Super-Cool Fold of the Week

My new favorite creative inspiration is “Super-Cool Fold of the Week” from Trish Witkowski at The web site is geared toward commercial designers, but book artists can learn a lot about design, print production and clever folding ideas that translate very well into book arts. I subscribe to their weekly email and get notified whenever a new fold is posted on YouTube.  Check it out here.

This post brought a smile because it made me think of Hedi Kyle, who recently told me her book is in progress. Her deadline for the text was last month, so keep your fingers crossed for a fast release! I remember very well Hedi’s talk at a conference 10 or so years ago when she talked about how she folds stacks of paper while watching television at night, trying to invent new folds. What a great way to keep the creative juices flowing.

Happy folding!


Book Excavation Workshop with James Allen

Mathematics and the Scientist by James Allen

Mathematics and the Scientist by James Allen

Are you as big of fan of James Allen’s book excavations as I am? Here’s your chance for a workshop with him coming soon to the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington.

From the museum web site: “Make your own Book Excavation with Cut Up/Cut Out artist James Allen. In this two-day workshop, Allen will demonstrate reductive techniques and processes he uses and guide students through their own book excavation. Ages 14+. Some experience using cutting tools recommended, but not required.”

September 16-17, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

More info on the museum’s web site here.

In case you missed it, Oregon Art Beat, a weekly arts program on Oregon Public Broadcasting, has a fascinating segment about James Allen and his book excavations. Great video showing the process behind his art, in an in-depth, accessible manner. Watch it here.

Click here to see more of James’ book excavations in 23 Sandy inventory.

Artist Book Spotlight: The Gravity Series by Casey Gardner

The Gravity Series by Casey Gardner

The Gravity Series by Casey Gardner

23 Sandy Gallery is pleased to present a superb new edition by one of the smartest artists working in the book form today. Casey Gardner’s books are always beautifully designed, gloriously illustrated, sumptuously letterpress printed and most off all, whip-smart, well-conceived and deep works. On top of all of that she is a very talented writer who will make you wonder at the might of her words.

Here’s what Casey tells us about The Gravity Series:

What is this unseen force that, like love, is vital to life?

This series of books reckons with gravity as a universal, yet intimate force holding everything in perpetual motion and relationship. Each book explores how we live with forces we cannot always control, but rely upon; forces that we can- not see, but feel.

Magnetically held in a sturdy portfolio printed to reveal the science behind gravity, each of the three books tells a tale of this vital and mysterious force in terms of falling, climbing and orbiting.

The Gravity Series by Casey Gardner

The Gravity Series by Casey Gardner

So finely tuned is gravity, that if its quantity had been infinitesimally altered, our universe could not have emerged and life would not exist. As one of the four fundamental forces of the universe, gravity is strong enough to hold galaxies together as they reel around the cosmos, and precise enough to give weight to each individual held on earth. Like love, gravity is an unseen yet essential force.

HOW TO FALL: Gravity guides our velocity into the unknown. In life, things can fall into place, fall in or out of line, or through the cracks; so many ways to fall. Falling in love is a plunge of in nite permutations, and varying weights.This sublime catapult can be exhilarating yet daunting when a new center of the universe emerges. Meanwhile, falling is a lapse of control, of abandon, and falling from grace can unleash havoc.

ALL THERE IS: This book is about trust,  finding your own center of gravity and moving your own weight. Humans are forces of nature  nding their own way amidst forces of nature. Climb- ing is a negotiation of gravity while tethered to another. Sometimes letting go is the way to progress and rise.

The Gravity Series by Casey Gardner

The Gravity Series by Casey Gardner

A STAR CLOSE ENOUGH: In orbits, two mutually attracted bodies revolve around a joint center of mass, located in the space between them. In relationship, two bodies move closer together and farther apart as they mediate their distance, following the shape of their orbital path. Meanwhile, our earth is gravitationally bound in the most propitious orbit around our sun, making us just the right distance to receive its life-giving energy.

Click here to see more photos of this wondrous work or to order a copy for your collection.

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