Saturday, December 5, 2009

Book Arts 101

Thursday night I became a book artist for one evening though a three hour immersion in the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. The program began with a screening of a 25- minute video about the Jaffe Center for Book Arts and the amazing collection of artists' books that is the core of JCBA. This was followed by an in-depth viewing of some of the artists’ books in the collection.  The art books are made from paper, fabric, glass, wood, lead and other materials.  They are of all shapes and sizes and from traditional book format to 3-D creations. The smallest one was a complete leather bound book about 1 1/2 inches square. Here is a small sampling of some of the books in this unique library.

Afterwards, we moved on to the JCBA Letterpress Studio, where each participant printed a sheet of paper from handset wood type. These sheets became the covers  for a book, a brief history of the book arts,IMG_1260 that we bound by hand in the Single Signature Pamphlet stitch.


The Jaffe Center offers various bookmaking workshops during the year which I plan to take advantage full of.

Be sure to surf the JCBA Collections interactive page to view some of the amazing handcrafted one of a kind or limited edition books housed in this fabulous library.  After clicking on search by title or artist and making a selection of a book, you can then view individual pages from that book.  Enjoy!!!

And on the WEAVING FRONT………………..I am nearing the completion of my polychrome mountain tapestry.  Look for another post soon.

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