Category Archives: Found Objects

Industrial Mandalas

Mark Faigenbaum has twice been artist-in-residence at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, but when Mary Austin talks about him, she’s more excited about the time he spent as artist-in-residence at the city dump. His partnership with San Francisco Recycling and Disposal (as the dump is more accurately known) stemmed from his interest in […]

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Zoe
Zoe
Zoe is a student at Reed College, and an amateur playwright. During the summer of 2013 she is a volunteer at SFCB contributing her time and wit to the library and her sorting talents to the California job cases in the print studio.

Paper Art by Judy Pfaff

Check out work by Judy Pfaff, an MacArthur Fellowship-receiving artist. Her gallerist describes her work as “rare combination of elegance and detritus.” -Rocket Judy Pfaff is most well-known for her installation and sculpture, but her paper work is brilliant too. In addition to cut paper, she also uses materials as variable as coffee filters, silk […]

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Naomi Bardoff
Naomi Bardoff
In 2010 Naomi Bardoff graduated from Bard College, where she majored in fine arts and studied watercolor, ink drawing, and book-making. She has also taken classes at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Naomi has been working on her illustration portfolio, working in offices, and volunteering and taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book. In addition to the SFCB blog, she blogs on her art blog, naomese - naomi bardoff's art blog; and pins to her Pinterest boards. Her own book work can be found on her website.

Open Studio Specimens

Last Saturday was Open Studio Day on Bryant Street and I decided to pay SFCB’s own Rhiannon Alpers a visit at her studio. I work with Rhiannon everyday, and I know she’s a book artist but I was still blown away by the great work that I saw. Rhiannon’s most recent project was set up on a […]

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Nina
Nina
Nina Eve has been obsessed with books since receiving Harold and the Purple Crayon as a child before she knew how to read. While receiving her BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute she took as many book and printmaking classes as possible. She now spends her time working as the Project Coordinator at SFCB, making and selling her printed and bookish wares, and learning French.

Lightning Bugs: Altered Books and Banned Books

We missed the boat on banned books week but still wanted to share this work by artist some guy, which involves altering books to emphasize controversial aspects. Mark Twain wrote: The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter – it’s the difference between lightning and a lightning […]

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Naomi Bardoff
Naomi Bardoff
In 2010 Naomi Bardoff graduated from Bard College, where she majored in fine arts and studied watercolor, ink drawing, and book-making. She has also taken classes at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Naomi has been working on her illustration portfolio, working in offices, and volunteering and taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book. In addition to the SFCB blog, she blogs on her art blog, naomese - naomi bardoff's art blog; and pins to her Pinterest boards. Her own book work can be found on her website.

Bibliothek Ihres Vertauens/ Your Trusted Library

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Beautiful work by Bernd Kleinheisterkamp found via defacedbook. images from here.

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Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu is an instructor at SFCB, and a freelance letterpress printer.

From the Library: Design & Style – 7: Bauhaus and the New Typography 1919 – 1933

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Welcome to the second installment of From the Library. This gem was unearthed by Michaela, the other half of the Bennington Dream Team, during the library cataloging project. Also, did you know that you can visit the book art and design library at SFCB during our regular business hours? There is some incredible technical information […]

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Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu is an instructor at SFCB, and a freelance letterpress printer.

From the Library: Selections From Phrases & Philosophies For the Use of the Young

Floryn Reads

Today we present a guest post from Floryn Honnet, one of two fantastic interns visiting all the way from Bennington College in Vermont for a field work term full of book arts learning. Floryn and her compatriot Michaela have spent a generous part of the last month cataloging and organizing our library, which turns out […]

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Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu is an instructor at SFCB, and a freelance letterpress printer.

Uncovering The Hidden World of Mail-Art

Have you ever received mail from a friend from a far away place? Maybe hand-drawn illustrations, collage, or other various materials used on the outside of your letter? Chances are this is mail art. To sum it up: mail art is anything you can attach a postage stamp to and mail! That’s it! Here in San Francisco we […]

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Michael Shanahan
Creator and Editor for Strange Cessation Publications (www.strangecessation.com) & GEMS Music & Arts Magazine, and current SFCB Volunteer 2011.

12 Years of Babylon: An Interview with Myrtle Von Damitz, III

Not only is Myrtle Von Damitz, III a vastly talented painter, she’s also a bibliophilic dynamo. In 1999 she founded the New Orleans artist’s book exhibition, Babylon Lexicon, and has since continued to organize, curate, and serve as its chief muse in varying capacities. The twelfth annual Babylon Lexicon took place earlier this month, as usual […]

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Matt Runkle
Matt Runkle
Matt Runkle's writing has appeared in The Collagist, Monkeybicycle, on BOMBlog, and is forthcoming in Wigleaf. A former Cartoon Art Museum resident, his comics are anthologized in Sparkplug Comic Books' Gay Genius and Rob Kirby's THREE. The third issue of his zine, RUNX TALES, will be released in 2012. Brooklyn Arts Press will publish a collection of his short fiction in 2013. You can visit his personal blog here.

Su Blackwell

  Su Blackwell‘s amazing work is hard to miss in discussions of book arts on the internet, and with good reason. These gorgeous altered book sculptures work not only as beautiful objects and displays of craft, but also as illustrations. The diorama-like scenes suggest a whole world literally emerging from the textblock. Her use of […]

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Naomi Bardoff
Naomi Bardoff
In 2010 Naomi Bardoff graduated from Bard College, where she majored in fine arts and studied watercolor, ink drawing, and book-making. She has also taken classes at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Naomi has been working on her illustration portfolio, working in offices, and volunteering and taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book. In addition to the SFCB blog, she blogs on her art blog, naomese - naomi bardoff's art blog; and pins to her Pinterest boards. Her own book work can be found on her website.