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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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I pityeth the fooleth…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 6:22 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was yet another hot one here in the Hampton Roads area. I hope wherever you are your weather was a little more forgiving. It looks like rain here this morning, which we need badly, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to rain in my area. Yesterday it was raining like mad in downtown Norfolk (which is 20 mins away) and nothing here. My poor yard is brown. The lawn boy came by and cut the lawn but I liken it to a bald guy getting a haircut. :D

On to book related stuff…

Since aquiring a couple of used Gocco printers I have been trying to figure out what I would like my first Gocco printed project to be. After checking out the Book Dragon blog and seeing her wonderfully creative book plates, I decided that my first project would be just that, a custom designed bookplate. So, I dug out my copy of Art of the Bookplate by James P. Keenan for some inspiration and got to work designing one of my own.

A great ex libris quote, also by way of Book Dragon, the Medieval Book Curse

For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain crying out for mercy, & let there be no surcease to his agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails [. . .] when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever. [sic] (Basbanes, 35)

Basically it’s the Medieval way of saying “I pity the fool who touches my books.” :D

And, of course, I had to look up the definition of “ex libris” because the “needs to make sense” side of my brain couldn’t quite figure why some bookplates had the wording on them and some did not. Here is a definition from answers.com

The noun ex libris has one meaning: a label identifying the owner of a book in which it is pasted.   Synonym: bookplate

It’s pretty much a given that that little pasted on piece of art work with your name written on it that’s pasted on the inside front cover of your books is a bookplate. So, why do some have the wording on them? Is it so you are sure that it is a bookplate? Is it because ”ex libris” looks cooler than say… the word “bookplate”?

In the above referenced book on bookplates, the definition is given as “The words ex libris are taken from the Latin, meaning ‘from the books of’ or ‘from the library of’.” This of course makes more sense.

Of note…

The entry Deadline for the Bonefolder Bind-O-Rama 2007 is September 30, 2007. Initiated in 2004, the Bind-O-Rama challenge and online exhibition has become an annual event. To continue that tradition, the 2007 Bind-O-Rama will be a set book exhibition featuring the catalog to the Guild’s 100th anniversary exhibition. Full Bind-O-Rama guidelines and a link to the catalog order form can be found on the book arts web. Entries will be compiled into an online catalog, which will be viewable on the Book Arts Web as well as in the Bonefolder.

The San Francisco Center for the Book’s Fourth Annual Roadworks: Steamroller Prints and Street Fair happens on Saturday, September 8, 2007 from 11am - 5pm. It is their annual fundraiser. Here is a page with some info and photos from last years fair.

I love the idea of steamroller prints. Here is a link to another steamroller printing event that celebrates the Day of the Dead. From the site… Every year over 80 artists collaborate to bring together the Day of the Dead Steamroller Print Project. Students from The University of Montana, Hellgate High School, Sussex Middle School and individual artists from the community create and cut blocks that are printed in the event. Works created during the day long print event are carried in Missoula’s Annual Festival of the Day Parade and will be exhibited in downtown Missoula during the month of November. There is also a movie of the printmaking.

On that same note…Maria Arango and Daryl DePry’s monster woodblock print. Printed by running over it with the car tires. :D

I hope everyone has a great day.

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