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Handmade journals presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Sept. 27, 2009

KALAMAZOO--The Fetzer Institute has commissioned the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center to make two handmade journals to present to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as recipients of the Fetzer Prize for Love and Forgiveness. The books, made from special handmade paper, are bound with a decorative paper made from corn fibers and corn silk. Artists at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center made the papers, printed the letterpress inscription, and bound the books by hand.

Director Jeff Abshear said, "The KBAC Board of Directors and staff are thrilled to participate in this special project, and proud to have our work presented to these noteworthy men."

The awards will be presented at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit on Sunday, Sept. 27, and can be viewed live-stream at 12:30 p.m. EST at www.fetzer.org.

Jeff Abshear is an instructor in the Frostic School of Art and Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.

About the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center:

The KBAC is a federally recognized nonprofit organization, founded by a collective of local artists and writers who have joined together to create a community workshop and educational center to further book design and its related arts: fine printmedia, papermaking, bookbinding, and creative writing. Our workshops, exhibitions, publications, and programs are funded in part by grants from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.