Archived entries for Book Arts

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.

The cycle is complete!

 (Jim Escalante)On March 26th, 2015, I delivered a stack of books that I made at Blurb.com. Books On Display, contains over 35 photos from the project. Caryl Askins placed the book in the display window. Sunday morning, I visited the window to capture this image. A photo documentary project, about books in a window, is now a book in that window! I will update this post soon, once I have set up a link for purchasing the book at Blurb.

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

Paul's Book Store, Madison, Wisconsin. Window display. (Photograph by Jim Escalante/Photography 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.



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