Category Archives: Books As Art

DIY Intro to a Sinewed Monster – blank book project

I created a book celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s publication of Frankenstein for a show at Asheville Bookworks.

The inside has pockets with body parts exemplifying major systems.

Asheville Bookworks show info here.


Book Arts Display at Asheville Library

It was an honor and pleasure to provide a display window full of objects, images and information about the art of making books for Buncombe County’s North Asheville library, where I am a regular patron.

Papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding were all featured, with interesting specimens of the final product.

A special love of mine is books as objects of art, and several examples were on display.

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Swamp Press starts it all with flips

When I walked into the New York Book Fair at the Loeb Student Center at NYU that fall in the early 1980s, little did I know that my sense of what a book can be was about to get greatly enlarged.  There was so much, but what stands out is Ed Rayher and his Swamp Press, whose little flip books were the “engine that could,” helping fund a magnificent body of publishing that pushed the boundaries for the physical presentation of small press literature.  We will be exploring other Swamp Press titles and much more in this category, but these little flipbooks, and the “pillow book” below, have helped me quickly and efficiently break loose students’ fixed ideas on what form a book can take, and why.  Thank you, Ed Rayher.