book arts

Libraries’ Essay Competition Offers Cash Prizes to Students

By WU Libraries on December 16, 2019

The Washington University Libraries are giving away cash prizes to the students who write the best short essays about their personal book collections. That’s right, students — ponder the contents of your bookshelves, write a brief essay, and you could win cash. The Neureuther Student Book Collect...

A Celebration of Book Arts

By Alison Carrick on April 5, 2019

An opening reception for three book arts exhibitions was held on February 28.   Buzz Spector: Works On and Of Paper on view in the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of Olin Library, celebrates Sam Fox School Professor of Art Buzz Spector who creates pieces that explore and challenge the book as a fo...

Crafting Tunnel Books

By Rose Miyatsu on December 12, 2018

This past Saturday, a small group of book enthusiasts gathered at the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections in Olin Library to learn how to craft tunnel books as part of a series of book making workshops generously funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. We began the afternoon b...

First Bookmaking Workshop Was A Hit!

By Rose Miyatsu on December 6, 2018

The Community Learns New Bookmaking Skills This past Saturday, eighteen enthusiastic participants from Washington University and the surrounding community gathered in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections to try their hand at some basic bookmaking. The workshop was part of a new ser...

Cobden-Sanderson and the Doves Press

By Rose Miyatsu on July 23, 2018

In the early 1880s, Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson left a career in law to become a bookbinder. Cobden-Sanderson was a friend of William Morris, a prominent member of the British Arts and Crafts movement, and subscribed to his ideology about the importance of traditional craftsmanship. They believ...

Cordelia Baker: Teaching Bookbinding to Society Women

By Rose Miyatsu on February 6, 2018

What is an Educated Woman to Do? At the turn of the twentieth century, it was becoming more common for young, upper-class women to go away to receive an education, but few ways for them to use it once they returned home. A 1906 article in the St Louis Post-Dispatch laments, “There are already 10 ...

New Exhibit: Shakespeare in Miniature

By Julie Hale on February 19, 2016

Shakespeare in Miniature, an exhibit of Bard-inspired mini books, is now on view in the display cases near Olin Library’s Ginkgo Room. Featuring miniature books from the collection of longtime library friend and donor Julian Edison, the exhibit includes a wonderfully broad range of creative respo...