Jana L. Dambrogio

Silver Spring, Maryland

H.O.T, History on Tap, 2004

This artist’s book, edition of 100, is made of a single sheet of paper. It is color laser printed on both sides, cut, and folded in a way that it opens three times to reveal different segments of a time line showcasing the rich history through images and facts preserved in the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Archives (MVHS), Youngstown, Ohio. The entire edition was donated and was given as a memento book to the attendees of the first annual History on Tap (H.O.T.): a collaborative event organized by the MVHS’s Young Leaders Advisory Board and Youngstown State University’s McDonough Museum of Art. This event draws a younger dynamic to the area’s cultural institutions. The artist intent is a playful, informative structure, encouraging conversation, while remaining economical to produce. It is inspired by structures created by both Hedi Kyle and Pamela Spitzmueller. 15.5 x 6 centimeters. Created 2004.

Jana Dambrogio is a rare book and manuscript conservator at the National Archives and Records Administration, USA. She is the Chairperson for the Guild of Book Workers, Potomac Chapter and enjoys creating fine bindings, historic structures, and artist books.