Joining Forces: Book Arts in Collaboration

Published: Feb. 18, 2013

Most artistic endeavors are solitary pursuits. Kitty Maryatt and Sammy Seung-min Lee create opportunities to collaborate, producing artist’s books that are reflective of multiple perspectives. Hear their stories and see examples of their work in a series of events and exhibits presented by University Libraries.

Kitty Maryatt will describe how she works with her students at the Scripps College Press (Claremont, California) to create limited edition letterpress books each semester. She will also show how her own work influences and how she has been influenced by her projects at the College.

Sammy Seung-min Lee of Studio SML | k, Denver, works hand-in-hand with South Korean artists to create sculptural book works, reflecting their philosophies and artistic processes as well as her own. She will talk about her experiences in partnering with other artists while respecting and preserving creative boundaries. Lee incorporates her diverse studies in fine art, design and architecture to push the boundaries of her books by investigating and experimenting with spatial, narrative, and sequential qualities.  She studied bookbinding under master bookbinder and book artist, Daniel Kelm in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

An open house in the Special Collections Rare Book Room from 1 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 will feature examples of the artist’s books genre from the department’s extensive collection. At 7 p.m. that evening, Maryatt and Lee will talk about their own work, with examples, in the Norlin Library 5th floor Center for British and Irish Studies. Both events are free and open to the public.

Exhibits of Maryatt and Lee’s work are on display in the Norlin Library through Mar. 8, 2013. “Limited Editions from the Scripps College Press and Kitty Maryatt” is in the Norlin east lobby and "Artist’s Books by Sammy Seung-min Lee of Studio SML | k" is in the Norlin west lobby. Both exhibits are free and open to the public, and are available during regular Libraries hours.

The event and exhibition is sponsored by University Libraries ScriptaLab, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, Book Arts League, Friends of the Libraries and Archives and Special Collections.