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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
Elizabeth Sher
Brian Singer
Claudia Smelser
Helen Stanley
Erin Sweeney
Richard Wagener
Vita Wells
William T. Wiley


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

Claudia Smelser

Claudia Smelser is a book designer by profession, insofar as the profession still exists. Her artwork is a tribute to books and the place they used to occupy in our lives. She likes to work with are disintegrating volumes from early in the last century (she'll take older if she can get them), often popular and mass-produced editions such as the early Modern Library series, which often have lovely typography and design. It may not seem reverent to launder books in the washing machine, or burn, bake, or encase them in wax, but these exercises are all means to make explicit the textures and small intimacies of folds and edges that accompanied the experience of reading. She includes bibliographical citations with each piece as a kind of eulogy to the book(s) used. Claudia works with color, especially the dull golds and browns found in old books, and likes to experiment with ways of "painting" with book parts.

A Treatise on Human Nature

books and encaustic, 2011, dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 4.75

The small library here reminds me of collections of specimens preserved in amber. The books are so beautiful in their aging state and the piece hangs on the wall preserving a precious "library" from the past.



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