For several months now I’ve been working on a pop-up artist book titled “A Fish Story”. Here are a few pages with freshly glued down cut paper shapes. In the photo I’m checking to see if the pop-up movable parts still move. The page spread at the top of the photo has an actual fishing-line that moves. The page spread at the bottom has a map that folds out. Not pictured are the months I’ve spent writing the story, designing the book layout, sketching the illustration/artwork, dyeing the handmade papers then cutting (out of that dyed paper) all of the various shapes that make up the book’s story.
Two page spreads from an in-progress pop-up book “A Fish Story” by Sue Clancy
My one-of-a-kind artist books have been included in several library special collections (most recently at the UCLA Fine Arts library – thanks to the 23 Sandy Gallery) – well, I’ve newly been included in the Washington State Indie Book Collection! This means that two of my artist books that I’ve created in eBook form can now be accessed by the general public via libraries that subscribe to something called the Biblioboard! https://www.biblioboard.com/
The two of my books that have been made available for libraries are: “Dr. Bob’s Emotional Repair Program First Aid Kit” and “Coffee Table Book”
Both of these books are talked about at the top of the artist book page on my website – with links for more info etc.
Anyway, now that this possibility of library love exists for me as a book artist I’ve created a postcard about one of my books (Hint: the book “Dr. Bob’s Emotional Repair Program First Aid Kit” is my fave…) so I will have a card I can give away just in case I happen to meet a friendly librarian or two in the urban wilds.
Here’s the card:
Postcard about the artist book “Dr Bob’s Emotional Repair Program First Aid Kit” that I can give to friendly librarians and other nice people
I’ve been updating my Artist Book page on my website so that there is a link to my book “Coffee Please” (so you can flip through it) in the 23 Sandy Gallery Wanderlust exhibit catalog. That exhibit opens tonight!
And I’ve posted on that same Artist Book page another of my artist books – in a way you can look through it too. Scroll down on the page to find it. It’s titled “Metamorphosis”. Here’s a teaser image:
Page 4 and 5 from Metamorphosis by Sue Clancy, unique artist book, 13 inches x 10 inches (closed)
Happy reading! And just in case you have trouble with the link for my Artist Book page here it is spelled out: https://sueclancy.com/artist-books/
This coming weekend is the opening for “Wanderlust” a book arts exhibit at the 23 Sandy Gallery! I am lucky enough to have a unique artist book in this exhibit that has a lot of impressive book artist’s work in it! Here is a link to the online exhibit http://23sandy.com/works/product-category/current/wanderlust in case you can’t make it to Portland Oregon this weekend. You can also get more information about the exhibit and a copy of the exhibit catalog here: http://23sandy.com/works/wanderlust (I just love the paradoxical pun of being able to buy a limited edition book about an exhibit of artist books!)
Here is a past blog post about my book “Coffee Please?” which is in this exhibit: https://sueclancy.com/2016/04/29/coffee-delivered/
And here is a card from the 23 Sandy Gallery about the exhibit:
card about the artist book exhibit “Wanderlust” at the 23 Sandy Gallery
I took my artist book “Coffee Please” to the 23 Sandy Gallery today. Had an enlightening visit with the gallery owner Laura Russell talking about the role of the artist’s book in the world… Of course I’m aware of the role of the artist book in my personal life – but to talk about the artist book as it fits into a larger picture was inspiring! I also got to see other book-artist’s artist book work. Wow! All of this reminded me that I needed to define “artist book” as I see it here on this blog: It is a work of fine art that has the form and feel of a traditional book. It is fine art often in a sequential form that tells or demonstrates a narrative or concept. Sometimes an artist book can feel almost “sculptural”, showing ideas in dimensions over page-leaf spans of time.
Do you remember Pop-Up books from when you were a kid? Yeah, artist books are fun like that but are conceptually created for grown ups.
Here’s a link to pictures of my book “Coffee Please” which is about coffee and travel: https://sueclancy.com/2016/02/29/artist-book-coffee-please/
Information about the upcoming exhibit at the 23 Sandy Gallery is here: http://www.23sandy.com/Upcoming.html
And yes, Virginia, there will be an exhibit catalog available!
Just found out that my artist book “Coffee Please?” was accepted for the upcoming Wanderlust exhibit at the 23 Sandy Gallery!! http://www.23sandy.com/ I’m excited! More info about, and pictures of, “Coffee Please?” here: https://sueclancy.com/category/artist-book/ Going to go do my happy dance now!!
side A of “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy – a unique handmade artist book
In this previous post I was in the process of creating a one-of-a-kind artist book for the 23 Sandy Gallery. I’ve finished it now and it’s titled “Coffee Please?” Here are pictures:
handmade box front cover for “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy
handmade box back cover for “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy
side B of “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy
side A of “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy
Been busy creating a new one-of-a-kind artist book for the 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland Or. http://www.23sandy.com/
This book is titled “Coffee Please? A dialect guide for the United States”. To create this book I’ve gone through all of my travel sketchbooks, kept as I traveled across the United States, noting, phonetically, the answers I got to my “Can I get some coffee please?” question.
Here is a picture of the “raw pages” in stages of production before “binding” as a book…
Pages from an artist book being created by Sue Clancy titled “Coffee Please? A dialect guide for the United States”
OMG! I just found out that every artist book I had in the 23 Sandy Gallery http://www.23sandy.com/ has been sold! A sweep! I’m going to have to get busy make more one-of-a-kind artist books! Wahoo!! Anyone know where I can sign up for 72 hour days? The 24 hour kind are just not long enough.