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Book Arts @ Syracuse University Libraries: Book Arts

Description of book arts @ Syracuse University Libraries. Features bibliographies of books at SUL, links to online resources, and examples by structure.

Featured Resources

The Book Arts Web: Most comprehensive site for book arts resources.

The Bonefolder

The Bonefolder: an e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist

Book_Arts-L: Listserv for all the book arts. Link at the Book Arts Web in the sidebar on the left side of the page. Includes online archive going back to 1994.

Electrolibrary by Waldek Węgrzyn – Paper book as interface

Created by Waldek Węgrzyn at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, “Electrolibrary” is a project that connects a custom made paper book to the computer, so it can be used as an an interface. The book can be browsed as any other regular book but when connected to the computer via USB, by turning pages, you can navigate through the website, getting additional information, quotations, movies and animations appropriate to the currently open page.

The Book Arts @ Syracuse

These pages are designed as a resource for students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts' School of Art and Design studying "the book" as a concept and structure and support presentations done for students, primarily in the Foundation Program.

Resources include images of examples from the collection of the Special Collections Research Center, "canned" subject searches of the Library's catalog, and a listing of examples elsewhere sorted by structure.

Book Arts Events at Syracuse and Beyond:

  • Brodsky Series for Library Conservation: Video of lectures on conservation/book arts topics and structures are archived in SURFACE.
  • Basically Books – The Artwork of Susan Joy Share: In Basically Books: The Artwork of Susan Joy Share, the artist, bookbinder and performer, will show slides and video of her magical handmade boxes and books whose colorful contents include expanding structures, animated objects, and percussive sounds. Share combines a multitude of media derived from traditional bookbinding, sewing, painting, collage and sculpture. She will also show work she created for public art commissions in Anchorage.
  • The Evolution of an Artist’s Book: Sarah Bryant proprietor of Big Jump Press, discusses the design and production of her most recent book, a project entitled “Biography.” The book is “an exploration of the chemical elements in the human body and the roles they play elsewhere in the world”
  • Out of the Sky: 9/11, a Tribute – Werner Pfeiffer, Sculptor and Book Artist: Listen to and watch to the artist recount his experiences relating to 9/11 as he assembles and disassembles the Twin Towers. See a 2010 exhibition of his work at Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
  • Process and Production: Sarah Bryant of Big Jump Press speaks about Biography and her latest work Fond at Hobart and William Smith College in scenic Geneva, NY. These works explore what "we" are made of and defines us, as well as the extent to which small, personal items encapsulate the bigger picture. Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies Kirin Makker introduces the lecture and curated the accompanying process oriented exhibit in Houghton House.
  • Stations of a Bookbinder's Life – Twenty-five Years in the Field: In this lecture for the Cornell University Bookarts Club on October 11, 2007, Peter Verheyen, bookbinder, conservator, and founder of the Syracuse Conservation Laboratory, discusses his experiences as an apprentice in Germany, work as a binder and conservator, and the many twists and turns his career has taken over the past twenty-five years. Audio and PowerPoint slides available.

For the most comprehensive listing of book arts related resources see the Book Arts Web.

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