Movable elements can be found in books as early as the 13th Century. Lift flaps and volvelles were used in religious texts to chronicle pilgrimages and calculate dates for religious holidays. Over time movables, pop-ups and movable sculptural book forms have been used for a variety of purposes from education to entertainment, scholarly texts to artists’ books. The presentation will use examples drawn from the holdings of the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections.
Emily Martin, is a visual artist who primarily makes movable and sculptural artist’s books. Her books are included in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Library of Congress, The British Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum National Library. Martin also teaches at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.