australian magazine Doingbird. The article featured images from the vintage 1976 deck and the 2001 second edition. Doingbird highlights fashion, music and art with an emphasis on photography.

Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair

November 7th, 2006

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The Pyramid Atlantic Biennial Book Fair was held in November this year and I shared a table. It was a well attended event and I had the opportunity to meet many people and see old friends as well. At the fair, I offered for the first time my Pyramid Special. This is a collection of all of my photographic offset projects (minus Breaking the Rules, my out of print textbook). It is a total of thirteen books for $180 which includes shipping. Several librarians snapped up this deal, as it allowed them to have a complete set of my work. Turning 50 and Corners are the next titles that will go out of print.

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