The Artist Book Collection at Paper Machine (ABC@PM) houses a rich resource of artist’s books for the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas. ABC@PM collects artists’ books in all media, editioned and one-of-a-kind, on all variety of subject matter. Interdisciplinary by nature, artists’ books move through the crossroads of visual art, literary art, graphic design, printmaking, bookbinding, papermaking, and publishing. ABC@PM is particularly interested in books in which the structure and actions of reading are integral to the content and the ideas within.
One of the most unique aspects of this collection is its extreme accessibility. While the collection is not a lending library, visitors are welcome to enter the collection room, read and handle any of the books, and browse the shelves at leisure.
ABC@PM is housed on the second floor of Paper Machine, which is located at 6330 St. Claude Avenue in the Lower Ninth Ward. Due to COVID-19, the collection is open by appointment only. To make an appointment, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are currently no paid staff at ABC@PM and the principal organizers volunteer their time and efforts to maintaining and growing the collection. The principal organizers of ABC@PM are professionals in the fields of artist’s books, design, publishing, library collections and management, and other related fields. The current principal organizers are:
Adam Beebe is a branch manager at the New Orleans Public Library. In addition to a love of books and reading, he cares deeply about art and supporting artists and is most interested in how to make ABC@PM a visible, accessible, and effective community resource.
Nancy Sharon Collins is the country’s leading engraved stationery expert working in her eponymous New Orleans company, Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer LLC. She authored The Complete Engraver A Guide to Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette and History of Social Stationery and has written for PRINT and HOW magazines about engraving, design, and commercial printing. She appears in popular media such as Town & Country, VOGUE, The New York Times, and WWNO|NPR.
Jessica Peterson is a letterpress printer, book artist, designer and teacher. She operates The Southern Letterpress out of the Paper Machine in New Orleans’ lower Ninth Ward, providing letterpress printing and design services, and workshops in printing and book arts. Her artists’ books are collected in private and public libraries around the country.
Yuka Petz is an artist member of Antenna Gallery and operates Letter Box Studio, a design studio the specializes in book design, book binding, and custom box and package design. Yuka’s work has been exhibited in internationally and in the U.S., and her artists books can be found in the special collections of several public & university libraries.
Monica Tyran is a screenprinter and arts administrator from New Orleans. She studied screenprinting and printmaking at Penland School of Arts & Crafts and letterpress and bookmaking at San Francisco Center for the Book. Her work has been exhibited at the New Orleans Community Printshop, Contemporary Arts Center, and Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans.
Sara White is passionate about libraries, accessibility, and art that leans towards social and environmental justice. She makes books, prints and other paper-based art in New Orleans under the moniker Alluvium Press. She earned an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama in 2016 and currently serves as the Conservation Specialist with Tulane’s Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.