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23 Sandy Thank You Book #3 – Go to Your Studio and Make Something!

Thank You Book #3 is meandering around. When flat is reads “Go to Your Studio and Make Something!” If you follow the instructions it will fold into a miniature “meander” book, a fun accordion structure that snakes back and forth.

This thank you book was created as a keepsake for the 2018 Paper and Book Intensive (PBI) at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan. Every year nearly 100 book and paper artists gather in the back woods of Michigan for nearly two weeks of intensive book binding, paper making and print making workshops. PBI is a phenomenal, sometimes life changing event that I highly recommend for anyone interested in the book arts. Learn more at the PBI web site here.

Thank You Books are a series of books celebrating the first 10 years of 23 Sandy and the plan is to create 10 over the next year or so. All will be free, open-edition books, perhaps one-sheet wonders, perhaps not. But, all aimed at thanking the oh so many friends, artists, librarians, visitors and supporters of the gallery.

You can download a free PDF of the PBI Thank You Book here or by clicking on the thumbnail above right. For best results, print on 11 x 17 inch paper then follow the step-by-stop instructions to cut out and fold into the cube book shown below. I printed mine at Staples on 67# card stock for about a buck and they look great. You could also reduce to fit on letter-size paper for an even smaller miniature book. But for smaller sizes I’d recommend text weight paper instead of card stock.

For anyone interested in collecting all of the books in this series, you can find Book #1, Tacoma here. and Book #2, Little Free Libraries here. Plus, watch this blog for future releases.

Happy folding,

Laura

Fresh Copies of a Powerful #MeToo Artist Book

The Fortune Teller by Malini Gupta

The Fortune Teller by Malini Gupta

One of the things I miss about having a physical gallery space is watching folks interact with artist books. I used to sit at my desk in the gallery and spy on people. Not for nefarious reasons, of course. It was all in the name of art.

You see, it’s fascinating to watch how viewers enter into a book. How they follow the sequence and flow of a book. How they interact with the content. Did the artist achieve what they were hoping to with the combination structure and materials and did they achieve their intention for leading the viewer through the book?

Then there is that light bulb moment when a viewer “gets it.” They connect with the book and their face lights up. That decisive moment was especially interesting in a retail gallery space where so many people were unfamiliar with the power of artist books.

The Fortune Teller, a limited edition artist book by Malini Gupta, was one of the best books ever for watching that light bulb moment. Most people picked up this book and said, “Oh! A cootie catcher. I used to make days when I was young.” But then, they read the text and their faces fall and sometimes tears fall as well. With this book Malini uses a playful structure to draw you into her very serious content. She uses this trick as a powerful way to tell difficult story.

For Malini, who grew up in India, “The fortune teller is designed in beautiful patterns to entice the viewer to interact with it but also to camouflage the darkness it holds – the darkness of a child being sexually abused and a family choosing to ignore it.” Malini made this book before the #MeToo movement, which makes it even more poignant today.

Click here to read more of Malini’s story and see more photos of this deeply affecting artist book.

And now for the good news: Malini recently found last three copies of this edition that we thought was sold out. You can order your copy today at the link above.

Take care,

Laura

Curated Collection: Women Rise

Forming Common Threads by Mari Eckstein Gower

Forming Common Threads by Mari Eckstein Gower

Mari Eckstein Gower’s powerful new book, Forming Common Threads (detail at right) was inspired by the #MeToo movement. It got me thinking how books about women hold a special place in the book arts world. Our field is populated by strong and talented women who use the medium of the book to tell their stories.

Mari tell us, “As I watch the growing momentum of the #MeToo phenomena lift veils of silence, I am awed by the power of the simple but brave act of telling one’s story. The more often these stories are revealed, the stronger the fabric of truth.” This book weave’s Mari’s own personal experiences with stories of strong women, from history to mythology.

The 23 Sandy Women Rise curated collection features artist books that celebrate women and girls, or shed light on important women’s issues. This online collection of unique and limited-edition artist books is a special way to tell the stories of women, to celebrate our accomplishments, and to frame a dialog about many important topics. Once again we use books to highlight the power of artists to change the world.

Click here to see the Women Rise Curated Collection.

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