2016 Members’ Exhibition Photography Session & Exhibition Update

Members’ Exhibition Photography Session

March 5, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Room 020, Collins Library
University of Puget Sound

Puget Sound photographer Ross Mulhausen will again be providing the opportunity for PSBA Members to have their work photographed by a professional for the exhibition entry form and catalog.

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, March 5th, and requires registration on Formstack. The link (below) will be active starting Thursday, February 11th. It will close Wednesday, February 17th. Please pick your first and second choice and take into consideration that we are asking participants to arrive 15 to 20 minutes prior to their time slot. This will give you time to arrive and be prepared for your session. Notifications will be made no later than Monday, February 22nd.

The event is being held at Collins Memorial Library. PLEASE NOTE: The location has changed this year. Photographs will be taken in ROOM 020. You will have your choice of 5 half-hour sessions that will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

****Please be sure to bring a thumb drive for your pictures.****

 FORMSTACK :  Fill out the online registration form by February 17th (registration opens February 11th). This event is for PSBA members only.

EXHIBITION INFORMATION:
Exhibition Prospectus // Sample Entry Form

Location Collins Memorial Library University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
Exhibition Dates June 2 – July 30, 2016
Photography Session Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
in Room 020, Collins Library
Submission Deadline Monday, March 14, 2016
Submission Notification Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Submission Drop Off Tuesday, May 31, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Misner Room, Collins Library
Opening ReceptionPLEASE NOTE – The reception IS NOT the first day of the opening of the exhibit as in past years. Thursday, June 9, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Link, Collins Library
Conversation with the Artists Wednesday, June 22, 2016 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Trimble Forum
Moderated Panel Discussion
“The Artist’s Vision: From
Inspiration to Completion”
Wednesday, July 13, 2016  5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Room 020, Collins Library
Pick Up Submissions Monday, August 1, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Link, Collins Library

 

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Workshop: Surface design and gel plate mono-printing with Deborah Greenwood

PSBA Mini-Workshop
Surface design with gel plate mono printing

Saturday, February 6, 2016 (Part I) // February 27 (Part II)
12 p.m. to 3p.m.
at Studio B
2926 S. Steele Street, 2nd floor
Tacoma, WA 98409

Deborah Greenwood mini workshop image

Presenter: PSBA member Deborah Greenwood, is a book and collage artist from Tacoma, Washington.  In 2014 Deborah, along with two other Tacoma artists, gave a workshop on surface design. In these workshops, she wants to pass on what she has learned from her ongoing explorations in mono-printing on gel plates.

This is a two part workshop on surface design using gel plate mono-printing. In Part I (Feb 6 – 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.) you will explore creating hand crafted stamps from quick cut linoleum. Part II (Feb 27 – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.) will focus on gel plate mono-printing.

Register (REQUIRED) for this event here:
https://psba.formstack.com/forms/surface_design_gel_plates

Tool List:
x-acto knife
Cutting matt

All materials and patterns provided, included in the workshop fee of $50, paid to PSBA on day of workshop.**

* Completing registration enrolls you in both Part I and Part II of the workshop.
** The materials fee covers both Part I and Part II of the workshop.

Questions: contact Debbi Commodore at commodore@harbornet.com

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Workshop: Back-to-Back Accordion books with Gabby Cooksey

PSBA Fundamentals Workshop
Accordion 101: Back-to-Back Accordion books

Saturday, February 13th 2016
12 p.m. to 3 p.m
Room 020, Collins Library
University of Puget Sound

Back to Back Accordion Book

The accordion structure is perhaps the most versatile structure in the world of bookbinding. This structure, also referred to as the concertina, displays both pictures and words in an immediate and Zen-like game of mountains and valleys.

Presenter: PSBA member Gabby Cooksey, Graduate of North Bennet Street School for Bookbinding in Boston, MA; studied at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, CO and at the Montefiascone Conservation Project in Italy.

In this workshop you will learn the basics of the accordion structure and explore several variations of the back-to-back structure which will serve as prototypes for future projects.

As a part of the PSBA Fundamentals series you can also expect to learn the fundamentals of folding, scoring and folding tools.

Register for this event here:
https://psba.formstack.com/forms/mini_workshop_back_to_back_accordion
(REQUIRED – Registration opens Sunday, January 17)

Tool List:
scissors
pencil
bone folder
glue stick
ruler at least 12 inches
cutting matt
needle
awl
triangle

All materials and patterns provided. Materials fee ($15) due to PSBA on day of workshop.

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Call for Entries! 6th Annual PSBA Member Exhibition!

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Call for Entries
6th Annual PSBA Member Exhibition
June 2nd – July 30th, 2016
Collins Memorial Library
University of Puget Sound

For a complete prospectus, instructions, and guidelines for entry:

2016 PSBA 6th Annual Member’s Exhibition Prospectus

Sample Entry Form

Location
Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Exhibition
June 2 – July 30, 2016
Photography Session
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Submission Deadline
Monday, March 14, 2016
Submission Notification
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Submission Drop Off
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Opening Reception
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Conversation with the Artists
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Moderated Panel Discussion
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Pick Up Submission
Monday, August 1, 2016 – 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
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DON’T MISS: Pricing Principles for Book Artists with Laura Russell

Collins Memorial Library in association with Puget Sound Book Artists is pleased to welcome artist and gallery owner, Laura Russell in a special presentation.

Pricing Principles for Book Artists with Laura Russell

November 30, 2015
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Room 020, Collins Library
University of Puget Sound

LauraRussell-MugShotPricing a work of art is never easy. Pricing a book as a work of art is even more formidable.  Variations in materials, structure and production methods make determining fair prices for artist books very difficult. Pricing can be a very scary prospect when creating any new project. How can a book artist be compensated for the untold hundreds of hours that go into the research, design, printing, binding and other countless processes involved in crafting a unique bookwork or editioned masterpiece?

Based on Laura’s many years of experience selling artist books both as artist and dealer plus a previous career as a professional in the field of marketing, publishing and advertising, this lecture covers such topics as pricing strategies, research, the market values of artist books, pricing pitfalls, various pricing formulas, how to raise prices, ethics and offering discounts.

Plus: A Sneak Preview of Blood Quantum now on display at 23 SandyGallery

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Laura will also share some of the works that are currently on display from the Blood Quantum Exhibition at her gallery in Portland, Oregon, 23Sandy Gallery.

Image credits, left to right: © Matt Runkle, Elsi Vassdal Ellis and Hidde Van Duym.  

Don’t miss this special event!

Click here for a map of the University of Puget Sound.

Photos by Laura Russell

 

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Workshop: Dos a Dos Binding with PSBA Member Gabby Cooksey

IMG_2342A Dos a Dos binding is a book with 2 separate texts are bound together in which the fore edge of one text and the spine edge of the other are on top of each other. The only way they are split up is by the back board they share. True Dos a Dos, meaning “back to back,” bindings are very rare.

Presenter and PSBA member Gabby Cooksey is a Graduate of North Bennet Street School for Bookbinding in Boston, MA, and has studied at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, CO and at the Montefiascone Conservation Project in Italy.

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Room 020, Collins Library, University of Puget Sound
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Space at this workshop is limited, please register online at Formstack here (registration is required).

Tool list:
Bone folder with a point at the end
Teflon folder
Xacto knife or Olfa knife
Self-healing cutting mat
Brush
Awl

All materials and patterns provided for a $10 fee paid to the PSBA on day of workshop.

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Our Annual Meeting is just a few months away!

Join us for our annual meeting and enjoy the company of friends.

Help raise money for our organization by participating in our popular annual silent auction. To donate, please contact jcarlin@pugetsound.edu or fill out the donation form available here and bring your items to Collins Library.

Download the PSBA Donation Form.

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Learn about Alicia Bailey and the Abecedarian Gallery

PSBA is pleased to partner with the Behind the Archives Door Lecture Series at Collins Library to sponsor this presentation. 

BIGCALLOUT_AliciaBaileyAlicia has a particular passion for works that include elements beyond surface printed images and text; that move beyond traditional book forms and embrace presentation flexibility, rigid page construction and use of alternative materials. For this presentation, Alicia will bring selections from Abecedarian Gallery’s recent exhibition Content: Artifact as well as some of her own work to share. After a brief overview of her involvement with contemporary book arts, Alicia will talk about specific individual works, their construction, appeal and relevance, with opportunities for questions from the audience and hands on examination of some very special book works.

The presentation will be on November 3, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Archives Area in Collins Library.

Alicia is affiliated with several artists’ book professional organizations and has served on the Executive Committee of Guild of Book Workers since 1998. She is owner/director of Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, Colorado, founded in 2007 and focused on the exhibition, promotion and sale of contemporary artists’ book works. Alicia also acts as an independent curator/juror, instructor/mentor and regional events coordinator in the book arts. In her studio work, she has focused on book arts since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Her work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections.

Learn more at http://www.abecedariangallery.com

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DIRT?

Soil Monoliths from the Maynard Fosberg Collection - Mare Blocker

Soil Monoliths from the Maynard Fosberg Collection – Mare Blocker. Photo: Mare Blocker

Dirt? Having grown up on an island of a farm in a sea of dirt, I tend to think of it as an inexhaustible resource when I think of it at all. My trusty, well-worn Roget’s is even less helpful, with words like impurity, filth, and dregs being the first of several “synonyms”, none which even come close to expounding the wonder that is dirt. How we perceive dirt is, of course, up to each of us. We see it, smell it, feel it, and even taste it without truly appreciating how much our lives depend on the soil we walk on. More than an inconvenience that comes off in the shower at the end of the day, laundered out of our clothes, or vacuumed up by irate mothers everywhere, dirt enriches our lives, from the food we eat, to the simple pleasures of walking barefoot in the soft crumbly soil between the rows of a wheat field or the memories of making mud pies as a child.

Come Celebrate the Sacred Soil by Dr. Bob Pliny

Come Celebrate the Sacred Soil by Dr. Bob Pliny. Photo: Dr. Bob Pliny

Forgotten memories is not what brought me to DIRT?, an exhibition curated by Lucia Harrison, and currently on display at Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound.  Tending to take dirt for granted, I came to see how other book artists had expressed themselves on the subject. More than just a celebration of artists and their work, I quickly realized the exhibition allows us to experience, dirt in all of its manifestations. Greeting us as we enter the exhibition , A coyote leaps/pounces on an unsuspecting hare in a frozen but macabre dance of life and death in the soil. Fossils entombed by time and mud share their space with Katydids staring out at us with bulbous eyes from their glass cases.   On a separate table, a microscope invites us to take a closer look at the ecosystem within dirt and the forest plants that depend on dirt for their survival. And of course there are the books created by artists from across the world celebrating in poetry, prose and visual art, the wonder that is DIRT?  Lost in the mesmerizing patterns that emerge under the microscope,  I finally rise to leave,  inspired to return home and scoop up a handful of compost, letting it trickle through my fingers as I smell it’s intoxicating aroma.

Twelve Orders Twelve Verses - Jan Owen & Justine Owen

Twelve Orders Twelve Verses – Jan Owen & Justine Owen. Photo: Jan Owen & Justine Owen

Books70Earth by Irmari-Nacht

Books70Earth by Irmari-Nacht. Photo: Irmari-Nacht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neither the images or this blog can do the exhibition DIRT? justice.  It must be seen in it’s entirety to appreciate it’s full capacity to inspire, educate, and instill wonder about a subject we tend to forget about.  More than something to merely look at, DIRT? invites us to interact with the exhibiton itself by participating in a series of events listed below.  Be sure to visit www.pugetsound.edu for an introduction and a complete catalog of the work in the exhibition, in addition to more information about the exhibit.

Postcard_FrontAugust 6, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound

EVENTS:

    • Exhibition Opening – September 10, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
      Reception will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Curator Lucia Harrison will then give a lecture entitled “Intersections:  How Artists and Scientists Can Collaborate to Create Environmental Awareness” from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    • Art/Science Salon – September 17, 2015 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
      Tour the exhibit and attend a talk by Lucia Harrison (Visual Arts) and Abir Biswas (Geology) from The Evergreen State College.
    • Educator and Student Night – September 24, 2015 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
      Learn about “Staying Healthy with Polluted Soils” with Walt Burdsall from the Tacoma Smelter Plume Project and “Combining Art, Literature and Science in the Classroom” with Lucia Harrison.
    • Earth Pigments:  Family Reading Hour & Hands-On Activity October 3, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

Join members of Puget Sound Greek Life for stories about soil from 10:00-11:00
Afterwards from 11:00-1:00, make acrylic, egg tempera, and watercolor with soil pigments alongside Curator Lucia Harrison.

    • Dirt? Poets Reflect on Soils and the Environment – October 15, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
      A Poetry Reading with Regional Poets featured in the Dirt? Exhibition. A celebration in conjunction with Tacoma Arts Month.

All events are open to the public and will take place in Collins Library.

 

Curator Lucia Harrison stands with her work, Ancient Forests of Frying Pan Creek at Collins Library

Curator Lucia Harrison stands with her work, Ancient Forests of Frying Pan Creek at Collins Library

Blog by Mark Hoppmann

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Parallel Universes

One almost has to be in two places at once to be as prolific as Helen Hiebert, paper maker, sculptor, book artist, lecturer, teacher and movie star, to name only a few of her attributes. June 29th, Helen Hiebert, visiting from her studio in Vail, Colorado presented a lecture about herself and her work to the Puget Sound Book Artists and guests at Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound.

fun picture IIPushing the boundaries of paper as a medium her expertise was on display whether in the making of a sheet of paper from cotton pulp or her paper sculptures created by the shrinkage of the fiber as it dries.   Helen’s time lapse video of how her paper sculptures are created was particularly mesmerizing. Viewing the resulting installations as she spoke about her work, served to inspire the captivated audience even more.

Helens website at helenhiebertstudio.com begs to be visited by book artists and artists alike. Once there the reader will find something for everyone. Of particular interest is the Red Cliff Paper Retreat which according to her website is taking registrations now. Don’t forget to also peruse her library of “how to” books. In addition to being a successful paper artist, Helen also demonstrates her capacity to teach and share what she knows with others.   Her books, also available from her website, include, The Papermaker’s Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Making and Using Handmade Paper, Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds, and Paper Illuminated to name only a few.  We should all be so inspired as Helen Hiebert.

Helen Hiebert BooksBlog by Mark Hoppmann
Photo Credits: Mark Hoppmann
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