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The Skin Square, the Pupil Square (Deluxe Edition) by Kyoko Matsunaga

The Skin Square, the Pupil Square (Deluxe Edition) by Kyoko Matsunaga

Very excited to head to Texas tomorrow with a box of beautiful books. My first trip since closing the gallery includes new books by Elsi Vassdal Ellis, Mari Eckstein Gower, Kyoko Matsunaga, Linda Welch and more!

Check out all the new works updated on the 23 Sandy web site. 

Thank You Book #1 to Celebrate the First 10 Years of 23 Sandy

Sabbatical. Liberty. Furlough. Interlude. Break. Finally. It’s here!

Closing up the retail side of 23 Sandy Gallery, selling the building, moving and all that madness took entirely too long. Running the gallery for 10 very successful and satisfying years took a bit of a toll on this maker’s soul. I longed for studio time every day during those zillion-hour-a-week years of showing the world the glory of book art, organizing exhibitions and working with so many very talented artists. Happily, as of mid-October, life settled down to the point where I could get back into the studio and re-establish my creative practice.

The first step: Making art a priority and getting back into the habit of regular studio time. A query on Facebook yielded many inspiring suggestions for jumpstarting my creative time. (Thank you, friends!) And then, a plan was hatched to jump right back into making and off I went.

The first idea: Thank You Books. A series of books celebrating the first 10 years of 23 Sandy. A goal of a book a month, all free, open-edition books, perhaps one-sheet wonders, perhaps not. But, all aimed at thanking the oh so many artists, librarians, visitors and supporters of the gallery.

The first book: GBW Tacoma 2017. Book #1 in this series of thank you books was made as a keepsake for the Guild of Bookworkers Standards Conference held in late October in Tacoma, Washington. I have been a member of the Guild of Bookworkers for nearly 20 years and it was great fun to hand out the books to my many guild friends and say thank you for the inspiration, education and support. The photos in the book are vintage “Roadside Americana” in Tacoma.

This book is a four-sided, one-sheet carousel book adapted from Ed Hutchins’ Book Dynamics. (Order your copy and get to know this superstar book artist and all-around great guy at artistbooks.com.) Ed was an early teacher and friend in my book arts world and his work continues to inspire after all these years. Thank you, Ed.

You can download a free PDF of the Tacoma book here or by clicking on the thumbnail at left. Print on 11 x 17 inch paper then follow the step-by-stop instructions to cut and fold into the miniature carousel book shown above. I printed mine at Staples on 67# card stock for about a buck and they look great. You could also reduce to fit on whatever size paper fits in your own printer for an even smaller miniature book.

Sabbaticals are meant to be a defined period and my plan is a year of making. But, have no fear, during this creative interlude, I’m still making time for a bit of private artist book dealer duty. I just hope that I don’t squander this opportunity to create!

Happy folding,

Laura

Book Arts Resources

Portland is a great city for the arts in general, particularly book arts. Here is a list of schools, suppliers, organizations and other resources that support the book arts by offering inspiration, education, supplies, resources, and networking. The book arts community in our region has a vibrant history and welcomes new and established artists.

NW BOOK ARTS LIST
The most valuable source for information about the book and paper arts in the Pacific Northwest, this Yahoo Group has over 500 members from across the region and is the best place to find out about upcoming workshops, lectures and other events in the area. Join the list at: www.groups.yahoo.com/group/NWBookArtsList/?yguid=150449601

WORKSHOPS
The following venues offer a wide variety of book arts classes and workshops. Check their websites for complete information.

  • Oregon College of Arts & Craft – Watch for workshops all year long with local instructors and an ever-changing roster of big names from the book arts world who come here to teach. Watch for their 5-day intensives in the summer that often feature stars like Julie Chen. www.ocac.edu
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art – At least a few book arts-related workshops each time they publish a new catalog. Also watch for some terrific Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator classes if you want to add digital design to your book arts projects. www.pnca.edu
  • Portland Community College – Inexpensive classes with a regular roster of talented artist teachers. www.pcc.edu
  • The Accidental Bookmaker – Located in Forest Grove, this store and studio run by Patty Grass has some fun beginner structure workshops. 503-357-7263. www.greenheronbookkits.com
  • Guild of Bookworkers Northwest Chapter (more info below) – Our local chapter of the Guild has recently decided to increase their workshop offerings. Plans are the works to bring in some big names in technical binding techniques, so stay tuned.
  • Independent Publishers Resource Center – This lively center in Central Eastside Portland provides zinesters, writers, printers and others who want to self-publish their own work with workshops, equipment and studio access. Great selection of letterpress type and presses, screen printing equipment and more. www.iprc.org
  • Focus On Book Arts Conference – This biennial conference in Forest Grove offers four days of classes in the book arts—bookbinding, paper making, printmaking, artists books, cards, journals—at all skill levels from beginner to advanced and includes evening lectures, a store with books about books and artists products, and a market with supplies and products. This conference happens every two years and seems to get better every time out thanks to a very dedicated volunteer staff. www.focusonbookarts.org
  • Editions – A co-working space for book artists and printmakers in Seattle started by Sarah Mo. Exciting plans for workshops, co-working space, gallery exhibitions and more.  More info here.


COMMUNITY AND INSPIRATION

  • NW Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers – The local guild chapter sponsors Portland’s T-BAG (Thursday Book Arts Gathering), an occassional gatherings for book arts lovers, whether novice or professional. Meetings areannounced on NW Book Arts List listed at the top of this list. Find out more at: www.gbwnw.blogspot.com
  • Multnomah County Library – Not only does our local library stock a great selection of books about book arts, but the John Wilson Special Collections room has an inspiring collection of top notch artist books. Stop by and visit with Jim Carmin. He’s always happy to share his vast knowledge of the book arts. www.multcolib.org/about/mcl-wilson.html
  • Reed College Library Artists’ Book Collection – Maria Cunningham is the special collections librarian at Reed College which holds a superb collection, including many historically significant works. Contact Maria to make an appointment to view books in the collection. Learn more here: http://library.reed.edu/using/specialcollections.html
  • Portland Book Arts Group (P-BAG) – This group of friendly book artists meets monthly to share inspiration, techniques and projects. For more information, or to be added to the email list, contact convener Becky Luening at portland.bag@gmail.com or 503-774-9197.
  • C.C. Stern Type Foundry – A must-see stop for fans of design, metal type and all things letterpress. C.C. Stern is a working museum and non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the art and industry of the typographic form, located right here in Portland. More info at: www.metaltype.org/ccstf/

BOOK ARTS SUPPLIES
These suppliers offer a vast inventory of book making materials and supplies right here in Portland. Check the websites for locations nearest you. All have helpful staff, are fun to explore, and will inspire you. Many also offer workshops as well.

  • Columbia Art Supply – Decorative papers, bookmaking supplies. www.columbiaartanddrafting.com 503-232-2216
  • Oblation Papers & Press – Workshops, handmade papers, letterpress printing. www.oblationpapers.com 503-223-1093
  • The Accidental Bookmaker – Workshops, bookmaking supplies located in Forest Grove, about 45 minutes west of Portland. www.greenheronbookkits.com  503-357-7263
  • Washi Paper Arts – Linda Marshall carries hundreds and hundreds of beautiful Japanese papers as well as tools and supplies. www.washiarts.com 

OUR VERY FAVORITE SOURCE FOR SUPPLIES
Colophon Book Arts Supply – Owned by a very talented book binder and artist, Mary stocks everything a book artist or marbler will ever need. All the best tools, books, glues, Davey board, supplies and a great selection of book cloth. www.colophonbookarts.com

COMMISSION BOOK BINDERS TO HIRE
Perhaps you want to hire someone to bind your book for you. These local binders and book artists do commission binding, box making and can even be hired for private instruction.

  • Sandy Tilcock, Lone Goose Press. Based in Eugene, Sandy is one of the best binders and letterpress printers in the country. Her box making and binding skills are top rate and her studio in Eugene is a treat to visit. Find her at www.lonegoosepress.com or phone 541-465-9079. You can also email Sandy at: info@lonegoosepress.com
  • Rory Sparks. One of the founders of Em Space, Rory is an excellent technical and artistic binder. Reach her at 503-706-1540 or rorysparks@gmail.com
  • Molly Lewis – Hinged Strung Stitched. Molly does commissioned binding including portfolios, books, albums, boxes and more. Phone: 503-610-8146, www.hingedstrungstitched.com


GREAT RESOURCES OUTSIDE OUR LOCAL AREA

  • Book Arts Guild – Seattle-based book arts group centered around the University of Washington. Excellent lectures and programs with your membership dues. www.bookartsguild.org
  • Puget Sounds Book Artists – Tacoma-based book arts group organized by Jane Carlin and an amazing group of dedicated volunteers. More info here: www.pugetsoundbookartists.org
  • San Francisco Center for the Book – Based in San Francisco, another great resource. Fantastic workshops, lectures and more. www.sfcb.org
  • The Center for Book Arts – Based in New York, top rate workshops and resources for book artists. www.centerforbookarts.org
  • The Miniature Book Society – Great site for miniature book lovers
. www.mbs.org
  • The Movable Book Society –  Member newsletter, great links for pop-up book lovers. www.movablebooksociety.org
  • Guild of Bookworkers – The national parent of NWGBW listed above, this organization promotes interest in and awareness of book arts. Most members work as professional bookbinders or book conservators. But, there is great technical inspiration for book artists as well. www.guildofbookworkers.org
  • Minnesota Center for Book Arts – Another very well respected and active book arts center. Excellent exhibits as well as workshops, residencies and other programs. www.mnbookarts.org
  • North Redwoods Book Arts Guild, based in Eureka, California this busy group holds monthly workshops and book exchanges for members near and far. www.norbag.net

ONLINE RESOURCES

  • Book_Arts-L – The most important email listserve for the book arts with almost 3,000 subscribers, this listserve is THE place to find out everything you need to know about book arts. Subscribe to the digest version as some discussion can get quite lively. But, worth it! The best way to stay on top of the book arts world.  www.philobiblon.com/book_arts-l.shtml
  • Philobiblon – Excellent book arts information and tutorials listed on this site make it a great resource for book and paper fans everywhere. Everything book arts related is compiled here by the ever-devoted Peter Veheyan. www.philobiblon.com 
  • Book Arts Newsletter – Sarah Bodman is a Research Fellow for Artists’ Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. As part of the center’s investigation of contemporary book arts practice they publish the Book Arts Newsletter, a free PDF journal that comes out (almost) monthly. Includes postings of exhibitions and opportunities both here in the US and abroad. Also watch for the Artist’s Book Yearbook, a biennial publication with essays and information on many aspects of the book arts, and The Blue Notebook, journal for artists’ books and several other publication. Sarah and Tom Sowden also produce book arts exhibitions, conferences and more as part of their research to explore many aspects of artists’ publishing. Sarah is also a talented book artist herself and the author of Creating Artist Books. Pay attention to what’s going on across the pond, it is all very exciting and inspiring.

This list was compiled by Linda Kiley and Laura Russell. Please feel free to email Laura at 23sandygallery@gmail.com if you have any additions or updates to this list.

Happy Creating!

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