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Artist's Books

Handmade in Alabama Edition of 10 2009


Handmade in Alabama explores the way our crafts change over time. Through interviews with three generational artisans, the book set proposes that over time, our crafts have moved from the primarily utilitarian to the primarily aesthetic. What was once work to meet a need is now leisure to meet a desire.

Besides honoring the tradition of craft in Alabama, one of the intentions of this book project was to offer a glimpse of this culture to a wider audience, in the hope that someone unfamiliar with Alabama could have a real experience with the words of these traditional crafts people and see their process and environment. I wanted the books to be a portal for these generational crafts people to speak directly to the reader. I chose excerpts from the interviews that I felt illustrated a change in craft over time through the generations of these three families.

Handmade in Alabama Edition of 10 2009

Unknown Ancestry Edition of 25 2007

Handmade in Alabama is currently traveling with The Guild of Book Workers two-year traveling exhibition, Marking Time. Opening in May 2009, the national juried exhibition will travel to nine venues across the U.S. including public libraries and universities and will close in the spring of 2011. For more information on the exhibit, opening shows or to purchase the full-color exhibition catalog, please visit the Guild of Book Workers' Marking Time website : Online Marking Time Exhibition