|This section is dedicated to the Portland Book Arts
Group (now called Art Books Collective Northwest
which meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7pm at 2244 NW
Quimby Street in Portland, Oregon and is open to anyone.
activities include the following:
1. Book Exchange
1. Make a book in any style and any dimension.
2. Draw randomly a number from a "hat" indicating which book you will
exchange for yours.
4. There is no theme nor structure criteria for your book.
It's up to you, the artist.
5. All books in the exchange must be made and/or printed by the artist.
(Members may exchange books or anything else outside of the group)
2. Mail Art Exchange
wish to do so, write their name and address on
a piece of paper, which is then placed in a box.
Each person draws one name, keeping it secret. Between the current and
the next meeting, participants mail three anonymous (unsigned) postcards
or other mail-art to the person whose name they drew.
At the next meeting everyone brings the mail art back to the meeting, where
members try to guess who made which
set of postcards. (Mail
known as Postal
art and Correspondence
is a populist artistic movement centered on sending small scale works
through the postal
It initially developed out of the Fluxus movement
in the 1950s and 60s, though it has since developed into a global
movement that continues to the present. The American artist Ray
considered to be the first mail artist, and the New York
Correspondence School that he developed is considered the first
self-conscious network of mail artists - from Wikipedia)
While the group meets every month, regular
meetings are held on odd numbered months and workshops are held on
even numbered months. Workshops can be on any topic of interest to the
group and can be conducted either by a member of the group or by an
4. Other Activities
meetings, in addition to the book exchange and mail art activities
there is also a show-and-tell period during which anyone can bring a
finished project or one in progress, for discussion. This gives the
group an opportunity to admire the great talents that members posses.