Art of the Book

My blog is nearly a week old and, despite its title, I have yet to write anything about books. There is so much to say on the subject, it’s hard to know where to begin. My reading has been going slowly these days. I’ve been concentrating on the book I’m writing.

This is kind of a lazy, but fun, way to write about books. The following photos are from an exhibit by the Puget Sound Book Artists, which is held annually at Collins Memorial Library at my alma mater, the University of Puget Sound. I haven’t had a chance to visit this year’s exhibit, which runs from February 1 to May 20. The photo I’ve posted her are from a previous exhibit.

The Puget Sound Book Artists are a creative bunch. They think outside the box and push the envelope, as you’ll see. Books are more than just sheets of paper bound together between cardboard covers. In the past, books have been clay tablets or papyrus scrolls. In China books have been made of wood or bamboo strips bound together with cord. The earliest books date back to 3000 BCE.

I once had a little accordion bound book from Japan. It was a delight. Sad it say, it was one of the items lost during one of my moves. I wish I still had it. Many books have passed through my hands. Some have been lost, some stolen, some returned to the library, some donated to libraries and charitable organizations. I still have many so many books that people sometime ask–don’t you have enough books? The short answer is “No.” There is no such thing as too many books. Except when it’s necessary to make room for more books.

It’s hard to photograph books through glass in a space with many windows. Maybe it’s because I’m shy and don’t want to be a bother, it has never occurred to me to ask the librarians to please open the cases for me.

Pushing the Envelope
Inside the Box, Outside the Covers
Leaves Defined in Different Ways
Old Growth: Beneath the Forest Floor
Salish Sea

The Salish Sea lies between British Columbia and Washington state.

Accordion Books

If you’re in the Tacoma, Washington area between now and May 20, drop by the University of Puget Sound and visit the 2019 Book Artists exhibit. This year
artists were given a discarded volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica from the Collins Library and asked to transform the volume into a unique work of art. It will be interesting to see what they’ve come up with.

4 thoughts on “Art of the Book”

  1. The unusual books–I especially like “a circle of leaves” makes me think of the most unusual one I’ve ever owned–one I made myself. Eensy, teensy, about an inch big. A friend showed me how to do it. Don’t know what became of it, though. I agree–you can’t have too many books, except when you do (: Space problems!

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    1. Thanks for your interesting comments, Judy. I once made a book, too. I was maybe eight at the time. My mother helped me sew it together. I loaned it to a “friend” who never returned it. How sad that we’re both without our creations. I’m fascinate by your teeny book. Darn those spaces that don’t expand to fit our collections.

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