book arts

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Hello, all my lovely followers! Long time no see! Sorry for the prolonged lack of original posts, but I’ve been crazy busy at my new job as Library Technician at Smithsonian Libraries (@smithsonianlibraries)! I’m working primarily at the Cullman Library in the Natural History Museum, which houses the Smithsonian’s special collections relating to natural history, although I’ve also spent some time at the Dibner Library, which is home to special collections relating to the physical sciences.

Although I’ve only been there for two months, I’ve had the opportunity to do and see some amazing things! From a shelving unit for miniature books to a well-loved 13th century Armenian manuscript (MSS 1675B), the Libraries are truly full of wonders great and small. One of my favorites is the volvelle, or rotating calculator, found in a 16th century alchemical manuscript (MSS 867B)– I just love it when books are interactive! Expect more from that one in the future.

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I made this small shell book for my sweet brother and ocean-lover, Matt, for his birthday this week.  Its covers are a true pair of incongruous ark clam shells (that we found together years ago at the beach – I think) and it’s bound with a two needle Coptic stitch variation.  Along with individually handcut pages, it features endsheets of handmade mulberry paper that I marbled with a suminagashi process.  :)

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I have kept a sketchbook since freshman year of university. That’s nearly nine years of sketching at the rate of one book per year. These days the books are filled more with finished paintings than sketches. Today I flipped through all of my books to see how my work has changed and (hopefully) improved.

Up next, I’ll post my findings.

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Marina Constantine, Sugar Skin (2016)

Mixed Media Book, Front Cover and Selected Pages : 30 Total Pages

“On the acceptance, rejection and struggle with femininity and how mental illness, abusive relationships and a 90′s rainbow childhood shaped those feelings. Toilet paper, tissue paper, glue, artificial sweetener, acrylic, sprinkles, glitter, fake blood, gel pen, glitter glue, collage, crayon and various nostalgic trash on paper.”  

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Where My Wild Things Are by Serene Ng

Inspired by Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are - one of my all time favourite stories. The persona here is Bunnyman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and indeterminacy. It will go wherever floats its boat.