Homework recap for Tonight!

For Tonight:

Go to the Scholes Library and begin your research

Chose a number of books- either from specific categories or at random from various locations. Become familiar with the way the library catalogues subjects and authors and print media.

Distill your source material to down to two different (2) source materials. You will be using the sourced information to create your own artist book. Use one of your pamphlet books or create a new pamphlet book to house all of this research.

For Thursday:

Bring in a sketchbook full of your research from your sourced material.

You need at least one two layer paste paper


Your final artist book, based on two library sources, will be due and critiqued.

This final book should show the scope of new skills you have acquired and should give your view an understanding of the source material used in its creation.

Your faculty’s sketchbooks Round 1: Sarah Blood and Myles Calvert

I am going to be posting examples of Alfred faculty sketchbook pages all week. Check in to see the inner thought process of the people you will be working with this semester and the next three years.

First up Sarah Blood, sculpture and neon faculty:

(click on images for larger viewing) Also check out Sarah’s website here


And Myles Calvert, who will be teaching both sections of See Lab.  He teaches printmaking in the Expanded Media division:

here is Myles’s website

Sketchbook homework reminder

A recap:

for tomorrow you will need your 4 completed pamphlet-stitch sketchbooks

2 of them must be filled: 1 by you, 1 as a collaboration

These can be whatever drawings, words, collages, marks, etc… Anything as long as you fill each page!

Please also bring your drawing materials, papers, scissors, x-acto knives and acrylic paint for tomorrow.  We will meet in Harder at 9.



Paste Paper

Paste paper and Marbleized papers emerged as an alternative to binding books in leather. Used as cover wraps. Check out this longer article about the history and practice on the Peabody Essex Museum Library website. And there is this simple PDF from the Cornell Library about how to as well.

Basic starch paste glue recipe:

1 part Starch{wheat flour, corn starch, rice starch}

6 parts water

Mix starch in 2 parts water

In a separate pot bring remaining water to a boil. Once boiling remove from heat, vigorously stir in initial starch and water mixture; Then cover and let cool, strain if left long enough that a solid forms on top.


The Book as Interactive Object



This is the first artist book I ever saw – Book 91, String Book by Keith Smith. One of my foundations faculty took my class to view artist books in the special collections at the Library. This book fundamentally changed my sense of what a book could be. As an avid comics reader I appreciated that a book could be more than just a vehicle for text, but upon seeing this book without text or image, I began to think of that book as an object, something which we interact with, something with dimension, and many ways  being “read.”


Books on Books on Books…


This post is the first of a couple of bits of inspiration for this weeks explorations of Book-Binding, Sketchbooks, & Artist Books.Here’s a couple of solid resources on artist books, ranging from rarified artist books to self published zines.

Printed Matter, Inc – A distributor & appreciator of Artist Books.

Booklyn – A similar enterprise to Printed Matter, but it is an artist run non-profit.

The Franklin Furnace – This organization emerged in parallel to Printed Matter, and is more so an archive of artist books, now housed at MoMA.

Here’s a whole other index of Artist books which you can view.

The Sketchbook Project

This is a participatory project which is amassing a library of sketchbooks from participants around the globe.