Rarely do book artists suffer from a lack of ideas. Time, maybe … but ideas we usually have in spades. All too often though, book artists need a push to move an idea beyond the idea stage. Sometimes we need a deadline for motivation. In my own practice, everything is driven by a deadline. If I didn’t have a deadline, new books just would not get made. Something else is always a higher priority on my to do list—unless there is a date attached. That is why I love calls for entries for book arts exhibitions. Maybe there is a theme for that call, maybe not. Sometimes just a date will do, sometimes I need an idea or theme to jump off from. Either way, a book will finally be born!
Here are two very interesting calls for entries you might find inspiring.
Dirt? Scientists, Book Artists, and Poets Reflect on Soil and Our Environment is a new show being organized by Lucia Harrison and sponsored by the Puget Sound Book Artists in Tacoma, Washington. I love that this show is open to both book artists and poets and encourages collaboration with scientists. The idea that “Soil is the Earth’s delicately structured biological skin” should result in some fantastic works. Find more information about this show here.
Myths and Legends is being sponsored by Atelier 6000, a printmaking and book arts center in Bend, Oregon. This juried biennial exhibit “explores the traditional narratives explaining natural phenomena through symbolism; delves into the inspiring achievements of individuals passed down through the generations; and investigates the contemporary urban legend, a cautionary tale containing elements of mystery, humor, fear or horror.” And, as it turns out, the juror for this interesting theme is yours truly and I am honored by this opportunity. Find out more about Myths and Legends Here.