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Julie Copenhagen’s False Idols

False Idols, a Master of Fine Arts installation by Julie Copenhagen. Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Jim Escalante/Photography by Jim Escalante)
All to often on campus, a show opens and in 6.5 days it closes. Julie Copenhagen, a student in book arts and ceramics installed her Master of Arts Exhibition. Click on the image above to see more photographs of her installation on line.

Learn how to make a gif

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 In class today, I will demonstrate how to create a gif file from a short video. Often a single photo does not capture the time element of a piece of art. The neon artwork is by Aaron David, it was included in the 2015 BFA Exhibition in the 7th Floor Gallery, Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Madiosn.

Books on Display Exhibition Opening

 (Photograph by Jim Escalante) Friday March 6, 2015, the Central Branch Library will be hosting Night Lights an evening of arts and crafts. As part of the evening, I will have an exhibition of twenty photographs. The photographs are from a series of images taken over several years of the window display by Caryl Askins, owner of Paul’s Book Store, 670 State Street, Madison, Wisconsin. Doors to the exhibition open at 8pm. The event will continue until 11 pm. It will be great to see you at the opening. Once the exhibition opens, you will be able to see more photos from the exhibit by clicking on this Books on Display link or by clicking on the image above. The exhibition will remain in the 3rd floor gallery at the Central Branch Library at 201 West Mifflin Street, Madison, Wisconsin until April 23, 2015.

Twin Peaks: Black Lodge Photo Booth

Twin Peaks2Friday, February 6 at the Madison Public Library yours truly will be working with other artist to create a “Photo ‘Op” Photo booth during the Twin Peak Anniversary event. Photos snap shots start at 8PM. Stop by for a photo. It will be worth a thousand words. More information at Madison Public FaceBook events pages. The event was well attended and we all had fun! Check out the photos here.
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Tortillas La Iguana

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What started out as an experiment in making paper from corn husks, has turned into a small print for the HWT Wayzgoose 2014 on Sunday, November 8th. Instead of forming regular sheets of paper from the corn husk pulp, we poured the pulp into a variety of round shapes. When the paper dried it resembled tortillas so much that I had to create a new brand, Tortillas La Iguana! Thanks to Tracy Honn from the Silver Buckle Press for suggesting how I should print the plate on different sizes of paper. The classroom’s Vandercook 219 has a set of rollers for inking that lift up enough to not touch the paper as the platen cylinder rolls over during the printing run. Our friends at Boxcar Press made the plates for this run. Below is short video on the printing steps. At the press is Julie Marie Copenhagen.

Getting set for an evening at MMoCA


On November 13th, 2014, a few students and I will be working on a quick book project as part of the “Under the Influence” program at 6 pm. One of the book structures we will explore is the Turkish Map Fold. Thanks to Sona Pastel-Daneshgar for demonstrating in the video.

Short video for casing-in your book block.

The video has no audio beside the ambient sound of ruffled paper. I can add some comments if you need to hear what we did. Otherwise, watch carefully as Sophie cases in her book block. We did not add any mull or book clock for the hinge. The cloth often levels out the bumps created by the tapes on the inside of the cover. Sophie cut out a few layers of the board to nest the tapes inside of the boards. Once the adhesive dried, we opened the book to show you how it looks. I will add a new video once she pastes down an end sheet to cover the board and hinge. Stay turned. Listen carefully for sound from the shop. You might hear the board sheer and the ruffling of waste paper



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