A Cover for a Hedi Kyle Panel Book

Yesterday the CBBAG Saskatchewan book swap took place. Participants met in the Davidson Town Hall —well, those that weren’t either ill or off holidaying someplace warm!— and books were exchanged. Here’s one box of books before distribution,

some of one person’s collected swap books,

and some of the books I took back to Saskatoon. (I was collecting for three other people as well as myself.)

Since the swap is now over (except for final deliveries in Saskatoon), I can show you my book. Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Pop-up Book by Robert Urban and The Pop-up Book of Phobias

Tonight’s flicks are two short demos of pop-up books. The first book shows various basic pop-up structures.



The second video, The Pop-up Book of Phobias, is intended for adults, like The Architecture Pack I wrote about last Sunday.



If you speak German (or use Google translate) you can read a little more about the second book here. Perhaps you will be inspired to try making a pop-up this weekend. If you decide to try, you might find some useful tips from the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas here and some inspiration from Peter Dahmen’s pop-up cards here.

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Bonus Post: A Mathematical Valentine

This went around Tumblr at the beginning of February, but I thought I would share it in case some readers haven’t seen it yet.

Asking Google for the graph for a particular formula produces this:

If you want to watch it rotate endlessly,  you can go here or type

Graph for 5+(-sqrt(1-x^2-(y-abs(x))^2))*cos(30*(1-x^2-(y-abs(x))^2))

in the search bar.

Google will apparently do all your math homework for you.  ; ]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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The Architecture Pack

On Monday this week I was offered a copy of The Architecture Pack by Ron van der Meer and Deyan Sudjic. I accepted with alacrity (and small joyful noises) since, among other things, it is a pop-up book.

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Friday Night Flicks: Folding Paper

Tonight’s videos are from Paula Beardell Krieg. They deal with folding paper, and although an instruction video on how to fold a sheet of paper in half might seem unnecessary, I strongly recommend watching it.

Fold A Piece of Paper in Half



A Square of Your Own



You should now be all set to do some origami this weekend, or you could just watch more of Paula’s videos here.

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Play Days

I took a little time this week to engage in what I consider ‘playing’. It’s actually crucial to developing new skills (or refreshing old ones) and vital to developing new work. The advantage of thinking of it as playing is that it doesn’t matter if a finished product results. Scientists call this ‘research’.

You may recall the wax paper/crayon hearts post where I mentioned the lovely book by Haley Nagy shown above. The book is made —so far as I can tell— by layering pigmented wax between thin sheets of handmade paper during the couching process. The layers  seal together and completely enclose the wax, which is then melted into the paper fibres. Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Buchbinder and 学ぶ、感じる「手製本」

Tonight we have two films: one from Austria and one from Japan.

The first flick features the work of Walter Gstettenhofer and non-German speakers will just have to enjoy watching the process. (I note that in the editing of the video, some of the steps got out of order.) I admit I selected this from several films of bookbinders at work because we get to see Walter’s Lovely Assistant.



The second (and shorter) flick is a promotion video for a workshop held at amu in 2014. Amu is a Tokyo-based design company by day that uses their space for evening and weekend workshops on a number of topics. The video title translates as Learn, feel ‘hand-binding’. Since there is no spoken text, non-Japanese speakers will have no problem understanding the video.



Perhaps you will spend some time this weekend doing some bookbinding. You could just follow the steps in the second video.

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Artists’ Books at the Murray Library

David and I had an anniversary this week. To celebrate we took an afternoon off and went to see an exhibition at the Murray Library on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

Instead of my writing out the show’s description, here’s the information panel that was posted by one of the entrances to the Link Gallery.

As is often the case with book arts exhibitions, all the works were displayed behind glass. I realise that this is to prevent theft and general wear and tear from careless handling, but it is always mildly frustrating to not be able to pick up the books and handle them. (I didn’t say turn the pages because artists’ books don’t always have them.) Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Binding Desire

It has been a while since I posted any videos of artist’s books, so I thought I would remedy that today.

In early 2014, Otis Special Collections, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, presented an exhibition of artist’s books at the Ben Maltz Gallery. To accompany the show, a series of videos was produced. Today’s flick, entitled Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books, is one of that series and gives a bit of an overview of the exhibition.



If you enjoyed that, perhaps you might want to spend some time this weekend watching detailed videos of some of the other books in the show. The complete set of videos can be found here.

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Bonus Post: National Handwriting Day

January 23rd is the birthday of John Hancock, first signer of The United States Declaration of Independence and best remembered for his outstanding signature.

The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association has declared his birthday National Handwriting Day in the U.S.

It’s not a bad idea, so in celebration of handwriting (and because I have been following a bit of a valentine theme) here is the love token made for Sarah Newlin in 1799 by an unidentified suitor.

The piece is in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum. You can read more about the piece by clicking here.

If the love token’s structure looks familiar, it may be because I posted a valentine like this in 2015.

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