Finding Book-Ness: ABC at CSU

Once books were simply vehicles, carrying the information they contained. For centuries, they were the most efficient way to traffic in words and pictures. In these digital days they still do that, but they have other functions, too: They are monuments to those ideas, celebrations, commemorations, and elaborations on them. They are a way not just to pass words and […]

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Art Books Cleveland: Looking Ahead to Octavofest

Octavofest, Northeast Ohio’s celebration of book and paper arts is back for 2017, bigger and better than ever. This year’s program adds new partners, and extends its activities throughout the year, many reflecting this year’s theme: celebrating the art of children’s books. Emily Martin of the Naughty Dog Press will make several presentations at Cleveland State University (CSU) and Oberlin […]

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From Seed to Flight: The Milkweed Plant and the Monarch Butterflies’ Journey

Art Books Cleveland (ABC) recently completed its first-ever collaborative project. The brain child of Tony Williams, the butterfly book represents the work of 18 artists, each creating a unique representation of a monarch. These disparate pieces were gathered into a single sculpture celebrating handmade paper, books, and the merging of creative visions. As Williams reports, “with the help of Jane […]

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Zine Scene – A Few Words with Phoebe Thomas of the Cozy Up! Collective

Somewhere in my attic there is a box filled with tattered and torn old zines. I’ve held on to these photocopied and unevenly stapled collections of anarchist poems, punk album reviews, crude drawings, and suburban-nihilist thought for over twenty years.  But zines have moved beyond my limited, largely 1990’s perception, and are starting to get their “fair dues” as an art form.  MOCA Cleveland […]

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BOUND: Art Book + Zine Fair at MOCA Cleveland

BOUND: Art Book + Zine Fair at MOCA Cleveland Friday, August 26, 2016 / 5:00pm — 10:00pm Saturday, August 27, 2016 / 11:00am — 5:00pm Now in its second year, BOUND: Art Book + Zine Fair brings together the most creative zinesters, comic creators, photomakers, and independent publishers to share and sell their work. In addition, BOUND will include live music, DJ sets, workshops, […]

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Art Books Cleveland and Octavofest Connect to the Community

The annual Octavofest celebration of book and paper arts is preparing to kick off its 2016 season, featuring a line-up that’s more extensive and engaging than ever. As always, two major shows—a themed show, this year focused on the number 100, and an Abecedarium show emphasizing alphabet-related works—serve as centerpieces for the month-long event running throughout October.   Among the […]

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Art Books Cleveland celebrates, collaborates in Octavofest

Autumn in Ohio means it’s time for Octavofest: the month-long celebration of book and paper arts. Octavofest is a massive collaboration among Art Books Cleveland (ABC), Heights Arts, the Cleveland Heights Public Library, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland State University, the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation, and the Cleveland Public Library. Growing tremendously in scope since […]

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