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Artists' Books Guide

Research guide to the Artists' Books Collection at the Millard Sheets Library, Otis College of Art and Design

Bookmaking at Otis

Our collection of artists' books includes work made by Otis students in the Laboratory Press. The Lab Press was begun in 1984 by Sheila de Bretteville, then Chair of the Communication Design and Illustration Department at Otis/Parsons, and Susan King, Simon Toparovsky, Cynthia Marsh, Rebecca Chamlee, and Katherine Ng, all important book artists, have been among the faculty over the years.

This collection is a unique collection of books, often produced in small editions of two or three, and provides particularly good examples of innovative structures, experimental typography, and interesting content. Student book work produced in the Lab Press currently is through courses that are part of the Book Arts Minor sequence and include Introduction to Letterpress and Bookmaking Projects.

Student Work from the Lab Press

Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand by Kathleen O'Reilly (1985)

Cooking 1A

Cooking 1A by Debbie Dritz (1985)

Steamed Chicken

Steamed Chicken with Black Mushrooms and Tiger Lily Buds by Cynthia Kwok (1987)

Holy Tortilla

The Holy Tortilla by David Ige (1988)

Chirp of the Cicadas

Chirp of the Cicadas by Stanley Chiwai Ng (1990)

The Big Cake by Amorisa Lynn (1992)


Gilgamesh: The Postmodern Replica by Ludmill Trenkov (1997)

Lost and found

Lost & Found by Ryan Franks (2003)

My Pockets

My Pockets by Ruby O'Campo (2004)

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