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Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books

Monumental Ideas In Miniature Books - postcardMonumental Ideas in Miniature Books (MIMB) was a traveling exhibition of handmade artists’ books curated by Hui-Chu Ying, Professor of Art at the University of Akron.

Printmaking teachers at colleges and universities were invited to make a handmade book in an edition of six – five were given to Ying for the traveling exhibitions.

All of the books measure 4”x 5”x 1” when closed, but when opened vary in length, width, and depth.

The exhibition featured 87 mixed media books by 106 artists from the United States, Canada, China, Japan, India, Pakistan, and Spain. 42 venues, 15 U.S. states, and 8 countries hosted this collection of artist’s books during the summer of 2011 through December 2013.

As for why she chose to focus on miniature books, Ying said:

I thought of doing something small because with big things, you have to think about the cost, and we’re having an economic downturn right now, so in order to make it affordable, the weight had to be small so we could ship it to as many places as possible.

The books vary in materials and structures used and as a whole show the wonderful variety of that can be found in the world of artists’ books.

For more information on the exhibition, check out the links below. You can also view the entire collection of books on Flickr.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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