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We Recommend — Jessica Spring: Making the Rounds, Daredevil Style

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Idaho State University Ph.D candidate, Cana Itchuaqiyaq, stands in awe of Jessica Spring’s “Parts Unknown”

Last week Paula Jull, bookmaker and Idaho State University Professor Emeritus in Visual Communication and Graphic Design, met up with her former student Cana Itchuaqiyaq to look at books by Chandler O’Leary, Rebecca Chamlee, and Jessica Spring, held in the Rare Books Department collections.

Cana is a Ph.D candidate at USU in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, where she focuses on social justice, decolonization, issues affecting Indigenous and other marginalized populations.

We hope to see Cana again soon. We’ll see Paula at Jessica Spring’s workshop for the Book Arts Program:

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Making the Rounds, Daredevil Style
Jessica Spring

October 4 & 5
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Join type aficionado and daredevil printer Jessica Spring for two fantastical days of play at the press! With death-defying skill and precision, Jessica walks the tightrope of letterpress lock-up mastery. With the aid of circular and angle quads, tools from art supply and hardware stores, and daredevil furniture (laser-cut furniture designed to compose type in circles, curves, and angles), the class becomes part of balancing act. Participants design thaumatropes and volvelles that tease the eye and tickle every fancy. Accept the challenge to move beyond straight lines and right angles, reach extraordinary new heights on the press, and leave with a set of circular paper toys to delight people of all ages!

Our readers can see several works by Jessica Spring, Chandler O’Leary and Rebecca Chamlee and other book artists by visiting the Special Collections Reference and Reading Rooms on Level 4 of the J. Willard Marriott Library.

Come hold your books!

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