Fri 11 Dec 2015 — Professors Karl Heine and Emily Larned had a table at the Odds & Ends art book fair at the Yale University Art Gallery, along with 10 UB SASD senior graphic design students. The seniors have each been making books as uncredited independent studies since October.
The only other schools with tables were Yale and RISD. All other tables were independent artists/designer-publishers.
The SASD table was a huge success!
Students sold, literally, dozes and dozens of books, making some pretty significant pocket money for the holidays. The students and faculty tabling the Yale and RISD tables came over and bought some of our books. As you can imagine, all of this made our students super-excited and proud.
The show, “Odds and Ends” showcased books by ten student graphic design majors and two faculty members from SASD, as well as small independent publishers who focus on art, architecture, photography, and design; rare and limited-edition books and ’zines printed in short runs, showcasing a range of publishing endeavors. Student designers from Yale School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design also exhibited their work.
“We were really excited to give students an opportunity to develop their own ideas from scratch, and share them in a broadened context,” said Emily Larned, chair of the Graphic Design program at SASD. “Many students were in control of every aspect of production of their books, and they learned a lot from those processes. And now to be part of this really dynamic, exciting event where among such brilliant books their work is attracting a lot of interest — it really gives them confidence in their abilities. Karl Heine and I are very proud.”
SASD students produced an astonishing range and diversity of books.
YoungHee Do, a senior graphic design major at SASD, hand silkscreened images and printed copy using old-fashioned letterpress printing to produce a traditional Korean fairy tale about dokkaebi, or spirits. Her printing techniques seemed a perfect reflection of the story itself, which Do said goes back many generations and which she first heard from her mother when she was a child.
“These creatures love mischief and playing mean tricks on bad people. They also reward good people with wealth and blessings,” said Do.
Student Erin McNally took a more contemporary approach, creating computer-generated illustrations, each slightly different than the other, to create a flipbook animation of a cat trying to get into the goldfish bowl.
T.J. Sallah wanted to pay tribute to Connecticut, so he created a book of postcards, each illustrated with vintage drawings of sea life from Long Island Sound.
“A book can be utilitarian,” said Sallah, underscoring the connections between art, user, and nature.
— From the article by Leslie Geary