King Leer puppets video on YouTube

June 20, 2018toJune 20, 2019

 

A video showing King Leer: a Tragedy in Five Puppets in action is now on YouTube. King Leer video

Five puppets in a boxed set, four of the puppets have quotations from our 45th and current president. The 2016 election results turned my thoughts to the character of King Lear and from there they descended to King Leer. If Hillary Clinton had been elected maybe I would have gravitated to MacBeth. This project started with the spontaneous making of the beanbag puppet as a tension reliever in the winter of 2016. Sarah Bryant and Anna Embree introduced me to the robot puppet via Facebook in the spring of 2017. Those grasping hands set me off again. At that time, I decided to use the President’s own words against him. Each puppet has been made with the materials appropriate to their nature. Three of the puppets are paper with movable components: the flapping mouth, the jump-up, and the walking robot. The remaining two puppets are cloth and a sock with animated paper hair. The font used throughout is Arial Black with Apple Chancery for the opposite side of the jump up tab. All the paper is Chancery paper, a hemp and cotton blend, made by Tim Barrett and his team of student papermakers at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

Paper Puppets workshop, Center for Book Arts, NY, NY

June 9, 2018toJune 10, 2018

  

Students will learn paper engineering for three different kinds of paper puppets: the flapping mouth, the jump-up and the walking zombie. A variety of techniques for making axles, spacers, flaps, and other movable parts will be explored.  Participants will be able to make models of all the forms and also more individual puppets of their own. No experience required. For more information: Paper Puppets

Formation traveling exhibit, Guild of Book Workers

November 1, 2018toMarch 7, 2019

  

My book Funny Peculiar, Funny Ha Ha, will travel with the GBW exhibit Formation in 2018-19. The exhibit will be on exhibit at the following locations and dates. Additional information: Formation | The Guild of Book Workers

June 15-Oct 21, 2018 MCBA Minneapolis, MN

Nov 1- March 7, 2019 Robert C Williams Papermaking Museum Atlanta, GA

March 15- May 25, 2019 UCLA Los Angeles, CA

June 1- July 27, 2019 NBSS Boston, MA

August 1-Oct 30, 2019 UArts Philadelphia, PA

Animation Exhibit

February 1, 2018
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

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Desdemona: In Her Own Words, a stop motion animation will be screened at CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. S.E. Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, starting February 1 and continuing through February 25, 2018.

Hertzog Competition Winners

February 18, 2018toApril 18, 2018

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The 2018 Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design winner is Sara Langworthy of Iowa City, Iowa for her design of Naturans Naturata (2017) by Sara Langworthy. The judges also selected Black Rock Press, as the first runner-up for the entry titled Selected Durations by David Abel, Black Rock Press, Reno, Nevada, (2017). The judges also selected Rebecca Chamlee as the second runner-up for the entry titled At Low Water by Rebecca Chamlee, Simi Valley, California: Pie In The Sky Press, (2017). In no particular order, the judges also selected the following as honorable mentions: Jerry Kelly for The Noblest Roman by Jerry Kelly and Misha Beletsky. Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher, (2016), and Emily Martin for Funny Peculiar Funny Ha Ha by Emily Martin and William Shakespeare. Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, (2017).

Sixty outstanding items were entered in the competition this year; the judges were very impressed with the quality of the books they reviewed. It was obvious to all involved that the entries show that fine printing is alive and well, and indeed flourishing. It is our sincere hope that the Hertzog book design contest will encourage artisans to continue to produce well-designed, finely-printed books and pamphlets.

The winner, runners-up, and other selected entries will be on display after the Awards Ceremony for two months, which will take place on February 18.

Bird In Hand

December 12, 2017toJanuary 26, 2018

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My binding and my print of a starling will be included in the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers exhibit of the collected books from their most recent print exchange at the University of the Arts, 333 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.