23 Sandy Thank You Book #3 – Celebrating Sandra Kroupa’s 50 Years!

Thank You Book #4 debuted last weekend at a beautiful event celebrating Sandra Kroupa and her 50 year anniversary working in the Special Collections Library at the University of Washington. Sandra is a passionate supporter of book arts and more importantly— book artists.

The tunnel book pages spell out Sandra’s own words to live by, “Inspiration. Commitment. Transformation.” She has sincerely inspired, shown a deep commitment to, and transformed the lives of countless book artists over the years. Through her work we all have learned to think deeper about our work and our lives—and we are better in so many ways thanks to her dedication.

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 Sandra Kruopa Thank You Book by clicking here or on the thumbnail at left. For best results, print on 11 x 17 inch paper then follow the step-by-stop instructions to cut out and fold into the tunnel 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 tunnel book. But for smaller sizes I’d recommend text weight paper instead of card stock.

This book is a tunnel book structure from Ed Hutchins. Floating around the internet I ran across a tutorial for this structure from a 1994 Paper Crafters magazine. Look for more Ed inspiration in his book, Book Dynamics. (Order your copy and get to know this superstar book artist and all-around great guy at 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.

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 and Book #3, Go to Your Studio and Make Something here. Plus, watch this blog for future releases.

Happy making,


Christmas in July — Shawn Sheehy Style!

Fresh Cut Xmas by Shawn Sheehy

Fresh Cut Xmas by Shawn Sheehy

I’ve always been a big fan of Shawn Sheehy. His work as a paper maker, book artist, pop-up engineer and teacher is top-notch—plus he is a genuine, all-around super person. So, when Shawn recently asked me to carry his books in gallery inventory I was very excited. His most recent book titled, Fresh Cut Xmas: A Well-Trimmed Survey of Holiday Plants is terrific.

Shawn tells us that this book “celebrates the flora that has played a role in winter holidays for centuries. In contrast with the excess of contemporary seasonal traditions, the style of this book is minimal; the palette is spare, the baubles are few, and the text on each page is composed using the haiku’s 17 stark syllables. Here’s a sample from the frankincense spread:

The frankincense tree
bleeds the fragrance of kings; but
commoners choose AX.

Fresh Cut Xmas looks at ancient plant folklore through a contemporary lens with dual purpose: understanding and appreciating each plant more fully, and highlighting oddities of 21st century cultural practice.”


Eelio by Shawn Sheehy

Eelio by Shawn Sheehy

You can purchase Shawn’s work here. He also sent another very interesting pop-up, EELIO, the second in his Enviro-Gods Series.

If you are interested in learning more about Shawn, I recommend listening to his Helen Hiebert podcast interview that very nicely covers his back story, artistic process and several interesting stories about the world of commercial pop-up book publishing.

Also, Shawn is the conference chair for this year’s Movable Book Society conference in Kansas City in September. This is one conference I highly recommend. Many talented book artists are involved in this inspiring organization. Find out more about the MBS and the conference here.


New Artist @ 23 Sandy: Smith Eliot

The Book of Hurt 'n' Healing by Smith Eliot

The Book of Hurt ‘n’ Healing by Smith Eliot

I first met Smith Eliot when I curated her work into Photo+Construct, a group exhibition of mixed-media and sculptural photography way back in 2007. Over the years I have admired her ability to tell a story with photographs and found materials. Her book-like constructions contain narratives that are deep, soulful, sensual, often focused on dark, melancholic and personal refections of life, death, and everything in between. Finally, I’ve decided to carry her work in inventory and I think you will find it as compelling as I do.

Click here to see more bookworks by Smith.

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