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Gathering Leaves: Conversations about Book Arts

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Silver Special Collections is excited to present a series of online presentations about book arts in April. On April 1, Andrew Frost (Art and Art History) will talk about artists' books. On April 15, Luis Vivanco (Anthropology) will introduce his latest bicycle history comic. On April 29, Elizabeth Fenton (English) invites us to tour her printing studio and learn how letterpress printing has influenced her work as a literary critic.

Drawing of printing press operated by two men

Making Ready: Artists' Books, Design and Production
Thursday, April 1, 2021, 4:00 PM
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What is special about a book? They’re easy to take for granted, or to judge by their covers. They line our shelves and form backgrounds for our endless virtual meetings, they pile up at our bedsides, and they languish on our coffee tables. Yet, books can be wonderfully complicated vessels for experimentation. Artists' books take these familiar objects, turn them inside out and upside down, merging the mass-communication of the books we know with the unique specificity of art objects. So, how does it work? Why use the book as an art making medium? What makes these books unique? Join photographer, printer and bookmaker Andrew Frost Join to find answers to these questions.

Cover of comic book

The 1895 Vermont Road Book: A Comical Reinterpretation
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 4:00 PM
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At the height of the 1890s “Bicycle Craze,” a small portable booklet called the Vermont Road Book provided bicycle travelers and day-trippers with detailed information on road conditions, distances, and amenities on sixteen routes chosen and curated for their scenery and road quality. As a creator of research-based comics on bicycle history, Professor Vivanco has reimagined and reinterpreted the Vermont Road Book as a mini-comic, integrating techniques and inspiration from the book arts world. In this talk, he will publicly unveil The 1895 Vermont Road Book: A Comical Reinterpretation, explore the relationship between comics and book arts, and discuss some of the primary research, creative, and technical challenges involved in this project.

Basement studio with printing equipment

A Literary Critic Discovers Letterpress: How Book Arts Reshaped My Scholarship
Thursday, April 29, 2021, 4:00 PM
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Professor Liz Fenton will discuss how an interest in the history of printing first emerged out of and then revitalized her work as a literary critic. Beginning with a tour of her at-home print studio, Professor Fenton will describe how she entered the world of letterpress after spending the first fifteen years of her career analyzing literature apart from the circumstances of its material construction. She will tell the stories behind the presses she has purchased over the years and offer brief demonstrations of their particular operations. She also will show some examples of pieces she has made using letterpress and explain how working to create texts and images using old techniques has changed the way she approaches literature. The talk will conclude with a short discussion of her current project, a study of documents produced and preserved by members of the early Mormon Church, which has been deeply shaped by her work in Book Arts.

All presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Silver Special Collections by email or call 802-656-2138.