Archived entries for Book Arts

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.

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.



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