2016 Book Arts Jam Speakers Schedule & Introductions

Sunday, October 16th from 11am – 5pm
Palo Alto Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real (at Deodar), Palo Alto, California

11:30am -12:15pm
Kristen St.John
The Conservation of Artist Books at Stanford University Libraries
Head of Conservation at Stanford University, Kristen St.John will describe how conservators care for artist books in large research libraries. As major libraries acquire artist books, conservators are often asked to make enclosures for them, to assist with exhibitions that feature them, and on occasion to repair them.
Deciding how best to ensure the safe storage, display, and use of artist books provides both challenges and pleasure for conservators.
1pm – 2pmPANEL
Bay Area Book Artists Members Reflect on the Topic of “Play”
Facilitated by Rae Trujillo, Featuring Karen Chew and Nanette Wylde
Rae Trujillo received her BA from California State University Hayward in 1978 with an
emphasis in sculpture. She has always dabbled in a variety of art forms, but fell in love with Books Arts in 2004. Making books satisfies her interest in storytelling and allows her to investigate structures and materials.
She mingles many disciplines into one art form. She is challenged to create books that people can fall into and understand. www.raesofsun.com
Nanette Wylde is an artist, writer and cultural worker making socially reflective, language-based works generally of hybrid media. She has a BA in Behavioral Science from San Jose State University and an MFA in Interactive Multimedia and Printmaking from Ohio State University.
She is Professor of Art & Art History at California State University, Chico where she developed and heads the Digital Media/Electronic Arts Program. www.preneo.org/nwylde
Karen Chew, an artist and building designer, continues to explore materials, structures and narrative through artist books as well as her paintings and mixed media pieces. She holds a B.A. Environmental Design/Architecture from U.C. Berkeley, with continued art studies in the US and abroad.
Her newest project, a for-profit foundation serving the arts, is in its incubation stage via a Stanford University startup class. www.karenchewstudio.com
2:30pm – 3:15pmREADINGS
Books and Poetry
Don Drake and Robert Perry

Don Drake favors books for his artwork because they include the dimension of time. He looks to music for clues about how to translate time based narrative into emotional experience. Viewing the sequence of pages as a source of rhythm, he uses structure and material to manipulate this time-element to amplify emotion in his work.
He often writes poetry or prose for his books and frequently draws imagery and ideas from science. www.dreamingmind.com
“The Day I Met George” is his story about one morning in his studio, the chance meeting of two strangers, and the inescapable intrusion of a fundamental truth into events. He has embedded this dark drama in a flip book. This delightful form is typically a vehicle for humorous content. In combination with his short story, this flip-animation takes on an ominous inevitability.
Robert Perry is a graphic designer, book artist, and poet dedicated to the celebration of poetry and art in books of many kinds published through his imprint, Dutch Poet Press.
Robert enjoys exploring the fusion of word and image in collaboration with expert partners in the book arts, as well as poets and artists. www.dutchpoetpress.com
A reading of poetry from books completed and in progress, traditional trade books, fine
letterpress books and ephemera, and one-of-a-kind artist books. The poetry with the
books celebrate what can happen when the visual and verbal come together, often
inspired by works of art such as painting, photography, and film.
3:45pm – 4:30pmARTIST TALK
Karen Rush
Dreaming in Book-Form : Narrative, Materials and Three Dimensions
Karen Rush has been exploring the interaction of narrative, material and the structure of the book since discovering book arts about five years ago. The familiar feel and universal recognition of the book structure make it a uniquely personal form that invites viewer participation. Working also in architectural design, and formerly in the semiconductor industry, she makes her own paper and draws inspiration from the physical attributes of materials.
Having moved to the United States as a child, Karen uses personal events and experiences and explores larger topics of time, dreaming, consious/uncouncious, history and belonging. Her talk will address these inspirations and the winding road they can take, and she brings it all together to form her delicate and cerebral creations. www.karenrushinteriors.com

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