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  1. August // Book Artist of the Month: Jody Alexander

    August 2, 2013 by Erin Fletcher

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    Sedimentals is an altered book project that Jody Alexander completed between 2011 and 2012. This collection of art objects include found furniture stuffed with layers of discarded books and fabric. These layers appear like a cross section of sediment revealing treasures between the layers. 

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    While reading the interview, you will begin to understand the depth of Jody’s commitment to her materials and characters. This exclusive connection is the cause for such a well-rounded body of work. Her dedication to teaching is just as exceptional, offering her skills to several venues both online and in person. Read the interview after the jump and come back each Monday during the month of August for more posts on Jody Alexander.

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  2. Book Artist of the Month: Susan Collard

    May 20, 2013 by Erin Fletcher

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    In 2010, Susan Collard created her smallest book to date with a wide range of materials including birch aircraft plywood, basswood, slate, various metals, mirrors, linen thread and a shell. Small Museum of Nature and Industry is a bit fatter than a perfect cube with dimensions of 2″ x 2″ x 2½”. This tiny structure opens up to a series of compartments to reveal a set of building blocks and concealed brass rods, as well as wooden and aluminum pieces. The unraveling architecture and hidden components of this book are quite surprising.

    Once the materials and title were determined, Susan set out to create a book with the open-ended complexity of a miniature museum. This artist book received a Juror’s Award during the Pop-Up Now! exhibit at the 23 Sandy Gallery

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  3. Book Artist of the Month: Sarah McDermott

    March 11, 2013 by Erin Fletcher

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    Memories can be tricky. When recalling moments from our childhood, we can so easily and without realizing it, elaborate on the reality. In Dodge County Summers, Sarah McDermott constructs a narrative from the summers spent on her family’s farm in Wisconsin and now as an adult realizes their falsehoods. 

    Dodge County Summers is bound as a quarter cloth binding on an intimate scale of 5¼ x 5¼” containing fold-out sections, which allow for movement in two directions. The interior pages were handmade using cotton rag, abaca, mystery pulp balls and hemp and letterpress printed on a Vandercook 4 with the use of linoleum reductions and photopolymer printed plates for the text and drawings.

    This artist book was created in 2009 in an edition of 30 and can be purchased through Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers.

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  4. Book Artist of the Month: Dianna Frid

    February 18, 2013 by Erin Fletcher

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    In 2007, Dianna Frid created Meander and Convergence using canvas and silk with hints of thread and foil. Imagery of rivers and staircases recur throughout Dianna’s work as symbols of time, cycles and finitude. 

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    Below you can see the similarities between Meander and Convergence and The Same River Twice, The Same River Twice. Both artist books were constructed as an accordion structure and therefore the entire content can easily be seen at once. Each book also includes an embroidered image of a spiral staircase.

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    top: Meander and Convergence
    bottom: The Same River Twice, The Same River Twice

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    left: Meander and Convergence
    right: The Same River Twice, The Same River Twice

    The staircase as a symbol has also appeared in Dianna’s sculptural and installation work.

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    Installation view and detail of Time and Distance

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  5. Around Town: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

    January 20, 2013 by Erin Fletcher

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    Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a 3-part exhibition series showcasing the work of 261 international artists working in the form of artist’s books and broadsides. Each piece is an artistic response to the bombing that took place on March 5, 2007 on al-Mutanabbi Street, the ancient street of booksellers, poets and writers, located in the cultural heart of Baghdad, Iraq.

    This six-month exhibition is located at the CAC Gallery in Cambridge Arts Council City Annex Hall and will also present related material such as film screenings, poetry readings, curated conversations at the opening receptions, book-making workshops and in-depth panel discussion. Part One is currently on display until February 28th, please see the official website for more information about dates. 

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  6. Coming Soon: Hannah Brown // Dianna Frid

    January 1, 2013 by Erin Fletcher

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    Starting in February I’ll continue featuring bookbinders in my Bookbinder of the Month column, starting with the incredibly talented Hannah Brown, who masterfully adds embroidery work into her fine bindings. Another spectrum of binding I want to focus on are artist books, beginning with the ingenious work of Dianna Frid, whose soft fabric books whimsically explore philosophical themes concerning the nature of reality. 

    Every month dive further into the binding community with another artist and craftsman. Don’t miss a post, it may inspire something in you!


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