ath'wart press at Codex 2019

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.

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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

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!

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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!

Exploding the Book

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     
$150.00

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
exacto knife
metal ruler
cutting board
bone folder
3 curved sewing needles
notebook
camera or iPhone
pva
scissors
pens, pencil & eraser

 

NBLA holiday Open House

The Studio Printers of North Bay Letterpress Arts invite you

to our holiday open house on

Sunday, December 3rd from 1 - 5

925 d Gravenstein Hwy. So. Sebastopol, CA

North Bay Letterpress Arts


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This is our 8th annual December Open House at NBLA.  New this year: the riff-raffle with great prizes to be won and an exhibit of my letterpress work with the  work of Lyn Dillin,  Tami Lovett and Tiana Krahn.  Come!  Join us for the festivities!


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I couldn't help myself!

 

LET IT BE (here)

 AND/BUT

 

 

 

 

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    LET IT BE (there)

outwith

 

Credits:

Talk Back letterpress broadside by Judi Goldberg & Eric Johnson

Once We Knew letterpress broadside by Judi Goldberg

outwith construction by Brooke Holve (from Cuts Make You. exhibition at the Morris Graves Art Museum)