Check out the books my students make!

October 8th, 2006

For the past few years I have been teaching courses in artists’ books at the University of Illinois. Several of the assignments are now online at: Follow the links from the ABC books to the Recycled Book and The Book of Fun and Games.

Complete Catalog of my books from the 70’s now online

August 14th, 2006

70s books

I began making artists books in 1970 and moved from making one of a kind and very small editions to the use of the offset press for runs of around 100 copies. By the mid 70s, I was operating a small offset press on my own. It was during this decade that I learned the essentials of printing, from design and layout, making halftones, stripping them, burning plates, printing and simple binding techniques. Most of these books are long gone, in public and private collections. You can now see what I produced during that early experimental era..and what remains for collectors if you follow the link to the 70s book catalog that has just been put on this site.

Letterpress printing class at Penland School

July 8th, 2006


I’ve just returned from an intense and rewarding two week class in letterpress printing taken from Steve Miller at Penland School in North Carolina. A wide range of printing techniques was covered, along with detailed instruction on the use of the Vandercook press. By next summer, Penland expects to have a new building devoted to all forms of printmaking.

Finished classes at the Paper & Book Intensive

June 21st, 2006


I enjoyed taking thee classes at this year’s Paper and Book Intensive in LaPorte, Indiana: Papermaking, Illuminated Manuscripts, and Japanese Woodblock Printing. Pictured here is the small test illumination that I made the first day. Check out Convivio Bookworks PBI photos at:

Family Resemblances: 50 Years of Florida Family Portraits

April 24th, 2006


This fall will mark the fiftieth year that I have photographed my family members in Florida, starting with pictures I took of my sisters when I was ten years old. To celebrate this milestone, I have made a limited edtion book of these portraits entitled Family Resemblances: 50 Years of Florida Family Portraits. Looking through all of these portraits, I can see the physical family resemblances. Familiar smiles, noses (from the Nettles side) and ears (from the Nobles side) appearing through the generations, sisters with similar eyes, daughters who look like their mothers. Certain family traits are also apparent: love of being in and on or around the water, gardening, making music and singing out loud, piecing puzzles and building things, caring for pets, looking for shells, reading, and most of all enjoying our times together.

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Edible Book Entry, The Toast of the Town

April 7th, 2006


This was the first annual Edible Book Contest at the University of Illinois. My students and I all made entries. Mine was the Toast of the Town. You can see other entries at our campus website:

Turning 50 Review in Afterimage

March 31st, 2006

 Turning 50

Turning 50 was recently reviewed in Afterimage (March-April 2006), published by the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. Find it in the Noted section, page 54.

28 Days, The Menstrual Cycle in cards, is now Online

February 7th, 2006

28 Days

Just added to this website: 28 images that represent some of the emotions and physical sensations of the menstrual cycle. These images are a blend of mystery, honesty, and humor, presented with the hope that they can open discussion on this universal, but practically invisible female experience. Still available as a card deck, the ideal presentation is to lay them out in a circle on a round table. In this way the transition from Day 28 to Day 1 of the following cycle is continuous, as it is in real life…a familiar spiral that continues for women for perhaps 40 years. You might also enjoy a visit to the Museum of Menstruation

Bea Nettles Interview in Ampersand, PCBA

November 15th, 2005

An indepth profile article about my book works written by Debbie Hogan will appear in the Fall 2005 issue of Ampersand,the journal of the Pacific Center for Book Arts. You can find it and download it as a PDF here: find out how you can become a member, visit their website:

Turning 50: 10th Anniversary copies available!

November 8th, 2005

Turning 50

This book has been unavailable for several years. To commemorate its tenth anniversary, a new cover was printed and bound with original printed pages from the 1995 press run. This will enable a few more collectors to acquire this title. is your chance! Please spread the word. The book is available for $20 plus $4 shipping and handling. The entire book is available for preview online at:

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