Artists
Conquer Your Fear and Create

Conquer Your Fear and Create

by Ryan Claringbole Sometimes all anyone needs to learn something is to play with it. That’s what happened with Deborah Fields. While at Philadelphia she was handed a Lilypad and told “go teach this” by one of her friends. Now she’s teaching craft technology courses at Utah State University. Professor Fields understands that the maker...
Out of the Archives: The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman

Out of the Archives: The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman

This feature originally ran on August 7th, 2013. As someone who loves both reading and climbing trees, I was thrilled to come across The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman, an installation piece at the Cleveland Public Library which was inspired by mythical objects and symbols of knowledge. Today, Mark shares his inspiration and process. -Holly Library as...
Featuring: Purgatory Pie Press

Featuring: Purgatory Pie Press

This post was originally featured on May 15, 2012. The Library as Incubator Project is pleased to feature this interview with Esther K. Smith and Dikko Faust, the founders of NYC-based Purgatory Pie Press. Here they answer some questions about their use of libraries, and how libraries can work even more effectively for artists. -...
Literary Lots: Creating the Aquatic Lot

Literary Lots: Creating the Aquatic Lot

Literary Lots is back!  Last year, we showcased the first year of this Cleveland-based program, which re-purposes abandoned spaces in order to bring art and literacy programs to the city’s kids in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library. Today, we get the scoop on what went into designing this year’s lot from staff artist, Julia Kuo. Enjoy! ~Erinn Literary Lots: Creating...
Artist Residency at CLP Hazelwood Branch

Artist Residency at CLP Hazelwood Branch

Today we are so pleased to welcome artist Edith Abeyta to the Library as Incubator Project. Edith and her collaborator, Darnell Chambers, are just beginning a year as artists-in-residence at the Hazelwood branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Edith and Darnell will document their residency with quarterly posts for the Incubator Project. Enjoy! ~ Laura by...
Featuring: Ragnhildur Johanns

Featuring: Ragnhildur Johanns

We love book art here at the LAIP, and every once in awhile I like to mine the internet for all things book art, just to see what fabulous things can be made from discarded texts.  Today’s feature is Ragnhildur Johanns, a captivating artist I stumbled across on one such trip down the rabbit hole. Her beautiful sculptures, which combine book...
Out of the Archives: Dominique Dunstan & The Whiteboard Project at the State Library of Victoria

Out of the Archives: Dominique Dunstan & The Whiteboard Project at the State Library of Victoria

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in June 2013. Today, we’re delighted to welcome Dominique Dunstan to the site to share not only her beautiful re-interpretations of natural history, but also the extraordinary library-based artist fellowship that supported their creation. Read on to learn more about the Staff Fellowships at the...
Interview with Ben Vershbow and David Riordan of NYPL Labs

Interview with Ben Vershbow and David Riordan of NYPL Labs

One of the exciting things about working at the Library as Incubator Project is learning about library-based projects that make use of archival and research collections for creative projects. Today’s feature from Rebecca Rubenstein introduces the NYPL Labs, where the library’s extensive collections are put to new and innovative uses.  Don’t miss Rebecca’s other posts on library-as-incubator happenings...
Featuring: Melissa Schooley of The Raging Bowl

Featuring: Melissa Schooley of The Raging Bowl

I stumbled across Melissa’s work on Twitter recently, and fell in love.  I had an inkling that she might be a library person, so I reached out–and lo and behold, she is! We’re delighted to share her lush porcelain serving ware on the site today, and to share her story of her first library-incubated line, called the...
Featuring: Bryan Voell

Featuring: Bryan Voell

Today we are pleased to welcome Bryan Voell to the Library as Incubator Project. Bryan is a librarian-artist who sees and lives the connection between libraries and the arts every day. Enjoy! ~ Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself – who are you, where are you from, what type of work (creative, professional,...
Featuring: Wendel White

Featuring: Wendel White

We’re delighted to showcase work by Wendel White today on the site! Wendel reached out to share his most recent project, called Manifest, about the history of African American communities, for which he has been traveling to libraries and historical collections to photograph African American artifacts. Enjoy! ~Erinn Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little...
"Reflection" at Cal Poly's Kennedy Library

“Reflection” at Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library

We are pleased today to welcome Karen Lauritsen, from the Communications & Public Programs office at The Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly State University. Karen tells us about an interesting collaboration between the library and a faculty member from the university’s architecture program that epitomizes the “library as incubator” idea. Enjoy. ~ Laura by...