Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A William Morris Exhibit

 If you have a soft spot for all things William Morris, and live in the Tacoma/Seattle area, you are in for a treat. Currently on display at University of Puget Sound's Collins Memorial Library are portions of the private collection of Jack Walsdorf, one of the world's leading authorities on William Morris and the Kelmscott Press. This exhibit is free and on display until Friday, October 14.

Walsdorf, a librarian by profession, began collecting William Morris books in 1966 while working in the Oxford, England public library. He wrote a book about the pleasures of collecting titled On Collecting William Morris: A Memoir. An interview with Walsdorf can be read here.

William Morris founded Kelmscott Press in 1891, with the intention to revive traditional book arts and typography. The books of Kelmscott Press, modeled after designs from the 15th century, are known for their distinctive illustrations and intricate borders. Morris used only red and black and some blue inks, and he designed three typefaces for use in the Kelmscott books: Chaucer, Troy, and Golden, all largely medieval in style. Kelmscott books reawakened interest in book design, and were imitated by fine presses and commercial printers in England and the United States.

A lecture by Jack Walsdorf will be held in the library on Wednesday September 21, Room 020 from 7 to 8 PM. The lecture is preceded by an informal reception in the exhibit space beginning at 6 PM. Seating for the lecture is limited to 50.

Please check the Collins Memorial Library web site for current library hours.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Accordion-Fold Books

On Tuesday my friends Lynne, Rochelle, Randi and I got together to set up a little display of accordion-fold artist books at the Parkland-Spanaway branch of Pierce County Library. The display case isn't large, but we crammed as many books as we could in there. As always, I am amazed at the talents of my friends. I think each of us looks at the collected work of local book artists and thinks that same thing.

Now, with the formation of Puget Sound Book Artists, we have expanded our group of friends even more. How lucky we are to be able to learn and be inspired by such talented people.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Studio Sunday

This is one of the handiest studio gizmos I own.  Actually this is the smaller cube- I have a much bigger one that is best for photographing  larger items. In my part of the country, relying on natural light isn't always an option. These light cubes improved the look of even my point-and-shoot digital snapshots so much, that I was a convert after my first try.

If you are interested in taking great photos of your books, I recommend Laura Russell's blog, found here. Laura is the owner of 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland Oregon, a great place to visit if you get a chance. And her blog entries about photographing your artist books are simply the best.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

What Color is Your Town Today?

Today, my town is Olympia, Washington, home to Harbor Days, which for 37 years has celebrated the best boat ever- the tugboat. To say I have had a lifelong love affair is not telling the entire story. I once actually bid on a tug, wondering at the time how in the heck I would bring it up from Argentina if I was to win the bid. At age 20, you cross those bridges when you come to them.

Owning an Argentinian tug was not in the cards for me, but my love of tugboats has never waned.

 So today my colors are the colors of the Creosote. Green, white, black, salted wood, a sprinkling of rust. She needs a bit of sprucing up, but she's beautiful where it really counts. I can identify with that.