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Jody Alexander
Rhiannon Alpers
Alicia Bailey
Bay Park Press
Marla Brill
Inge Bruggeman
Squeak Carnwath
Julie Chen
Will Cloughley
Cathy DeForest
Marie Dern
Guy Diehl
Adam Donegan
Daniel Essig
Foolscap Press
Amy Franceschini
Alisa Golden
Granden Press
Art Hazelwood
Caren Heft
Michael Henninger
Helen Hiebert
Charles Hobson
Kathryn Kain
Daniel Kelm
Lisa Kokin
Roberta Lavadour
Shanna Leino
Emily Marks
Mary V. Marsh
Emily Martin
Lin Max
Katya McCulloch
Howard Munson
Emily Payne
Nawakum Press
Ninja Press
Jeanmarie Nutt
Sara Press
Lisa Rappoport
Roslyn Ritter
Judith Serebrin
Elizabeth Sher
Brian Singer
Claudia Smelser
Helen Stanley
Erin Sweeney
Nikki Thompson
Richard Wagener
Vita Wells
William T. Wiley


The Art of the Book
Sixth Annual Exhibition of Handmade Books,
Altered Books and Book Related Works

Jody Alexander


more work by Jody Alexander

Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, papermaker, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California.  She makes paper, in the Eastern-style, and uses her papers to bind books with exposed sewing on the spine in a number of historical and modern binding styles.  She combines these books with found objects, wooden boxes and drawers, metal, bones, etc. to create sculptural works.  Her pieces celebrate collecting, storytelling, and odd characters.

Exposed Spines, Jody Alexander at Donna Seager Gallery

Exposed Spines

With her characteristic reverence for all things book, Alexander "exposes" the beauty, variation and craftsmanship of book bindings, carefully wrapping them in cotton batting and celebrating their natural quality. The works are exquisite and endearing. They spotlight a part of books seldom seen and taken for granted.

The term “exposed spine” is one used in bookbinding to describe a book that is bound with the intention of leaving the stitching on the spine exposed. However, this term continually conjures up different images to the artist, usually bodily. At the same time old books with their cloth or leather spines giving away to expose the stitching and the ambered glue continually attract her. Alexander finds beauty in the book’s decay. In her Exposed Spine series she wants to honor this part of the book that holds the pages together but is rarely seen.

The presentation of these objects in a pile in the exhibition gives the work a double edge. Because they are plentiful, the books and their usually hidden beautiful spines seems disposable, but by their tender treatment, the artist "mirrors" their natural qualities and deems them worthy of further consideration.

Each Exposed Spine $375


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