Teaching bookbinding at UIUC this month

August 28th, 2015

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For the next four weeks, I will be the substitute teacher in Art & Design at the University of Illinois in the printmaking area teaching basic bookbinding and one print assignment. It is fun to be back in the facility that I left when I retired. The class is quite full and everyone is enthusiastic. The weather has been glorious, so I can ride my bike to work.

Place to appear in “Crafting Handmade Images” Focal Press

July 31st, 2015

This book by Brady Wilks will be ready for the fall teaching season. Look for my book Place inside.

Auld/Old Card Deck

July 18th, 2015

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Another gravestone card deck joined the other sets a while back. It is made up of homonyms which make learning to spell English a nightmare. It is available in two sizes at my store. You can see all of the cards if you follow this link:http://www.beanettles.com/folio/Gravestone_card_decks__2013-4/Auld_Old__Card_Deck.html

See my book “Paper Birds” in the Hello Hedi show at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland

June 4th, 2015

I learned this structure from Hedi Kyle at a workshop that I took from her at Haystack School. It is a variation on perfect binding that uses a decorative strip on the spine and over the tops and bottoms of thick pages. This, and other books based on her structures are currently on view at the 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

Residency at Playa, Summer Lake Oregon

April 30th, 2015

My month long residency at Playa is coming to an end. While at Playa, which is in southern Oregon near Summer Lake, I was deeply inspired by the landscape. I finished a few small books including Playa Posts, Small Discoveries, and Summer Lake. I will be posting more complete views of the pages under “External Links” soon.

Meanwhile, here is a link to an hour long podcast interview with several of the residents created by Oregon Public Radio and broadcast a few weeks ago on their program “State of Wonder.”http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/state-of-wonder/article/the-earth-says-have-a-place-visiting-playa-at-summer-lake/
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ABC Broadsides

April 4th, 2015

For several years now I have been making alphabet books by finding letters in tree and plant forms on my travels. I don’t arrange the vegetation or add anything to the photographs, so this makes it challenging. It is an interesting way for me to record the variations in the landscapes.
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North Florida……………..Gulf Coast…………………Gullah

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Atlantic Coast

I have just printed some 9 x 12″ copies of these alphabets on cotton rag paper. Contact me by email if you are interested!

Mini gravestone card decks now available online

March 31st, 2015

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These small card decks are now available in my store if you go there and scroll down a bit. The same images as their larger cousins, the bridge sized decks, but they sell for $10. http://www.beanettles.com/store/?page_id=348

ISU and Jacksonville University presentations

March 1st, 2015

Recently I have been visiting college campuses and sharing some simple bookbinding structures with student groups. I bring along a small box loaded with miniature books that have been created with these methods. These books pack a big punch!
At Illinois State University with a group of twenty students and faculty.
The magic box of mini books.
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With a group of students and visitors at Jacksonville University.

Centennial High School Workshop

February 22nd, 2015

Stacey Gross, the art teacher at Centennial High, brought me to teach a bookbinding workshop with her students as part of a CUSF IDEA grant proposal. Before I arrived, the students had already marbled paper and visited the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois to look at artists’ books. A great session with these eager students!
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Upcoming lecture and exhibition at ISU, Bloomington-Normal

January 27th, 2015

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On February 24 I will be giving a public lecture at the University Galleries in Normal, Illinois. I will also be meeting with a group of students and sharing book ideas with them. From March-May my work and theirs will be on display at the Milner Library.

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