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Kristin Alana Baum, Blue Oak Bindery
Cheryl Jacobsen

Iowa City, Iowa

Nest of Patience

A collaboration based on a medieval girdle book, Nest of Patience is a contemporary Book of Hours contemplating the concept of patience by way of words, poetry, fortunes, and nature. The book begins with a spiritual calendar of days and proceeds with eight sections, each headed with a totem animal. Full vellum text block includes hand-stitched indigo-dyed slunk panels, hand-lettered texts, illuminations, and sewn-in found objects relating to patience. Wooden board binding, sewn on hemp cords and laced into beech boards. Girdle chemise comprising dyed and distressed leather, indigo- and walnut-dyed cloth, linen and silk thread. 18 x 4.5 x 2.25 inches, 45.5 x 11.5 x 5.5 centimeters. Created 2009.

Kristin Alana Baum is a book artist and assistant conservator at the University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa Center for the Book and has gratefully studied with Gary Frost, Julie Leonard, Anna Embree, Larry Yerkes, and Jim Croft, among others. Website at

Cheryl Jacobsen is an artist and calligrapher in Iowa City, Iowa. She teaches History of Western Letterforms and various calligraphy classes for the University of Iowa Center for the Book.