Can’t live without the Hogwarts’ wizardry in your Harry Potter books ? How about wearing it? Ravenna Osgood, a young, hip designer in New Mexico, has been winning prizes for her fashions in Santa Fe’s Recycled Arts Festival for years. This time around she’s concocted a wearable book, literally, crafting her dress from J.K. Rowling’s now-classic texts. She’s proven herself a fashion magician with found materials ranging from coffee bags to credit cards. For more pictures of Ravenna and the Recycled Arts event, go to http://recyclesantafe.org/2009winners.htm
December 8, 2011
December 27, 2010
We thought this video spoof on digital books would appeal to all of you traditional bibliophiles out there. It’s a funny yet thought-provoking look at how a first encounter with a bound book in the Middle Ages might equate with our own initial efforts to use virtual media, and a reminder that the book is a fluid form, changing through history as our technologies have changed. Here’s the link.
May 29, 2008
Many people know of the Library of Congress and take time to visit it’s beautiful Jefferson Building while here in Washington, D.C. But they may not realize that the core of the library was Thomas Jefferson’s own collection of books. Jefferson was an avid reader and acquired books throughout his lifetime. He eventually amassed the largest personal collection in the United States at the time. Then came the War of 1812, when the British burned Congress’s first library of 1000 titles. Jefferson offered to sell his library of 6,487 volumes to Congress. They purchased it for $23,950 in 1815. Sadly, a second fire in the library in 1851 destroyed approximately 4000 of those books.
Over the past ten years, the Library of Congress has been attempting to re-create the original Jefferson collection. Working with book dealers in the U.S. and Europe, they have managed to locate copies of most of the books. (There are still about 300 very rare books that are missing and may never be found.) The books are on display at the library, in the same configuration that they were at Jefferson’s Monticello home: in a spiral, organized into the categories of memory, reason, and imagination. The exhibit is behind glass, but visitors can look through the books digitally on computers using touch-screen technology to turn the pages.
To see photos of some of the books in Jefferson’s Library, visit the exhibit at http://myloc.gov/exhibitions/jeffersonslibrary/Pages/default.aspx
April 16, 2008
Carol Barton recently was interviewed by Mary-Charlotte Domandi on the public radio member station KSFR in Santa Fe, NM, along with Santa Fe Art Institute director Diane Karp. The half-hour segment covers a wide range of topics ranging from Barton’s work with pop-ups, historical background on artist’s books, and even a few science subjects. To listen to the full interview, go to SantaFeRadioCafe.org
August 16, 2007
Lesson plans on how to incorporate book arts into standard classroom curicula will be available this fall on a new web site sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The web site will be posted in September. Please pass this information on to any teachers you know who might be interested in utilizing this important free resource within their classrooms! Email me and I will send you an announcement with the web address when it is up.
ABC (Art, Books, and Creativity) is an elementary-level arts integration curriculum that helps students make connections between visual art, writing, and other classroom subjects. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, ABC is a model for integrating the visual arts into core school curicula. I have been involved as one of the artist-teachers in this program from its inception, and have found that teaching kids to make their own books empowers them to improve their storytelling and writing skills, explore new subject matter, and develop three-dimensional design and trial-and-error problem-solving techniques.
In an era when the arts have been reduced or cut from many school programs, this is an important way to incorporate them back into the classroom as a vital teaching tool. Please take advantage of this resource!
July 7, 2007
Here is a dream house for all those who love books! Venetian sculptor and carver Livio de Marchi has created this abode in which all the furniture, the tables, beds, desks and chairs, incorporate carved book forms. Even the exterior is compiled of wooden books. For more pictures of the Casa di Libri, visit Livio de Marchi’s web site at www.liviodemarchi.com/casauk.htm