A Research and Maker Space

The Book Lab is dedicated to the History of the Book and to pursuing current innovations in Book Arts and Book Design. We explore the book as an artform, physical object, cultural object, and historical technology for writing, teaching, learning, and reading. Our experiments and presentations engage books of different kinds: chapbooks and chapter books; miniature books and giant books; picture books and comic books. We aim to complement archival research with experimentation and collaboration in all aspects of the book arts, from the cultivation of plants for paper fibers and inks to the creation of digital fonts based on historic typefaces. 

We are currently engaged in the process of researching, developing, and testing both historical and innovative recipes for natural inks. Check back soon to learn more about what we've been up to and for details on our upcoming exhibition, Nature's Hues.