Thursday, November 26, 2009

Turkey day.

Another handmade artists' book from Special Collections. This time with the very interesting choice of turkey-foot leather for the binding! The unique shape offered a challenge and a custom-fit clamshell box was created to make shelving easier.

Turkey Trot by Lois Morrison
Custom clamshell enclosure by Audrey Sage

Friday, November 20, 2009

The cleanest book.

Earlier this year Bill Stewart from Vamp & Tramp Booksellers came to Jackson Library and gave a wonderful presentation on art books. One of the books he brought with him is called Soap Story which consists of two packages wrapped in archival copies of pages from a 1950s woman's magazine. One package contains 6 cubes of soap that the reader is meant to wash with. Inside of each cube is a page of linen paper screen-printed with part of the story. The other package contains a blank album. The reader is instructed to dry and press the pages after they have been released from the soap cubes and insert them into the album to create the finished book.

Jackson Library purchased a copy to be housed in Special Collections and Audrey created yet another lovely custom clamshell enclosure for it. Somehow we managed to resist the urge to tear into the packaging and furiously wash our hands so we could read the story.

Soap Story by Angela Lorenz
Custom clamshell enclosure by Audrey Sage

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Miniature book launcher.

This miniature volume is called A Victorian Garden and has little line drawings of various garden plants. I thought it would be fun to make it "grow" up out of the enclosure so I made this box--when the reader gently opens it a ribbon lifts the book.

A Victorian Garden from Dawson's Book shop in Los Angeles
Custom enclosure by Stefani Hobbick

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

What are you doing this weekend?

Come help out the little furry ones and stock up on some new reading material!

This annual book sale is a fundraiser for
Animal Rescue & Foster Program

It will be huge!

Tell all your friends!

Cat photo courtsey of

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

So cute it hurts.

This miniature book from Mosaic Press is about the size of a postage stamp and is quite possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen. It is filled with survival tips for mice and wonderfully tiny lithographs.
If a book is shorter than six inches it gets routed to Preservation Services. Our job is to figure out a way to keep it from getting lost on the shelf. Special Collections sent this little one down and Audrey made a brilliant enclosure to keep it safe.