Book Arts in the Library

Interested in seeing ways to take your reading materials to a whole new level? The main display case in the library is currently displaying the creations of Stephanie Milanowski’s Design II class. For one of their assignments they were required to create a work of art out of a used book, which comes from a genre of art commonly called Altered Books, Book Art or Artists’ Books. These are works that involve creating a work of art in a book form or modifying book material to create a work of art. In the words of Justin Korver ’13 “Artists’ books can be all words, all images or a combination of both, while exploring alternative forms, materials and production techniques.” This first exhibition also marks the beginning of a new collection at Hope Libraries. Each class, a jury from Hope Libraries will choose one student’s work to be added to the newly created Hope College Van Wylen Library Artist Book Collection.

Interested in learning more about books arts? Check out titles on Altered Books and Artists’ Books in Van Wylen’s collection. Another nice visual display are these videos from the Herron Art Library.

— Jessica Hronchek, Reference Librarian

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