Happy Pi(e) Day from Special Collections & University Archives!  To help us all celebrate, I pulled two artists books from our collection.  The first is Pi by Susan Angebranndt at Green Chair Press.  She has juxtaposed Joanna Trzeciak’s translation of Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “Pi” with the digits of pi. Second we have More Slices of Pie by Emily Martin of the Naughty Dog Press and instructor at the Center for the Book (you can follow their tumblr too: uicb!) Martin’s slice, “Grandma’s Pie Crust” is my favorite part of the pie, yeah lard! These books are on display in our reading room so stop by for a closer look! 

Now bring on the pi(e)s!!!

-Jillian P.

--Mission Creek Boutique-- Celestial Bodies & The Eccentricity is Zero

Greetings All! I’m excited about the 2015 Mission Creek line-up in Iowa City and happy to be part of the Mission Boutique art series. 

I will be installing Celestial Bodies, sculptural paper vessels, and The Eccentricity is Zero, a series of broadsides made as a collaboration between Digraph Press and poet (and multi-faceted artist) Lauren Haldeman in RSVP on Monday, March 30. Read more about the project HERE.

The artwork will be up all week, so stop by and see it, but ALSO (and that’s a very excited ALSO) there will be a reading by Lauren on Saturday April 4 at 2pm followed with music by Alexis Stevens

A big thank you to Mission Creek (especially) Jensina Endresen, Joe Tiefenthaler, and Niki Neems for organizing and hosting this event. 


Candida Pagan / Digraph Press


The best thing about working in the “City of Literature” is the vibrant bookish life going on all around here.  Last Friday I visited the University of Iowa Center for the Book - uicb.  

What you see in the above image is more than meets the eye.  Here a traditional three person team is researching by recreating historic conditions in early paper mills with Timothy Barrett.

Learn more about their research in this incredible video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-PmfdV_cZU

Kalmia Strong and I will be having our MFA show together in Iowa City at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. It will be up from April 6-11, with a reception at North Hall on April 9, from 5-7. Come if you can, there may be pizza. And art. Lots of art. I am excited. 


Chancery Papermaking: an attempt at 2000 sheets in a single day, recreating pre-industrial papermaking techniques and output.

Did they do it?  Watch the video to find out! 

A short video about the incredible historic paper research going on over uicb

One of our Tumblr followers requested a breakdown of how to make a yapp foreedge so I created a step by step breakdown of the yapp model I made out of office supplies.  You can make this any size you want.  I usually try to keep my turn ins between ½" and ¾" wide. Note that if this was an actual case, this piece of card would be more than twice as long so as to completely cover a book.

To begin your yapp paper case turn in the head and the tail.  Adding a score line (an indented line marking where you want to fold) will help you turn in.

Next determine where you want your foreedge and fold.

Then decide how tall/wide you would like your yapp to be and fold.

These fold lines will help you know where to trim.  To cut down on bulk, trim out the corners.  The shaded square uses the foreedge turn in and the head and tail turn ins to determine how much to trim.

You then want to cut out a triangle to make the tabs you will tuck in to secure the yapp.  Cut along the yapp fold a little bit and then move out to the edge of the paper.

Fold everything back up.  You will now want to mark where your tabs land on the head and tail turn ins so you can cut a slit for the tabs to slide into.

Fold it back out and turn the paper over.  Do not cut while everything is still folded!  (You will cut through your cover if you do!)

Refold again and slip your tabs into place.

Voila!  You have just made a yapp!

-Jillian P.

UICB MFA candidate Margaret Heineman and UICB certificate student Sarah Luko exhibit historical binding models and replicas in the K.K. Merker Gallery space from September 23rd–October 4th.