I will be there, too! My proposal for a fifteen-minute presentation was accepted, "Materials and Hidden Meanings." If you've been reading the blog all these years, I touched on the subject here in 2011. Here's the scoop, my description from the proposal:
Bookmakers often have stories about selecting materials, a thought process behind the choices that may or may not show in the final works. Additionally, each material has a story inherent in it. As they select materials for a book, the makers are intentionally choosing layered meanings that will contribute to that book, sometimes overtly, sometimes in a hidden way.
Nabokov wrote about how we perceive physical objects as “Transparent things, through which the past shines.” By paying attention to our materials, we can control what kind of past shines through the works. These materials add a context: their "transparency" ties the object to a time and place and person. In our era of reduce/reuse/recycle and renewed environmental consciousness, we may ask: When is new appropriate? When do found materials add to or distract from the intention of the piece? How does longevity figure into the life of the work?
By examining selected works and through primary sources such as personal interviews with book artists like Betsy Davids, Alisa Golden, Michael Henninger, Lisa Kokin, Shanna Leino, John Steck, Jr., and others who work in a variety of ways with new, everyday, found, or sought-after materials, we can learn stories behind the choices that are often not visible in the works, and how the materials themselves tell stories, implying certain places, times, moods, and connections from the makers to the readers and to the wider world.