Friday, October 26, 2018


This month the Humboldt County Library kiosk presents the book arts of Dorothy Swendeman, a talented maker of books and fiber arts. She was a charter member of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild (NORBAG) and a long time member of The Ink People. Dorothy passed away at age 88 in November 2016. She is fondly remembered as an artist and a teacher.

Examples of her work now on display at the library in Eureka include original poems and art, stories, an original serigraph, illuminated letters, disperse dye book covers and reactive dye papers, silk screen art, original carved rubber blocks, and a variety of book bindings, along with her clever book, Beasties of the Bindery, with original rhymes and rubber block art.
Also on display is one of Dorothy's well-known handmade calendars, a collaborative project made with her friends Carolyn Jones, Vikki Young, and Terri Tinkham. One of her works that was featured in The Art & Craft of Handmade Books by Shereen LaPlantz is Carnival Cats, an original design interwoven accordion book with each cat dressed in colorful paper costumes. Both of these items are in the kiosk display.
We are proud to celebrate the work of Dorothy Swendeman.

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