Sarah Bryant, Big Jump Press

My research interests explore a terrain as diverse as the book arts field itself. I welcome opportunities to share in writing or speaking the insights and perspectives revealed by book art today. My recent explorations include the following:

– How do we inhabit our stories when they are carried on the body rather than enclosed in a book? What does a visceral engagement with story, place, and time teach us?

– What is the role of private reflection as a guiding intention in book art, when our daily environment is dominated by 24/7 data streaming?

– What is the meaning of community as it exists at the intersection of public and private, and how does art facilitate that boundary?

– How has brain neurology changed as screen time supplants page time? What constitutes “reading” today? How will we read tomorrow?

– How has the meaning of craft altered as artists increasingly employ digital technology in their practice? What are the implications for educators?

– As digital screen reading lessens our ability to think linearly, how is learning altered?

– We spend on average more than 11 hours per day in front of a screen, increasingly disconnected from integrated mind-body awareness. What role can craft play in reengaging the body?

-What are the trends that mark international letterpress work?

– How can institutional collections heighten awareness of their treasures so that their college and university communities seek out those works? What can we learn from successful programmatic initiatives?

– From my recent oral history project, what does Minnesota Center for Book Arts’ mid-1980s start-up suggest about public-private partnerships, leadership, and creating community? What additional insights accrue from the story of MCBA’s move to the shared Open Book space in 2000?



Inge Bruggeman, INK-A! Press