kalamazoo book arts center

Handmade paper by Joan Khaled
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Though we’ve become a digital society, there’s still probably at least a few pieces of paper in your desk or a receipt in your car. In some ways, paper reminds us of the drudgery of daily life: memos, school papers, to-do lists. But spend just a few minutes with The Paper Guild in Kalamazoo and paper might amaze you.

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

For 20 years, Chad Pastotnik has printed handmade books in Mancelona, Michigan. Pastotnik’s exhibit 20 Years of Deep Wood Press will be at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center through the end of this month. He uses a lot of natural fibers in his work, but one common ingredient is missing.

Aaron Cooper

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center director Jeff Abshear has spent part of the past decade teaching book arts in Venice to Italian children, but this summer’s trip with was the first time he taught Americans there. Eleven students from the Frostic School of Art and Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University went with Abshear to Venice this summer to study book arts. They attended a printmaking school and studied at a letterpress museum.