Art Books Cleveland presents Leaves and Leaving

   Art Books Cleveland will have its first post-pandemic in-person show at the Morgan Paper Conservatory. Running from October 8 to November 20, the show’s theme is Leaves and Leaving and will reflect all the meanings of leaves both as noun and verb. Many of the works will feature Morgan handmade paper. Leaves and Leaving was originally scheduled for fall […]

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ABC in a Time of Upheaval

Artists may be uniquely positioned to weather times of crisis. Their activities can focus attention on social and environmental concerns and provide emotional outlets for everyone. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, Art Books Cleveland members have found solace in pursuit of their art, but with new twists that alter the process and product. Laura Martin notes that her progress on […]

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Understanding Books as Art: Art Books Cleveland Keeps Tradition and Innovation Alive

As reading material is increasingly digitized, some people wonder about the future of physical books. And yet, books and book art are thriving around the world, and Cleveland is part of that trend. Book art transforms books, emphasizing their structure and design as well as—or in place of—their content. The book becomes an art object, sometimes unrecognizable as a book […]

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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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