They put me in charge of the book display for the beginning of the year! Go learn about tarot, How To Become A Good Dancer (this is an actual book we have. It’s probably the most informative thing ever), organic chemistry, Chinese Kites: How to Make and Fly Them, moths of the British Isles, trainwrecks, the geographical history of Africa, how to be a Good Citizen, how plants communicate, and more! Seriously there are just a lot of weird books, it’s great.
This week’s Book Spotlight focuses on Fond, a beautiful example of drum-leaf binding and slipcase craftsmanship from Sarah Bryant of Big Jump Press. A fond is defined as “a collection of documents organically accumulated by a person or institution,” and Fond examines what it means to collect and recollect memories through explorations of image and typographic abstractions.
Fond is a great book to study for artists interested in experimental uses in letterpress, box construction, label insets, and working with different types of hardcover bindings. Bryant’s craftsmanship is precise and delicate, with smooth transitions between spine and cover, insert paper and book cloth, slipcover and object. For more information on Bryant and her practice (including some very well-documented tutorials), visit Big Jump Press’s website here.
After that, start your weekend off right by stopping by the Library to view Fond in person. Happy Friday, everyone!
– Allison, MFA ‘16 (Painting/Drawing, GA – Artists’ Books Collection)
Hey hey hey guess what’s today? Poster I made for the library booksale. Was a real rushed sorta thing, but making the type was fun. Based it off something I found in this Walt Disney explains the atom book. Made in Illustrator.
This gorgeously-rendered comic only adds to the unsettling nature of the anti-fairy tale being told. Princess Aurora’s adventure takes her to the core of society’s true, evil face beneath all of the beauty that most only see.
today I started shifting books over in the library so we can get rid of two whole rows of shelves and make a space for a reading cave. I am so excited, you assholes better be pumped for this squishy comfy book nook. It’s coming (eventually)
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