Thursday, February 26, 2009

I'm leaving a little post for all future thesis printers, so when you are working on your thesis, and if you feel the way I am about to describe, you won't feel alone. Okay, you ready?

Here is the truth: when you finally start printing your thesis, you are already over it. You don't like it. You want to throw it out the window. You want to work on something new and exciting. But instead, you have to print it, for days.

But! it'll be okay. In the end, you will regain your love for it, and feel happy and proud.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Down in the mill--the cold is coming through the slats in the door--beating bluejeans for papermaking tomorrow. It has been awhile since I've been down here alone. It's very nice. Now to start hitting the fiber strongly!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pepper Place Exhibition

Some of our Cuba collaborative book projects on display January 29th at the new gallery opening at Pepper Place in Birmingham.

Binding on the new Cuba book

Jessica, Emily, and Friedrich working on the binding of HAVANA: A LIVING CITY.

Friday, January 30, 2009

and that makes you how old???

happy birthday to our ringleader, steve miller!

alabama kozo huntin'

on thursday the papermaking class went searching for alabama kozo in tuscaloosa. we cut it down with our own little paws, collected it, steamed it, and cleaned it. we even managed to sneak in a few cupcakes. here are a few pictures from our adventures:

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thesis printing

Friedrich working on his Creative Project Thesis.


These are the chief perpetrators of the blog, in the type lab, after the deed, with bud Friedrich.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Fifth Floor: A Hip Destination

On Monday, February 2nd, I (Emily) will be bringing my New College Book Arts class to the fifth floor to check out the scene. On the schedule so far: perusing the fifth floor gallery (currently featuring the complex, colorful, conceptual concoctions of Sarah Bryant), and tours of the bindery and type shop. If any of you talented peeps are available to show some of your work to a group of eager UA undergrads, I (and they) would appreciate it a lot! And if anyone's printing at that time, maybe you won't mind if we stand around and gawk at you for a little while...

The tour will begin at 11, and will last as long as it takes.

P.S. This blog is a great idea. Thanks to the Printing II kids for setting it up!


Thanks for setting this up, Ally. I hope folks want to share their daily experience in the book arts studios and about town. This morning if we were at Cafe Francesca in Havana we could have great coffees (like we did in December).

New Blog!

The MFA Program in Book Arts at the University of Alabama is home to book artists of many unique backgrounds, areas of expertise, and a wide array of talent. The current Printing II students decided to create a space online where the Book Arts students could post updates on the daily joys (and struggles) of the time spent on the fifth floor of Gorgas Library. This is a place to document projects, adventures, tears wept over the SP-20, and every well-executed rainbow roll. Feel free to post pictures, announcements, events, and type shop daily happenings-- and we definitely don't mind recipes.

Happy Posting from the Printing II Crew:
Kerri Harding
Lauren Faulkenberry
Ally Nevarez
Professor Steve Miller