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KUED's online series exploring creativity

VERVE: Living the Creative Life

Season 6

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KUED's online series exploring creativity in Utah. Season 6, inspired in part by The Great American Read, is all about the book and will feature local authors, poets, illustrators, a book binder, a letterpress master, a comic artist, a zine creator and more.

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Robert Neubecker’s award-winning children’s books are directly inspired by his own children. As a father of two, he was able to draw inspiration from his own life experiences. “I am very childlike myself, says Neubecker. “I spend a lot of time in the worlds of imagination.”

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Rob and Georgia Buchert started Tryst Press in the basement of their apartment building in the late 1980s while they were students at Brigham Young University. Today, Utah has a number of printing press houses that offer traditional letterpress printing, but Tryst Press is way ahead of the trend.

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“I would comfortably say it’s the strongest library collection of artist’s books between the Mississippi and California, not including Austin, Texas,” says Luise. “The [Marriott Library’s] collecting has been going on for almost 30 years now.”

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For Leo Espinosa being a good illustrator is not just being good at drawing and design. Not only should you find the tools that work for you, but also, pay attention to everything, because if you're only looking at that photo you took on your phone as a reference, you may be missing out on what's happening around you.

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Red Butte Press, located in the Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus, has a long list of publications from prose to essays. Using quality paper and binding materials Red Butte Press honors and extends the traditions of press printing, producing finely crafted, limited editions.

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With both parents being artists, Remi grew up in a family where "art is for everyone and everyone is an artist." This is the sort of motto a zine maker would take to heart. Today Remi mails and trades her zine creations with other 'zinesters' around the world on a regular basis. 

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Marnie Powers-Torrey, who heads the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, talks about the book both as a conceptual mode of communication as well as a physical object one interacts with. Some books may not have a linear order, some may come with an artist statement or instruction, while others may not be bound at one end.