You have until March 28, 2020, to get to the Center for Book Arts in New York City to see Warren Lehrer: Books, Animation, Performance, Collaboration.

Warren Lehrer is a prolific writer and artist/designer and this exhibition combines book arts, animation, typography, and performance. Many of the works are collaborative, created with other writers, musicians, and animators.

Warren Lehrer will present/perform his work as author, designer, and book artist, and discuss the relationship between the books, animations and performance/readings on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The event is free, with advance registration.

If you are interested in visual poetry, this is a must-see.

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image: “Poetry” from Five Oceans in a Teaspoon


April 21, 2019

Wayzgoose is an annual community letterpress and book arts extravaganza. Meet local printers and view their wares, print your own keepsakes, make paper and bind books. A highlight of the weekend is steamroller printing, where local artists carve 3 x 3 foot sheets of linoleum and print on giant paper. It’s all happening at King’s Books in Tacoma next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2019, 11:00am to 4:00pm.

book arts

July 6, 2018

Okay, before you get too excited, the available slots for literary artists/writers are already full. But if The Collaboratory rings your chimes, you can get on a mailing list in case of cancellations and be notified when the next round of signups begins.

Brought to you by the geniuses at Container (Jenni B. Baker and Douglas Luman), The Collaboratory is a new creative accelerator that pairs literary and visual artists to collaborate on an artist’s book or text object. The theme for the pilot cohort is BREACHES.

Over the course of 13 weeks (August 13-November 11), Collaboratory members will participate in a guided series of virtual activities where they’ll get to know their assigned partner, collectively generate a pool of project ideas, prototype their text object’s design and text, and deliver and showcase their work virtually. Select Collaboratory members will also be invited to sell their completed objects through Container’s online marketplace.

No prior book arts experience is required: they’re looking for folks who want to learn as they go and who get excited by experimentation. For the pilot cohort, participation is limited to a total of 20 participants: 10 visual artists and 10 literary artists. The participant fee is $29. Enrollment is open through July 31, or until all of the cohort spots are filled.

For more information, including the 13-week agenda, details on the theme, and FAQs, visit the Collaboratory home page.

Banned Books Week

September 25, 2017

September 24-30, 2017, is Banned Books Week, a celebration of the freedom to read. Artist Marta Minujín constructed a monument to that freedom as part of the international biennial art exhibition documenta 14. Originally constructed in Buenos Aires in 1983, A Parthenon of Books was constructed on Friedrichsplatz in Kassel, Germany, where, on May 19, 1933, some 2,000 books were burned by the Nazis. The artist solicited donations of 100,000 formerly or currently banned books from all over the world for her replica of the Parthenon. Read the story in Dezeen. Read about Minujín’s 2011 book-built Tower of Babel in The Guardian.

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Roman Maerz photography

endings and beginnings

April 12, 2017

If you are one of the many devoted fans of The Found Poetry Review, you will probably be sad to hear that Jenni B. Baker, Beth Ayer Chelotti and Doug Luman have “decided to bring the Found Poetry Review to a close after more than five years in operation.” You can read the announcement on Facebook.

The good news is that Doug Luman and Jenni B. Baker are maintaining their place ahead of the curve by launching Container.

Established to create books which aren’t, in the quotidian sense, books at all, Container creates objects which masquerade as parking meters, wallpaper, or crop seed sleeves. Working with text to determine alternate approaches to the traditional book form, we aim to free artists from being “boxed in” by forms, roles, abilities, or identities.

Watch for more Container news on the website and on Facebook and if you have created an un-bookish book object, submit it!

get outta town

September 17, 2016

Paper Pages BooksIf you’re looking for something different to do, and if you are interested in contemporary book arts, you still have a couple of weeks to see the Paper, Pages & Books exhibit at the Sidney Museum on Vancouver Island. Walk on the ferry in Anacortes; the museum is a short 8-minute walk from the ferry terminal in Sidney.

Ten Years of Artists' Books

We recently mentioned a number of exhibits of book-related art currently on view in New York. Ten Years of Artists’ Books curated by Donna Seager will remain on exhibit at the Brooklyn Library through January 24, 2016. But if the warm weather isn’t enough to tempt you eastward, it’s still possible to view the exhibit catalog on Issuu. Stunning.

transforming a book

November 13, 2015

donated books

In connection with the “Unhinged” exhibit at the Whatcom Museum, Carly and Kevin James of Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress will lead a two-hour workshop to transform a discarded book into a sculptural object. Bring your own book or select one donated by the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library.

AHA! After Hours Art: Salvaged Book Event
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – 5:30 – 7:30pm
Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress, 112 Grand Ave., Suite 101, Bellingham
$18 General/$15 Museum Members
Class size is limited; register by contacting Mary Jo Maute at 360-778-8961 or
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Reasons to go to…New York

October 29, 2015

Meg Hitchcock - Self-portrait

It has been a while since we mentioned Meg Hitchcock, and this seems an auspicious moment to renew that acquaintance. Of her work, which she calls “text drawings,” Hitchcock says, “I deconstruct a sacred text by cutting its individual letters, and reassemble them to form a passage from another holy book.”

These remarkable works are currently on exhibit in New York:
Verbatim, a solo show at Studio10
October 30 – December 20, 2015
Opening: Friday, October 30; 7-9 p.m.
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Text Me, a group show at Hazan Projects
October 29 – December 12, 2015
Opening: Thursday, October 29; 6-8 p.m.
35 N. Moore Street, Tribeca, NY, NY 10013

Ten Years of Artists Books, curated by Donna Seager
at the Brooklyn Public Library
October 1 – January 24, 2016
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

and in Massachusetts:
Bibliothecaphilia, a group show at MASS MoCA
on view through March 2016
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247

More Meg Hitchock on her artist’s website.

On a geographically related note…if you’re headed to the East Coast, you might also consider attending the 42nd Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading for The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.
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image (via email): Meg Hitchcock, Self Portrait: The Lord’s Prayer, Letters cut from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, 23 x 18 in. (detail), 2015

make book

October 26, 2015

Altered State One (Cressy)

In connection with the inspiring Whatcom Museum exhibit, Unhinged, book artist Elsi Vassdal Ellis will offer a workshop, Soft Cover Hand-Bound Bookmaking, on Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:00am – 4:00pm, in the Lightcatcher Studio (Bellingham, WA). Participants will learn an easy, aesthetically pleasing technique to create a journal or sketchbook, constructing a simple wraparound soft cover, reinforcing the spine with decorative paper, and sewing the sections directly to the cover with a simple pamphlet stitch.

Elsi Vassdal Ellis has been making books since 1983. Her work is included in many public collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum. She teaches digital pre-press, offset and letterpress printing, graphic design history, materials and finishing, and book arts at Western Washington University.

The workshop, $70 General/$65 Museum members (includes some supplies), is suitable for ages 15+. Class size is limited and registration is required. Registration deadline is Monday, November 2. Register by phone at 360-778-7000 or in person at the Bellingham Parks and Recreation office, 3424 Meridian Street. Supply list available at registration. Bring your lunch.
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image: Elsi Vassdal Ellis – Altered State One (Cressy)

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