Center for Artists’ Books & Inclusive Narratives
The Center for Artists’ Books and Inclusive Narratives (CABIN) is an innovative teaching and research center that promotes the development and exchange of multi-sensorial communication and learning through the ideation, production, and documentation of inclusive narratives. CABIN provides students, faculty, and visiting scholars with direct access to analog book arts equipment and materials research opportunity and for holistic exchange and arts-based ingenuity.
We encourage artistic inquiry into material culture of the past, current research methods of object-based and digital documentation, as well as speculative envisioning on the future of inclusive cultural literacy.
CABIN programming focuses on formalizing collective interdisciplinary learning across discipline boundaries and the space is available to faculty for curricular support, collaboration, and co-teaching.
Collections, Publications, & Research
CABIN is involved in supporting student initiatives based around book arts, curricular learning with material research, and the growth and use of rare and distinctive book arts collections at Morgan Libraries.
Colorado State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections Department is an institutional partner of CABIN. The Libraries and Special Collections’ Rare Book Collection contains over 20,000 original materials including antiquities, fine bindings, primary and secondary resource materials donated by individuals and organizations. Special Collections has recently expanded to include the Book Arts Collection, a collection that responds directly to CABIN’s mission and focus.
The Material Collection is an ever-growing teaching and learning collection aims to provide a deeper understanding of materiality and the processes by which artwork is made.
CABIN faculty furnish opportunities to research book arts in depth through elective classes and independent research support for undergraduate and graduate art students.
Exhibitions & Community Engagement
CABIN is proud to act to foster collaborative community events by providing meaningful opportunities to artists, educators, and all those in creative pursuits related to book arts production.
Current Director & Co-Founder
As a trained librarian and archivist, Anna is building CABIN’s collection and providing research support related to artists’ books and craft publication. She also facilitates access to the Materials Library, with a focus on papers, ink, and publication tools, to support the mission and programing of CABIN.
Associate Director & Co-Founder
Johnny focuses on supporting initiatives of physical book arts and the tangible side of printing with students, faculty, and visiting artists. He navigates collaborations with local partners to connect us with the independent publishing and printing momentum that already exists in northern Colorado.
Associate Director & Co-Founder
Roberto helps run the Inclusive Publications Lab, which considers multi-sensorial and multi-lingual publishing as well as the boundaries of digital publications and how we can share diverse narratives more effectively. Roberto also helps manage the student run press that operates out of the CABIN space.
- Valentine's Day Cut and Fold Workshop with The Eye
- GAMA: Chromatic Weather Poetry Reading Event
- GAMA: Off the Shelf: Panel Discussion and Reception
- GAMA: Off the Shelf: Contemporary Book Arts in Colorado
- CABIN: Carl Wilson Letterpress Printing Workshop
- CABIN: Melanie Yazzie Artist Lecture
- CABIN: Hands-On “Gelli” Printing Workshop with Melanie Yazzie