I have donated an artist book for this event, pictured below. Note that the details for this event follow.
Land & Texture: Exploring Iceland for Content in Artist Books
The directors at the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in southern Iceland invited me to teach a workshop on “something related to books and texture”. The invitation prompted me to reflect on my travels and experiences there, and my impressions & thoughts about its landscape of unique textures and colors not seen elsewhere on this earth. The two words, books & texture, guided me in shaping the workshop.
Last summer I returned to Iceland to teach the workshop, Book Iceland. On April 2nd, I will report back on it in a talk entitled, Land & Texture: Exploring Iceland For Content in Artist Books at the San Francisco Center For the Book. Book Iceland was inspired by the natural energies that shaped Iceland’s landscapes. Participating artists explored materials, tools, and processes — forming content for their artist book projects.
The talk is one of several public programs offered during the exhibition, Posted/Unposted, an exhibition of artist books, letterpress & printmaking from the Nordic collective Codex Polaris of the greater Scandinavian book arts community.
Tuesday, April 2, 6 - 8 pm (Talk @ 6:30 pm)
San Francisco Center for the Book
375 Rhode Island Street
San Francisco, CA
SFCB is open to the public 10am to 5:30pm every day
A rhythm of weather effects—light blinding rays offset by gray belting hail and rain. A spectacular and felt side show as my table was located on the aisle closest to the industrial sized windows of the Craneway Center in Richmond at the Codex International Book Fair.
I enjoyed every minute of this event. Where else can one experience a gathering of book artists from all over the world? Over 200 exhibitors from more than twenty-five countries shared their quality books along with engaging conversations on their creative processes.
The international focus this year was Codex Nordica and artists from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland were represented. Special to me as I have been traveling to Iceland for artist residencies since 2012. Last summer I taught Book Iceland at the Gullkistan Center for Creativity and met two of the artists as they presented the work of Airkir (www.aikir.wordpress.com), to the class. Eight from the group came to Codex. I invited them up to the NBLA shop in Sebastopol after Codex. They accepted. So, two days after the closing, we hosted what mushroomed into a delegation of ten artists: six from Iceland, three from Norway and one from Sweden. The whole afternoon was charmed. There was a lunch next door, then a showing of each other’s books, and finally sitting down with coffee and cake to talk about how we might collaborate or at least stay in touch. It was a wonderful ending to a week of non-stop conversation and contemplation on the medium of artist books.
The San Francisco Center for the Book is currently hosting the Nordic letterpress collaboration exhibition, Posted/Unposted. The exhibition opened before Codex and will run to April 29th.
I have been invited to present a talk during this exhibition on Book Iceland, a class I taught last summer at Gullkistan Center For Creativity in Laugarvatn to artists from the United States, England, Germany and Iceland. I will report back on my experiences there in the talk I have titled, Land & Texture: Exploring Iceland For Content in Artist Books. Inspired by the natural energies which shape Iceland’s landscape, the participating artists explored materials, tools, and processes, forming the content for their artist book projects.
The talk is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, 6–8 pm at the San Francisco Center For The Book on 375 Rhode Island Street in
San Francisco, CA sfcb.org
Mark your calendars.
Come visit me: Table 201 under the imprint of ath’wart press
LOCATION: Craneway Pavilion 1414 Harbor Way So Richmond, CA 94804
HOURS: Sunday, Feb 3, 12:30 - 5:30 pm
Monday, Feb 4, 12:30 - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Feb 5, 12:30 - 6:00 pm
Wed., Feb 6, 10:00 - 3:00 pm
PROGRAM: info at http://www.codexfoundation.org
I am anticipating the new year as my calendar has already started to fill. I hope that you will join me for the upcoming show and book fair. I am also excited to share with you news of an artist residency I will attend in Ireland in Oct/Nov next year.
Elizabeth Sher’s Exhibit, Self-Portraits in the Age of Selfies
My ‘view’ of Liz is a part of Liz Sher’s exhibit. The exhibit is at the Mercury 20 Gallery in Oakland and runs from January 19th
through February 9th. The opening reception is on January 19th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Mercury 20 Gallery
475 25th Street Oakland, CA
2. Codex VII International Book Fair - February 3 - 6, 2019.
Codex VII 2019 International Book Fair
1414 Harbor Way South Richmond, CA
Sunday, Feb 3 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday, Feb 4 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, Feb 5 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, Feb 6 10:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mark your calendars!
3. Cill Rialaig Artist Residency, Co Kerry, Ireland Oct 30 - Nov 26, 2019
I continue to work at this press on Thursdays, making artist books and broadsides under the
imprint of ath’wart press. Each year I reflect on how fortunate I am to have discovered this
place and the printers who work here. Come by on Sunday and help us celebrate all that is offered!
Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 9th
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free! Donations encouraged.
North Bay Letterpress Arts
925d Gravenstein Hwy SO
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Join us at the print shop for our annual open house! Festivities include: handmade
books and cards, printed artwork, food & drink, delightful conversations, shop tours,
and printing demos. See you there!
Ready to leave, now that I know that my boxes of supplies have arrived safely. I am returning to Iceland this week to teach the workshop, BOOK ICELAND at Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Laugarvatn. This will be my fourth trip to Iceland and my third visit to Gullkistan. I am excited to put my ideas in this form for others.
More about BOOK ICELAND:
It's a rare visitor who is not touched by Iceland's natural energies and diverse landscape. A wild island of the north with massive glaciers exposed to wind and ocean currents, is located on two tectonic plates with a fault line running at an oblique angle from its north to southwest. Energies of wind, fire and water below and above its surface shape the landscape, leaving unique textures and colors not seen elsewhere on this earth: glacier ice fields and lagoons, rumbling volcanoes, waterfalls, vast lava fields--moss covered and raw, contorted basalt walls, geysers, thermal pools, deep gorges and fjords.
This land of extremes has also shaped its people and language. Steeped in a history of isolation and hardship, the Vikings who first settled this island in the late ninth century, recounted their stories in folktales, poems, oral histories and song. Two centuries later, those stories were captured in writing--leaving handwritten manuscripts that are treasured and valued today.
The Icelanders' love for both their land and the book has inspired this workshop. We'll explore Iceland's varied landscape; we will look at how the natural processes have shaped it and explore ways to express those energies through artistic experimentation. We will develop content for two books (from our field studies) and learn two book structures (drum leaf & coptic binding) to contain it.
I will be teaching this class in March at North Bay Letterpress Arts. It is an abridged version of a three-day workshop that I will be teaching in Iceland this summer. To register: contact: www.northbayletterpressarts.org
Saturday, March 17, 10am - 4pm
North Bay Letterpress Arts 925 Gravenstein Hwy South Sebastopol, CA 95472
To Register: contact www.northbayletterpressarts.org
An exploratory class in which participants will excavate an exploded book*, looking for material, content and form. With their finds and discoveries, participants will make a coptic-bound cover book.
*exploded book: a book taken apart with its parts categorized and on display
Participant Material list:
a worn cloth-covered book, willing to take apart and destroy
two irwin clamps
heavy duty thread
3 curved sewing needles
camera or iPhone
pens, pencil & eraser