The book art of Tri-City artists Bobi Wilson and Susan Steinhaus Kimmel will be featured in the internationally released book 500 Handmade Books, Vol. 2, published by Lark Publishing.
The latest volume hit bookstores worldwide Sept. 1, selling for $24.95. Wilson and Kimmel will sign copies of the book from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick.
"Being included in this international juried collection of handmade books is a thrill and a nice reward for 20 years of creating books," Kimmel said.
Kimmel's book art is titled Passing of Time and is structured as a four-page fold-out book with the outer sections containing Sumi ink gesture drawings and ancient Japanese poetry, she said. Sumi ink is made from vegetable oil soot and formulated especially for calligraphy writing. Gesture drawing is drawings that are done quickly.
"The poems are lettered using imported French inks," added Kimmel, who lives in West Richland.
The book's calligraphy is a combination of 16th-century italics and original script with the central panel adding a dramatic and forceful gesture to the drawing, she said.
Wilson's book art is titled Lower Columbia Basin Shrub-Steppe, and is a 3-by-4-inch series of window cutouts put together so the viewer can look through the book art.
"Being represented in this international collection is a huge honor," Wilson said. "To have my work featured on the title page is beyond wonderful. My unflagging gratitude goes to Sue Kimmel and Deborah Watkins (of Kennewick) who, more than a decade ago, recognized the creative impact of book art and invited a group of artists to explore this relatively new art form."
She describes her creation as chunky little books that feel comfortable in the hand.
"I wanted to line them up for a (tentlike) tunnel book but couldn't find the story to tell until suddenly it was right in front of me -- Badger, Candy, Red and Rattlesnake -- the mountains I've known my entire life," said Wilson, who lives in Kennewick.
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