Free Lecture by Claire Illouz

Attend a free lecture cosponsored by CBAS and NKU
by the French book artist and printmaker 
Claire Illouz
Lecture / presentation by CLAIRE ILLOUZ of Chérence, France, and KATHLEEN PIERCEFIELD of Dry Ridge, Kentucky.  Each will present new Emily Dickinson artwork—an artist book by Illouz and multimedia prints by Piercefield.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Northern Kentucky University
at the W. Frank Steely Library
Farris Reading Room
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Marbled endpapers, ca. 1880

Marbled endpapers, ca. 1880

Ready for a great “working” field trip? CBAS is sponsoring 2 Turkish marbling weekend workshops with Ann Alaia Woods in her Columbus studio: 3304 Grasmere Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.  Choose either April 25-26 or May 2-3. Saturday will be instructional and Sunday will be an open studio day for experimentation. Minimum participation is 6 students, maximum 8. Cost is $150 per person.

For interested parties who may not wish to drive back and forth, carpooling and shared lodging should be a possibility. Registration cut-off dates are April 11 and April 18 respectively.

To print out a registration form for the workshop:

From Ann, here a few more details:
Plan to have a great time…and bring these for you own use: 
Work clothes, apron, or smock
Hair covering—scarf, wrap, or cap
Sensible shoes—you’ll be on your feet a lot
Cardboard—2 pieces, approximately 15″ x 20″
Newspapers—small handful, to transport papers
Notebook (or pad) and pen for note taking
Lunch—coffee, tea, filtered & spritzy water will be supplied 

From The Art of Bookbinding, Joseph William Zaehnsdorf, 1890

From The Art of Bookbinding, Joseph William Zaehnsdorf, 1890

Come join us and leave with your own beautiful handmade papers to use in future book making projects.

Golden Paint Demonstration by Merle Rosen

Cincinnati Book Arts Society hosted a Golden Paint Demonstration given by Merle Rosen at the Corryville Library on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 from 2- 4:15. About 40 participants learned a variety of techniques and uses for the paints and additives. We were introduced to the new QOR watercolors and Williamsburg oil paints that revealed a broad color range found with these singular paint binders.

Ms. Rosen presented information on pigments, viscosities, gels, mediums and more. We learned how acrylics can be used as grounds for other media, such as watercolor or colored pencil and received information on color mixing, blending and controlling drying time. We experienced how gels can be used to modify paint properties or create unique textural surfaces. Merle gave an excellent presentation and we all received free samples of Golden products to experiment with at home.


Better Know a Board Member!

[This is the first in a series of profiles of CBAS Board members.]

Judith with a new 2nd Amendment variation

Judith with a new 2nd Amendment variation

Judith Serling-Sturm was hoping there would be a book arts community in Cincinnati when planning to move here near the end of 2010, and she was delighted to find CBAS on the Internet. She sent us an email and soon received a welcoming email greeting from member Diane Stemper. We can claim Judith as one of our own from March 2011.

In previous homes in Washington, D.C., and Chicago Judith had been a freelance writer and a working book artist. In the late 1990s in D.C. she apprenticed to a person who owned a business producing handmade blank books. She was intrigued by exposed spine bindings where the effort of holding the content together was structurally important but could also be visually varied and very beautiful. After her apprenticeship Judith began to build her own business, working on special commissions for private clients. Having done substitute teaching, she was soon doing in-school and in-museum workshops using her book-making skills. When she moved to Chicago, she continued to learn more about book structures and became interested in artists’ books. She was encouraged in her on-going experimentation with bringing together ideas, materials and techniques by taking courses at Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper Arts and sharing a studio with a painter/print maker. A CAAP grant (Community Arts Assistance Program) enabled her to devote energy to producing her first artist’s book about a young boy’s adventures at school. And an artist’s residency at Blueberry View Artist Retreat in Riverside, Michigan, in the summer of 2010 enabled her to concentrate on a new series of artist’s books focusing on Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, each one unique in content and structure.

What is Judith working on now?

Variations on the Amendments series

A Home series, base on interviews she has conducted about the very personal meaning of that word

A Halloween book (to be installed at her studio) that involves using PVA skins and collage among other things

Decorative cases, made from natural elements and found metals, to hold mezuzot

Judith’s goal is to work every day at her art. She says her process usually involves trial and error. She throws away a lot in order to refine, refine, refine. What doesn’t work still ends up getting her where she wants to be. She is always thinking about a happy marriage of structure and content.

She attends Art4Artists (part of Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s offerings) and is working with the Taft Museum’s ARC program (Artists Reaching Classrooms).

A studio wall devoted to the Home series

A studio wall devoted to the Home series

What has she enjoyed most about CBAS?  She values the opportunity to exhibit work in our annual Bookworks exhibition and the forum the gallery walk-throughs provide for listening to her fellow book artists discuss their work. She loves Study Group—a great way to meet those who share her interest, to learn new things and to “refresh” the skills that she may not use regularly. Being part of the group continues to be a great encouragement in her evolution as an artist. She will be leading a Study Group session for the first time in 2015.

What is Judith’s role on the CBAS Board?  She heads the Programs Committee. That means she’s responsible for a visiting artist or two each year and for lining up a speaker/program for the CBAS Annual Meeting in the spring.

An "Idea Bank" (rocks, twigs, bones, etc.) provides inspiration

An “Idea Bank” (rocks, twigs, bones, etc.) provides inspiration

Where can you find Judith?  She is usually hosting open house at her studio at the Pendleton Art Center on Final Fridays. It is a visual treat to explore what’s there—past and current work plus a list of ideas for future projects. You can also see what inspires her.