Bridges, a print exchange exhibit

November 16, 2015toJanuary 16, 2016

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Bridges, is an exhibit of a selection of prints from the Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers.
Chapter members were invited to make an image related to or about bridges. This could be a state of mind or a physical structure. Each participant will receive a set of the prints which can then be bound into a book or contained in a box made to hold them.
The Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is a part of the national organization The Guild of Book Workers and serves the greater Midwest region by hosting workshops, exhibitions and other events in the areas of bookbinding, artists books, printing, papermaking and all fields of the book arts.

The exhibit will go on view at Saint Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, details announced as they are available.

Micrographia Exhibit

November 5, 2015toDecember 18, 2015

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The exhibit has now moved to its second venue in Special Collections on the third floor of the University of Iowa Main Library.

I have made an alphabet book as my entry for the Micrographia exhibit held as a part of the symposium Scientific Books and Their Makers, October 16-17, 2015 at the University of Iowa. Participating artists  were assigned historical scientific books to use as inspiration for an artists book or broadside.

The particular book I was given was Somatomia Andropologica, 1680, Sebastian Christian von Zeidler, from the John Martin Rare Book room at the Hardin Medical Library. I made an alphabet using the figures pictured in an illustration of abnormal fetal positions. The letterforms were made with collage and manipulation of the fetal forms. The text was written by the artist to accompany the fetal alphabet forms.

An accordion book laser printed on Sakamoto Heavy paper with inclusions printed on Arches Text Wove paper and adhered with Gudy archival adhesive.

All Sorts, a short film



The University of Florida has made a very nice 90 second synopsis of the Coffey Residency project. Click on this link to view:

You’ve never seen a book like this – YouTube


September 1, 2015toSeptember 1, 2017


My book Yes, Please and No, No, Never; a Jacob’s ladder will be included in this two year touring exhibit throughout Bucks County, PA.

Coffey Residency – week six


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The Coffey Residency ended on August 7 with 5 of the 35 copies of All Sorts assembled. All Sorts is a 6 panel tunnel book with a protective panel and a paper slipcase. I once again am grateful for all the great tunnel book assembly techniques I learned long ago from Ed Hutchins. Ellen Knudson and I will each finish half of the remaining copies in our own studios next week. The breakneck pace of the residency was exhausting at times but it is always interesting to see what happens when you make decisions quickly and keep moving forward. Working with Ellen was the best part of the residency.

Coffey Residency – week five


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All the pieces of the book, slipcase and keepsake have been printed. 41 print runs and one blind emboss for folding. All together, sheets of paper passed through the press 1,749 times. Amazingly we are still on schedule. Next week will be cutting and assembly.

The Coffey Residency – week four


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It’s a short work week for week four. I will be away through the weekend to Cape Cod to celebrate my daughter’s 30th birthday. All the backgrounds are now printed in two colors. Lots and lots of patterns. 18 print runs have been completed, 23 remain.

The Coffey Residency – week three


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Week three started with prepping. At the end of the week, all the paper has been cut, the inks are mixed, the plates have arrived from Boxcar and printing has begun. There are more press runs than I care to contemplate at the moment but I love checking them off, one by one.

The Coffey Residency – week two


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Week two was devoted to making decisions and moving forward. We finalized the design of both the project and a keepsake. Mock-ups were made and remade, ideas failed and succeeded. Ellen worked her Illustrator magic and saved me days of computer frustration. We have now ordered paper, polymer plates and adhesive. The materials budget is pretty well spent.

The Floating Library

July 18, 2015toAugust 1, 2015


My book Landlocked is a part of the Floating Library, a lending library of artist books housed on a custom-made raft on Silver Lake in Silverwood Park, Saint Anthony, MN. The library is open on the weekends in July and on August 1 at 8:30 pm there will be a moonlight paddle / poetry reading / closing event. For more information: the Floating Library.