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The Pacific Center for the Book Arts (affectionately known as “PCBA”) is a San Francisco based membership organization for book artists, letterpress printers, and folks who have a great love of all things book arts related. Every three years, PCBA hosts the Bookworks exhibition in the Skylight Gallery at the SF Public Library.

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This season’s Bookworks exhibit features the work of over one hundred book artists, calligraphers, letterpress printers, and fine binders. I’m excited to say that my artist book Fragments (completed last year) will be on display!

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Told over the course of six months, Fragments addresses the nature of hunting/gathering (i.e. collecting) from the point of view of an avid gleaner. The book incorporates glassine envelopes, ledger paper, and bits of vintage ephemera.

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It is a topic I constantly think about: why certain things are kept and saved as treasures, while other items are discarded and forgotten. What makes a memento meaningful? How does a certain item become “collected”, cherished?

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The text for each page is typed on onionskin vellum, using my Smith-Corona Zephyr (circa 1938). Hand stamping is applied to some of the pages as well. The glassine envelope pages are affixed to a concertina spine, which is attached to the front and back covers. The book is housed in a kraft brown box, which is lined with ledger paper.

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The opening reception for Bookworks 2014 takes place on Saturday, June 21st from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs thru September 6th, 2014 at the Main Library. For more information and info about additional programming, be sure to take a look at both the PCBA and SFPL websites.

–JH

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this is just -one- of many pen corrals in the studio...

this is just -one- of many pen corrals in the studio...

Hello postal folk! I have so much great news to share with you…

First of all: you guys all deserve a Great Big Round of Applause!!! The fundraising project for Japan went wonderfully, with all 40 copies of “Shaken” sold over the course of 72 hours — a grand total of $200.00 was raised by you, Red Letter Day readers!

On Monday, April 18th (the anniversary of the great SF earthquake in 1906), I walked over to the local branch of the SF Red Cross and donated that $200.00 to Japanese disaster relief. A great big S.W.A.K to everyone who purchased a copy of “Shaken” — thanks so much! (and a super-shout out to Kelly Kilmer, who ordered the first copy, within seconds of the blog post going live…)

will you be there, on Saturday May 7th?

will you be there, on Saturday May 7th?

Second bit of news to tell: mark Saturday, May 7th down on your paper calendars (or iphone tech, if you’re into that sorta thing) — it’s the annual PCBA Printer’s Fair at Fort Mason! If you love book arts, paper-y tidbits, free demos, and letterpress printing then you should probably be at the Printer’s Fair next weekend. (plus the SFPL’s Book Bay store is right next door!) The Printer’s Fair is always a good time: lots of cool artists, printers, and printmakers — together in the same room, selling their goodies.

do you think everything will fit into the suitcase?...

do you think everything will fit into the suitcase?...

Red Letter Day will be there, with a cavalcade of new product for sale (see above) — you’ll get a “first look” if you come by the Fair. Otherwise, you’ll just have to wait for that online store I keep referencing — the one that will open it’s virtual doors in May…  🙂

After the Fair, there will be an informal “social” on the hillside across the street from Safeway. Everyone is welcome: bring your sense of humor, maybe a kite to fly, and some snacks to nosh on!

See you at the Fair!

–JH

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