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William T. Wiley


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

Shanna Leino

more work by Shanna Leino

Shanna is a full time studio artist working with bone, paper, leather, precious metals and steel to build jewelery, one-of-a-kind books, and tools for bookmakers and craftspeople.

Shanna grew up in Harrisville, New Hampshire. She returned after completing her BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and spending a number of invaluable years of learning with the good book people in Iowa City, Iowa.

She continues to travel in search of conferences, seminars, and teaching opportunities to continue/enrich her own learning.

Splits, Shanna Leino at Donna Seager Gallery


2 part brass book, unique, 3.5 x 2.25 x 1.25,

Splits is two halves of one book. Splits speaks about the breaking apart of any one unit thought to be indivisible, in this case a friendship. The separate halves standing on their own can just as easily turn toward each other as away from one another.

As a material, metal best conveyed Leino's feeling for Splits; heavy and cold, colored by heat. Working metal in book form presents the challenge of finding a way of making the motion fluid. By employing wire edge binding (invented by Daniel Kelm, this style of binding allows for stiff, thick single pages to move with ease and flexibility) combined with small hinges, this book flops and drapes in the hand as well as stands in many configurations.






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