Through a post in the Book-Arts-L listserv, I recently discovered that something interesting things have been going on in Baltimore regarding artist books. This article in HUB, the Johns Hopkins magazine, describes an interesting class, “Paper Museums: Exhibiting Artists’ Books at the Baltimore Museum of Art”, which led to an exhibit from the collection of artists’ books at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This exhibit, entitled Off the Shelf: Modern and Contemporary Artists’ Books, opens tomorrow, and I wish I could see it.
Many of the books are collaborations between authors and artists –between Guillaume Apollinaaire and Raoul Dufy, between Stephen King and Barbara Kruger, between Joan Miró and Paul Élard. This article has more detailed information about the pieces in the exhibit. Unfortunately, there is no catalog. I asked.
Looking back, I see that much of my daily lettering has been some form of bookhand, fairly small. Even writing small, there is plenty of opportunity for variation. But I’m going to go big for awhile, and see what happens.
I love paper modeling and this guy Dan McPharlin does it right! He says, on his website, “… the Analogue Miniatures series was my attempt to pay tribute to early synthesizers and analogue recording equipment. Rather than replicating existing machines, the focus was on creating a revisionist history where analogue technology continued to flourish uninterrupted. Each piece was hand-made from framing matt-boards, paper, plastic sheeting, string and rubber bands.” See them all together in a 36-photo set at Flickr.
“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year
has its own beauty,
and in the same field, it beholds, every hour,
a picture which was never seen before,
and which shall never be seen again.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I matted and framed (11″ x 14″) this piece to today for the calligraphy exhibit at Rocky Mountain College’s The Ryniker-Morrison Gallery in Billings, MT.
The watercolor lettering was initially done with a disc-ended Brause Ornament nib – similar to a Speedball “B” series nib – and then the rough edges and finials tidied square with a bowl-pointed school nib. All on St. Armand handmade watercolor paper, a luxuriously felty, bumpy surface.
Wait, isn’t this a lettering blog? Not to worry. Read on.
I mentioned last May in passing that I had finished a fun bit of commercial lettering. There was the usual last-minute scramble to make a deadline, and then I turned to all the work I had set aside.
Well, yesterday upon being reminded of the book, I looked it up on Amazon .. and I ordered a copy. Meanwhile, I’ve enjoyed seeing my lettering in the “Look Inside” Amazon feature. Click on the book jacket to go to Amazon and see for yourself.
The eight books that were due on Valentine’s Day were actually completed in time to arrive by the deadline. Yay! I’ll make two more for a series of 10. Usually I do an “edition” of manuscript books (if there is such a thing), but this time I’ve done a series instead. To my mind, the difference is that I didn’t try to make these books closer to identical. The painted pages are all different. But the text, which consists 8 haiku, are all the same.