Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair
This past weekend I attended the first (and hopefully annual) Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair. It was a spur of the moment trip, pretty much planned on the day of the event. The fair was the first stop on what turned out to be an awesome two-day tour of book arts destinations in MA and NH. I’ll be talking about those visits in other posts.
The fair offered exhibits, demonstrations, and a vendor fair that included a mix of book artists, papermakers, binders, letterpress printers, and antiquarian booksellers. The keynote address, Saved by the Cover: Rediscovering Amelia E. Barr, was delivered by book artist Richard Minsky. He started off with the following:
My name is Richard Minsky and I am a bookbinding addict.
I am so with you Richard.
The vendors offered wares that were tough to resist.
I was pretty disciplined, though. I had a mission – I wanted paper from Chena River Marblers. Since they weren’t going to be hosting their annual open studio sale this December, this was my shot.
Oh man, did I score big. Check out these beauties:
I love them so much I want to eat them.
[Cue quote from Where the Wild Things Are]
I also picked up this most excellent broadside by letterpress and book artist Melanie Mowinski. I’m not one for inspirational-type art, but this was different. The messages that got me were I can’t answer that for you only you can and Practice takes practice – these hold meaning for me as a teaching artist.
By the way, you should get to know Melanie and her work. She founded PRESS, a letterpress studio and laboratory that works to educate and engage the public in the traditional printing process. It’s really cool!