Above: The result of the latest bookbinding binge (or so it seemed), in a sadly lit photo I took for record keeping, but you get the idea. The books all contain Nideggen for text paper. The two books on the left of each row have a lovely navy book cloth. The short book and tall book right of center with swirly purple and orange decorative paper have a dark, rich heather purple bookcloth. The book in the back row center has metalic paste paper. The red book near the left, and the far right book at the back with brush strokes on the decorative paper use Strathmore Aquarius II for the decorative paper. This is the first time I've used that for decorative paper and will be interested to see how it holds up for strength. It's lighter weight (80 lbs. vs. 140 lbs.) sure is an easier paper with which to work. I used almost the last of my Fabriano Uno Soft Press 140 lb. watercolor paper for the decorative paper on the other books. The large books are about 7 x 9 inches and the small ones are 7 x 5.25 inches. They are all 6-signature books, except for the small teal book which holds 12 signatures. (Why 6 signatures? I find that's a nice weight to carry around and a sufficient number of pages to work through in about a month. Then I'm usually ready for a different type of paper.)
A Book Arts Show and Related Programs: Front, Back and Between
Cleaning up after the recent book production frenzy I found my notice from MCBA about the current show. So I have missed telling you about the opening which was January 23, but you have until March 8 to check out "Front, Back & Between" which showcases work from twelve talented members of MCBA's Artist Co-op. The show includes a variety of prints,
artists' books, fine press works and other artistic endeavors. (Please use the link to MCBA to check their hours and to find directions.)
The following free programs at MCBA are related to the show and allow opportunities to hear the artists speak about their work. I encourage you to attend these events and learn more about what inspires and motivates these creative book artists and printmakers.
If you follow the link I've provided to the show's title (repeated here) you'll find a short video which talks to several of the co-op artists and shows them working on projects. Please check this out if you aren't in the Twin Cities and wonder what MCBA is like. People in the Twin Cities, of course, can meet the artists at the following events, but you'll enjoy watching the video too.
Saturday, January 31; 2 p.m.
In an informal discussion, co-op members Georgia A. Greeley, MC Hyland,
Richard Stephens and CB Sherlock reveal the methods behind their
The Last Year
Friday, February 13; 7 p.m.
Writer John Coy reads from The Last Year, a collaborative work between the author and co-op member Richard Stephens.
Inspiration Behind the Work: White Gloves Optional
Tuesday, February 17; 7 p.m.
members Lori Brink, Abigail Anderson, Sarah Peters, Robyn Stoller
Awend, Georgia A. Greeley and Mary Drabik will provide
behind-the-scenes looks at their creative processes and describe the
ideas and observations that inspire their work.