Friday Night Flicks: Michela Rossetti

Tonight’s flick is an almost meditative look at Michela Rossetti engaged in altering what looks like a large library edition dictionary. The finished work consists of the stack of unbound pages and one hundred paper pyramids.



In looking for more information on the altered book Parola per parola, and on Rossetti, I learned that the phrase means “Word by word”, and is also the title of a book of advanced Italian vocabulary. I could find nothing more on Rossetti (unless she is the art director working for Louis Vuitton Malletier in Paris) except this Flickr photostream. You could spend a few seconds this weekend having a look through the images..

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Catch-Up Week

I will be doing some catching up this coming week after spending far too much time selecting images for my Zoom presentation for CBBAG.

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Friday Night Flicks: Friederun Friedrichs

Tonight’s flick is from the Jaffe Center for Book Arts and shows the book Darwin by Friederun Friedrichs. From the text on Youtube:

When Darwin formulated the theory of evolution, he relied on his research experience which included the study of insects and small animals with all sorts… This book… shows colored woodcuts of insects and also provided specific information of individual insects. –Accompanying material

10 unique books in variation, woodcut, signed, in wooden box (29.5 x 20 x 4 cm) Frankfurt 2009 hand print on white Wenzhou China paper, different color combinations, text between pages with text citations from encyclopedias from 1865 and 1890, with PC Print “So “Accompanying text and list of insects, binding (excluding bamboo pole about 24.2 x 18 cm): different colored elephant paper, different colored mulberry paper as endpapers, binding with bamboo rod…custom bookmarks”–Colophon [translated from the German].



The Jaffe Center runs classes and other events as well as being home to the Jaffe Collection. This Saturday, there will be a special online, non-traditional Wayzgoose.

From John Cutrone:

Hello My Friends:

John Cutrone here from Convivio Bookworks in Lake Worth, Florida, where I have been knee-deep filming and editing a thing called a Wayzgoose and I sure would love it if you’d accept my invitation to attend. You don’t have to leave your home to do so: It’s an online video event at the website of the JAFFE CENTER for BOOK ARTS and the World Premiere is this Saturday evening at 7 Eastern.

Like any good World Premiere, this one has an Official Trailer. Click here to watch: It’s 59 seconds of anticipation and delight. What to expect on Saturday night (or anytime after the premiere)? Well, for starters, and for better or worse, I am the host. You’ll get to watch my interview with the amazing letterpress printer JENNIFER FARRELL of Chicago’s STARSHAPED PRESS, and that’s followed by a Wayzgoose concert by singer/songwriter PATTY LARKIN. My suggestion is to enjoy this Wayzgoose with a steaming plate of waffles. I won’t say why now, but trust me: make the waffles. I’ll explain when you watch.

The Wayzgoose is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 7 P.M. Eastern Daylight Savings time. The event webpage can be found here.

If you don’t want to attend a Wayzgoose this weekend, you can look at more videos from the Jaffe Center instead.

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Hither and Thither

A number of things were accomplished this week but the biggest project was selecting the images for my upcoming Zoom presentation for the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.

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Friday Night Flicks: Print In Real Time Collective

Print in Real Time Collective has produced only one artists’ book, which is shown in the video, but I think much of their output is book-related.

In 2019, artist Kjellaug Hatlen Lunde (founder of the print workshop Kunstkvarteret Trykk in Lofoten), invited colleagues Ãse Anda (member of Tou -Trykk in Stavanger) and Rita Marhaug (chair of Foreningen Trykkeriet in Bergen), to create a new platform to work from which could provide a more sustainable situation of collaboration along a long Norwegian coast. The project has also grown with two international workshop partners: Arprim in Montreal, Canada and GEDOK studio house in Stuttgart, Germany. Between us we have developed a 5-year long project: Print in Real Time 2019-2024.



If you have a few moments this weekend, I recommend checking out the websites of collective members Rita Marhaug, Kjellaug Hatlen Lunde, and Åse Anda. There are lots more prints and some artist’s books as well.

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A Lucky Shamrock Bookmark

Although I am about one quarter Irish, Saint Patrick’s Day was never a big deal in our household. My father once made green shamrock-shaped pancakes when St. Paddy’s Day fell on a Sunday, but that is the only time I recall anything special being done to mark the occasion. It was celebrated more at school, especially in art class. When I lived in Montréal, I was aware of what a big deal the annual parade was for many people. (There was definitely an air of “everyone’s a little bit Irish” about the occasion.)

For those who would like to make something inspired by the day I have designed a little folded bookmark with a lucky four-leaved shamrock on it.

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Friday Night Flicks: Tauba Auerbach

You may have encountered the work of Tauba Auerbach before. Her Colorspace Atlas did the rounds on all the major art/design sites when it was released in 2011. (You can read more about it and see more images on this web page.)

Much of Auerbach’s work explores the shift between two-dimensional surfaces and three-dimensional objects, and the book displayed in tonight’s flick is no exception.



If you want to spend a little time this weekend exploring more of Auerbach’s work, you can check out her personal website here and the Diagonal Press website here.

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The Februllage 2023 Finish

Last week’s post was all about making a Memory Pocket, so I saved the images of the week’s daily collages until today. Here’s my completed boustrophedon/meander book for both #guylainelab and #februllage2023.

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Friday Night Flicks: Beetle Mania

Tonight’s flick is another from the Artist’s Books Unshelved series hosted by Yuka Petz, and featuring works from the Cynthia Sears Collection. (There is a thirty second intro that you can easily skip if you have watched episodes from this series before.)



I couldn’t resist posting this video as I have “an inordinate fondness for beetles”. As the weather warms up here, I have begun finding beetles in the basement and in my studio. Perhaps you will find a beetle this weekend, be it a real one, one in a book, or just the evidence it has left behind.

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How to Make a Memory Pocket

This is my Memory Pocket for World Book Night, April 23, 2023. It was mailed to Bristol this week and should get there in plenty of time.

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