One of my recent hobbies is creating artist books and book binding in general. During 2014 I took two popular classes in bookbinding, and I joined a local artist book club called Portland Book Arts Group, see below. The mail forum associated with this club is the following:!forum/art-books-collective-northwest

For about two months now, I have been creating miniature art books. In the USA, the definition of a miniature book is one that does not exceed 3" in any one of its dimensions when the book is closed.

Here is a PDF of my book "Fifty Unique Miniature Books"

Here is a link to a poster showing 48 of the 50 miniature books.

In 2015 I made a series of 24 books with a nominal cover dimension of 5" x 5". Here is a link a PDF of a book documenting this series.

Here is a link investigation into the claim that konnyaku powder can make paper stronger:




This section is dedicated to the Portland Book Arts Group (now called Art Books Collective Northwest    which meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7pm at 2244 NW Quimby Street in Portland, Oregon and is open to anyone.

Ongoing activities include the following:

1. Book Exchange 


1. Make a book in any style and any dimension. 

2. Draw randomly a number from a "hat" indicating which book you will exchange for yours.

4. There is no theme nor structure criteria for your book. It's up to you, the artist.

5. All books in the exchange must be made and/or printed by the artist. 

(Members may exchange books or anything else outside of the group)

2. Mail Art Exchange 

Members who wish to do so, write their name and address on a piece of paper, which is then placed in a box. Each person draws one name, keeping it secret. Between the current and the next meeting, participants mail three anonymous (unsigned) postcards  or other mail-art to the person whose name they drew. At the next meeting everyone brings the mail art back to the meeting, where members try to guess who made which set of postcards. (Mail art (also known as Postal art and Correspondence art) is a populist artistic movement centered on sending small scale works through the postal service. It initially developed out of the Fluxus movement in the 1950s and 60s, though it has since developed into a global movement that continues to the present. The American artist Ray Johnson is considered to be the first mail artist, and the New York Correspondence School that he developed is considered the first self-conscious network of mail artists - from Wikipedia)

3. Workshops

While the group meets every month, regular meetings are held on odd numbered months and workshops are held on even numbered months. Workshops can be on any topic of interest to the group and can be conducted either by a member of the group or by an invited "expert."

4. Other Activities

During regular meetings, in addition to the book exchange and mail art activities there is also a show-and-tell period during which anyone can bring a finished project or one in progress, for discussion. This gives the group an opportunity to admire the great talents that members posses.


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