Books are objects of art. There is the moment when one wants to construct books, with words or without words. With illustrations, or perhaps not. Manipulating found objects into the book form. Artist books are a natural progression for the writer and artist. Elizabeth Howard is continually exploring possibilities for binding, designing and making books.

The #black&whitealphabet project began with an assignment to design a book using the alphabet (twenty-six pages) in a bookbinding course at Cooper Union. Elizabeth Howard titled the book: Black and White Alphabet. Increasingly black and white seems to define our world. There is difficulty getting to gray through compromise, dialogue and a fear of losing our identity. She is working on a book of images and essays around black and white.

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Black and White Book

Keith Smith, an artist and book designer, has kept notes about the books he has made from Book 1.  In 2000 he published 200 Books, An Annotated Bibliography (Keith Smith Books). To learn the art of bookmaking one needs to continually experiment with making books.

Inspired by jazz and the black night sky.
Black coal. Blue satin.
Blue suede shoes. Black velvet.
Hard and soft. Grief and pain.

2009, Greenville, South Carolina
Paper with linen cover

Inspired by forests and oceans
loss and remembrance.

2012, New York City
Linen cloth, vellum paper, magazine images

2010, New York City
Paper, rubber stamp, ink

2009, Greenville, South Carolina
Collage and paper