December 5, 2007
Sincere thanks to all of you who have come through with news and whatnot. Thanks also to those who have weighed in with comments or expressed interest in contributing to future issues. (Untapped knowhow still at large!) I look forward to seeing how this little enterprise grows and evolves in the future, and to doing what I can to help it along.
If you are reading this, you are aware of exciting changes afoot in the NW Chapter. Sue Collard has created a user-friendly, real-time way for us to keep in touch. This site will help us share our work, news, and opportunities with each other.
Do you have creative solutions for those pesky bookmaking problems? I still love the article Roberta Lavadour wrote for the Bonefolder called “The Practical Bench”. In it she offered a method of attaching a pegboard to a computer keyboard bracket assembly, creating a moveable wall assembly for quick access when sitting. Brilliant solution! If you have technical tips or just a great idea, let us know!
The gallery is a great way for us to see your recent or in-progress work. Want to pose a question to the chapter? Have you discovered a great product or tool? Here is your chance to share.
This site is also a good way to announce exhibit opportunities or venues.
Another new development is the teaming of Shu-Ju Wang and Katherine Shiver Pomeroy as Workshop Coordinators for the chapter. They are working on ideas for upcoming workshops and would appreciate your input on what you want. Suggestions on workshop presenters are also welcome.
Many thanks to Sue, Shu-Ju and Katherine for volunteering to bring these great developments to our chapter. In the future, I hope we use this site to plan future meetings and elect officers. You may notice that the vice-chair position is open. If you are interested, please contact me.
I wish you a safe and peaceful Holiday Season.
Comments will be open to all GBW members regardless of chapter affiliation. Again, I didn’t get any feedback at all that recommended jealously guarding this as a Northwest Chapter member privilege. One or two suggested it would be nice to have an additional perk beside the newsletter which was received by chapter members only. I like this idea too, if someone else wants to run with it.
In celebration of the power of the written word to provoke, energize and sustain, I'll close this post with an image of one of Workshop Coordinator Shu-Ju Wang's more offbeat creations:
Puff pastries gocco-printed with a mixture of hershey syrup and sour cream, ready to be served with lemon curd. Text: Question? Pause, Full stop. Bang! and #!@!%)!! (or something similar).
The GBW Northwest is very much a work in progress, and like any sprawling social endeavor (junior high school dances come to mind) there is bound to be a little awkwardness at first about what one does, why should one bother, and who might be watching. Though the interactive aspect of a blog format may be new to many of you, I encourage you to try it out. Comments are an easy way to encourage other members who have taken time to write an article or share their work with the group. (They're out there on the dance floor! Be nice to them!) If what you see raises questions, sparks ideas, reminds you of something, or just delights you, let them know. They'll be happy to hear from you. We'll be interested in what you have to say. And your participation will make the communication even easier next time, both for you and for everyone else.
Now here's the promised "how-to":
To read or post comments, just click on "COMMENTS" at the bottom of each section to view the pop-up window. To add a comment, type or paste your comment in the box. Underneath it will tell you "Choose an identity." Always good advice! You just need to sign your comment with your full name. You can do this by selecting "Other." Or, if you are signed on to a Google/Blogger account already, you might need to select "Nickname" to use your full name. Then press "Publish Your Comment." Since comment moderation is in place, your comment will not appear immediately, but you will get a reassuring message that it's been received.
Please don't try to publish an anonymous comment. As comment moderator, my role is a little like the chaperone of a school dance, who is there in the unlikely event that unruly hooligans try to crash the party. (And no, I won't be policing the girls' room! Enough of this confounded metaphor!)
be the change
Based on a quote from MK Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” The book opens with a violent war-like image, and transforms into a vision of serenity, compassion and peace.
I was motivated to complete this book after becoming increasingly frustrated with the constant barrage of bad news concerning the war in Iraq, the spread of terrorism around the world, and the abundance of greed and fraud in “high places” here at home. I have turned off my radio and avoid news stories of human misery and evil. Instead of throwing up my hands in frustration and adding my grievances to the flourishing negativity, this book is an attempt to be a conduit for peace and compassion. I can think peace, speak peace and be peace, no matter how imperfectly. I have the power to change myself.
Finished size: 5.2 x 7.75”• portfolio-style cover, crafted from Canson Mi Teintes paper. • book is a flexagram, which is constructed to rotate when flexed, to reveal four individual faces.
• illustrations were created using Adobe Photoshop and printed with digital technology on an Indigo press, using acid-free, recycled, Classic Crest paper. I hope the affordable format, (retail price is $18.00), will help to spread the message in a pleasing and palatable way. email@example.com
St. Louis, Missouri
Blinded by Science
These are images of my “Blinded By Science” books, just completed this month. I have been experimenting with painting on book cloth. I made 6 copies of the book. All are original calligraphy on chiri paper with collage elements. It is a 7 folio signature in a pamphlet style binding, approximate size 8” x 8” x 1/2”.
Elsi Vassdal Ellis
Elsi Vassdal Ellis was one of twenty participants selected to participate in the Boston University School of Theology Institute for Culture,Religion and World Affairs (CURA) intensive summer seminar on religion and globalization, June 3-15, 2007. She was selected to give the Third Annual Lectureship of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 250 on October 25. Her presentation, "Crossroad: A Book Artist Turns Left on the Moral Map," focused upon her approach to creating artists' books and specifically introduced a new series of books she is currently working on examining the many definitions and interpretations of "evil." The presentation also included an exhibit of her work. She received a $5,000 Summer Research Grant from Western Washington University in support of this new work.
a test image for the "good" and "evil" of globalization using a comment made by Peter Berger, director of CURA, regarding Wal-Mart in Mexico
She also contributed a folio for the Center for Book Arts limited edition "The Vandercook Book." Title page and third page of the eight-page folio are pictured below:
Elsi's book "Icarus" was selected by Maria Pisano for an exhibit in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Special Collections, "Books and Death: Book Artists' Constructions of Death, Mourning, and Memory." The exhibit ran from September 15 to November 30, 2007. She is also currently exhibiting new work in "The Art of the Book, 2007," The Gallery, Bainbridge Island, Washington.
A Perfect Day
In February of 2007, four friends drove to Lees Ferry, Arizona, in search of warm sun and perhaps, a sighting of California condors. They were rewarded with more than expected. The red Vermillion Cliffs and its canyons revitalized their souls after a long winter, and the condors were everywhere.
The prints in this book were inspired by that weekend, as is the text.
The prints were relief printed on linoleum blocks with stencils and multiple inkings with water-based Akua Intaglio ink. The text, set in Bernhard Modern, was printed on Somerset drawing paper with a Xerox Phaser 7760 laser printer. All other coloring is hand-applied with pigment pad pochoir and watercolor. Text and imagery by Paula Jull. Unique copy.
Work in progress
This book has a wide format to accommodate a large print. I am working on an alternative format for an editioned, laser printed version.
Much of the info I'm posting here on upcoming events has arrived at my desk via this list: I've just fished it out of the stream and maybe tidied it up a bit. I find there's plenty of inadvertent crosstalk and posts I'm not interested in, but not so many it gets annoying. It's fun and often very useful to have a window into what's going on, to know what workshops are happening in British Columbia, who's getting rid of an old press, etc.
December 3, 2007
An Oregon/Minnesota Artists’ Book Exchange took place, with work from Oregon displayed at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in the summer and work from Minnesota displayed at Lane Community College in the fall. I made it to Eugene to check out what our Midwestern compatriots were up to, and was duly impressed.
Here are a couple of upcoming Northwest book arts shows to brighten the dreary winter months ahead. If you know about one I've missed, please let me know, or feel free to post info in the form of a comment.
The Illustrated Word - An Exhibit of Letterpress Broadsides
Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon
January 11-February 8, 2008
Gallery hours: M-F 10:00 am-5:30 pm, Sat noon-4:00 pm
The Cannon Gallery of Art
Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon
February 2-March 21, 2008
See Calls for Entries for description.
Gallery hours: M–F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and by appointment
And, though it's further afield, I'm sending books out to:
Outrageous Pages: Ingenious Artists' Books
The Art Gallery
SUNY College at Oneonta, New York
January 21-March 7, 2007
A few other deadlines for upcoming group shows:
The Cannon Gallery of Art
Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon
February 2-March 21, 2008
A national juried exhibition open to 2- and 3-dimensional art as well as time-based media. Unbound will explore the boundaries of artist books in contemporary art.
Slides or digital photos and entry form must be postmarked December 28, 2007.
$20 entry fee for up to three submissions. All work submitted must have been completed within the last two years. Juried by Inge Bruggeman of INK-A! Press, Portland. Download submission guidelines and entry form. If you have questions please contact Paula Booth, Gallery Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 838-8607.
Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado
March 1-29, 2008
A national juried show of hand-made artist books and hand-pulled prints that utilize photographic imagery.
Open to handcrafted books created as either edition or one-of-a-kind and traditional prints that utilize photographic imagery. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, photo-litho, -intaglio, -silkscreen, -gravure, cyanotype, Vandyke prints, gum-bichromate, kwik-prints or mixed-media prints are encouraged as long as photographic imagery is a primary element.
Book submissions will be juried by Chicago book artist Karen Hanmer. Print submissions will be juried by Greg Cradick, director of Working With Artists & Flash Gallery, Lakewood, Colorado. (Abecedarian Gallery was recently opened by GBW Treasurer Alicia Bailey.)
Submissions must be received at the gallery by January 20, 2008.
Send an email request to email@example.com for prospectus or request a printed prospectus and entry form by sending #10SASE to Abecedarian, PO Box 200984, Denver, CO 80220
Secrets and Lies
A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Artist Books
23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon
March 20 – April 26, 2008
A national juried show of hand-made artist books exploring our innermost secrets, lies, hopes, fears and wildest confessions. Real or fiction. Storytelling or confessing. Raw and revealing or coy and concealing. This show is open to a wide interpretation of the theme. Make us laugh, make us cry, maybe even make us squirm a little. Have fun. Play. Truth or fiction. Truth or dare. Come explore the magical world of artist books.
This exhibit is open to book arts related artworks created as either edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, zines or broadsides are encouraged. Any medium, any style. This exhibit will be juried by Gay Walker who is the Special Collections Librarian at Reed College Library in Portland, which houses a significant collection of artists books. A purchase prize will be awarded and donated to the collection at Reed.
Submissions must be received at the gallery by February 21, 2008.
$20 entry fee for up to three artworks; all work must be for sale. Download a PDF prospectus and entry form.
Again, if there's a call for entries out there I've missed, feel free to let me know or post info in a comment.
December 2, 2007
October 8, 2007
First up in the Proto-Newsletter is a discussion of some of the decisions involved in setting up what I think is the first chapter newsletter to appear in a blog format. You may or may not find this all rather tedious. If you have opinions on who should be reading and commenting on the Northwest Chapter newsletter, I hope you will weigh in.
Beginning with the post News! you are invited on a little tour of the newsletter-to-be, in the hope of enticing you to help it grow and flower in upcoming issues.
I’ve thought about providing a link to the newsletter from our chapter website, which would make it accessible to prospective members and GBW members from other regions. My guess, though, is that there would be concern about protecting access to the newsletter as a chapter membership privilege. Agreeing not to advertise the link would not be ironclad protection, but also wouldn’t be welcoming outsiders with open arms. I’m curious how GBW members who belong to (and support) multiple chapters feel about this issue, as it seems especially relevant to them.
It would also be possible to make the newsletter accessible only to a closed group of e-mail addresses, but somewhat cumbersome. Every member would have to have a Google account and log on in order to read it. In my mind, the increased ease and utility of an open newletter makes up for the lack of controls over readership. I realize others might see it differently. And I’m sure some of you have more expertise and experience in these things than I do, so I welcome your comments.
Please feel free to leave feedback by posting a comment, or by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (To read or post comments, just click on "COMMENTS" at the bottom of each section to view the pop-up window. You can type or paste your comment in the box. Even if you have a Google account, please select "other" and enter your full name, then press "publish comment." Since comment moderation is in place, your comment will not appear immediately.)
I would serve as comment moderator, with comments being posted only after I’d had a chance to review them. That’s a little work there for me, and a short delay before comments appear, but it seems like the best solution for screening who is posting. Since this is not a group where everyone knows everyone else, I’d expect comments to be signed with first and last names—no zingers from Boopsie or Mr. X.
If there was consensus among members that we should restrict readership of the newsletter to a closed group of e-mail addresses, the need for ongoing comment moderation would presumably be eliminated.
Again, I welcome your input on this issue, either by posting below or by getting in touch with me at email@example.com.
The drab four-page neighborhood newsletter that arrives on my doorstep, for instance, is always so earnest and wearying to read, and invariably contains notices about upcoming events that have already happened. Let’s face it: the newsletter never gets listed as anyone’s favorite literary genre.
So when Andrew Huot asked me if I’d consider editing a newsletter for the Northwest Chapter of the guild, I had a sinking vision of what that might entail. On the minus column: I’m a slow writer, I’m not adept at any of the programs that would allow me to put together a complex paper or pdf document with any flair, and the thought of wheedling content out of people fills me with dread. On the other hand, it seemed like a worthy mission. Favorite genre or not, newsletters are one of the ways a sprawling community like this one gets bound together. And when I started thinking how I might go about the task, I realized I had some ideas.
One of the things I figured was, the staid tradition of The Newsletter could maybe use a little cross-pollination from the trendy and conversational genre of The Blog. Maybe people would feel more excited about writing articles, posing questions, or whatnot if they got quick and engaging responses from their readers. I also figured that sites like Blogger (brought to you by the folks at Google), would offer an easy and reliable way to put together and distribute a document without loads of formatting and e-mail hassles.
Hence the grand experiment. And isn’t it just a little bit cool?
a miniature version of the "Twined Binding" structure Roberta Lavadour will be presenting at the Group Roundup
I, alas, am not going to be at Standards. We need one or more people who will be attending to commit to writing about it for the newsletter. Please let me know if you’d be willing to do so. You are welcome to cover any aspect of the event you wish, in any format you feel comfortable in. What interested you most in the presentations? How did the Group Roundup format seem to be working? Did you have a favorite heartwarming or brain-sparking moment? Are you ready to move to Dallas? Extra points for providing the most charming photos of Northwest Chapter members in attendance.
(And, if any of you go on the Fort Worth tour, I hope you enjoy the Kimbell Art Museum, one of the most revered works of modern architecture in the country.)
I will thank you in advance for letting the rest of us know how much we missed.
And of course, we would love to hear about any other recent or upcoming exhibits, workshops, calls for entry, publications, etc., including. . .
Speaking of sprawling freeform grabbag, I encourage you to send in your favorite spots on-line related to the book arts, especially those pertinent to the Northwest. And if you have set up a website since the 2006 GBW directory, please let me know so I can add it to our links. If you would prefer not to have your website listed, please let me know that also.
Here are a few early examples. I hope to have many more to share in the November newsletter.
From Sue Allen:
Around Mount Hood: 12 Months - 12 Directions, showing the sides and seasons of Mount Hood.This little booklet in progress uses my note cards (reproduced on inkjet) of my original screenprints.I have included on the inside of each "card" the pictures, stats and stories of that trip. It is bound in book cloth sewn with 2 needles and glued top/bottom of spine and edges of front and back cover.
From Susan Collard:
I'm in the early idea phase on a book called Aquarium Ballet, with collages drawn from Volume 2 of a 1959 Encyclopedia Britannica. The format's still up in the air and nothing's been glued down.
From Roberta Lavadour:
a tantalizing glimpse of Relative Memory