"American Breeding Standards" by Ellen Knudson. "American Breeding Standards explores the systemized rules about what comprises a good or bad horse, a good or bad woman — and the steps one might take to achieve the breed standard. This highly crafted new book from Ellen Knudson features a hinged pop-up that folds out from the front cover of the book. The interior of the book contains three foldout pages. Images and text printed from photo-polymer plates and handset metal types. The binding structure is an exposed spine sewn on Cave Paper tapes and attached to paste paper covered boards. The book was produced in 2012–2013 and printed by the artist in Gainesville, Florida. Text excerpted from American Horses and Horse Breeding (John Dimon, 1895) and Canine Breeding Standards of the German Shepherd (American Kennel Club, 2012)."
"9/11/2001" by Karen Koshgarian. "September 11, 2001 was the day that slapped me awake politically. I chose to make an altered book using a 2001 CA State Political Handbook. Like the towers, the book is tall and thin. I cut away pages in the center vertically, to represent the towers, and then covered the book in photographs I took of the Twin Towers in 1980, and finally, I used news photos showing the events as they happened that day. The final touch was creating an enclosure clasp with two charms that came to me serendipitously. The front cover has an airplane and the back has a fireman’s hat etched FDNY. Once I finished this book, my obsession with the event subsided, but my political awareness was now fully awake."
"The Author of This Book Committed Suicide" by Aaron Krach. "From July 19 to 26, 2012, I checked out every available book in the New York Public Library (NYPL) by an author who committed suicide. I stamped each book with this information and exhibited the stack of books as a sculpture. When the show was over, I returned the slightly-vandalized books to the library, dispersing the piece into the world. Before returning the books, I scanned every title page. These scans make up the book and show where I stamped each page."
"Encroachment" by Carrie Larson. "The development of this piece began with the simple observation of moss growing within sidewalk cracks. As I contemplated this rather beautiful phenomenon during neighborhood walks, I was also mulling over media reports about the National Security Agency’s data collection, particularly in light of Edward Snowden’s revelations. The moss began to symbolize that infiltration—a creeping loss of privacy, a gradual erosion of rights. What may appear rather benign, instead has a highly destructive capacity, capable of crumbling foundations, whether these are foundations of trust or a country’s founding principles."
"Food for Thought" by Mary Jeanne Linford and Lynn Agnew. "Food for Thought is an outgrowth of many thoughtful studio conversations about the state of the world. While we can always find problems to complain about, as artists we believe that there are also solutions that exist/can be discovered. This book is a home-grown attempt to prompt some creative, organic thinking about the problems that confront the world today. When making construction choices for this book, we made an attempt to use recycled or re-purposed materials as much as possible. Our intent in making this work was to cut down on the amount of "stuff" that is thrown away in our culture. The box was inspired by a 1930′s seed display box and crafted by Bill Agnew using leftover fir flooring. The seed packets and labels are original collages of decorative papers, stamps and old dictionary pages, which were scanned then printed with recycled inkjet cartridges. The trinkets or "seeds" enclosed in each packet were culled from the flotsam and jetsam of years of 'studio collections.'"
"Over four million Iraqis have fled their homes since the 2003 invasion. These refugees didn’t leave their country to get a better job or because of a natural disaster. They left because of a brutal dictator and industrial warfare that has virtually destroyed their country. The long journey from the Republic of Iraq to the United States of America may take months, sometimes years, and includes refugee camps, piles of documents and occasionally bribery. Iraqi refugees brought these objects with them on their journey to America. The objects range from photos of family, a Qur’an or a piece of jewelry to traditional family heirlooms. The objects have been photographed and then contextualized on the photographic print by the Iraqi participant. The participants’ additions transform the works into powerful, breathtaking documentations."
"Resolutions 1848" by Julie Shaw Lutts. "Resolutions 1848 was directly inspired by reading the resolutions written and declared by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1848. Here in these writings you will find simple, bold truths. Without drama or sentimentality these proclamations are meant to give women equality in the eyes of the world. I began to read and copy out the Resolutions in my own hand. In the process, I was better able to contemplate the true meaning of the words. These women lived in a time with limited freedoms, unable to speak their thoughts in public or even privately. In the first Resolution, the authors write of the American ideal of happiness. (“Resolved, That such laws as conflict, in any way, with the true and substantial happiness of woman, are contrary to the great precept of nature,”). Such a simple ideal, to be allowed to be happy without being repressed in your own home or town! The Resolutions continue to speak of “Equality, Enlightenment, Opportunity, Fairness”, and the basic freedom of being counted, having the right as a human to cast your vote for the leaders of your country. Unbelievably, over a century later, all of the Resolutions of 1848 are still ideals worth fighting for. Many women are still held back, defined by the needs and power of others. I created this small accordion book after finishing my unique 3D artist book of the same name, so it may be shared with more readers."
"rise" by Sarah S. Mallory. "In 2013 an estimated 744 minors died from gun violence in the United States. rise is a 371 page accordion book displaying each death of a minor that was a result of gun violence in the United States in 2013. Each day of the last calendar year has a page in the book with the numerical date as well as the number of deaths, represented by a cut out upward flying dove. Some pages show no deaths, some pages show up to 9 in one day. Viewing or reading rise is an active memorial. The volume and depth of the book, the repetition in the format, the knowledge that each rising dove represents an individual lost, the knowledge that in this country minors are by law supposed to be separated from gun ownership and possession, turning through the cut out pages of rise is a meditation for the hands and mind to move through. All of the data and research for rise was collected from slate.com’s report on gun violence after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in December 2012."
"My (Discouragingly) White Life" by Lise Melhorn-Boe. "In the book, "Learning to be White: Money, Race and God in America," the author, Thandeka, writes: “African Americans have learned to use a racial language to describe themselves and others. Euro-Americans also have learned a pervasive racial language. But in their racial lexicon, their own racial group becomes the great unsaid.” As a means of becoming aware of this racialization process, she suggests playing the Race Game. It has only one rule: for a week, one must use the term white whenever one mentions the name of a person of European descent. For example, one might say, “my white friend Beth, or “my white son Matthias.” I was taken aback by how overwhelmingly white is the number of my friends, acquaintances and contacts. Out of this exercise came this book, My (Discouragingly) White Life. On acetate, I have printed the titles of all the people in my daily life, in white and pale brown. The layering on the acetate is beautiful, but there’s no denying that it is mostly white."
"2.5" by Bonnie Meltzer. "For the last two years, I have been immersed in stopping the proposed coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington. Although my previous work had environmental themes, over a year ago I began making mixed-media artworks specifically related to coal. The work in this show, 2.5 is an adaptation of a much larger crocheted and beaded work called "Particulate Matter." PM 2.5 refers to the unseen, tiny particulates that are taken into our lungs and cause the most damage. The mining, transporting and burning of coal leave us with an abundance of these dangerous particles. As a sculptor, the intimacy of a small accordion book captivated me because of its ability to change shape in the reader’s hands. Crocheted wire and fishing line, my usual materials, had to be adapted to book techniques. Folds had to be hammered; letters drawn with wire, then embroidered on; and transparency problems solved, yet embraced. The text is 'Some dust you can’t see but lungs know.'"
"Local is Global & Global is Local" by Bonnie Meltzer. "For the last two years, I have been immersed in stopping the proposed coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington. Although my previous artwork had environmental themes, over a year ago I began making mixed-media artworks specifically related to coal. The work, Local is Global & Global is Local is an adaptation of a large work by the same name, techniques and materials. Weaving Portland maps with maps of the other involved regions (Montana and Wyoming, Puget Sound, Asia and the whole world) is a good way of expressing the entanglement of the personal and the worldwide implications of coal. It is a relatively simple accordion book with embroidered train tracks that embellish the collage and connect the pages visually."
"Affluenza" by Cathryn Miller & Monique Martin. "Monique Martin and I collaborated on this work because we both feel rampant consumerism is a major social problem. It not only leads to things like appalling working conditions in third world factories and massive personal debt in North America, it doesn’t really make the ultimate consumers happy. One might define Affluenza as a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. Proponents of the term consider that over-emphasis on endless increases in material possessions may lead to feelings of worthlessness and dissatisfaction rather than experiences of a “better life.” Affluenza, a paper doll with more clothes and accessories than she can ever use, and certainly far more than she needs, is representative. The alphabet poem describing her condition is symbolically printed as a till tape."
"AFFLUENZA: The Colouring Book" by Cathryn Miller & Monique Martin. "A sequel to the original Affluenza, AFFLUENZA: The Colouring Book carries on with Affluenza the paper doll’s obsessive consumerism. The book (seven 5-page accordions with clothes and accessories to colour and a paper doll on card stock) is accompanied by an alphabetical poem printed in the form of a till tape, three custom-wrapped crayons, and an Affluenza sticker. The doll and her belongings are all based on linocuts by Monique Martin. All book, packaging design, text is by Cathryn Miller."
"Devil Wind" by Barbara Milman. "This book is about the effect of climate change on California wildfires. Forest fires in California are caused, or made exponentially more violent, by the hot, dry “devil winds”—the Santa Monica and Diablo Winds that blow in from the desert. With climate change, these winds are becoming stronger and more frequent. Devil Wind contains pages on each of the 20 biggest forest fires recorded in California since 1932. More than half of them have occurred since the year 2000, and they have been steadily increasing in size. Climate change is the most important issue humanity faces today. Unchecked, it will threaten the existence of our cities, decimate the world food supply, destroy the ecological balance of the earth, and create global political instability. Yet it has gotten very little attention, and even less action, from our political leaders. My books express these concerns about climate change in concrete artistic terms."
"I'd Take Away the Guns" by Lorinda Moholt. "This book was made in sadness and anger as a protest against gun violence. It was done with everyday materials to symbolize the ordinariness of that horror, newspaper clippings to show the grim result of killing children, and a Cheryl Wheeler poem that speculates on who might do these terrible things. It is kept in a sack made of the cloth container for No.8 hard lead shot. I realize that gun legislation is a complicated and frustrating issue but continue to believe that strong words and sensible people will eventually win over assault rifles with 30-cartridge magazines. After this book was finished, I shot it from the back at close range with a 22-caliber rifle. (I hated doing it.)"