May’s intellectual collaboration project challenge was to create an artist book having to do with “ephemera.” I’ve seen several at the Lilly Library that either stunned me or just made me wonder why anyone might want to collect such scraps and put them into books. When it comes down to it, ephemeral books reflect the life of the person who collected the fragments. So, I thought it would be appropriate to document my time at the Paper and Book Intensive in Saugatuck, Michigan with this sort of project.
I chose to use the blizzard book structure, which I first saw in the Penland Book of Handmade Books. Not only did the structure provide spaces for little treasures or papers, but it was also developed by Hedi Kyle, one of the founding members of PBI and an attendant of this year’s classes. I made enough spreads to allow two pockets for each class I took, plus one for a map and a colophon.