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.

Taking Stock @ 23 Sandy 

Sabbatical. Liberty. Furlough. Interlude. Break. Closing up the retail side of 23 Sandy Gallery, selling the building, moving and other madness took entirely too long. Somehow, LIFE just got in the way and that much needed sabbatical hasn’t happened yet. Happily, there is light at the end of the tunnel and today is the new start date for my much needed creative break.

The good news is that during this mad, mad winter I did find time to refresh and renew my inventory of unique and limited edition artist books by many of the same talented book artists you’ve come to know over the past 10 years, but also a few fresh new faces.

Click here to see the new works in inventory. This page gets updated every couple of weeks, so anytime you need a dose of artist book inspiration, just head on over to 23 Sandy’s New Works page.


23 Sandy Thank You Book #2 – Little Free Libraries

Thank You Book #2 is hot off the presses! This special folding cube book, created as a keepsake for the 2018 ARLIS New York conference, debuted at the Book Arts SIG, a special interest group of librarians working with artist books. Featuring my own photographs of Little Free Libraries from Portland to Austin, New Orleans, Seattle and New Jersey, this book thanks my many ARLIS (Art Libraries Society) friends for 10 years of their support of this little gallery that could.

Thank You Books are a series of books celebrating the first 10 years of 23 Sandy and the plan is to create eight more 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 artists, librarians, visitors and supporters of the gallery.

You can download a free PDF of the Little Free Library 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 cube. But for smaller sizes I’d recommend text weight paper instead of card stock.

The Finished Cube

For anyone interested in collecting all of the books in this series, you can find Book #1, Tacoma, here. Plus, watch this blog for future releases. With a little luck, the next one will debut in mid-May, just in time for PBI (Paper and Book Intensive).

Happy folding,


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