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briar cliff review

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In the mail yesterday I received copies of a book smelling of printed paper, new ink. Thank you to Briar Cliff Review for including my photograph titled, Reeds and Reflection, in its pages. The Review is an 11″ x 8-1/2″ glossy 124-page compilation of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, and artwork. The Review has been printed for 24 years, this being Volume 24, 2012. There is a real satisfaction in getting off the computer and sitting down with a well-designed book.

In addition, the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa will be exhibiting my Reeds and Reflection piece, and other art work published in the Briar Cliff Review, from May 9 thru July 1. Sioux City Art Center

I am represented by Olson-Larsen Gallery in West Des Moines, Iowa and they prepared and shipped my work to the Art Center for the exhibit. Olson-Larsen Gallery

Written by Ken Smith

June 5th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

the handmade book

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I have always been in love with paper. The feel of it, the possibilities of it. The deckle edge of handmade paper is like the edge of a leaf, natural and seductive.

And books have been my guides to my life. I know I will not be an e-viewer type. I love the feeling of turning the page in reality.

So it is only natural for me to become enraptured by making handmade books. I have made a few, always with Japanese stab binding. My latest small book presented ten of a new series of b&w photographs of reeds in a lake I visit by canoe in the summers. I titled the series Laughing Reeds. The book is only 6-1/2 by 9-3/4″, small and personal.

The Reeds book was a prototype for one I am going to make in conjunction with the February nude show I am preparing for. I plan to make a limited edtion of 25 books – the same size as the Reeds book. It will have 15 images, a short preface, and wrapup pages. The covers are simple heavyweight printmaking paper, with textured paper glued to their inner surfaces to add strength, similar to the Reeds book.



Written by Ken Smith

January 12th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

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