Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Love your Library!

Hooray!  It's National Library Week this week!

Seriously - who doesn't love the library?  I've exclaimed my love for our library before, but this year there are, at least for me, a ton more reasons why the library is the place to be.

Circulation desk created entirely of books - by Lindsey Bovinet,
Susan Fiebig and Trista Holz.  Photo by Brian Kolstad.
In the past year, a new branch of the Fond du Lac Public Library has opened - and our art co-op, Fond du Lac Visual Arts, has been quite involved with it.  Back in December, we unveiled the circulation desk, which is made entirely of books that were going to be discarded (talk about "taking the discarded and making it arted"!).  Two of our members, Susan Fiebig and  Trista Holz, plus Susan's partner Lindsey Bovinet (he made the desk frame) created this amazing piece of functional art, one of only a handful of its kind in the whole world.  I love it and I think it's a masterpiece.  Fond du Lac should be very proud of this creation!

Jill Quillian, Library Director Ken Hall, and Yours Truly with
the donor "plaque" that Jill and I created.  Photo by Brian
Around the time of the unveiling, there was talk of creating a donor "plaque" that would mirrror the desk - sort of a cohesive permanent art installation.  I volunteered to create the frame and Jill Quillian, who is an amazingly talented calligrapher, agreed to do the lettering.  VOILA!!  Here's how that turned out!  For the frame, I attached book spines around the entire perimeter (I LOVE using old book pieces in my work!).  The book spines came from none other than The Paper Flea Market (thanks Trina!).  You can see Jill's beautiful work and once again, Lindsey Bovinet lent his woodworking skills for the wood frame.  Gallery & Frame Shop, where I do all of my framing, donated the glass and hardware for this piece.  It was dedicated just last week!  :D

The "Library as Incubator Project" logo designed by Rebecca Light
Another wonderful library-related thing that's occurred this year is my involvement with The Library as Incubator Project.  What a coup this has been!  I am SO glad I took the plunge in January and filled out an artist's application to be featured.  It has led me to so much more!  Since January I have created two "kits"; I've curated a Pinterest board featuring my favorite collage books; and I've been a guest blogger about my Detritus Project for our library (whereby I take all of the "stuff" that the librarians find in returned books and make a collage from it - Part 3 is up today and it's VERY dramatic!).  This collaboration has been one of the most fulfilling partnerships I've formed since becoming a full-time artist.  These talented women get it.  They understand the importance of using our libraries to nurture artists.  I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of it.

If you haven't visited your local library in a while, give it a try.  You'll be glad you did.  :D

1 comment:

  1. we love people who love the library. thanks for the kind words, Mel! and we so greatly appreciate such a rich and wonderful collaboration.