We moved on to our next installation, Sonnet (51) by Nikki Wallschlaeger, without posting any photos from the wonderful reading and poster-printing event that wrapped up our MU Undergraduate Writing Competition. So, in the spirit of better late than never, we’ve finally organized some images to share!
Click the images to read the captions. Not pictured is runner-up Sabrina Brons, who read her piece, “Gossip.” The first gallery features images from the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, where the reading was held. The second set of images is from SRLBX x THERETHERENOW, where we held a reception with refreshments, a reading room stocked full of artist’s books and zines, and a poster-printing session for Kirstin Smith’s broadside (the contest’s publication prize).
LED co-founder, Carley Gomez, introducing the readers.
Runner-up Sabrina Heffern reading her short story, “On the Wings of Her Fledglings.”
Classmates and runners-up, Kelly Schoessling and Sabrina Heffern.
Kelly Schoessling reads her story, “Is it Distance or Space?” (Photo credit: Emerson Davis)
The 2018 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition made the George Caleb Bingham Gallery a lively location for a reading.
Contest winner Kirstin Smith introduces her piece, “Milk Carton Faces.” (Photo credit: Emerson Davis)
Kirstin also shared why creative writing is important to her, and how she hopes her writing helps her readers.
Travis Shaffer, MU photo instructor and founder of There There Now, simultaneously snacks and supervises as Kristin Smith prints her own broadside.
The risograph resting after 200 copies of “Milk Carton Faces” have been printed.
In the other room, we had set up a reading room with an assortment of artist’s publications.
We want to extend a huge thank you to the Columbia Daily Tribune for sponsoring our table at the Unbound Book Festival. We had a truly wonderful time sharing our Partial Press publications with Columbia’s readers, and encouraging writers to enter our new LED writing competition!
We were honored to present “A Good Song” by Jennifer Maritza McCauley, and so pleased by the enthusiastic reception received by the piece and the LED display itself!
Thanks also to Linda Hays of the Tribune, who captured some lovely images throughout the day:
Levi reads the text to Carley, who enters it into the display by remote.
A happy customer (and a good home for a copy of our artists’ book, “Playing House”)!
When we aren’t uploading literature to LED displays, you can find us making artists’ books. In fact, this contrast was part of the initial inspiration behind Literature Emitting Diodes. We were curious about how directly a work could be presented to the public, given the amount of work that can go into the production of an experimental publication. In fact, that term “publication” may be inappropriate since none of that work actually guarantees that the work will make it to the public – hence our interest in the direct appeal of the LED display.
Yet, in all this time, we never tried to marry the two interests. That’s why we were excited to see that the wonderfully talented book artist, Susan Lowdermilk, is doing just that — and teaching other people how to do it, too! Check out her upcoming workshop at the Oregon College of Art and Craft to see more. It’s called Shadow and Light: The LED Pop-Up Artist’s Book. The workshop runs from Friday, February 24 to Sunday, February 26. There are still spots available and you can register using the link above.
We can’t wait to see what everyone makes! No doubt this will continue to be a rich area for exploration in book arts. There is certainly a rich overlap in mindset and skillset that makes bookbinding and circuitry a perfect pair. We’re grateful that artists like Lowdermilk and organizations like OCAC so forcefully demonstrate the evolving relevance of craft in the 21st Century.