alisa golden

home | art | writing | contact |



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.


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


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


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)


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.


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


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





© 2018 Alisa Golden, never mind the press