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Re: Book Art vs. Book Arts

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I agree with Sharon McCartney (below). We in the Cincinnati Book Arts
Society are also inclusive of many types of practitioners, so the term
"arts" (plural) seems more apt. When we were choosing our name, there was
some concern that the term "Society" would label us as a group of dabblers,
dilettantes and "ladies who lunch," etc., whereas most of our members are
established book artists of various stripe, and we have men, too. But the
resulting acronym was just too good to pass up (and by the way, art singular
or arts plural would have worked.)

Katie Harper
Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS)

> From: Sharon McCartney <LilyPeek@AOL.COM>
> Reply-To: "Book_Arts-L: READ THE FAQ at http://www.philobiblon.com"
> Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 09:09:36 EDT
> Subject: Re: Book Art vs. Book Arts
> As one of the founders and coordinators of Boston Book Arts, it is an issue
> that hits close to home.  We chose the name three years ago when we started
> our organization as it reflected a mix of respondents who were interested in
> gathering to share work and ideas.  We have a membership that consists of:
> artists who  make one-of-a-kind art pieces in the form of books, artists who
> make unique books in limited editions, artists who publish more extensive
> editions of their books using small presses, bookbinders who focus on the
> craft of binding, and a wealth of people who would classify themselves as
> "experimenters" with book art forms.  So for us, the term "book arts" is an
> umbrella term that adequately reflects our membership mix.

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