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February 28, 2008

Over the hump… for now…

Filed under: Interesting artists, Recent News, online tutorials — jackie @ 8:31 pm

Hey there readers…

I feel like a slacker in the book making department. I have been so busy with mid term work in my classes the past couple of weeks that I haven’t been able to participate in the Flickr group challenges. Thanks so much to those that have. I appreciate all who have risen to the challenge and taken on a theme or two. Hopefully you have been learning something as well as having fun with it. Also, do take a peek over at the Flickr site now and again because it’s not just for posting challenges. There are some great examples of reader’s books there. Lots of great inspiration for aspiring binders.

Don’t forget that starting this Saturday March 1 it’s our two year “blogaversary” here at TJBookarts and I’m planning a few special things each week to celebrate.

Of note…

Check this out, a whole book on the book arts available for download in chapters from the Booklyn Artists Alliance. Included are instructions for one-sheet, coptic, flag, accordian, stab and pamphlet books. The downloads require a little patience as they are large but well worth it.

If you do download the book, consider making a donation to the Booklyn site to help further their work. From the site: “Booklyn’s staff works tirelessly to put books in the hands of the people and to encourage the people’s hands to make more books.

This age of slick, offset, corporate-controlled publishing is also the age of photocopied zines, artist books, desktop publishing, and the small press. Booklyn’s mission is to encourage the proliferation and appreciation of people-made books as an antidote to industry-produced counterparts.

Founded in 1999, Booklyn is an artist-run, nonprofit organization headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. Our mission is to promote artist books as an art form and educational resource; to provide educational institutions and the public with programming involving contemporary artist books; and to assist artists in exhibiting, distributing, and publishing innovative bookwork. ” You can read more on their website here.

While you are there, definitely take a look at some of the artist’s books in the artist’s section by clicking on their names. There are some pretty cool books there.

More stuff to check out… 

Here is an interesting interview with Emma Jane Hogbin of the somewhat defunct (I say somewhat because the site has been in renovation for some time now) website “Strange Little Girl”. She does have a new blog but it is not book arts related like the old one was.

I’m always amazed at the books posted on Google Books that you can look through. I recently came across this one on making fabric memory books by Lesley Riley.

Of course you can’t print the books on Google books and some of them give you a full preview while others only give you a limited preview of the book but, there is definitely enough to look through and decide if you’d like to add it to your library. If you do a search on making books you come up with alot of great titles. Check it out. Also, do a search on bookbinding and you’ll come up with a few good ones such as this one by one of my readers Joanne B. Kaar.

See you on Saturday!

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January 18, 2008

Friday morning musings…

Filed under: Interesting artists, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:57 am

Good morning readers…

The sun has finally come out after being rainy and cold here in the burbs the past couple of days. My classes have have begun to get busier with lots of ”homework” to do. I got spoiled in drawing one class with being able to finish the assignments during class time. Not anymore. The pieces that we are doing now are time intensive. This past week we started working with pen and ink and are doing drawings of shoes. I’m drawing one of my old leather hiking boots with a .005 pen. Let’s just say it requires lots of hatching and patience. I’m def. way out of my comfort zone here. If I can get it on the scanner, I’ll post a pic of my shoe when it’s done for your viewing enjoyment.

Music to make books by.

I ‘m one of those people that likes to work without any noise so I usually don’t listen to anything while I work. Occassionally I’ll put on a Podcast or in the late afternoon the TV that is in the next room. And every once in a while I’ll put on the local NPR station or a CD to listen to.

A muscian that I came across a while back that I find nice to listen to while working is Alison Crowe. She’s a Canadian singer-songwriter that accompanies herself on the piano when she sings. She is lovely to listen to. This is one of my favorites.

Another artist that I heard recently is Ingrid Michaelson. Well… I’ve actually heard her before on the Old Navy commercial and the Grey’s Anatomy TV show but didn’t know it was her. Both of these ladies are Indie artists. Check them out if you get a chance.

Of note… 

If you’ve ever considered making your own Zine, you may want to check out the adventures Ricë Freeman-Zachery had getting her newest Zine printed.  Ricë is an artist and writer and has recently written a book called Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspiration from Working Artists. You can check out her work and buy copies of her new Zine over on her blog.

Don’t forget to check out the results of challenge #2 over on the Flickr site and see what’s coming up for next week.

(Edited to add…that my challenge book is in the making and will be up this evening sometime.)

I hope everyone has a great day.

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