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Art Not Pulp: The Encyclopedia Britannica Challenge November 21, 2013 – Posted in: book arts, Exhibits

Wondering what  to do with that valueless set of Encyclopedias that have been taking up too much space for too long? The Sidney Nolan Trust in the UK was faced with this dilemma. They were given a set of 1950’s Encyclopedias Britannica “after all attempts by their original owner to find them a new home failed” and “they were destined to become pulp ”     Enter the Encyclopaedia Britannica Challenge. A call  for book artists and others “to…

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Drive this Book October 7, 2013 – Posted in: book design, Books and Technology

[youtube]http://youtu.be/2vwLB1a8QTA[/youtube] In 2011 graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister teamed up with the folks at BMW to produce CULTURE, a book showcasing BMW’s 40 years of cultural partnerships. The book was published in an edition of 1488 signed copies and none were for sale. Oh, and the book has one other special feature – you can drive it!  For it comes equipped with an integrated, remote-controlled car!! Also, if you arranged all the copies in numerical order it “would make a…

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Art Made From Books: A “Compelling Art Form” on the Rise September 3, 2013 – Posted in: Art, book arts, Books and Art, Uncategorized

Art Made From Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed. Edited by Laura Heyenga • Preface by Brian Dettmer • Introduction by Alyson Kuhn The latest compilation on the blossoming genre of art made from books comes to us from Chronicle Books. Over 25 artists are featured in this well produced book featuring over 200 photos and a nifty looking exposed sewn spine. detail of a piece left by Anonymous   From Doug Beube, an early artist to…

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Budding Book Artists August 9, 2013 – Posted in: book arts

Molly Knopf, 11, left,  at right, Emma Wendel, 11. Photos by Mary Levin. Talk about starting them off young. The course was called Book-Making Intensive: Design, Bind and Deconstruct and it was offered as a University of Washington Summer Youth Program. Taught by Alisha Dall’Osto, the two-week course introduced the young learners to several types of book design and binding. “I think we did really advanced-level work…They really rose to the occasion.” said Dall’Osto. The course culminated…

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Book Art Bonanza at MCBA July 31, 2013 – Posted in: book arts, Uncategorized

  Ania Gilmore (Lexington, MA).  Knowledge Inc., (2013). A folded book work inspired by Wisława Szymborska’s poem Contribution One of the highlights of the Book Art Biennial that just wrapped up at The Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is the awarding of The MCBA Prize. The prize is “the first honor to recognize book art from across the field and around the world.” The judges for this years festivities were three titans from the book art world; Sarah…

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