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1: After a career in business in the Netherlands and England, Merike van Zanten got her BA (Hons) Ceramics from the University of the Creative Arts in Rochester, England. In 2002 she came to the USA, where she started in the book arts. Her main areas of interest are letterpress printing, artists' books and mixed media. Van Zanten has done commissioned work in the Netherlands and has work in private collections in the Netherlands, England, and the USA.

2: 6" hexagon when closed Bookboard, paper, thread fasteners, string Letterpress printed

3: 6" X 6" X 6" when closed Bookboard, paper, gold thread Chinese coin, string | Do not take lightly small good deeds, believing they can hardly help; for drops of water one by one in time can fill a giant pot.

4: When my father was in the last hours of his too short life, my sister kept touching the tip of his nose. When I questioned her about this unconventional show of affection, she explained that the tip of the nose is the first to go cold when a person is about to go into the next life. I don't know whether she was just showing off her experience with dying people, or preparing herself for my father's impending death. In my befuddled mind it came across a bit like checking to see if the potatoes were done yet. Ever since, I've worried about it, because the thing is, I have a cold nose most of the time on account of me having a poor blood circulation. So it would come down to this: if I were to be on my way out, the last thing I want is for my sister to keep touching my nose to see how close I am to sniffing it, knowing that that is what she's doing. I don't want to be on my deathbed shouting “I am not a potato | Finally we arrive at the Hungry Horse Saloon to have some coffee. Owner Frank turns out to be an ex-bull rider, and has an adventurous and colorful past. This is etched into his scarred and weathered face. A big box of photos appears on the bar. Frank proudly shows off all kinds of cattle, horses, cows birthing, Frank on a bull, and Frank's father's dog. Turns out the father and the dog have been snowed in for the past three weeks. Frank hates winter which does not make Nebraska a good place to live... Time for taking pictures; Frank and family, Rocky, Charla and I gather underneath the stuffed head of an enormous bull. Frank then subjects me to a barrage of questions about ceramics, what do I make and what am I going to do with it? Later in the car Rocky gives me the whole family history, including alcoholism, bull riding, broken bones and spleens removed. Ironic. An alcoholic, winter-hating bull rider ends up in a saloon named the Hungry Horse in snow-covered Nebraska. He could have at least changed the name of the saloon... | 2" x 1.5" x 0.25" when closed Matchbook covers Letterpress printed

5: The true essence of humankind is KINDNESS. There are other qualities which come from education or knowledge, but it is essential, if one wishes to be a genuine human being TO HAVE A GOOD HEART | 6.5" x 6.5" x 2.25" when closed Bookboard, paper, metallic tread Letterpress printed.

6: 9" x 7.5" x 3" when closed Vintage Boxes Brass hinge drawer pulls personal ephemera music box dried insect porcelain object paper scroll on wooden dowels Letterpress printed

7: MEMORIES Art lets me deal with problems from the past by "reliving" the past through a project, to literally translate the ensuing emotions into an object, and getting rid of these emotions by transferring them into a sculpture. "Memories" is about death, betrayal and divorce.

9: 8.8" x 8.5" x 7"when closed Book board covered in original vintage handwritten documents related to my former cottage. Assorted private papers, brass locks. Coptic binding, Polaroid transfer | Inside my house is safe. That is why this one holds all kinds of papers like parts of old dairies, notebooks, journals and photographs that helped me work through personal issues, . The locks on it determine whether people can go inside or not. | Best of Show Award 2011 Bibliophoria II, Sebastopol Center for the Arts

10: Drop spine box: book board papers, organza 5.3" x 10" x 9.5" when closed journal: buttonhole stitch binding ephemera ink and pen watercolor 2.5" x 7.5" x 9" when closed

11: October 2006 my BFF Lenny and I took a trip to Namibia, Africa, to celebrate the fact that we had both reached the ripe age of 50, fairly unscathed. This is the Journal I kept during the trip, and which was finished long after... | OUT OF AFRICA

15: ephemera brought back from the trip

16: AFRICA II

17: 12" x 9"x 1.5" when closed paper, fabric collaged

18: A SOLDIER OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

19: A Soldier of the Second World War” tries to express the almost absurd contrast between the realities and horrors of the Invasion in Normandy in 1944 and the serenity, peace and

21: beauty of the Allied Cemeteries 65 years later. Dried flowers from Normandy, combined with photographs of Allied graves, correspondence to loved ones back home and portrait photographs taken before the soldiers went to war convey just that conflict.

22: 8" x 12" x 1.8" when closed Photographs of war graves V-mail printed on transparencies dried flowers picked in Normandy prints from original glass negatives on vellum part of canvas vehicle cover various ephemera

23: Photographs of the head stones are from the allied cemetery in Ryes-Bazenville, flowers picked at Grandcamp Maisy, V-mail acquired from Ebay, images of negatives of soldiers' pictures are from original glass Kodak negatives from 1942-44 and actual accounts from soldiers are from the PBS website.

24: FREEDOM or BUST This is a true story about my cat sneaking into a plumber's truck and ending up in.... Freedom, New Hampshire!

25: 6" x 6" x 0.8" when closed bookbinder's board paper archival inkjet on Fabriano Uno. Flat back case binding, Red pigskin leather spine. Hand drawn images, watercolor paint. 17 pages.

26: Through the Keyhole This book was made more tactile by embedding found materials both in the cover and into the body of the book. The viewer is drawn through the keyhole, into little portals, through windows to the next page, from where the view is different again. 8.5" x 5.5" x 1.5" when closed museum board paper fabric ephemera found objects 12 pages.

29: WHAT WOULD THE NEIGHBORS THINK... my family's "don't ask, don't tell" | 6" x 10.5" round when closed museum board book cloth momigami vintage family photos brass rods wood core archival inkjet pharmaceutical pills syringe miniature liqour bottles condom

30: PRESERVATION Ethiopian Coptic Binding | 5" x 3.5" x 1.8" when closed wooden covers mica Mohawk Superfine transfers dried flowers flower seed glass vials copper tape

32: LOVERS GAMES Based on the magnetic fridge poetry, Lovers Games is a vintage two-drawer watch parts cabinet with its original glass vials. Each glass vial holds one word. The ones in the "I love You" drawer all sweet and dreamy, the ones in the "I love you not" drawer not so. It is up to the player(s) to form sentences by mixing up the vials.

33: 3" x 13" x 10" when closed vintage metal watch parts cabinet with original glass vials Hahnemühle Copperplate

34: I bought this book unbound, so I could bind it myself. The copper etching on the cover is from an illustration by Mabel Lucie Attwells | 4.25" x 3" x 1.5" Book cloth, leather, copper | Peter Pan Quarter leather round back case binding

36: Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition On March 5th 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. Al-Mutanabbi Street is in a mixed Shia-Sunni area. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded. Al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, holds bookstores and outdoor bookstalls, cafes, stationery shops, and even tea and tobacco shops. It has been the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community. The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition issued a call to book artists to work on a project to “re-assemble” some of the “inventory” of the reading material that was lost in the car bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street. They asked book artists to join the project and further enhance the work of the Coalition by honoring al-Mutanabbi Street, by creating work that holds both “memory and future,” exactly what was lost that day. The coalition asked each Book Artist who joins the project to complete three books (or other paper material) in the course of a year, books that reflect both the strength and fragility of books, but also show the endurance of the ideas within them. One complete set of 130 responses to this call will be donated to the Iraq National Library in Baghdad. The other two sets will be used in conjunction with shows of the broadsides as well as in shows of their own. BACK TO ARTIST'S BOOKS

38: Guide for the Sighted - or the Blind? A book in the storage-book format, invented by Hedi Kyle.

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