The Living Book

One thing I love to do is collaborate with creative people on exhibits. For the Library Company’s most recent exhibition, The Living Book : New Perspectives on Form and Function, I was given a chance to stretch my creative muscles and really bring these books to life in the Library’s first film installation on display in the main gallery. In this reel, you’ll see books that transform, books that transport, and books that surprise. It shows that a book is more than something we read, but also a playful object, a record, a tool, or a keepsake.

The Living Book, curated by Jennifer Rosner, Andrea Krupp, and Alice Austin is now open through January 5, 2018 at The Library Company of Philadelphia. To check out more about the exhibit please visit thelivingbook.librarycompany.org.

This film is a collection of stop motion animation and videos I created to highlight rare book materials from The Library Company.

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One of my favorite things about my [day] job is how it inspires my artwork. From maps, to printmaking techniques, to nature studies, they all manage to work their way into my pieces somehow. I am especially lucky when I can be creative at work. One of my jobs is managing our collections-based social media with my colleague and work-wife Arielle Middleman. Together we took a GIF workshop so we can bring some of our collections to life. Now we can do all sorts of fun things, and I hope animation makes it way into my creative digital life more in the future. I suggest to all, do as Hermione does, you might even find a monster book of monsters.

I first learned about the manticore as a kid, when I was obsessed with The Last Unicorn (think 1970s anime of the Hobbit era). I also think that movie influenced my drawing (all that intertwining and wild hair). Anyway, a manticore is a ancient monster said to be a head of man, body of a lion and tail of a scorpion. This illustration also shows that the manticore was a regular at his local barber.

Topsel, Edward. The history of four-footed beasts and serpants… . London : Printed by E. Cotes for G. Sawbridge .. T. Williams .. and T. Johnson .., 1658.