Workshop: Introduction to Pop-Up Book Structures

 Introduction to Pop-up Book Structures

COLETTE FU,
Creator of the World’s Largest Pop-up Book

February 16, 17, & 18, 2018
9am – 5pm

 LOCATION: 2926 S. Steele Street, (2nd floor) Tacoma, WA

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Pop-up book structures can be used to make engaging works of art for any age, from greeting cards to animations to kinetic sculptures. In this 3 day intensive workshop, participants will learn the many basic structures of pop-up paper engineering including angle folds, platforms, and pull-tabs, and how to incorporate them into unique pop-up books, cards, and works of art. Complex pop-up works are created from a combination of basic mechanisms enhanced by your art, playfulness and imagination. All levels of experience are welcome.

Philadelphia based artist Colette Fu received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, and soon after began devising complex Flyer_Colette Fu_image 02compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. She has designed for award winning stop motion animation commercials and free-lanced for clients including Vogue China, Canon Asia and Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton and the Delaware Disaster Research Center. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the West Collection and many private and rare archive collections. Colette’s numerous awards include a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China, and grants from the Independence Foundation, Leeway Foundation, En Foco, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, CFEVA (Center for Emerging Visual Artists), New York Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Puffin Foundation and Society for Photographic Education. Colette’s solo show about the minority ethnic groups of China was presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in the winter of 2016/2017. A passionate educator, Fu also teaches artmaking as a way to give voice to communities through pop-up paper engineered projects. She teaches pop-up courses and community workshops to people of all ages and marginalized populations at art centers, universities and institutions internationally.  www.colettefu.com

Workshop Fee $300.00 (PSBA members)   $335.00 (non-members)   Materials fee $35.00

Current PSBA members have the opportunity for advance registration beginning January 13, 2018

Registration opens to the public on January 24, 2018

To register: https://psba.formstack.com/forms/colette_fu_workshop

 Artist statement – Colette Fu

Flyer_Colette Fu_image 05I make one-of-a-kind collapsible artist’s books that combine my photography with pop-up paper engineering.  Pop-up and flap books originally illustrated ideas about astronomy, fortune telling, navigation, anatomy of the body and other scientific principles.  This history prompted me to construct my own books reflecting ideas on how our selves relate to society today.

Growing up (in New Jersey), I was not proud of my Chinese heritage. After college graduation, I went to my mother’s birthplace in Yunnan Province in Southwest China to teach English.  Literally translating as “South of the Clouds,” Yunnan is China’s most southwestern Province, sharing borders with Tibet, Burma, Laos, and Vietnam. With snow-capped mountains to the Northwest, and tropical rain forests to the South, Yunnan is rich in natural resources and has the largest diversity of plant life in China. This diversity extends it its population as well. I taught at the Yunnan Nationalities University in the capital, Kunming.  While in Yunnan I discovered that my great-grandfather had not only helped establish the university where I was teaching, but was a member of the powerful black Yi tribe, and governor and general of Yunnan during the transitional years of WWII. I stayed in Yunnan for three years; it was these experiences that helped me find a new sense of pride and identity and encouraged me to pursue a profession as a photographer and artist.

With the help of a Fulbright fellowship, I traveled once again to Yunnan, specifically to photograph for a pop-up book of the twenty-five ethnic minority groups that reside there. 25 of the 55 minority tribes of China reside in Yunnan and comprise less than 9% of the nation’s population, with the Han representing the majority. Many people inside China and most people outside are unaware of this cultural richness.  While I am directly unable to help these groups preserve their identity and ways of living, I can use my skills as an artist to spread knowledge and provide just a brief portrait of their existence.  As I grow older I start to understand the importance of preserving one’s identity and culture, and the significance of learning one’s roots.

In 2014, with the help of a Leeway Transformation Award and the Swatch Art Peace Hotel residency in Shanghai, I returned to China to extend my project outside of Yunnan Province.  For 6 months I traveled between Shanghai and select minority areas in Inner Mongolia, Northwest Xinjiang Province, Hunan, Guangxi, Guizhou and Zhejiang Provinces. I spent this half of the year photographing the minority areas with the goal of making pop-up spreads when I returned back to the US.

My pop-ups are a way for me to speak and inform; the real and implied motion in the pop-ups link to a temporal element and an inevitable corollary is to awe and unsettle. Constructing pop-ups allows me to combine intuitive design and technical acuity with my love of traveling as I try to understand the world around me. With pop-up books I want to eliminate the boundaries between people, book, installation, photography, craft, sculpture.

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Workshop: PSBA Fundamentals—Handmade Books

 PSBA Fundamentals—Handmade Books

Making a Cradle and Multi-Signature Pamphlet Stitch Binding

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018
1-4 p.m.
Location: 2926 S. Steele Street 2nd floor, Tacoma, WA

20171123_105325Presenter: 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 be learning how to make a cradle, for which you can use right away to make a multi-signature pamphlet stitch binding. You will learn how to construct a book made with multiple individually sewn pages and then pamphlet stitch the pages to a cloth cover.  This style of book lays flat when open and the cradle will be able to come apart so it’s easy to store.

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

Tool List:

  • scissors
  • pencil
  • bone folder
  • ruler at least 12 inches
  • awl
  • gluing up brush (any medium size brush)
  • triangle
  • glue stick (optional)
  • xacto or olfa knife
  • cutting mat

All materials and patterns provided

Workshop fee ($15) paid to PSBA on day of workshop.

Registration required: https://psba.formstack.com/forms/cradle_and_multi_signature_binding

 

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Concertina Star Tunnel Book Workshop

 CONCERTINA STAR TUNNEL BOOK

 Saturday, January 20, 2018
12:30pm – 4:00pm

 Location:   3029 Hoffman Road SE, Olympia, WA 98501

walshelizabethstar tunnel book PRESENTER:
PSBA member Elizabeth Walsh

Elizabeth Walsh is a graphic designer for the Washington State Senate.  She has been a
calligrapher/paper & book artist since 1978, attending many international calligraphy conferences.  Elizabeth is also the founder of the Olympia Calligraphy Guild, Nib ‘n’ Inks, in 1980 and has taken bookbinding master classes with Shereen LaPlantz, Bonnie Stahlecker, Elsi Vasdall-Ellis, Don Guyot, Suzanne Moore, Kevin Steele, Laurie Doctor, and other calligraphers.

WORKSHOP STRUCTURE & DESCRIPTION:

In this binding, we will create five 3-panel star tunnel signatures using Canson Mi-Tientes,
will sew each signature to a narrow concertina, using a 3 or 5-hole pamphlet stitch,
will bind the fore edges with skewers and rubber bands, and
complete the structure with piano-hinged covers.

MATERIALS AND TOOL LIST:

  • Cutting Mat,
  • Xacto knife with sharp blades
  • scissors
  • bone folder
  • ruler
  • glue stick/PVA
  • small 1/8” hole punch
  • notebook
  • pencil for your own personal notetaking.

Provided by instructor: Canson paper, needles & thread, skewers, rubber bands and instructions.

WORKSHOP FEE:
($15) paid to PSBA on day of workshop. Checks (made out to PSBA) or Cash (exact change only).
Space is limited to 9, registration required.

The registration link to Elizabeth’s workshop:
https://psba.formstack.com/forms/concertina_star_tunnel_book

For questions about this workshop email: Pat Chupa
pchupawordarts@gmail.com
(email subject line: Elizabeth Walsh mini-workshop question)

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Upcoming Events

2017


November

  • Sunday, November 19, 2017 PSBA Last Salon of the Season: Artist Residencies Come and be a part of the discussion with a panel of artists who have participated a variety of programs. Time: 3-4:30pm. Location: University of Puget Sound, Collins Memorial Library, Archives Seminar Room.
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 PSBA Fundamentals Workshop The Codex 101: Single sheet coptic. PSBA Member Gabby Cooksey will be presenting this workshop on how to create this book form. Time: 1-4 p.m. Location: 2926 S. Steele Street 2nd floor, Tacoma, WA.

 

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SAVE THE DATE!

SAVE THE DATE!!

PSBA Annual Meeting

Saturday January 13, 2018
Collins Library
University of Puget Sound

Continental Breakfast and Silent Auction 10:00 to 11:15

Meeting 11:30 to 12:30

Our featured speakers for this year’s Annual Meeting are:

Amy McBride: Arts Administrator, City of Tacoma. Amy will share insights into the work of the Tacoma Arts Commission and the importance of arts organization and leadership in our community.

Ed Marquand: Marquand Editions, Seattle. Ed began designing for artists and galleries in the late 1970s, and formed Marquand Books in the mid-1980s. In 2006 he founded Mighty Tieton, an incubator for artisan businesses in central Washington. Ed will share insights into his work as an art publisher. Marquand develops, designs, and produces books with museums, artists, creative professionals, publishers, and collectors. Learn more about his work at: http://luciamarquand.com/work/

We will be accepting items for the Silent Auction as of December 1, 2017. Please contact Jamie Spaine: jspaine@pugetsound. Link to the form:

Bonus Event!

 Stay after the official meeting for a presentation by Suze Woolf.
New Technology and the Artists’ Book
Room 020, Collins Library
1: 00 – 2:00

 Suze Woolf will share insights about how she uses graphic software and laser cutters to enhance her artistic expression.  She will talk about the process from start to finish and have photos to demonstrate the use of software and discuss how she works with Fabrication Studios to achieve the final results.

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Tacoma Studio Tour

TACOMA STUDIO TOUR

October 14 & 15, 2017
11 am – 5 pm
Free!

The Tacoma Studio Tour is your opportunity to see inside the working studios of local artists, learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Many of our Puget Sound Book Artists members will be opening their studios and showing off their work. Please come and visit some of the finest artists in Tacoma!

For a downloadable and printable brochure click here

For an interactive map of the studios click here

For more information on the all new Satellite Studios Tour click here

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Dual Exhibitions at the University of Puget Sound

Clarissa Sligh—Nationally Renowned Artist and Activist
Fumiko Kimura ’77—Sumi Artist
Exhibits and Public Talks
Aug. 28—Sept. 23

image003TACOMA, Wash.Nationally recognized artist Clarissa Sligh is exhibiting her works in a show titled Am I Safe? and giving two public talks during a residency at University of Puget Sound this fall. Fumiko Kimura ’77, a Tacoma-based artist working in sumi, an ancient East Asian ink wash style of painting, will hold the exhibit One. Dot. Sumi in the small gallery and also give a talk. The exhibits run from Monday, Aug. 28, to Saturday, Sept. 23, in Kittredge Gallery on campus.

For more than 30 years, Sligh has woven together the cultural, historical, personal, and the political to explore concepts of memory and transmutation, and perceptions of boundaries and identity. Now she brings her creative ideas to two shows that have only become more relevant in light of recent political and social events.

In Kittredge Gallery, Sligh’s installations of more than 6,000 folded origami cranes—many from the pages of hate books promoting extreme anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, or racist ideologies—transform hate speech into artworks of calm contemplation. Her artists’ books, photos, and prints examine personal identities and fears in an unequal world.

In Collins Memorial Library, a small exhibition of Sligh’s artists’ books showcasing racial inequality and addressing social justice in our country are on display. Many of her books are autobiographical in nature, touching on issues of race and gender throughout her life.

Sligh will give two public talks. Admission is complimentary and refreshments will be served.

·        Tuesday, Sept. 5, 6–7 p.m.: A book talk, along with partner Kim Purser, in Archives & Special Collections, 2nd floor, Collins Memorial Library

·        Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5–7 p.m.: The opening reception in Kittredge Gallery, with a talk by Clarissa Sligh at 5:30 p.m.

      Sligh’s prints, artists’ books, and installations have been exhibited at venues including the Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum, in New York; Walker Art Center and Minnesota Center for Book Arts, in Minneapolis; and the National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C.

She has been honored with recognitions or grants from the Art Saves Lives Foundation, Shlenker Block Fund of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, and Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, in Asheville, N.C. Other awards include an International Center of Photography Infinity Award (1995) and fellowships from Anonymous Was A Woman (2001), the National Endowment for the Arts (1988), and the New York Foundation for the Arts: once for artists’ books (2005), and twice for photography (1988; 2000).

Sligh was one of the artists in Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, an exhibition hosted by Holter Museum in Montana that challenged artists to transform pages of white supremacist books into beacons of hope. Most recently her work was included in the Equal Justice Initiative, curated by Brooklyn Museum.

image005In Kittredge’s second gallery, from Aug. 28 to Sept. 23, are works by Tacoma-based artist Fumiko Kimura ’77. Kimura’s sumi paintings range in scale from the intimate to large installations. Her works are based on Asian-influenced brush calligraphy. They include paintings of landscapes, flowers, insects, and birds, as well as mixed-media collages derived from an experimental approach. The works relate to her experience as a biochemist and her more than fifty years as a visual artist.

Kimura is a co-founder of Puget Sound Sumi Artists in Washington state. She will give a public talk in Kittredge Gallery, 4–5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Admission is complimentary.

Sligh’s visit and exhibit are supported by the Catharine Gould Chism Fund for the Humanities and the Arts, Collins Memorial Library, Department of Art and Art History, Department of History, and African American Studies.

Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the Department of Art and Art History, and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5–7 p.m., Kittredge Gallery; Artist talk at 5:30 p.m.

Book Talk: Tuesday Sept. 5, 5–7 p.m., Archives & Special Collections, Collins Memorial Library

Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, Wash.
Directions and Map: pugetsound.edu/directions
Regular Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m.
Website: pugetsound.edu/kittredge

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A Conversation with Paper Maker Velma Bolyard

A Conversation with Paper Maker Velma Bolyard

July 11
Room 020
6:30 – 8:00

Collins Memorial Library
The University of Puget Sound

image001Velma Bolyard is a fiber, paper and book artist working with mostly locally gathered materials for textile, paper, and book making. She recently retired from 25 years of teaching special education in alternative public school settings. Her passion is to make art that explores environment and the connection to place, and teach others technique to inspire them to push their own work. Currently she is exploring the properties and personality of flax/linen and milkweed and is working on a larger project, Hortus Siccus about plants and place.   She writes a blog, Wake Robin www.velmaboyard.com  about her work and life.  Velma will discuss her work as a paper maker and artist and share examples of her work.

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Award Recipients: Northwest Musings

The evening of June 8, 2017 was a fine one at the Collins Library.  Artists, friends, librarians, and other interested visitors came for the reception and awards announcements for the 7th annual Puget Sound Book Artists exhibition—Northwest Musings.  There was delightful food, gentle harp music and, of course, the 47 beautiful handmade books.  Three awards were presented this year: the Curators’ Award, the Collins Memorial Library Award, and the Award of Excellence.  All of the jurors who selected the winners mentioned the difficulty of choosing a single work from so many excellent entries.  The reasons for each award choice are detailed below.  We congratulate the winners and, in fact, all who worked hard to make this exhibit a success.

Chupa postcard 2Curators Award

Patricia Chupa – Thuja Plicata

Structure/Medium/Materials:  Mache & painted paper on a cardboard armature; Woven paper; Feathers, beads, twig, lichen, duff, wasp paper, ceramic button; Wood board; Book boxes housing post-bound & leather/paper-bound journals.

Created:  2017

 The great diversity of materials, techniques and forms used in the works in this show truly impressed our team of curators.  The artists thoughtfully explored the stated theme of the exhibit “Northwest Musings”, calling on their individual memories and their knowledge of history and sense of place to give form to their books.

As a team we struggled with choosing our single award winner because there was such a richness of presentations.  Ultimately we decided on Patricia Chupa’s work “Thuja Plicata”.  It is a complex piece that at first glance evokes the very nature of the Pacific Northwest with the two images of a strong tree and a traditional conical woven rain hat.  Both of these images allude to protection, shelter, stability, and Pacific Northwest history.  A closer look reveals that it is two small books that are “protected” by the tree and hat, and that each book is a journal containing drawings, personal observations and stories.  One journal is actually placed within the tree; the other at a short distance from it.  Immediately there is an implied dialogue between the two and a sense that the whole work is a tribute to a cherished relationship.

Thus, what is highly personal–the journals– and what is archetypal symbol–Thuja Plicata–merge into one unique book that provides us with a feeling of exploration and discovery.

Curators:  Jan Ward, Dorothy McCuistion, Sally Alger, Bonnie Larson

Chan postcard 2Collins Award

MalPina Chan – 46.79°N 121.74°W: Mapping the Glaciers of Mt. Rainier.

Structure/Medium/Materials:  Turkish Map Binding, Arches Text Wove Japanese Kozo-shi, Archival inks

Created: 2017

Our judges had a hard time choosing, because there were so many beautiful works.  The PSBA members are amazingly talented. Our final decision came down to which book was most applicable to classes on the University of Puget Sound campus, and we quickly thought of several specific classes that could use MalPina Chan’s 46.79°N 121.74°W: Mapping the Glaciers of Mt. RainierMapping the Glaciers engages the place and space of Mt. Rainier in the Pacific Northwest landscape and imagination.  This book entices the viewer with a Turkish Map Fold construction that opens up to reveal a map and handwriting from Abby Williams Hill. The detail of adding maps to the back side of the folds completes the charm.  Mapping the Glaciers is an evocative and inventive representation of one of Washington’s iconic natural features, recognizable by its persistently glaciated peak. Using an old map of the mountain’s glaciers, the artist forces us to address the centrality of the mountain. At the same time, the older map raises questions about climate change in the viewer’s mind:  where are the glaciers today? The map itself is framed on both sides with excerpts from the diary of Abby Williams Hill, an artist and progressive thinker who herself was deeply engaged with notions of place and the Mountain.  The juxtaposition of map and words from the early twentieth century invites us to explore our own relationship to Mt. Rainier. This work situates its viewer in a variety of ways, through its mingling of topography with the personal writings of Abby Williams Hill, and invites questions about how our experiences with the natural world both shape and are shaped by it. We envision Mapping the Glaciers engaging students and researchers working with the Hill Collection, focusing on our local region, and in courses from multiple disciplines.

Peggy Burge. Coordinator of Teaching, Learning and Digital Humanities

Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian

Hilary Robbeloth, Systems and Discovery Librarian.

woolf02bAward of Excellence

Suze Woolf

Pine Beetle Book, Vol III: Bug Ruts

Structure/Medium/Materials: Pine-beetle-bored bark in epoxy resin, laser-cut iron-oxide-dyed felt pages, wire-edge-bound, wooden “worry” beads

Created: 2016

Juror’s Statement:

I have had the wonderful opportunity to view the PSBA juried members’ exhibition over the past seven years and have to say that each year the exhibition has gotten stronger. This year, fine bindings, evocative imagery and sculptural, organic qualities are prevalent in the artist books that are exhibited in the Collins Library. Imagery and meaning is tied in with craft through a variety of scales and diversity of themes related to the Pacific Northwest. Various structures include Turkish map folds, flag accordions, as well as stab–bound, cloth-bound, and piano–hinged books. Imagery is produced through wide means, including photography, stamps, screenprint, digital techniques, and dying.

It was very difficult to choose the award of excellence. However, I found myself continuing to go back to a work where the materials were an integrated whole, where form and meaning were united. Suze Woolf’s Pine Beetle Book, Vol III: Bug Ruts is part of her related series of books that reference bug trails in the woods. This shaped book is welcoming, the materials a combination of warm browns.

The exposed binding consists of brown threads that wrap around metal pins; threads are left to trail off, echoing the linear trails seen on the felt interior pages. Worry beads are attached to the ends of the threads, which add weight and keep the threads separated.

Bug Ruts feels good in the hands. The cover is a piece of organically shaped tree bark that has been bore into by beetles, then covered in clear resin. The uneven resin suggests water or tree sap. On the verso, the rough texture of bark acts as the endsheets, quite visually different than the energetic line veining on the cover. The organic edges of the cover and leafs allow one to wrap their fingers around them, as one might with a worry stone.

The shape of the front and back covers differ; in between there is a slow transformation of the shape of the pages, an echo­ of the exterior. Flexible felt pages are contained within the book. Rust dye is used on the soft pages to mark beetles’ tracks. Gestural in quality, these markings are evidence of the insect’s path. The thick pages add a sense of solidity that combines with the softness of the felt material. The pages turn easily.

Suze Woolf has preserved the beetle’s journey, capturing a part of the larger whole of our ecosystem. Time, nature, and movement are captured in this satisfying artist book.

Juror: Janet Marcavage, Printmaker and Professor at the University of Puget Sound

 Northwest Musings

Exhibition dates:  June 1 – July 28, 2017
Featuring 31 artists with 47 unique and original books.

The public is invited to attend special, free events that will run alongside the exhibit.
All events will be held in Collins Memorial Library.

Next Event:

Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Collins Library Room 020

For Library hours: pugetsound.edu/libraryhours

 We gratefully give thanks for the continued support and generous hospitality of The University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library; particularly Library Director Jane Carlin, graphic designer Jeanne Young, Administrative Coordinator Jamie Spaine, and photographer Ross Mulhausen.

Visit Collins Library to see and appreciate the exhibition Northwest Musings in its entirety.  To view the exhibition online, click here:

The Puget Sound Book Artists can also be found on Facebook:

 

 

 

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7th Annual Member’s Exhibition

Puget Sound Book Artists 7th Annual Members’ Exhibition

Puget Sound Book Artists Logo

Exhibition dates:  June 1 – July 28, 2017
Featuring 31 artists with 47 unique and original books.

The public is invited to attend special, free events that will run alongside the exhibit.
All events will be held in Collins Memorial Library.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Artist Conversation:
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Collins Library Room 020

Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Collins Library Room 020

 Puget Sound Book Artists Chart

What images, words and ideas occur to you when you hear the phrase Pacific Northwest?

PSBA came up with a few:  Trees, ferns, slugs, smog, eagles, clams, blackberries, tulips, sea glass, herons, mountains, fog, rain, crows, berries, beaches, arsenic, pho, seals, tankers, whales, sand, beach glass, boats, ships, containers, paper mills, logging, clear cutting, planes, traffic, grunge, coffee, tattoos, salmon, diverse communities and traditions, methanol, ferries, independent thinkers, technology, green, grey and blue, climbing, kayaking, markets, crabs, sun, water.

Artwork by Pat ChupaAll this and more is our community, an inspiring and often mystical and magical place.  The  chosen theme for the 7th Annual Members’ Exhibition for the Puget Sound Book Artists is Northwest Musings.  This year’s show marks a departure from previous exhibitions.  Books in the show run the gamut of celebrating the beauty and grandeur of the Northwest, to providing commentary on social issues that affect our communities. (Left artwork image: “Thuja Plicata” by Patricia Chupa)

Jane Carlin, a member of the PSBA Board and Collins Library Director, is excited about this new approach to the exhibition.  “A goal of the PSBA is to make the book arts more accessible and we thought a themed show would resonate with the Tacoma and Puget Sound community.  We want to celebrate our location and give back to Tacoma for all the support that our organization has received.  We hope the community will be excited to see the area reflected in the book form.”

“Themed exhibitions are always a challenge and  “Northwest Musings” is no exception,” said Mark Hoppmann, current President of the Puget Sound Book Artists.  What better way to test our imaginations than by celebrating the Pacific Northwest and sharing our visions in this exhibition, Northwest Musings.

Jan Ward, Lead Curator for this year’s exhibit says, “The artists this year have challenged our thinking from the serious and disturbing memories depicted in Lynn Skordal’s work, “The Bomb” to the delight of exploring our area celebrated in Peter Newland’s “Travel Musings”;  from Suze Woolf’s careful use of native woods to create unique books that can be “read” as stories to Laura Russell’s “Hit the Road” Highway 99 pop-up books.  The diversity of skills and forms used to depict each artist’s musings makes this a must see exhibit.”

 

Curators for the 2017 exhibition include:

Jan Ward is a book artist from Edgewood, WA. Her unbridled exploration and use of all manner of materials, techniques and methods often leads her work to the edge.  Her current interests are in uncovering, exposing, and disentangling the chaos of life so things can be reexamined and appreciated.

Dorothy McCuistion is a printmaker and book artist living in Tacoma, WA.  Her work focuses on monotype prints and she often combines these prints to create unique art books.  She strives to make universal connections and statements that begin from a personal perspective.

Bonnie Larson, who lives in Federal Way, Washington, expresses the beauty of nature and color through handmade books, watercolor paintings, sewing projects, and calligraphy pieces.

Sally Alger is a papermaker from Tacoma, WA.  She studied art and art history at the University of North Dakota and for the last few years has had a special interest in the challenge of transforming scraps of computer paper and plant material into works of art-collages, books, and even a unique sort of jewelry.

Puget Sound Book Artists is a nonprofit organization comprised of professionals and amateurs from all quarters of the book, paper, and printing arts—including bookbinders, papermakers, printers, book artists, archivists, and conservators.  The group aims to provide educational opportunities and to foster excellence through exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and publications dealing with various aspects of the art of the book.

In 2013 the PSBA was awarded the City of Tacoma AMOCAT Arts Award for Community Outreach by an Organization.  The group sponsors a variety of workshops, lectures and special event designed to be learning opportunities for beginning and experienced book artists.

For further information contact:  psba@gmail.com

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