After accidentally stumbling into the MAD exhibition that changed my life, I fell truly, madly, deeply in love with paper. 

Working with paper was unlike any other experience; like every material I’d ever used rolled into one simple, clean sheet with seemingly impossible flexibility. I could cut it, sculpt it, fold it, and even create it using only the natural materials around me. It seemed so logical; it was the purest, most accommodating medium in existence. Anything I could dream up, I could create with paper; there were no limits, no impossibilities.

Considering my background in design, it was no surprise that my studies culminated in book arts. So, when I saw that the National Gallery was having an exhibition on artists’ books, I was ecstatic! If you’re in DC this winter, make sure you put "Text as Inspiration: Artists’ Books and Literature" on your list of things to see!

There doesn’t seem to be any information regarding the artists included in the exhibition, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites: Su Blackwell, El Lissitzky, Brian Dettmer, and Brandon Boyd (yes, that’s right, the one from Incubus). 

To start your own artists’ book collection, scoop an edition of your favorite at Printed Matter

If you’re interested in the nitty gritty of book or paper arts, take a trip to BookWorks in Asheville, NC or register for a workshop at Penland School of Crafts

a mishmash; a hodgepodge, if you will.

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