Thursday, May 13, 2010

Timothy C. Ely at Gonzaga (Mar. 19-July 31)

Timothy Ely's Website CLICK HERE
Info about exhibition "Secret Order" at the Jundt Art Museum CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Virtual Book Exhibition

(image: David Lusk)

The following link goes to the VIRTUAL MATRIX GALLERY, which is currently showing artist's books from the Spring 2010 Artist Book class. Click here to go to the gallery.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Biggest book in the world

King Mindon of Burma wanted to leave something to posterity. As a book lover he thought that literature was one of the most valuable elements of an enlightened society so he planned to leave a book behind him. Not any old book though – this would be the largest book in the world.
The King wanted the book to last for five thousand years so paper would not do. In 1860 he started the construction in Mandalay (then the capital of Burma). At the base of the Mandalay Hill still stands the largest book in the world. Its dimensions are staggering: the book has seven hundred and thirty leaves and one thousand six hundred and forty pages. Each one is made from local marble and has around one hundred lines of writing upon it.
It doesn’t end there, though – each of the pages is three and a half feet wide and five feet tall. In order to stand freely these pages are five inches thick. Each of these stone tablets has its own roof and they are all arranged around a central, golden pagoda – known as the Kuthodaw Pagoda. The book itself does not tell the story of Mindon’s life – many persons of royal lineage would no doubt be tempted to give a version of their own history dressed, no doubt, in flowery hyperbole. Each page is contained within its own glistening white pagoda to protect it from the elements.
Together the rows of pagodas form the biggest book in the world - and this is how Kuthodaw is now known. The book contains the Pail Canon, which is a collection of scriptures in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. First written down over two thousand years ago, Mindon felt that these scriptures would be a fitting testament to his life. We know this because the seven hundred and thirtieth leaf of the book records the actions of the king for posterity.

The construction itself is a remarkable story. The marble was quarried from thirty miles away and taken by river to Mandalay. When the work began in 1860 the stones were worked in an enormous shed and hundreds of senior monks were involved in the editing of the sacred scriptures. Each stone has up to one hundred lines of inscription upon it – and these were originally filled with gold ink.
It took eight years to complete the book and it was opened to the public in 1868. Originally, each of the tablets had a precious gem in a casket on its top. When the British invaded the north of Burma in the 1880s the gems were stolen. There was a restoration in the 1890s but it took till the latter part of the twentieth century for the book to be restored to its old glory.

Howard Munson

Howard Munson is a book artist and printmaker with an interest in experimental forms. His books are characterized by the exquisite craftmanship of his bindings and prints. The "naked" prints and drawings, enclosed within these crafted casings make the book arts the best medium for Munson's talents.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Donald Glasister

Donald Glaister is a book artist now living and working on Vashon Island, Washington, near Seattle. He began his bookbinding career after taking degrees in painting and sculpture from San Jose State College in California, and studying binding privately with Barbara Hiller in San Francisco and Pierre Aufschnieder and Roger Arnoult in Paris. His over thirty year professional career in design bookbinding has centered on the exploration, development and use of unexpected binding materials, visual humor and spontaneous visual expression, while working within the classical framework of the European binding form.

Friday, April 9, 2010


"The idea for the Book Book Shelf came from the realisation of how many books are discarded on a regular basis. These particular books were to be thrown out at the end of a jumble sale and we wondered what more could be made of them. We like the idea that value can be added to many discarded items through ingenuity and redefinition of context. "
The other is called the Modern Book Printing located in Berlin, Germany. I don't know if
anyone has found this before, but figured I would send it anyway. According to
Wikipedia the sculpture roughly 3 tons and forty feet tall, taking about 3 days to build.
Apparently designed by employees at Scholz and Friends.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Karen Hanmer

See lots more work by Karen Hanmer by clicking here.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research)

NCUR is taking place at UM on April 15 & 16th.
All university classes are cancelled so students can attend the conference.

For a listing of Art Related topics, including several presentations by UM Art Students click below.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Abecedarian Gallery

Work shown here is by Alice Austin.
To go to the gallery of artist click here.

Opportunities for Artist Book exhibitions through this gallery.
Bom Design: Click here
Two Dutch guys who create their work mainly from found objects apparently. These lamps sell for about 325 euros. (approx. $443.00 us)

Matthew Picton and other map related sitess

Work by Matthew Picton, Map related works; Click here.

The Map Room: A weblog about Maps, click here.

Map font Basics Article: click here.

Photoshop Tutorials on Fonts: click here.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oldest "writing" found on 60,000-year-old eggshells

COULD these lines etched into 60,000-year-old ostrich eggshells (see photo) be the earliest signs of humans using graphic art to communicate?

Until recently, the first consistent evidence of symbolic communication came from the geometric shapes that appear alongside rock art all over the world, which date to 40,000 years ago (New Scientist, 20 February, p 30). Older finds, like the 75,000-year-old engraved ochre chunks from the Blombos cave in South Africa, have mostly been one-offs and difficult to tell apart from meaningless doodles.

The engraved ostrich eggshells may change that. Since 1999, Pierre-Jean Texier of the University of Bordeaux, France, and his colleagues have uncovered 270 fragments of shell at the Diepkloof Rock Shelter in the Western Cape, South Africa. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Interesting gallery of books. Click to see.

And Melanie Engers blog. Click here.

Beaux Art Ball (End of Year Art Department Party)

Last year the Artist Collective revived the old tradition of the annual Beaux Art Ball. It's an end of the year celebration thrown by the art department that celebrates graduating BFA, BA and MFA students. It's also traditionally a costume event, and as this year's ball will be taking place on April 9 we've dubbed it the "Fools Ball," and it's taking place downtown at the Zootown Brew. In store will be art, music, perhaps some performance and games...and well, whatever you want, if you come help us plan it!

If you have Facebook, search for the Fools Ball event to get on the invite list, and to invite your friends pronto! Help us spread the word! Designs for the posters are underway and will be done by Louis Habeck, so if you have any suggestions please see him (he will often be found in the resource room in the Art Building). The Badlander will be catering our Ball, but only if we can prove we can get enough people! Bands and DJs for the function are yet to be determined. We are thinking of getting the Music Department involved and having one of the Jazz Bands play to start off the night. There are also some DJs in question. It is 4$ for tickets, and will be 5$ at the door. Tickets will be availble in approximately two weeks so keep your ears and eyes open!!

Thanks to those of you that have emailed me and offered your help, we will be contacting you soon!

Once again, the Beaux Art Ball is on Friday April 9. We will be hanging the artwork of any member, prospective member, and those that have helped us substantially at the Zootown Brew. So if you can't make it to the meetings, let us know if you want to be involved in other ways! Remember, We are also looking for people to replace the current officers. Most of us are graduating this spring, so now is a great time to get involved!

If you have any questions please email, call or text me (Nellie) 406-270-7253 or contact our president Katie 406-461-2830!

Hope to see you all Tuesday at our meetings!! 3:00 pm in the University Center, conference room 222 (Next to the UC Gallery).

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Box Books: Click here
Mission Creek Press: Altered Books : Click here.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Mapping Project

Art and Mapping (read pages 1-6)
On Right Map Making by Steven Holloway

Steven Holloway (Tomake Studios) Click on the various images and other galleries (west coast, other places).

Two great PODCASTS

Unusual Books

Click here to go to the website.

Codex Seraphinianus
In 1978 a mysterious package arrived at the Franco Maria Ricci's Publishing House in Milano, Italy. It was "Codex Seraphinianus" - a lavishly illustrated manuscript written in a weirdest alphabet, not seen anywhere else. The illustrations were of bizarre animals and strange rituals, reminiscent of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" psychedelics, married with Hieronymus Bosch. If you can read this book, you'll possess keys to parallel Universes, or so they say. According to Wikipedia, "the language of the codex has defied complete analysis by linguists for decades". At least we know that the title word "Seraphinianus" is the acronym for "Strange and Extraordinary Representations of Animals and Plants and Hellish Incarnations of Normal Items from the Annals of Naturalist/Unnaturalist Luigi Serafini".

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Japanese Bookbinding

Coptic Binding

Coptic binding refers to methods of bookbinding developed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd century AD to the 11th century.[1][2] The term is also used to describe modern bindings sewn in the same style. Approximately 120 original and complete Coptic bindings survive in the collections of museums and libraries,[3] though the remnants of as many as 500 Coptic bindings survive.[4][5]
Coptic bindings, the first true codices, are characterized by one or more sections of parchment, papyrus, or paper sewn through their folds, and (if more than one section) attached to each other with chain stitch linkings across the spine. In practice, the phrase "Coptic binding" usually refers to multi-section bindings, while single-section Coptic codices are often referred to as "Nag Hammadi bindings," after the 13 codices found in 1945 which exemplify the form.

More information on coptic binding by clicking here.
Variation of the above.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Exhibition TEXT/MESSAGES & Worlds Smallest Book

Video and interview about exhibition: Text/Messages at the Walker Art Center. Some good images of books. Click here to see video.

Worlds smallest Book:
Mark Palkovic, head librarian for the College-Conservatory of Music Library, owns a prized possession that's bringing him world fame. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Palkovic is the owner of the smallest book in the world. Palkovic's book, Chekhov's Chameleon, measures just .9 by .9 millimeters, not much larger than a grain of salt. Amazingly, this miniscule book has 30 pages and three color illustrations. The print cannot be read by the naked eye, but Palkovic keeps another larger copy of the book, still measuring just a tiny 2 by 1.8 centimeters, nearby.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Scott McCarney

This guy has lots of galleries and does lots of altered books. The above is from his "Saints & Sinners" group. Click here to go to his website.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Book Arts Podcasts

Various podcasts related to artist books. Click here.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010


See more work by Hyeyoung by clicking here.
In his words: "In my current book series, the metaphors of the Book, the Fish, and the Bottle are essential ingredients. I see the book, and paper specifically, as embodiment of civilization and the ability to hold and share experiences and memories like human skin. The book represents the communication that takes place when the individual makes their inner world accessible to other. The bottle represents the vessel of the body, and fish are the chaotic yet graceful movement of my emotion and rational thoughts and memories. As a troubled child I preferred to play with small glass bottles, rather than dolls whose humanness made me uncomfortable, and I used to fill the bottles with colorful water, and imagined them as containers for my own good feeling. Our emotional reactions to events and memories are always changing and moving like fish, and the fish are both an agonizing and a cathartic allegory for the possibility of change from the past to the present. These possibilities allow me to explore the concept of the creating memories in present with the viewer moves along with figure of human feet in the series of “We are”. I want to put our own selves into our absolute space to make a dialog among people. I want to create a movement of introspection and self-inquiry where the viewer becomes the subject of the piece. If we dare to show ourselves in all our raw glory, really express what’s going on in the chaos and the shadows then we have a chance to connect to something real in our time. We can accept ourselves with bare feet."

Student Presentation Project

Student Presentations:

Each student will be responsible for researching a contemporary book artist via the web. Keep your searches to those artists working within the realm of “Fine Art”. Do not research illustrators, graphic novelists, anime artists and the like. If you are unsure about your artist, talk to me prior to your presentation.

Each student will then give a 10-minute presentation via the web to the class on their particular artist. Give us some biographical information, and discuss why you selected them, what you find interesting about them. What their work is about (artist statement). You may read what other critics have to say and so on. If you cannot find biographical information or info on what their work is about, then you will have to select someone who you are able to gather this information on. You may also think about calling or emailing them to gather this info.On your presentation day, bring the website address information to class so you can find it easily.Students will be presenting on Wednesday, April 13th & Monday, April 18th.

List of Students and their selected artists. You cannot choose someone who is already listed below.

Wednesday, April 13:

Robert LePiane: Sa Blackwell

Lauren Partridge: Jody Alexander

Florence Bingham: Oring

Monday, April 18:

Anna Larsen: Sarah Bodman

Sarah Magar: Georgia Russell

Molly Crawford: Will Ashford

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


1. Artist Book Materials List
2. Glossary of Bookbinding Terms
3. Knots
4. Image Transfers
5. Edible Book Project
6. Coptic Binding