Books, Boxes And Portfolios

I haven’t written a book review for a while. (The last one was almost a year ago.) The inspiration to review a book this week came from two sources: one of the bloggers I follow posted pictures of some of her bookshelves, and Hilke Kurzke asked about books on box-making on the Book_Arts-List. Pictures of some of my bookshelves will be found below, but first a bit about Books, Boxes and Portfolios by Franz Zeier.

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Friday Night Flicks: Harvard Conservators Repair Books

Today’s video is short, only one minute long, but it is a tiny perfect example of what a skilled film editor can do when matching image to sound. I was delighted, and I hope you are too.


Perhaps your weekend activities will be in time to a favourite piece of music.



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…and a Bit of That.

It’s been another of those bits and pieces weeks, busy with scattered activities. Here are some of the things I did, in no particular order.

I finished the third and final copy of Finding A Way. Here it is, ready to have the pockets filled. If you have an exceptional memory you will note that it is not identical to the first copy (or the second, for that matter.) I played with different combinations of thread and paper for each copy, though the colour order of the pockets is the same.

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Friday Night Flicks: Making of an Anamorphic Typography Installation

Stefan Leitner, Simon Lemmerer, and Martin Reicht created and photographed an anamorphic type installation for the album cover art for Bam and Mr. Dero’s album, This & That. This video gives a glimpse of the processes involved.



Perhaps you can find some other anamorphic installations (if only on-line) this weekend. There are a few here to get you started.

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A DIY Valentine for 2017

As I promised in mid-January, today’s post is a set of instructions for making a valentine inspired by my experimentations with Hedi Kyle’s panel book structure. If you didn’t make a sample of the panel book for yourself, you might want to have a quick look at those instructions before making today’s project. I would also suggest that you read through this post and have a look at the finished valentine before you begin.

The first step (of course) is to print out the pdf. This should fit on either 8.5 x 11″ or A4 papers. I used There are two versions of the envelope. The darker print is suitable for hand delivery, but you may wish to print the lighter version if you are mailing your valentine. Please note: the dotted lines will not appear on the printout.

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Friday Night Flicks: Story of AHP Six Typeface

AHP Six is a typeface in the same sense that a bunch of large glass beads is a frog for flower-arranging. From the New North Press website:

The blocks, named ‘AHP Six’, are a modular set that can be tessellated to create letterforms, borders, patterns or any variety of outcomes. Expertly laser-cut from maple by Thomas Mayo, the hexagonal blocks contain several different shapes and patterns making for a range of textures and effects. The project was commissioned for a David Chipperfield- and Karakusevic Carson-designed residential development near us in Hoxton and we are looking forward to using the blocks in the upcoming workshops with Shoreditch Park Primary School (as well as in our public classes and experimenting with it ourselves!)

This short video shows an example of the blocks in use.



Perhaps you will find some other hexagonal things this weekend.

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A Bit of This…

I spent a lot of time this week thinking about some possible works and playing with materials which produced nothing worth looking at so far. I did get some things accomplished which I can show you.

I sold some work to the University of Saskatchewan. A storage box was requested for Finding A Way, one of the artist’s books they purchased.

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Friday Night Flicks: The Pop-Up Art Book

The Pop-Up Art Book was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2015 and is still available to order here. It features works by Angry Woebots, Skinner, kozyndan, Junko Mizuno, Tara McPherson, and Jim Mahfood. The video demonstrates each of the pop-ups including some close-up shots. I found the soundtrack annoying, though probably suitable  for outsider art. I turned it down and then off.



If you would like to browse more pop-up books this weekend, you could go here.

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Babel 2016

In 2006 I began collecting jargon phrases that I heard or read in the media: obfuscational terms like “disintermediation” and “premature optimization”, and phrases like “down sizing” and “collateral damage” that were designed to obscure the fact that actual human beings were harmed. The collection appeared in 2007 as the text of my one-of-a-kind artist’s book Tower of Babel.

A year later I produced an edition.

You can find out a little more about those books here.

Last summer, after the Republican National Convention nominated their candidate for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, I decided it was time to re-visit the structure. Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Charles van Sandwyk

I was instantly charmed by the work of Charles van Sandwyk when I first encountered it. This short video is a fine introduction to the man and his work.



Perhaps after watching this you will find it a bit easier to see some of the magic in the world this weekend.

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