Jeffrey Altepeter
Katy Baum
Elizabeth Curran Boody
Denise Carbone
Valerie Carrigan
Rebecca Chamlee
Gabby Cooksey
Coleen Curry
Debra Disman
Mark Esser
Casey Gardner
Don Glaister
Virginia Green
Penelope Hall
Karen Hanmer
Jon Hinkel
Susan Hulme
Lang Ingalls
Caitlin Jochym
Peggy Johnston
Andrea Krupp
Monique Lallier
Beth Lee
Sue Huggins Leopard
Christine Manwiller
Emily Martin
Christopher McAfee
Natalie Naor
Tara O'Brien
Patricia Owen
Graham Patten
Todd Pattison
Rebecca Philio
Patricia Sargent
Suzanne Sawyer
Jackie Scott
Judy Sgantas
Sarah Smith
Therese Swift-Hahn
Deborah Thompson
Claire Van Vliet
Peter Verheyen
Robert Walp
Thomas Parker Williams
Charles Wisseman
Rutherford Witthus

Charles Wisseman
Champaign, Illinois

Charles Wisseman

I Ching

The 64 I Ching patterns are cast into handmade flax paper, dyed with homemade walnut dye, and covered in bamboo wood covers with a Japanese side-stab-inspired binding. The materials are made by hand, formed and cast by hand, and gathered in a compact reference form. These patterns can suggest all of the possible pathways that can form a future.

Bamboo covers, cast handmade flax pages with walnut dye. 3 x 3.375 x 2.25 inches. 7.5 x 8.5 x 5.5 centimeters. Created 2015.

Charles Wisseman


January book, black and white world. Bare trees are the bones of the world. Covers are cross-sections of elk bone in epoxy. Pages are handmade cotton paper with brushed-on liquid silver gelatin emulsion exposed with photograms of dead leaves from my yard. Central folds contain a spot of color - a seed to restart the cycle of life in the spring. Spine cover is Nepalese paper with bohdi leaf print to represent a hope for rebirth of peace. Formation of paper, image, hope in troubled times.

Elk bone in epoxy, handmade paper with liquid emulsion photograms. 3.125 x 3.5 x 2.75 inches. 8 x 9 x 7 centimeters. Created in 2015.

CHARLES WISSEMAN is a retired medical pathology doctor, now doing mixed media art with an emphasis on books, boxes, and papermaking. He has repaired books at the University of Illinois, attended the Paper and Book Intensive, and exhibited in regional shows, galleries, and Guild of Book Workers Midwest Chapter traveling exhibits.