Thursday, April 10, 2014

Profile: Shanna Leino, Book Artist & Tool Maker

All book artists jury-rig tools from time to time. Shanna Leino is one of the few who creates tools with the same skill and creativity she applies to her artist books.
People come to book arts in many different ways; for Shanna it began with an inspirational figure. "I stumbled into it really," she said. "Always interested in art, I had an art teacher in high school who was working on an epic artist book project and that was my first exposure to the concept of actually making a book. Right away I was exposed to the work of Keith Smith, Gary Frost, Hedi Kyle, Daniel Kelm and Timothy was all over! I fell totally in love and still am."

Her books show a strong interest in historical forms, going back as far as Coptic and Armenian models. Shanna is particularly fascinated by working with metals of all kinds. Recently she's been exploring textiles as well: "not sure where that's going to go."

Becoming a tool maker seems to be a logical extension of Shanna's work in book art. "In high school and college, I had taken some basic metals and jewelry classes and found those very simple skills could be pushed and stretched and applied easily and naturally to book work, too. So when something came up while making books that needed that little something to make the job easier, a brass finishing tool, a specially shaped bone folder, a steel punch etc. it seemed like making a tool was the best thing to do." She was introduced to elk bone, "an exceptionally dense, white bone that carves wonderfully and polishes well.... Then one thing led to another and it has become a life-saving, bread-and-butter business for me, for which I am very grateful."

Her tools--bone folders, awls, steel punches, and others--are available through

Shanna Leino will conduct a PCB-sponsored bone folder making workshop on Sunday, April 13. For details, see

Monday, March 31, 2014

NYC Rare Book Week April 1-8

Fine Books & Collection magazine has declared the week of April 1 Rare Book Week in New York City. it brings a number of events together under one title, including 

  • the New York Antiquarian Book Fair (April 6-8), 
  • the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair (April 5-6),
  • the NYC/CUNY  Chapbook Festival (April 1-3),
  • exhibits at the Grolier Club, the Morgan Library, and Les Enluminures,
  • many rare book auctions, and 
  • much more.
For details, see

Sunday, March 30, 2014

PrintThink Conference at Tyler

Tyler School of Art is presenting Print Think, a one-day conference aimed at fostering conversation about the present and future of the print. This forward-looking meeting will focus on the implication of current technologies--laser cutters, vinyl plotters, 3D printers--for printmakers. 
The conference will be held on May 24, 2014.
For details and registration information, see:


Early registration discount ends April 1, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Artist In Residence position, New Jersey

The Printmaking Center of New Jersey is seeking applications for an Artist in Residence position for spring/summer 2014. According to Liz Mitchell, Chair of the Adolph Konrad Artist in Residency Program at PCNJ, 

"PCNJ is a community based fine arts non-profit, that just celebrated 40 years of operation. We run seven programs from our location just outside of Somerville, NJ including the AIR program. PCNJ houses the ground breaking Combat Paper Program, which gives American Veterans the opportunity to come together and make paper from their worn combat fatigues as a cathartic healing process. PCNJ also runs Adult Education programs, the Roving Press children’s outreach program, exhibitions, artist collaborations, and a full-access studio where art is made. 
"The Artist in Residency program is a six week summer program. The artist is given time in our studios to create a body of work, a solo exhibition and $1000.00 stipend for materials and supplies. PCNJ customizes and enriches the AIR experience based on the selected artist’s needs and area of focus through artist talks, time with our Master Printer, Sheila Goloborotko and demonstrations for example. They are able to interact with other artists through the full-access printmaking studios."

Deadline for applications is March 1, 2014


Full information, including application form,  at

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Introduction to Letterpress Printing at Mt. Airy Art Garage

The Mt. Airy Art Garage will present a one-day workshop on letterpress printing. PCB member Donna Globus will teach this introduction to letterpress printing with a table-top platen press.


Sat. Feb. 1, 10 AM to 5 PM
Mt. Airy Art Garage,
11 W Mt Airy Ave‎
Philadelphia, PA 19119
$80 plus $15 for materials 

For more details, see
Call 215.242.5074
or email


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pop-ups from Prague at the Grolier Club

The Grolier Club in New York City will present "Pop-Ups from Prague" in celebration of the centennial of the Czech artist, children's book illustrator, and paper engineer Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992). This is a rare opportunity to see over 100 works by a major pioneer of pop-up book design. 
If you're in New York, the Grolier Club always has an exhibit or two worth seeing; this promises to be something special. There are also several exhibit-related events, including a panel discussion featuring the award-winning paper engineer Robert Sabuda.
For more information on Kubašta and the exhibit, visit: and under "Exhibitions," click "Forthcoming Exhibitions."

Dates: January 23  March 24, 2014.
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm 
Admission: Exhibitions are open to the public free of charge 

The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street 
New York, NY 10022 

Assemblages: Paper Works, at the Mt. Airy Art Garage

Exhibit presented by the Mt. Airy Art Garage:

"This show seeks to dispel assumptions about paper art as a medium. Paper is thought to be ephemeral meaning temporary, preliminary and disposable. We challenge these notions and look to present an exhibition that establishes paper works’ place in Fine Arts. The exhibition includes sculpture, collage, drawings, cut paper, letterpress, photography, hand-cut paper design, dimensional collage in boxes and more."


Dates: Thurs. January 16 through Sun. February 16 2014

Gallery hours: Wed.--Sat., Noon--6 PM; Sun. Noon--5 PM

Opening Reception: Fri. January 31, 6--9 PM (Mt. Airy "Finally Friday")

Mt. Airy Art Garage
11 West Mt. Airy Ave.
Philadelphia PA. 19119
215 242 5074

Come out to meet and support local artists.