Events/Exhibits in Collins Library – Fall 2019



  • September 3: Exhibit: All Stitched Up: An international juried book arts exhibition, September 3rd – December 11th, 2019, Collins Library University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
    To stitch is to join together, to mend, or fasten as with stitches – to sew. To stitch is to bring together fabric, paper, wounds of the body, or cultural divides. Stitching can be an act of healing, hope, practicality, creativity, and revolution. All Stitched Up recognizes and celebrates the work of book artists’ where stitching has become an integral part of the visual design. Curators Catherine Alice Michaelis, Jane A. Carlin, and Diana Weymar will jury the show and a print catalogue will be created.
  • September 10: AHSS Symposium, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room, Collins Library.
    Registration is required for this event and details concerning registration costs will be posted soon.
  • September 14: Lecture: A Mind at Work: May Morris and Subversive Stitching, 1:30-3:00pm, Collins Library Room 053 (lower level).  Due to limited seating, we are asking you to register for this lecture.  Please click on this link and follow the registration process: this presentation, Dr. Wager will explore the work of May Morris (1862-1938), an accomplished designer, embroiderer, public speaker, writer, educator, advocate for social causes, and founder of the Women’s Guild of Arts. Morris’s legacy is tied to her father, William Morris, and his role as the leader of the British Arts and Crafts movement. Recent scholarship and exhibitions have excavated Morris’s embroidery designs, objects, writings, and her influence on artistic communities. This talk will focus on the objects of her creation, and how her works fits into a broader nineteenth-century history of stitching and revolutionary action.
    Anna Wager is the Clarence A. Davis Visual Arts Curator at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She directs the exhibition spaces on campus and manages the permanent collection. She also teaches courses related to cataloging, curatorial writing, exhibition design, and the history of museums, through the lens of 19th- and early 20th-century English and American art and material culture. She holds a PhD in art history from the University of Washington, and is a member of the William Morris Society board.
    This event is sponsored by the Collins Library, the William Morris Society in the United States and Puget Sound Book Artists.
  • September 14: All Stitched Up – Opening Celebration, 3:30–5:00pm, Collins Library, Link and Gallery Room.
  • September 24: Zine Reading Hour, 5:00-6:00pm, Archives Seminar Room, 2nd Floor Collins Library. Fall Zine Series: Join Collins Library for an informal series of events that celebrate zines and zine culture! Drop by to browse our collection of over 300 zines! We have zines on issues of identity, social justice, politics, fan culture, and much more.


October 2: Making Zines, 5:00-6:00pm, Makerspace, Lower Level, Collins Library.
Fall Zine Series: Join Collins Library for an informal series of events that celebrate zines and zine culture! Come learn about the creative tools & resources in the Makerspace and join us in making a collaborative zine!

October 4:  Art & Archives in the Library, October 4th, 3:00-4:00pm, First Floor Collins Library.  Stop by the Collins Library and enjoy a guided tour of the two current art exhibits with Library Director, Jane Carlin. Interwoven Stories and All Stitched Up showcase contemporary book artists and stitching in an international exhibition of unique works.
Join Archivist & Special Collections Librarian Adriana Flores ‘13 in the Northwest Room and learn about the artist Abby Williams Hill, and enjoy a “pop-up” exhibit of Logger memorabilia and history. While you’re here, don’t forget to pick up a unique Logger keepsake! All activities on the first floor of the Library.

October 16:  Wandering Book Artists – Peter and Donna Thomas, 2:00–3:30pm, Archives Seminar Room, 2nd Floor Collins Library. Imagine living in a tiny home and moving across the country to share your art? That is exactly what the wandering book artists, husband and wife, Peter and Donna Thomas do. They will be visiting Collins to share their story and it should be an interesting one for sure!


November 1:  Tiny Pricks Project: Tweets, Textiles, and Trump, 4:00–5:30pm, Archives Seminar Room, 2nd Floor Collins Library.  There will be over 700 pieces at the time of the conference. To view pieces created to date, please follow the series on Diana Weymar. Tiny Pricks counterbalances the impermanence of Twitter, social media, and Trump’s overall approach to politics. Weymar, who lives in British Columbia,  is also the founder of Interwoven Stories, a collection of stitched pages that focus on personal narratives and stories.
The project is open for public participation until Trump is out of office and that the series can be followed on IG @tinypricksproject.
Diana is making a return visit to Puget Sound as she also was a visiting artist two years ago and contributed to the project Refashioning Identity, in which members of the Puget Sound community contributed stitched pages.  Pages from Tiny Pricks, Interwoven Stories and Refashioning Identify on display in the Collins Library in conjunction with the All Stitched Up exhibit.  Weymar served as one of the jurors of the exhibit.

As of October 14th, registration for this event has reached the maximum capacity. We appreciate your interest and remind you that the exhibition of Weymar’s work will be on display in the Collins Library until December 12, 2019.

November 2:  All Stitched Up Book Arts Symposium, 9:00-3:00pm, Collins Memorial Library and the Tahoma Room, Thomas Hall: University of Puget Sound.
Collins Memorial Library in collaboration with Puget Sound Book Artists is pleased to sponsor a one day Symposium associated with the All Stitched Up exhibition.
This one day event will focus on the creative process and feature a number of artists represented in the show.

November 12: ZAPP Zine Presentation by Seattle Public Library’s Abby Bass, 5:00-6:00pm, Archives Seminar Room, 2nd Floor Collins Library.
Fall Zine Series: Join Collins Library for an informal series of events that celebrate zines and zine culture! The ZAPP (Zine Archive & Publishing Project) Collection, part of the Seattle Public Library, contains over 30,000 zines, rninicornics, and other self-published and small press titles. Arts, Recreation & Literature Librarian Abby Bass will share more about this amazing collection.

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