Archived entries for Book Arts

Artists’ Books on Display


On display at the Kohler Art Library are a few of the books that Barbara Mackey Kaerwer donated to the library. The donation contains over 1000 books. This exhibit showcases examples of fine books on German and Austrian art published between 1898 and 1950. For more information about the Kohler Art Library on the University of Wisconsin-Madison, visit the Kohler Art Library link. Current MFA candidate Carissa Heinrichs skillfully narrated the video.

Pop up Book Display


Out Popped Summer was an exhibition at the Kohler Art Library on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The Kohler Art Library has an impressive Artists’ Book Collection with a searchable data base of the objects that are part of the collections. If you have not seen the collection, it is well worth your time to visit the library. Prior to you visit, you might want to research some of the books by using their Artists’Book Collection Database.
Two current MFA students from the Art Department, Carissa Heinrichs and Sarah Stankey provided assistance to Lyn Korenic, Director of the Kohler Art Library with the selection and installation. While the exhibition is over, do watch the video and take advantage of the exhibitions that take place in the entrance of the library.

Diane Fine Workshop Video

This spring, artist Diane Fine gave a two and half hour workshop in my book arts class at UW-Madison. In the workshop students shared in an “exquisite corps” inspired playful drawing exercise. Once the drawings were completed they exchanged their drawings and created an accordion bound book. Diane Fine’s workshop video can be seen from the link.
Diane Fine’s 2017 workshop and lecture were made possible by the Leonora G. Berstein Artists’ Book Endowment, at the Kohler Art Library. Many of you are familiar with her books and prints. She publishes books under the name Moonkosh Press. Diane is a 1988 MFA graduate of the Printmaking area at UW-Madiosn. She is also a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the State University of New York- Plattsburgh.

Clamshell box aid

 (Jim Escalante, Photographer/Photography by Jim Escalante)
This sample might help you as you cut your turn ins for the open tray section of the clamshell box. The shaded or crosshatched areas can be cut and removed. Pay careful attention to the mitered cuts and to the thickness of the board.
 (Jim Escalante/Photography by Jim Escalante)
This cutting pattern can be used for the turn in of the single wall that is opposite to the tray’s open side. Pay careful attention to the mitered cut that is equal in length to the thickness of one board.
You have many options on your preference to cut the miters for your tray covering. These are slightly different to the methods that I show in my video “How to Make a Clamshell Portfolio.”

Diane Fine Lecture video


If you were not able to attend Diane Fine’s lecture, of if you wish to listen to it again, visit the above link to view a video capture of the event. Diane’s was the 3rd Annual Bernstein Book Arts speaker. For more information about her exhibit at the Kohler Art Library and about her visit, please visit the link, Diane Fine Bernstein Book Art Lecture

Making a photopolymer plate from a text file


Students often ask me how they can print a file from a page layout program. It is simply. Once a file has been designed to your liking, export the file to a PDF document. That file can be printed using an inkjet printer with black ink and transparency film. It you want a file that is much higher in resolution, you can contact a service bureau and request the file be printed using a Linotronic Imagesetter. This video outlines the steps that are necessary. Thanks to Elizabeth Jean Younce for her help making the negative. You can watch other videos about making photopolymer plates on my photopolymer playlist on YouTube at this link.

Angela Johnson’s Inherent Legacy

Angela M Johnson, a current MFA student in the Art Department at UW-Madison shared a video about her recent Master of Fine Arts Exhibition at the Central Library Branch of the Madison Public Library. Her installation is a combination of photography, book arts and personal history. Click on the video to listen to her description of her show.



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