Friday, March 31, 2017

Photographs in Juried Exhibition in Los Angeles

Two of my photographs were selected for the

Texas Laundry by Tara Spies Smith

Sad Windows by Tara Spies Smith

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Discovery of a Mermicat or Purrmaid Image

Siamese Purrmaid by Cate Anevski
Siamese Purrmaid by Cate Anevski
There is a sticker on the parking garage gate that has a black and white illustration of a mythical creature that I had never imagined or seen a drawing of before. It is a mermaid cat. I liked the illustration so much that I wanted to find out who had created it. I thought it might be a local artist but I wasn't sure so I decided to research it on the friendly internet. I searched for mermaid cats and it did come up in the google image search, in color. I followed the "Visit Page" link which took me to someone's Pinterest board named "Cat Mermaids". The pinner calls the Mermaid Cat a "Mermicat", which I thought was a great name for the newly discovered to me, mermaid cat creature. The pin of the image came from a  blog titled, A Lovely Little Life, where the author had posted the mermaid cat image. Luckily, she had attributed the work to its original artist so I could go look for the artist's web site and social media sites.

I then proceeded to peruse the artist, Cate Anevski's sites to find her image of her work. I discovered that she calls it a Purrmaid and has it for sale in many different formats, prints, stickers, pins, textiles, greeting cards, and more. She has a great blog too with lots of creative ideas.

I am very glad that Cate Anevski's Purrmaid image was attributed to her so I could find her original image and pay tribute to it by promoting her work and by talking about it here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Wittliff Collections Acquires Edward S. Curtis’ The North American Indian

Edward S. Curtis: Treasures from The North American Indian exhibit at The Wittliff Collections is a breathtaking anthropological collection of photographs documenting Native American culture from about 1907 to 1930. Also, see the press release about this important acquisition.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Mills College Summer Institute for Book and Print Technologies 2017

The Mills College Book Art Program is pleased to announce the second annual Summer Institute for Book and Print Technologies taking place June 5-16, 2017. This two-week summer institute is open to members of the national book art community and will include 5-day workshops taught at the master class level by well-known book and print artists, a master critique seminar and a pricing seminar. Workshop instructors include Julie Chen, Kathleen Walkup, Colette Fu, and Karen Kunc.

Find out more and apply at

Monday, February 15, 2016

This Is A Book - Exhibit

The exhibit This Is A Book consists of Communication Design students' handmade interesting format books with books from the library's collection that inspired their book design projects. The exhibit is designed by Communication Design student Brianna Penney and Assistant Professor Maia Wright in collaboration with School of Art & Design Librarian, Tara Spies Smith.


Texas State University, Alkek Library, 1st Floor
February 1 - March 31, 2016

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

How to Search for Artists' Books, interesting formats or handmade, in the Library Catalog

From the library catalog
change the Keyword drop down to
Click on image to see details
Subject and type in artists books and hit search, then click on the first link that says Artists Books and you should see about 90 results (The page that this link lives on can also be an interesting page to explore what types of artists books we have). These are located in the general collection (open stacks), secured collections, and special collections. These will also include books about artists books or bookmaking. You could also do a keyword rather than subject search but they may not all be actual artists’ books.

To limit to only those in secured, you can click on Limit/Sort Search at the top of the page and
choose Secured Collection in the Location selection box. You could also start a new catalog search change the Keyword drop down to Subject again then change the Search Entire Collection drop down to Special Collections and search with the keyword artists books again. This will show you all the artists books located in Special Collections.