Concept to Conclusion

Jessica PetersonWow! What happened to February? I suppose it marched right along as we all prepared for a barrage of March activity! On the top of my list is an exhibition opening this weekend at Asheville BookWorks. I’m honored to join Jessica Peterson of Paper Souvenir and Frank Brannon of SpeakEasy Press as the featured artists in Artists in Residence / Concept to Conclusion.

The show runs from March 12-April 30, 2011 and features three projects made possible by the BookWorks Co-op, including The Paste Papers of Lawrence Louise Foster by Catherine Baker and published by SpeakEasy Press, Ma’Cille’s Museum of Miscellanea by Jessica Peterson and published by Paper Souvenir, and Fibre Libre, the collaborative edition published by yours truly, Flatbed Splendor.

We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, March 12, from 5:30-8:30 pm at Asheville BookWorks, for the opening and artists’ talks.



Dates, times and locations have been posted for panel sessions at both the College Book Art Association and the College Art Association 2011 Conferences. At CBAA, Flatbed Splendor will be presenting on Panel Four, in the good company of Emily Larned and Edwin Jager. The panel begins at 10:30 am on Friday, January 14, and will take place in the Indiana Memorial Union at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

At CAA, Flatbed Splendor will be presenting on a panel entitled Fight the Power: Open Source, Free Software, and Critical Digital Practice, in the good company of Aymeric Mansoux, Heidi May, Jody Baker, Megan Lotts, Robert Lawrence, and moderator Ben Chang. The panel begins at 2:30 pm on Friday, February 11, and will take place in the Bryant Suite, on the 2nd floor of the Hilton New York.

Good News

Fibre Libre CoverI’m so excited. I just heard word that Fibre Libre will be given an award for Student Work in the Juried Members Exhibition at the College Book Arts Association Biennial Conference in Bloomington this coming January. In addition, I will be presenting at the conference, exploring the relevance of relational aesthetics as a critical paradigm in the field of book arts. Emily Larned, my ILSSA Co-Operator, who will speak about the history and contemporary relevance of ‘zines.

Speaking of ILSSA, we’ve been juried into The Big Crafty in Asheville, NC on December 5th. Our table will feature all of the Quarterlies, as well as a variety of goodies made by ILSSA members.

Thanks to CBAA and The Big Crafty for all of this goodness!

Open Edition

Open Edition

The latest book published by Flatbed Splendor, Fibre Libre,  tells the story of a group of people, learning about free software while learning to make paper. It is the first manifestation of the Open Edition project, which was founded in 2009 to explore the philosophy of FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) through the medium of the artist’s book.

Open Edition advocates for the understanding and use of free software, particularly in the book arts community, by supporting relevant practice, scholarship and pedagogy. The Open Edition wiki is he organizational hub for the project, serving both as a means for experimentation and as a forum for discussion. After many monthsof painfully slow progress (and one very recent moment of complete panic, when I managed to delete everything), the wiki is up and running! Phew.

Fibre Libre at CBAA

Fibre LibreHeard word from the College Book Arts Association that my latest book, Fibre Libre, has been accepted into the Juried Members Exhibition at the School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University. The show will be on display from January 13-29, 2011, during the biennial conference. For those of you in the NC area who’d like to check it out, the book is currently on display in the BookWorks Gallery at Asheville BookWorks, as a part of the BookOpolis 2010 exhibition, which runs through December 10.

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