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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Book Arts Tuesday-Books of the Heart

This year's Books of the Heart || Heart of the Books exhibit from Crouch Fine Arts Library at Baylor University is now online. Always a treat to see their offerings for Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Studio Sunday-Spirit Book #85 Underway

Spirit Book #85 is underway. Wood was found at Rattlesnake Lake in Washington, paper is from Paszkowski Paper in the Ukraine, ordered through their etsy shop. I'm hoping to have it finished, along with two others, for my solo exhibit at Mercy by the Sea which opens at the end of the month. More info on both the exhibit and the books to follow.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Book Arts Tuesday-Ticket Books

Here's a great headline from an article in Open Culture: "Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets, Promoting Literacy & Mass Transit at Once.” Here’s how the project is described:

“To celebrate World Book Day last April 23rd,” writes “future-forward online resource” PSFK, “[Brazilian publisher] L&PM gave away 10,000 books for free at subway stations across São Paulo. Each book came with ten free trips.” Riders could then recharge them and use the books again or pass them on to others to encourage more reading, an important public service given that Brazilians only read two books per year on average.

You can read the rest of the article and view a short video here. And another article here.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Greetings on the First Day of Celtic Spring

Wishing you peace and renewal 
as the days lengthen and the light grows

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Studio Sunday

In my attempt to do a bit of tidying, I decided to keep soap and sponge in a mortar that I never used for cooking. The soap got relegated to the studio when I discovered that it was a brown medicinal-looking liquid and no one wanted to use it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Book Arts Tuesday-Video -The Restoration of Books, Florence, 1966

The University of Utah Marriott Library restored this film, originally produced by the Royal College of Art, London in 1968 and has made it available on the web. Here's how they describe it:

The 1966 Flood of the Arno River in Florence is considered the worst flood in the city's history since 1557. It killed 101 people and damaged or destroyed millions of masterpieces of art and rare books. This film follows the work of book conservators whose task it is to repair and restore the thousands of books damaged by the floodwaters. Book conservators Peter Waters and Christopher Clarkson illustrate step by step the covering of a book in leather and the making of a limp velum binding.

The restored edition is distributed by The Legacy Press to accompany its publication of Waters Rising by Sheila Waters with the permission of the filmmaker, Roger Hill, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Florence flood. The film was restored from a DVD copy — the original 16mm film being lost — at the University of Utah Marriott Library.

The Restoration of Books, Florence, 1966

Thanks to the Book Arts List for information about this.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Studio Sunday-Calligraphy

I love looking at all kind of catalogs and often see quotes or sayings written in type. In that vein, I wanted to write something that felt more direct than my usual calligraphy and did this. I framed it in an inexpensive frame from Michael's. I have it propped up against some shelves in the studio as I try to decide what I think. It does accomplish what I wanted but I'm not quite sure I want it now that I see it. Comments are welcome.
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