The College Book Art Association is excited to present Folium, CBAA’s first print portfolio/exchange to benefit the CBAA academic journal, Openings:
Studies in Book Art. This peer-reviewed journal aims to energize artistic practice, stimulate study in the field of book art, and encourage profound and multifaceted thinking in this dynamic arena. By providing open online access to Openings, CBAA seeks to support diverse conversations and an
ongoing examination of the continually shifting role of the book in contemporary culture. 

Inspired by the potential for Openings to grow as a platform for critical and theoretical investigation, the theme for this portfolio is folium (plural foliums
or folia). Folium, in Latin, means leaf: a leaf of a book or a tree. The mathematical folium of Descartes is a curve consisting of two infinite branches sharing a common asymptote; the curve has a double point and a leaf-shaped loop. In anatomy, a folium is a wrinkle on the surface of the brain. In geology, a
folium is a thin, leaflike layer or stratum occurring especially in metamorphic rock. Together these definitions suggest growth and layers, and they lead
to a visually rich collection of prints: prints with references to math, leaves, folded paper, and suggestions of the infinite.

The imaginative variety of prints and folios in the Folium collection range from classic letterpress printed broadsides with text to purely visual
interpretations of the theme to contemporary pieces utilizing tactile materials and inventive techniques. The imagery includes leaves and algebraic
curves, as well as references to book pages and the brain. The participating artists are professionals in the field of book arts: printers, binders, educators,
and fine artists. In the spirit of our journal, Openings, this portfolio is our offering to the future of book arts.

Participating Artists:

Megan Adie

Tia Blassingame

Mare Blocker & Jessica Spring

Denise Bookwalter

Macy Chadwick

Julie Chen

Bridget Elmer

Lucy Holtsnider

Andrea Kohashi

Sara Langworthy

Susan Lowdermilk

Amy Lund

Kimberly Maher

Emily Martin

Kerry McAleer-Keeler

Allison Leialoha Milham

Kathleen O’Connell

Candida Pagan

Radha Pandey

Camden M. Richards

Jaime Lynn Shafer

Barbara Tetenbaum

Emily Tipps

Sara White

Karen Zimmermann


Folium was published in an edition of 50, with 25 copies for distribution to the participants, 24 numbered copies offered for sale,
and one copy for the CBAA archives.


Printed pieces: 9” x 12” 

Enclosure: 10“ x 13” x 5/8”   


This collection consists of flat prints, broadsides, and folios on a variety of papers using any print medium
or combination of media, including letterpress, offset, digital printing, and/or other printmaking techniques.
The complete set is housed in a custom enclosure.


Please visit the Vamp and Tramp website if you would like to purchase a copy:

For a downloadable brochure please click here: Folium

Email with further inquiries.

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