The Book As Object: Its Past, Present, & Future
As we become ever more immersed in the digital age, it's a perfect time to take a look at the book as a physical object—to celebrate the vessel as well as its contents. In this illustrated talk, we’ll explore a variety of forms (folded, rolled, strung, and sewn) and materials (silk, vellum, paper, and palm leaves) from the past and present and see some of the amazing work contemporary artists are creating with the book form. We’ll end with a few thoughts about the future of the book, the construction of a simple book from one sheet of recycled paper, and an opportunity to handle a variety of old and new books.
"Susan's talk at the Boxford Library of "The Book as Object" was a fascinating account of books throughout times and cultures. Not only did the illustrated presentation show images of a wide variety of books, she also brought in many examples that audience members were able to handle. She is a warm and professional speaker who is happy to share her knowledge. I hope to have her back again and highly recommend her for other libraries."
BETH SAFFORD, BOXFORD TOWN LIBRARY, BOXFORD, MA
Art Lessons: Learning From Our Creative Experiences
I believe that everyone is creative and that exercising our creativity makes us happier and more fully human. In this illustrated talk, I share my 35 years as an artist with the goal of putting the audience in touch with their own creative experiences whether they be art, crafts, music, writing, cooking, gardening, fashion, or home decorating.
"I highly recommend Susan's program "Art Lessons: Learning from our Creative Experiences." She is a compelling speaker with a wealth of information about her own artistic path and full of inspiration for artists at various stages in their own journey. Her presentation is very professional and she responded warmly and enthusiastically to the audience and their questions. We would love to have her back again."
BETH SAFFORD, NEVINS MEMORIAL LIBRARY, METHUEN, MA
"These lessons about confidence, character, patience, and perfection will appeal to and inspire artists and non-artists alike. Susan is a dynamic speaker and had the audience thoroughly engaged in her talk. A highly recommended program!"
KAT WILSON, NEWBURYPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEWBURYPORT, MA
The Spirit Books
I find the beauty and meaning of nature in the small things I gather rather than in landscapes and vistas. Over the past 22 years, I have created contemplative art objects—part book and part sculpture—that I call Spirit Books. In this illustrated talk, I share their origins with inspirations from the worlds of nature and handmade books and describe the process of creating the Spirit Books from handmade papers and sticks, vines, and branches.
VIEW THE SPIRIT BOOKS GALLERY