I did not start my new series A Month of Sundays this week as I had planned because I ended up dealing with other things, so I am starting this post with the same cheerful picture I used for my first post on my new Instagram account.
The rest of the week was spent frantically trying to launch an appeal. We did not own a cell phone so there was a pause at the step where I was required to type in a code sent to me by text message. Once I solved that problem, I got to the step where I had to upload a selfie holding a piece of paper with my name, user name, and a code written on it. Sounds simple enough.
The online form would not upload the image.
I tried taking the picture directly with my tablet. No joy. I tried uploading one taken with my camera and transferred to my tablet. I tried re-opening my account on my computer —some people who encountered the same problem had success with disabled accounts that way— but I could not log in because Instagram did not recognize the account because it is deactivated. After more than a day of doing research on the internet and trying different images and different ways of uploading, I gave up. There go 1200+ followers and more than two and a half years of carefully arranged posts. (I like to create patterns on my grid, which also may be a bad idea.)
Then Instagram would not even let me start a new account. Fortunately David was able to start one, and Instagram let me log in to that, so I’m back!
If you used to follow me on Instagram, you can find the new account here.
I am a bit anxious about posting the final images from The 99 Dreams of Euclid’s Wife on my new Instagram account, so I will only post them here. (I finished ahead of schedule because I used colouring as a way of relieving stress during the whole process.)
In other book arts news:
The newest version of the UWE Book Arts Newsletter is now available.
From Robert Bolick:
If you are in the Bristol area between now and 31 October, the Bower Ashton Library, University of Western England, is hosting a display of works from Un Coup de Dés Jamais N’Abolira l’Appropriation, Books on Books Collection exhibition. Free entry.
The online essay/exhibition has some newly added works by Mar Aza, Brad Freeman & Johanna Drucker and the Association jamais le Hasard. Just before the Further Reading section, there is also information on the Speck Collection exhibition held in July
at the Michael Werner Gallery.
The design of protest seems to be on people’s minds these days. You might be interested in the article Right On! Is a Powerful Little Paperback That Boldly Visualized Student Protest in the 1970s by Stephen Coles. It examines a little book included in the current Strikethrough exhibition.
Every movement needs a voice, and ever since Gutenberg systematized the concept of movable type posters have been one of the media of choice for discontents, troublemakers, poets, organizers, and visionaries. Posters have served as the poor person’s pulpit for a very long time in this country. Benjamin Franklin’s network of print shops helped “stick it to the man” before this was even a country.
The Book Club of California is offering an in-person and virtual presentation via Zoom by Lincoln Cushing, archivist and author, which explores ‘the lively alternative West Coast publishing scene of the “long 1960s” and shows how that legacy continues to influence new generations of troublemakers’.