Connections & Trends: Themes in Modern Artists' Books.
This talk will focus on current themes in artists' books based on the Book Arts Collection U of Washington Libraries.
This talk will focus on current themes in artists' books based on the Book Arts Collection of over 20,000 volumes in Special Collections at the University of Washington Libraries and how those themes apply to a wide range of academic disciplines and interests. The UW collection is used by a broad group of faculty and students from expected departments such as Art and Creative Writing to Classics, History of Science and Architecture. Sandra Kroupa, the Book Arts and Rare Book Curator, teaches 30-50 classes in a 10 week quarter, the majority on some aspect of book arts.
Sandra Kroupa has been in Special Collections for 44 years working with book arts the entire time. While not a book artist, Sandra has taken workshops, apprenticed to a bookbinder, created handmade paper and has both a C & P and a Vandercook letterpress. With the understanding that actual practice brings, Sandra is better able to help students, faculty and community members with their projects by giving advice on materials and techniques. Her current newest toy is an 1880s Reliance iron handpress that she uses to demonstrate early printing techniques in history of the book classes. When she can, Sandra lectures and writes on book arts topics. In Special Collections she is also responsible for collections on 19th Century American Literature, 16th-21st Century Authors, Historical Children's Books, Costume and Textile History, History of Science, and Travel Literature.
Sponsored by Art and Art History. Contact: Patt Germann, x4341