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Book Arts Collection

A guide to discovering artists' books in the Book Arts Collection at Hill Memorial Library.

Carousel, Star, and Tunnel Book Examples

Tunnel book of nocturnal desert animals.

Night Desert

Huebsch, Rand. Night Desert. New York, N.Y.: Parrhasia Press, 1998.
N7433.4 .H832 N54 1998, Rare

Tunnel book: four hand-cut panels, hand-colored with Caran d'Ache crayon; embossments on black museum board; side strips printed with hand-carved rubberstamps and water-based silver block ink.

Family photographs viewed through pages shaped like pieces of candy.


Hanmer, Karen. Crystals. Glenview, IL: K. Hanmer, 2000.
N7433.4 .H365 C7 2000, Rare

Childhood memories viewed through pages that resemble pieces of candy. This structure forms a carousel, star, and a tunnel book. The pages are tied together to create the circular structure.

A tunnel book open to a page with three layers of overlapping eggs with sperm tails.

The Egg Queen

Morrison, Lois. The Egg Queen. 1998.
N7433.4 .M697 E55 1998, Rare

Tunnel book made with Gocco printing, color copy, and micron pen. "The eggs are from an old book found on the street on trash day. The egg Queen was taken from a 40s or 50s chicken-feed sack. Originally, she carried two huge wire baskets of eggs."

Hand holding a book open to a shaped cut-out window displaying a small scene.

Observations of Anxiety, Distance, Scale and Language

Ray, Michelle. Observations of Anxiety, Distance, Scale and Language... Tuscaloosa, Ala.: [Michelle Ray], 2011.
N7433.4 .R39 O27 2011, Rare

Windows in valley folds can be reversed for a simplified tunnel book element. "Created in response to the April 27, 2011 tornado in Tuscaloosa, AL and the anxieties that ensued. Images and text created with lithography and photopolymer plates on handmade cotton, abaca & gampi papers." --Artist's statement

Hand holding a book next to the book's enclosure. Inside the enclosure is a small shadow box with a fixed tunnel structure.

God Created the Sea and Painted it Blue so We'd Feel Good on It

Ray, Michelle. God Created the Sea and Painted it Blue so We'd Feel Good on It. Tallahassee, FL: [The Small Craft Advisory Press, Florida State University], 2013.
N7433.4 .R39 G63 2013, Rare

Basswood box is attached to linen hardcover with embossed title and printed endsheet. Inside box are 2 compartments. One contains a tunnel of cut-out illustrations and the second compartment holds a cardboard box which contains 11 booklets.

Two images: The first image shows bright yellow fabric over several thin yellow frames. The second image shows one of the yellow frames with a grassy scene and multiple doll-like characters.

In the Land of Shadows

Morrison, Lois. In the Land of Shadows. [Leonia, N.J. : Lois Morrison], 2003.
N7433.4 .M697 I5 2003 FLAT, Rare

Accordion structure composed of shadow boxes woven together with yellow hand-dyed twill tape. Paper-cut layered illustrations featuring Gocco screenprinted figures, lino-cut tree sillouettes, and color photocopy. Enclosed in a yellow cloth wrap with green cord and bead fastener.

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