Recently, a photographer friend of mine, Rebekah West, introduced me to a special room in Boulder – the Special Collections department of the CU Library. One collection they house is a beautiful set of Artists Books.

Artists Books are works of art, in the form of a book. Some are altered books, others are handmade books made from handmade paper, others are handcrafted books of meticulously pieced together digitally printed pages. Rebekah arranged a special viewing for us, and the librarian brought out some of the works that they purchased from Booklyn. We felt so grateful to have this opportunity!

Here’s a cool example of a beautiful puzzle-path encapsulated between the covers of a book. Artist Red Charming created an accordion-style book that folds out onto the table in many directions:

The book is called Walking Middletown. She tells the reader that there are 13 towns in the country called Middletown, and these are polaroids that she snapped in one of them, but she doesn’t say which one. I’ve always liked mysteries… One after another, we viewed books, each one more unique than the last.

Takeaway: the ways to be creative are absolutely limitless, and there is intricate beauty behind every corner and page. The thing that really struck me is the depth and breadth of book art (which also tends to involve a lot of printing, both in the printmaking form and the letterpress form).

Layer after layer, I continue to uncover a world of “making” that seems to be endless – where do all of these creative people live? (All over the world, if my twitter account has anything to say about it.) What do we do during the day, or for money? It doesn’t seem to matter. We are ever bound by our desire to work with our hands and create something out of nothing – perhaps trying to test the chaos theory, or to provide more fodder for it.

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