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July 21, 2007

Filed under: General — jackie @ 12:00 pm

I forgot to mention that our local B&N had some Rag & Bone digital albums on their colored dot sale table this week. You might want to check your local store to see if they have any if you’re interested in trying one out.

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July 17, 2007

Filed under: General — jackie @ 11:57 am

So, Payloadz response to me telling them that they had bad customer service was to just close my account. Go figure.

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July 13, 2007

Friday morning musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 8:26 am

Good morning readers.

It’s overcast and humid but not too hot here in the burbs this morning. The freeloaders have been feed and are outside for their morning constitution. I’m babysitting this morning so this will be a short post until later.

For those of you interested in the blank book swap, the details have been posted over on the Book arts Forum in the new book swap section. You must be logged in as a member to view the new forum. If you would like to participate and haven’t signed up as a member of the forum please do as that’s where I will be posting photos, updates, etc.

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July 12, 2007

Filed under: General — jackie @ 12:03 pm

I am thinking about hosting a blank book swap for members of the Book Arts Forum. I’ll be posting more details later today but in the mean time, post a note and let me know if you might be interested.

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July 11, 2007

Filed under: General — jackie @ 11:33 am

If you haven’t checked the Flickr group recently, head on over. There is some lovely new work that has been posted there by tussenpozen and Mistress of Longears. Which, of course, makes me realize I need to get on the ball and post some of my own stuff.

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July 8, 2007

Sunday morning books and coffee…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:36 am

Good morning readers.

It looks like it is going to be another sunny and HOT day here in Va. Beach. I’ve spent the past couple days catching up with friends visiting from out of town and running personal errands.

In the mail this week…

The Sic Press is offering 2 oz sample packets of their book deodorizer, which is enough to deodorize a couple of books,  for $2.00. From the email…Deodorizer is all natural, non-toxic, inert and completely guaranteed. www.bookdeodorizer.com  [sample button is top of page on left.]

Convivio Bookworks just published a new book. From the email…Convivio Bookworks is pleased to announce the release of our newest limited edition book, “Works on Paper” by poet Shin Yu Pai, printedÂ
letterpress by hand on kozo papers using our Vandercook 4 Proof Press. The poems are presented in four distinct cycles; the reader is guided through each cycle by endsheets of earthbound colored handmade Moriki paper. The book itself is sewn on a concertina of handmade Fabriano Roma paper, then bound in boards wrapped in Kumoi paper that is printed with beeswax and dyed in kakishibu–a traditional Japanese dye made from fermented persimmons. 125 copies were printed.

For those interested in letterpress printing, The Penland School of Crafts has opened up the new Paul Hayden Duensing Letterpress and Print Studio. From the email… It is a magnificent state-of-the-art facility with letterpress on one side and printmaking on the other, and a real statement about the importance of both at Penland. Steve Miller has posted a video on YouTube that he made while teaching there.

A couple of exhibits…

BiblioKinetics: the Pop-Up Artist Books of Shawn Sheehy on Exhibit at Asheville BookWorks from July 6 - August 11. There is an exhibition reception on Thursday, July 19, from 5:00-8:00 pm. This exhibit will be on display July 6 - August 11, it is free and open to the public. From the email…Who hasn’t been surprised and delighted by the apparent magic of a pop-up book? Shawn Sheehy creates artists books that reflect on themes of sustainability, balance, and biological and cultural evolution. His
pop-up books explore ecological principles such as organism interrelationships and system balance. Aesthetically, they carry the appeal of popular children’s pop-ups; conceptually, they carry content
to appeal to all ages. This exhibit will feature Shawn’s process ephemera as well as his books.
There is also a Pop-ups 101 workshop from July 16-20.

PULP FUNCTION May 19, 2007 - January 6, 2008 in Brockton, MA. From the email… Paper, that humble material that we use daily and take for granted, becomes material for art in Pulp Function, on exhibit at Fuller Craft Museum May 19, 2007 through January 6, 2008. Curated by Lloyd Herman, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery, Pulp Function is a survey of contemporary paper art that celebrates new works of paper art with over eighty objects by emerging and established artists from across America. Pulp Function will debut at Fuller Craft Museum before traveling to museums across the country including Plains Art Museum, ND and the James Michener Museum, PA.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MISS ROJ, an artist book and MISS ROJ, a sculpture created by Alice Simpson inspired by Kentucky born director, writer and producer George C. Wolfe’s 1986 play The Colored Museum for VISIONS FROM VOICES:  Art inspired by Kentucky poetry, prose and songwriting
at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, Kentucky. The exhibit runs from July 5th to September 5, 2007. From the email…THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MISS ROJ, one of eleven vignettes in Wolfe’s play, features a defiant snap drag queen who rages against exploitation and indifference with scathing humor. “. . . when the truth comes piercing through the dark, well you just can’t let it pass unnoticed. No, darling. You must pronounce it with a snap.â€? –Miss Roj

I hope everyone has a great day.

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July 5, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: General, Morning Musings, online tutorials — jackie @ 8:46 am

Good morning readers.

I hope everyone that was celebrating had a nice fourth of July. I didn’t have any hot dogs but did spend some time relaxing with family.

It seems that TJBookarts has gotten mentioned on several other blogs in the past few days. :)

A while back I sent Artist Penny Sanford a few little gifts that included a matchbook sketchbook as a thank you for sharing her heart yo yo pattern. She blogged about them yesterday. 

My little matchbook sketchbooks are also mentioned on a the german bookbinding blog of Tulibri.

If you’d like to make some matchbook notepads of your own, here’s a link to a simple tutorial on making them at About.com. They make great gifts and giveaways for parties and baby showers.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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July 4, 2007

Happy Fourth of July!

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:59 am

I just wanted to wish all the American readers out there a Happy July 4th.

Please remember to stay safe and don’t eat too many hot dogs. :o

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June 28, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 8:44 am

Good morning readers.

The weather her in Va. Beach has been hot and humid. We did get some much needed rain the other night but of course when the day heated up the moisture from the rain made the air really humid. Ah…the south in the summer. I’ll definately be prepared if I ever visit a tropical jungle. TGFAC!

I’ve been busy the past couple of days with a rush project for a client. I’m setting up text, printing and binding a sample book that will evenyually be published in an edition of 100-200. It’s very cool. Definately stretching my design muscles a bit. :o I’ll share more about it later.

A site of note this morning. Alice Simpson has made some wonderfully creative artists books. You can see them on her site.

Has anyone used a Gocco for printing illustrations in their books? I recently aquired three used ones and am planning on using them in my art camp classes this summer. 

Apparently the producers of the Print Gocco machines had decided to no longer supply the machines to the US and since they have become really popular here there has been a big to do about getting them back on the market. It looks like they will be carried in the US but with limited availability. For more information see the Save Gocco site.

For Gocco enthusiasts, check out the site of Shu-Ju Wang . She’s publishes a little magazine called Pudding. From the site: “Pudding is the Print Gocco proof magazine. Published 4 times a year, roughly every 3 months, Pudding tries a variety of methods, tools, and paper surfaces when printing with the Print Gocco.” 

Have a great day.

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June 26, 2007

Tues. musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 3:37 pm

Good afternoon readers.

I guess some of you are disappointed when I miss a day or two of posting as I got a call a bit ago asking where my posts for the past two days were. :o

Todays my Mom’s birthday. Happy Birthday Mom. Your package is on the way.

There’s been a bit of chatter of late on the book arts forum. If you get a chance head on over and add to the noise level.

Has anyone ever created books with their own poetry and illustrations? This summer I’ll be co-teaching a class at the CACV’s summer art camp for kids called Book of Haiku. We will teach the students to write Haiku and carve linoleum blocks to make prints to illustrate them. Then we will bind them into an accordian style book. Each book will have the poems and illustrations from everyone in the class. I’m really looking forward to teaching this class. We will also be offering this same class as a two Sat. workshop for adults in Sept.

If you’re local, don’t forget to check out my class schedule as I have a few coming up in the next few weeks.

Sounds like we are finally going to get some much needed rain in the form of a thunderstorm this aftenoon.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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