2018 Annual Member’s Project: Bird Talk

Note: The Virginia Center for the Book’s 2018 Annual Members Project Bird Talk has “flown the coop” (published November 14, 2018)
Limited editions of the book are available for purchase, contact <[email protected]> for details.

2018 – Bird Talk

The Virginia Center for the Book’s 2018 Annual Members Project Bird Talk “took flight” this past Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 PM. Members wanting to “join the flock” (receive project updates and/or register to participate) please eMail <[email protected]>.

2018 Center for the Book’s Annual Member’s Project: Bird Talk
To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Audubon Society, National Geographic, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Birdlife International – and now, book artists at the Virginia Center for the Book – have declared 2018 to be the Year of the Bird.
We will mark the avian anniversary in creative collaboration, consigning this year’s annual member project to producing a colorful, cacophony of a book featuring North American wild birds and their songs.
The content of the book will be an assemblage of bird images and the text of their calls and songs, represented phonetically – e.g., Cheer, cheer! Caw! Whip poor Will! Chickadee-deedee!
Link to Bird Talk Project Announcement

Check shop calendar Book Arts Shop Use Calendar and eMail <[email protected]> to schedule press time.

Bird Talk: Project Management

Participating Members and Bird Selection:
Participants & Birds PDF

Production Guidelines:
Bird Talk Guidelines PDF (revised 061918)
Bird Talk Submitting Roughs – Guidelines PDF

Page Templates:
Bird Talk Template Left
Bird Talk Template Right

PDF Guide: How to Assemble Bird Talk
Bird Talk Flag Installation Tutorial.pdf



7 Comments on “2018 Annual Member’s Project: Bird Talk”

  1. Garrett Queen Post author

    Bird Talk Participants
    Project Update 05-21-2018
    Attached (see above Participants & Birds PDF) is an updated list of participants and bird selections (please review).
    I want to encourage everyone to select your bird sooner than later “the early bird gets the worm”.

    In order to keep our project on track…
    The upcoming deadline on June 15th (Deadline for claiming birds and submitting rough designs) is a critical milestone.
    On that day the project will grind to a halt until we’ve confirmed who’s in or out, allowing us to set the edition number, size the book and assign you to a right or left-hand page.
    So (here’s the Draconian part :(…
    Your rough design submitted on or before June 15th, 2018 is proof of your commitment to providing a Bird Talk page.
    Unless we know otherwise, we’re going to assume that if you didn’t provide a rough by said deadline, that you’ve withdrawn from the project.

  2. Aurora N.

    I would like to recommend a book, The Peterson Field Guide to Birds, which has entries for many birds’ songs written out. Fun fact: The mangrove cuckoo’s voice is: “unh unh unh unh unh aanngg aanngg.”

  3. Bonnie Bernstein Post author

    Bonnie Bernstein wrote:
    Hello, bird artists (and would-be bird artists).
    This particular member collaboration is designed to encourage all of us to learn something new — for letterpress printers to try cutting blocks or etching a Sintra plate, for bookbinders to set type, for newbies to try out unfamiliar techniques with assistance. Although some member artists like to work solo, many others will happily take on partners who have different skills or who want to participate but don’t have experience enough to venture into uncharted territory on their own.

    So, before you do anything else, please let Garrett know two things: 1) which bird you have chosen (to avoid duplication) and 2) if you would like to be taken under wing by a more experienced artist or printer.
    Several members will welcome your partnership and value your assistance, however unskilled you think you may be.

  4. Garrett Queen Post author

    Most of us are familiar with the “caw” of a crow, the “cluck” of a chicken and the “quack” of a duck. However, the world of birds is filled with many other interesting and sometimes downright ridiculous avian calls. Nick Lund, author of The Birdist, has picked out some of the best in this hilarious video from NPR’s Skunk Bear.

  5. Bonnie Bernstein

    Google Charlie Harper, a prolific commercial bird artist. He illustrates birds with deceptively simple lines and shapes, using color to call out the field marks that make birds so distinctive.

    And check out the “Illustrated Aviary” on the Audubon webpage. On the last page of every issue of Audubon Magazine, a different artist is invited to reimagine one of John James Audubon’s original illustrations in his/her own medium and style. Kind of like our project…. https://www.audubon.org/illustrated-aviary

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