We couldn’t do all that we do here at the Center for Book Arts without our crew of amazing volunteers. On any given day, we have 1-3 volunteers working in our office, helping us with everything from reception and running errands, to exhibition preparation and generating publicity for our events.
Though it’s always a little sad to see them leave at the end of their volunteer term, we’re grateful for their talent and energy spent here at the Center, and happy to see them progress in their education and careers.
We’re also glad for the opportunity to welcome new volunteers into the Center’s community. If you’re interested in learning about the workings of a small non-profit arts center like ours, and learning a little bookbinding or letterpress printing while you’re at it, consider our work-study program. Click here to read more details and fill out the application.
And for a little insight into what the experience is like, here are some reflections from recent volunteer Emily Holzknecht:
Happy Friday everyone! It’s the last day of my work/study and I wanted to share with you guys what an awesome experience it was.
I came to the center to work as a photographer on the digitization project, photographing artwork in the Center’s Fine Arts Collection for our online collection database – a great resource for artists, curators, and pretty much anyone interested in the book arts. It was very inspiring to spend quality time with each piece as I photographed it, and helped me to really appreciate the creative potential in bookmaking and letterpress.
A few pieces that really stood out to me were Sam Winston’s A Dictionary Story and Kumi Korf’s Hole in My Heart.
I love the creative typesetting in A Dictionary Story, the way the text volleys between being linear and conventional to unraveling across the page, almost as if being blown away by the wind.
What struck me about Kumi Korf’s work, and Hole in My Heart in particular, is how sculptural her artist’s books are. Hole in My Heart consists of an elaborate wooden structure that folds up into an octagon, revealing four small books hidden in cavities in the edges of the structure. I was lucky to meet Ms. Korf when she visited the center, and helped her uninstall her exhibit Red Paper from Tosa.
I’m going to miss the arm and friendly atmosphere here, but hopefully I’ll be back soon for letterpress and bookbinding classes.
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