Carol Barton is almost here…

As I mentioned in this post, Carol Barton is coming to Vermont as part of a collaborative effort with the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.

Carol has been consulting with CERF on a project called the Studio Protector, an emergency readiness and response toolkit for artists. This coming weekend, she’ll be leading a workshop that will involve the production of prototypes for testing by artists across the country. I’m really looking forward to the workshop.

Carol will be arriving at the airport tomorrow afternoon and I’ll be picking her up. I met her very briefly over a year ago at the Focus on Book Arts Conference in Forest Grove, Oregon, but I’m pretty sure that she won’t recognize me. I decided that I’d have to make a sign with her name on it (a must for important people!).

Here’s what I have so far:

Carol Barton pop-up airport sign

The letters are made of misprints of the Studio Protector. I plan to embellish it more tomorrow at work. If you’re in the Burlington, Vermont area on Friday evening, don’t miss Carol’s free lecture at the University of Vermont. Details follow.

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund and the Special Collections Department of the Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont are pleased to announce a co-sponsored lecture with renowned paper engineer and book artist, Carol Barton: The History of Pop-Up and Movable Books.

This 50-minute slide show begins with the development of movable page formats within early Renaissance science texts that employ volvelles and lift-up flap mechanisms. Movable illustrations from astronomical, navigational, mathematical and medical books will be shown. The presentation will also include a discussion of childrens’ pop-up books from the 19th and 20th centuries, along with examples of current commercial and artist-made dimensional books. The lecture includes discussions of die-cutting and hand-assembly processes used in the modern manufacture of pop-up books.

Event Details:
Friday, September 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Special Collections Department, located on the lower level of the Bailey/Howe Library University of Vermont Burlington, VT
Event is free and open to the public.

Parking info:
Parking is available at the visitor parking lot on College Street near the intersection of South Prospect Street. The lot is free in the evening.  Handicap parking is available outside Bailey/Howe Library. The UVM campus map shows campus buildings and visitor parking.

Special Collections at the University of Vermont:
Phone: (802) 656-2138

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