An artist book goes far beyond borders!

What We Carried © Jim Lommasson

This project started out as an artist book. You may recall What We Carried, by Jim Lommasson, an artist book from our Book Power Redux exhibition show back in 2014.

Well, that book morphed into an important  body of work that has spread far and wide to critical acclaim. The remarkably heartfelt and powerful What We Carried exhibition opens next month at the immigration museum on Ellis Island. I think this body of work has a big impact in the immigration/refugee debate we are currently facing in this country. When you see these images and read the stories, you can’t help but be deeply affected.

Jim now has a GoFundMe campaign going to raise funds to pay the expenses of this important exhibition. Please help him reach his goal by donating here.

Thank you!

New artist books from Poppy Dully & Lynn Skordal!

Whenever new books arrive, I feel like a kid in a candy store! Unwrapping the treasures such talented artists have entrusted to me never ceases to be a thrill. This time it is a pleasure to present new books by Lynn Skordal and Poppy Dully. Two favorites of collectors everywhere, these artists produce work that is innovative and compelling—and both have unique styles, making books like no one else.


Poppy Dully is a Portland-based artist of many talents. She is a printmaker, painter and more, and if you ever have a chance to see her studio during Portland Open Studios (held each year in October) be sure to stop by. She’s a gracious host, lovely soul and all around smart artist.

Becket by Poppy Dully

Becket by Poppy Dully

Poppy’s books involve a unique confluence of literature and cinema. She uses pages from vintage or classic books, rebound on an accordion structure, which are then attached inside the original vintage book covers and dust jackets. The pages are original monotype prints that illustrate key scenes from the movie or stage version of the book. Sometime she is able to find two copies of the same book and then uses the “ghosts” of her monoprints, still rich with dark inks, which results in a variable edition of two copies. Such a brilliant concept! See Poppy’s books here.


Surrealism in America by Lynn Skordal

Surrealism in America by Lynn Skordal

Lynn Skordal has a way of creating artist books with collage that are smart, intelligent, dreamy, curious, creative and not to mention superbly technically perfect. Her unique artist books are a joy to show off to both book arts fans and those new to the medium. Her collaged pages draw viewers deep into the images first, and then once they are drawn in, I point out that they are created with painstaking old-fashioned scissors and glue. Lynn’s perfection always draws admiration. Not a rough cut or goober a glue can be found anywhere and her incorporation of vintage books, papers and other found objects create further dimension. In addition, Lynn’s subject matter are always smart and thought-provoking. Not one for fluffy, pretty collages, she tackles topics ranging from feminism to Hitler to art history, to science and more. See Lynn’s books here.

Happy browsing!


Free Download: Thank You Book #6 – Take Me, I’m Yours

Take Me, I'm Yours Thank You Book #6

Take Me, I’m Yours Thank You Book #6

Thank You Book #6 was created as a keepsake for the College Book Arts Association meeting in Tucson, Arizona, January 4-5, 2019. I have been a member of the CBAA since it’s founding, and admire the mission to “support and promote academic book arts education by fostering the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism.”

I was particularly excited about this conference as it had a focus on Photo Books, and was organized by the dynamic duo of Karen and Phil Zimmermann. A top-rate lineup of speakers, tours and events left this photo book artist super inspired, technically and conceptually.

Thank You Books are a series of books celebrating the first 10 years of 23 Sandy Gallery and the plan is to create 10 over the next year or so. All 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.

Take Me, I'm Yours

Take Me, I’m Yours

Take Me, I’m Yours serves double duty—not only is it a DIY thank you book, it is also a promotional piece for my new book of the same title, which you can find here. (The first new editioned book of my sabbatical!)



Take Me, I'm Yours Thank You Book #6

Take Me, I’m Yours Thank You Book #6

Download a free PDF of this Thank You Book by clicking here or on the thumbnail at right. The PDF is 11 x 17, but you can reduce to fit on letter-size paper for a smaller book. For best results, print on 11 x 17 inch paper then follow the step-by-step instructions to cut out and fold into the hidden book structure shown above. I printed mine at FedEx on a text weight stock for about a buck and they look great.

For anyone interested in collecting all of the books in this series, click here to download PDFs of all the previous Thank You books. Plus, watch this blog for future releases.

Happy folding,


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