Monday, September 28, 2009

Studio Tour Chris Peden

Name: Chris Peden

Name of studio/business/art pseudonym: Dang, I wish I had something clever-you all are going to have to help me come up with a studio/business/art pseudonym. Be nice!


Describe your studio/work area: The dormer of a very old Beaverdale home. It was completely unfinished when we moved in, and full of the prior owners (all of them since 1916) garbage. We finished it ourselves and used it as a bedroom for my son. When he went to college-I moved my studio up there. (my daughter is still pouting).

Do you have a day job? I work for the State of Iowa in Human Resources. I am also a mom and step-grandmom!!

How did you get started in the book world? In college, I did camera ready artwork for advertisements for local nightclubs, politicians and public entities. I continued to do freelance camera ready art after college-really stimulating stuff like product brochures, displays for conventions, conference brochures, ads for local bars (a theme here??), political campaigns (another theme) and whatever else someone would pay me to do. It was my secondary income. I started dong convention displays for rubber stamp companies-postcards, cards, and a bit of mixed media. I wanted to make something special for my parent’s 50th anniversary, but not a traditional scrapbook-I had already done 20 volumes of scrapbooks of my children and step-children lives. I started researching artist books, and it all kind of evolved from there.

What inspires you? Anything and everything. Vintage stuff; rusty things, anything paper, old labels, buttons, game pieces, things I find on the street, and the work of my friends and other artists.

What is your favorite technique? I make a lot of books, eraser carvings, mixed media pieces, jewelry, and things from clay. I will try anything!

What is one tool you couldn't live without? A good paper cutter. And lots of paper-two things, but they sort of run together!

What is the most challenging part of what you do? Finding the time right now. I would love to teach again and have more in-my-own studio classes again-but the day job and some family things are interfering with my passion.

What is the most rewarding? It is all rewarding. Having someone send a magazine with one of my pieces in it and asking me to sign it; having someone ask me to do a particular book/journal for a special occasion for them or a loved one; having been asked to teach a book or binding in a far away place; having friends recognize my art on sight at conventions that I can’t attend; seeing my work in books and magazines. Extra special is having one of my kids tell me they really like a particular book or piece of work is great. A friend of mine bought some of my eraser carvings and turned them into rubber stamps and sold them (okay-a lot of my friends own them, but still!!!) I meet (in person or through exchanges) the most awesome people. I exchanged art with Angela Cartwright-Sound of Music (Brigitta) and Lost in Space (Penny Robinson) and she published my work in one of her zines. I fly to the East Coast every year and meet up with 14 friends from across the US and we spend a week or two making books, jewelry, polymer clay pieces, mixed media, paper-each of us teach a class or two, and in exchange, learn another dozen or so techniques. We all met on the internet-exchanging art, ideas, techniques and a whole lot of friendship.

Where do you show/share your work? Since I have done mostly commissioned work-it is shown by rubber stamp companies, artist supply vendors, and at eraser carving shows. I did a few Sunday afternoon tea showings in local places. I have done demos at wholesaler shows and conventions. I show my art when I teach.

What drives you to work creatively in PBC? I was looking for something local. I found a postcard about an Edible Book event at Koch Bros. At that same time, I found out that Susan was the mom of my daughter’s boyfriend. She heard from my daughter that I made books and kept me in mind for this book. I am excited and scared!!

The Book in Time & Place

The Book in Time and Place: A Selection of Artist Books from The University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections and Drake Universities Cowles Library.

September 11 - October 9, 2009, Anderson Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 5-7 pm

The books in the exhibition were chosen to address historical narrative, memoir, and time in books as well as the perceptions and representations of “place.” In addition, the curators hope toillustrate the wide range of approaches that artists can take when using the book as a form of artistic and literary expression. The books included in the exhibition utilize letterpress, various printmaking capabilities, strong illustrative or sculptural qualitiesand unique bindings. The goal of the exhibition is to enhance understanding of 20th century artistic and literary developmentswithin the world of books.

Events connected with the exhibition:

Artist Book Lecture: Layering Meaning: Structure and Content in Artist Bookworks,

Julia Leonard, The University of Iowa Center for the Book Wednesday,

September 9, 4:30 336 Fine Art Center Anderson Gallery will be open after the lecture until 7pm for viewing of books.

Julia Leonard is a book artist teaching at the University of Iowa Center for the Book and graphic design in the School of Art and Art History. She has been awarded an artist-in-residence position atPenland School of Crafts from 1990-93. Julia shows her work nationally and is included in many special collections including University of Delaware and Ringling School of Art and Design among many various exhibitions. She will be discussing works included in the current exhibition at the Anderson Gallery.

Bookmaking Workshop, Peggy Johnston, Des Moines Book Artist and Binder

Saturday, September 12, 9 am - 4 pm, 300 Carnegie

The first 10 Drake University students to sign up are free (sign upbegins in Art and Design office on Thursday, Aug. 27th) after that itis $25 fee for Drake Students and $60 for non-Drake students, Must be registered to attend, contact Judy Drury to register at:

Monday, September 14, 2009

Studio Tour Sarah McCoy

Name:  Sarah McCoy

Name of studio/business/art pseudonym: The Permanent Collection-
letterpress cards, broadsides, design and printing


Describe your studio/work area: a studio in my basement. I have a
press, woodtype, metal type, lots of ink, a flat file, drying rack and
helpful husband.

Do you have a day job? professor of Graphic Design at Drake University

How did you get started in the book world? I took undergraduate
courses in book arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.
When I went back to school for my MFA in Graphic Design I also
enrolled as a University of Iowa Center for the Book Student for my
graduate certificate which I received in 2006, my concentration was

What inspires you? Book artists such as Johanna Drucker, Walter
, Spring Tide Press, and many fine press printers, Dada and
Futurist books, travel, too many to list…

What is your favorite technique? Letterpress

What is one tool you couldn't live without? My Vandercook SP-15 Press

What is the most challenging part of what you do? Registration and
proper inking and finding time amid my husband, daughter and
professional day job.

What is the most rewarding? seeing people buy my cards and work on
display in exhibitions.

Where do you show/share your work? I sell my cards at various local
and national stores as well as exhibit work at The ALL Gallery in New
Haven, CT, 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, OR, Minneapolis and various
other galleries nationally and internationally. My artist books are in
several University Special Collections and the Library of Congress.

What drives you to work creatively in PBC? the local connection with
area artists and working together for a common goal.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Studio Tour Eduardo Garcia

Name: Eduardo García

Name of studio/business/art pseudonym: Booklore

Describe your studio/work area: A cozy and sometimes messy corner of my home basement.

Do you have a day job? I am an Assistant Professor of Spanish

How did you get started in the book world? As a volunteer in the periodical room of my public library

What inspires you? Dreams and nature

What is your favorite technique? Coptic binding

What is one tool you couldn't live without? paper cutters

What is the most challenging part of what you do? staying focused on a single project

What is the most rewarding? selling my books

Where do you show/share your work? Octagon Center for the Arts (Ames, Iowa, USA); Librería La Central del Raval (Barcelona, Spain)

What drives you to work creatively in PBC? My interest in working collaboratively

Any other comments? We deserve to have a Center for the Book Arts in Des Moines, Iowa