Rasmuson Display – 3.19.15

Rasmuson Display – 3.19.15

Visit UAF’s Rasmuson Library to see the latest Northwoods Book Arts Guild display of Artist Books. In “Focus on Fiber,” the books reflect the artists’ life-long exploration of fiber arts and more recently, book arts. Here is the descriptive artists’ statement by Lois Henderson and Laurel Herbeck: ” The history of fiber production precedes the advent of writing and books by some 30,000 years. As with other traditional crafts that have been replaced by mechanization to reduce cost, and increase speed and distribution, fiber production and book making have been revived as handcraft and are now elevated to the status of art forms. It is no surprise that fiber artists should bring their knowledge and love of fiber to their artist books. These books contain handspun paper and yarns, hand-made paper, fused silk paper, knitted fabric, and woven tapestries. They are embellished with twigs, metal foils, beads, buttons, Sari thread, silkworm cocoons, polymer clay “looms”, linen, and silk threads. There is still in many of us an innate desire (if not need) to create something beautiful, visual, and tactile. As the world is increasingly industrial, electronic, digital, and virtual, the human relationship with fiber continues to fascinate, captivate our imagination, and inspire our work.”    ... Read more...

December 2014 at the Rasmuson

The latest UAF Rasmuson Library showcase exhibits books that were created in response to vintage books selected from the the Alaska Literacy Council’s Forget-Me-Not used book store. Coincidentally, each of these books feature imagery of birds! “Hello,” by Linda Adamson, uses pochoir images, printed text, Khadi paper, book cloth, and metal. It is a modified panorama structure. Created in 2014 in response to “Hello,” by James W. Foley, 1915. On the left, “A Charm of Birds,” by Margo Klass, features pochoir images, gouache, and Japanese papers in a screen structure, with casement. Created in 2014 in response to “A Charm of Birds,” by Rose Porter, 1897. On the right, “Bird Gods,” by Mary Baarlaer Maisch, utilizes Zendala tiles, ink, gold marker, vintage imagery on Canson paper, and book cloth in a concertina structure, with casement.  Created in 2014 in response to “Bird Gods,” by Charles de Kap,... Read more...
First Friday at If Only… a fine store – 11.7.14

First Friday at If Only… a fine store – 11.7.14

Northwoods Book Arts Guild artists and their books were featured at November’s First Friday event at If Only… a fine store. It was a lovely evening! Several Guild members were on hand throughout the evening to demonstrate various binding techniques. Artist books will be available for sale at the store for one week only. Our “Books As Art” DVD exhibition catalogs is also available for sale at a reduced price. We thank Georjean and Rebecca at If Only for providing this wonderful opportunity to showcase book arts in the Fairbanks First Friday... Read more...