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book art


Book art can be made of many materials and take many forms: an interactive, touchable object that opens; a merging of words and images and structure; it can also be sculptural work that references reading or printing or the characteristics of a book. I'm interested in how each part adds to a whole tactile and sensory experience.

Price list

Book art from 1984-2017 at old website

Tiny videos at nevermindtheart store

Full-length book art videos at never mind on YouTube


open box with small book and golden egg
Not Yet Nest (2020)
Box: 6.25"w x 4.25"h x 1.75"d; Book: 3" square
Letterpress printed from handset type on eco-printed paper by Velma Bolyard. Linked Hinge binding designed by Alisa, handmade felt, composition gold leaf over wooden egg, glass pieces, hand stenciled book cloth, book board. Limited edition of 5.
Not Yet Nest: New Book Art in a Box for the New Year
Watch the video.


gatefold hardcover book with two fold-out accordions
Birds of the Bible: Bearded Vulture (2019)
6"w x 7.75"h x .75"d
Letterpress printed from handset type and linocuts, hand colored. Two one-sheet, accordion- folded papers contained in double gatefold hard covers. Limited edition of 18.
Birds of the Bible: Bearded Vulture
Watch the video.


softcover book with linocuts of bird constellations
The Third Light (2019)
6"w x 6"h x 3/8"d
Letterpress printed from handset type and linocuts, original Linked Hinge binding. Limited edition of 18.
The Third Light: a new book
Watch the video.


hardcover accordion-fold book with ravens
Birds of the Bible: Raven (2019)
5.75"w x 7.5"h x .25"d
Letterpress printed, accordion-folded book with two signatures sewn into the valleys. Linocuts of ravens on mulberry paper with suminagashi. Limited edition of 18.
Birds of the Bible: Raven
Watch the video.


book with multiple quail linocut in centerfold
book showing layered quail linocut tunnel
Birds of the Bible: Quail (2019)
5"w x 7.5"h
Letterpress printed, accordion-folded tunnel book with single signature. Limited edition of 18.
Birds of the Bible: Quail
Watch the video.


embroidered satchel with painted eggs and booklets
Letters of Transit: Bird Passports (2019)
Satchel: 4"h x 9"w x 8"d
Letterpress printed, pamphlet-stitched books, photos, collagraph, wooden eggs, linen satchel, hand-embroidered with silk thread. A collaboration with Dianne Ayres. Limited edition of 10.
New Collaboration: Letters of Transit: Bird Passports


carved book with compartments and objects
A Mingled Yarn (2019)
Book-Box: 6"w x 8.75"h
Unique altered book, handmade book, photograph, rocks, wool, feather, thread
The Owl and the Book-Box
Watch the video.


open postcard book
We Are All Four Inches by Six Inches (2017)
Box: 4.75" x 6.5" x 2.75"; Book: 3.75" x 5.5" x 2" (opens to approximately 10 feet).
Letterpress from wood and metal type, linoleum cuts on Pantone postcards
Pantones, Skintones


accordion folded book in box with words
I Found Out (2016)
Box: 2.5" square x 1.25"d; Book: 2" square
Letterpress from wood and metal type, inkjet, penny in the cover; edition of 34
Book Art: I Found Out
Watch the video.


alphabet book with drawings of lichen
Alphabetical Lichencounters (2016)
5" x 7"
Letterpress from photopolymer plates and wood and metal type; edition of 40
New Book Art: Alphabetical Lichencounters
Watch the video.


booklet with handmade paper
What We Reuse (2016)
3.75" x 5.5"
Letterpress from metal type, linoleum cut, handmade paper cover; edition of 27
Book Art: What We Reuse


teabag-shaped book with drawings
Mrs. White Has Tea (new edition, 2016)
3" x 3.5"
Letterpress from linoleum cut, laserwriter; edition of 50
Mrs. White Has Tea (again)


accordion folded book with printing
The Catch (2016)
2" x 4", with handcarved linoleum cut illustrations measuring 1.5" x 3.5"; edition of 38. A paper Jacob's ladder (flexaccordion) with the different pairing combinations of jack, queen, king.
New Book Art: The Catch


a book with drawings
A Fight for Chocolate (2016)
4.5 x 3.5 x .25"
Letterpress and laserwriter, painted paper cover; edition of 48
Book Art: Chocolate


house-shaped books on a house-shaped quilt
Housework (2016)
Quilt: 31" x 38 1/2"; Boxes: 3 1/2"w x 5 1/2"h x 3 1/2"d
Letterpress printed from linoleum cuts and wood type, pressure prints, and collagraphs on muslin and cotton cloth. Mixed-media books inside are poems and stories of home and housing. Titles currently finished: They Must Agree; Fragile; Green House Not on the Corner; The Divide; Dandelion Roam; Sea Light; Albany. HOUSEWORK: Handmade Books and Boxes


pleated book with printing
Words Collide (2015)
Slipcase: 3.75"w x 3.5"h &endash; .25"d; Book: 4.25"w x 3.25"h
Letterpress from metal type; edition of 25
New Letterpress Book: Words Collide


book made as a book jacket
Better Say Eagle (2015)
Fully extended as a print: 21.5"w x 10"h; As a paper sculpture: 6"w x 10"h x 1.5"w
Letterpress from metal type, reduction linoleum cuts; edition of 39
New Letterpress Book: Better Say Eagle


fishbone folded accordion book
Still Life with Game Bird and Dice (Oil) (2015)
Outer modified fishbone fold book: 6"h x 3.5"w; Inner folded booklet: 5.5"h x 3.75"w
Letterpress from wood and metal type and reduction linoleum cuts; edition of 45
New Book Art: Still Life with Game Bird and Dice (Oil)
Watch the video.


cloth book with separate prints of ship and wake and person
In the Wake of the Dream (2014)
Sizes and colors vary: 5.5"w x 8.5" – 9.75"h
Letterpress from metal type and linoleum cuts on muslin and paper; edition of 30
New Letterpress Book: In the Wake of the Dream


sculptural book
Woods in the City (2013)
Box: 6" x 10" x 3"; Book: 3.5" x 9.75" x 1", opens to approximately 27"
Letterpress from wood and metal type, linoleum cuts and photopolymer plates; edition of 20
The Edition I Made on My Summer Vacation


open book with print of magnolia branch
Tree (Aytz) (2013)
10.5" x 5.5", opens to 23.5" x 5.5"
Letterpress from wood and metal type, reduction linoleum cuts; edition of 24
Tree: A New Artist Book from never mind the press


square box with little pamphlets inside
The Crow's Library (2012)
Box: 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 x 3 1/2"
Letterpress from metal type, stenciled image of crow
A Box with a Shelf in the Lid


box with book and Jacob's ladder
and tiny bag of shredded money
Gangster (2012)
Box: 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 x 3 1/2"; Book: 3 x 3"; Jacob's ladder: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/8"
Typewritten and erasure texts; found book pages and collage; muslin and shredded money; book cloth and Davey board, tiny bag of shredded money
Altered Text and Jacob's Ladders / Photo: Sibila Savage


box with felted book and pin cushion
Cactus Couple (2012)
Box: 8.75 x 5.25 x 3.5"; Book: 4 x 4 x 2.5"
Felted book and pincushion, painted paper, handwritten text, pearl-headed pins all in handmade box / Photo: Sibila Savage


box with felted book and sharpened twigs
The Bones of Crows (2012)
Box: 8.75 x 5.5 x 1.5"; Book: 3 x 3.75 x .5"
Embroidery on gauze, felted insert, sharpened camphor sticks with handwritten text in handmade book / Photo: Sibila Savage


felt pillow with roots on it and book and box
The Daily Bean (2012)
Box: 10.5 x 5.25 x 2.25"; Book: 3 x 4"; Beanbag: 6.5 x 4.5"
Handwritten text, felted pillow filled with beans, layered glass sculpture, all in a box with a polymer and painted sculpture of a bean on the cover / Photo: Sibila Savage


two books and handmade box
Shadows of Language: What He Meant/What She Meant (2012)
Box: 8 x 6.125 x 3"; Books: 5 x 7"
Letterpress from metal type, painted paper, with words in a recess inside the box. One identical text told with genders reversed.
Watch the video.


felt book in a box with sculpture of bird foot
A Delicate Situation (2012)
Box: 8.75 x 5.5 x 1.5"; Book: 3 x 3.75 x .5"
Felted book in box with sculpture of a bird's foot. / Photo: Sibila Savage


handmade box with poems handwritten on patches and book
Let Me See: 20/30 (2012)
Box: 7 x 3.5 x 1.75"; Book: 2.75 x 2.5 x .75"
Handwritten text on watercolor ground on muslin, handmade stencils, safety pins, book cloth. Twenty 30-word stories. / Photo: Sibila Savage


felted book and non-repro blue pencil
You Thought You Wanted to Be Invisible (2012)
Box: 8.75 x 6.25 x 1.75"; Book: 7 x 5.25"
Handmade felt, text needlefelted; bookcloth covered hinged box with non-repro blue pencil; letterpress printed pad of paper inside with handwritten comments / Photo: Sibila Savage


two miniature books and handmade box with text-wrapped dowels
Colors of Independence (2012)
Box: 3.75 x 11 x 1.5"; Books: 2.5 x 3"
Handmade felt, miniature booklets with found text from sociology book, painted paper, handmade box, dowels wrapped in book pages


three sets of cards in a case that opens like a book
Days Made Strange (2011)
Prints: 5"w x 5"h / 5"w x 6"h / 5"w x 7"h; Tiered holder: approximately 5 1/4"w x 7 1/4"h x 2"d
A perpetual haiku calendar etterpress printed from metal type, wood type, and linoleum cuts; book cloth, Davey board; edition of 40 / Photo: Sibila Savage


felt with outline of California, house-shaped covered wagon attached to a string with small book
Migrant (2010)
Wool felt base: 18.5" x 8"; Vehicle: 5" x 5" x 6"; Book: 2.5" x 3"
Handmade felt, wool yarn, artificial sinew, paper, book cloth, museum board, bass wood, cork, Davey board, mull (bookbinder's mesh), tangerine peels; single signature book / Photo: Sibila Savage


container with felted rectangles and handmade book
Fuzzy Logic (2010)
Box: 4" x 2.5" x 4"; Book: 2 3/8" x 3.5" x 5/8" book
Handmade wool felt, wool yarn, Davey board, acrylic ink painted paper, linen thread, book cloth; wet felted, needle felted, four-needle Coptic binding / Photo: Sibila Savage


black felt bear rug with small boxes filled with wax and paper with text
Bee Boxes (2010)
Bear base: 16" x 9.5"; Each box: 2.5" x 3" X 2.25"
Handmade wool, acrylic painted Davey board, poured beeswax, paper, magnets, glass vial with honey from local bees / Photo: Sibila Savage


box with felted book and layered glass sculpture
Carry On (2010)
5.75" x 8" x 2.125"
Handmade wool, wool yarn; wet felted pages, needle felted, paste paper frottage, book cloth, glass microscope slides, linen tape, Davey board / Photo: Sibila Savage


box with loose felted pages, a painted book and layered glass sculpture
The Value of Secrets (2010)
Box: 8" x 6" x 1.75"; Felted pages: 6.25" x 4.5"; Book: 6" x 2.5"; Object: 3" x 1"
Handmade wool, wool yarn; wet felted pages, needle felted, paste paper frottage, book cloth, glass microscope slides, linen tape, Davey board / Photo: Sibila Savage


box with book with printed leaves, a felt wrap, and felt balls like ladybugs
Spotted One Day (2009)
Box: 7.125" x 9.75" x 2.25"; Book: 5.75" x 8.5"
Letterpress printed from a linoleum block of carved leaves and from metal type; Davey board wrapped with bookcloth and paper painted with acrylic inks; felted wrapper / Photo: Sibila Savage


book with flaps that have printed leaves on them
Spotted One Day (2009)
5.25" x 5.125"
Letterpress printed from wood and metal type and linoleum block; edition of 30 / Photo: Sibila Savage


felted book with attached camphor sticks in a box
Walking Sticks (2008/09)
Box: 6.25" x 6.25" x 3.25"
Handmade wool felt, camphor sticks, copper and aluminum letters, artificial sinew, Mylar, Davey board, acrylic ink painted paper, book cloth, machine stitched drawings / Photo: Sibila Savage


felted book with designs
Beautiful Tattoos (2008)
10"w x 4.25"h x .75"d
Handmade wool felt, wool yarn; wet felted, needle felted, machine stitched / Photo: Sibila Savage


felted book with faces stitched on the pages and large needle stuck through it
Smiled Politely and Left (2008)
4.5"w x 4.5"h x 3"d
Handmade wool felt, wool yarn, aluminum and copper letters, doll needle; wet felted, machine stitched / Photo: Sibila Savage
Watch the video.


accordion folded book with drawings of crows and wire crow's foot closure
Crows at Home (2008)
2.7"5w x 5.75"h x 1"d
Painted paper, letterpress printed from handset type and photopolymer plates; edition of 42 / Photo: Sibila Savage


accordion folded book with threads like roots at the fore edges
Driftwood and Roots (2006)
5.75"w x 6.25"h
Letterpress printed from handset metal type, linoleum block prints, painted paper, waxed linen thread; edition of 14 / Photo: Sibila Savage





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