Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Different Kind of Small Press

Things have really started to come together for us working on the Book Arts Fair this month. We've confirmed our presenters, gotten screening rights for films, and seen the convention center. 

Now we're beginning to collect items for the silent auction and raffles. Just this weekend a brand new book press was donated to us and I'm sure whoever takes it home after the fair will be really happy with it. The press is small which makes it light and easy to store, perfect for pressing your book arts projects at home. Details like this one are making our vision of the Book Arts Fair more vivid everyday.

If you are interested in donating items to the silent auction or raffle, please contact us at 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Call for Exhibitors- Deadline Extended!

To all of you who have been asking--yes, you can still apply! Today was our deadline for fair exhibitor applications, but due to the amount of interest, we have decided to extend the deadline to the end of the month. Mark the new deadline: July 30th!

Applications are being accepted through Zapplication. For more details about the fair and application process, check out the Book Arts Fair website.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Silver Spring Civic Building opens!

The opening ceremony was last Thursday, July 8. We knew the Silver Spring Civic Building would be incredible, but seeing the finished space for the first time was really impressive. I can't wait to see the PABAF in this space!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Proceed and Be Bold!

Starring Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. The story of one man's discovery of letterpress printing and how it became his "voice." Amos Kennedy loves to challenge conventions, and he does it with wit and humor--and of course, a printing press. He believes in making art accessible, and his work is an excellent example of the democratic multiple--art objects that are produced and distributed as widely and inexpensively as possible.

I first met Amos at the Hybrid Book Conference in Philadelphia last year. He was a very engaging and entertaining speaker, and those qualities also shine in Proceed and Be Bold!

Come watch it at the PABAF!

Speaking of the democratic multiple, Tony White will be discussing this topic in his lecture titled "The (R)evolution of the Democratic Multiple: Post-Millennial Artist Published Multiples." Details here.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

And the speakers are... (drum roll, please!)

Abecedarian Explorations in Book Arts
By Peter Bushell
Associate Professor of Graphic Design, School of Art, Illinois State University

Animated Pages: The Virtual (R)evolution of the Book
By Deborah Cornell
Chair of Printmaking, School of Visual Arts, Boston University

Chasing Commies:
Printing, Teaching and Collaboration in Havana and Hanoi

By Steven Daiber
Proprietor of Red Trillium Press

Introduction to Books and Activities of Guild Members
By Guild of Book Workers, Potomac Chapter

The (R)evolution of the Democratic Multiple:
Post-Millennial Artist Published Multiples

By Tony White
Head of the Fine Arts Library, Indiana University Bloomington
& Field Editor for Artist’s Books and Books for Artists, CAA.Reviews

By Harry Lee Poe
Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture, Union University
& President of the Board of Directors, Edgar Allan Poe Museum

More details coming soon!