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Heidelberg windmill

Was working at Painted Tongue Studios in the afternoon – the late day’s sunlight illuminated the Heidelberg. So pretty!

23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon presents: Poignant to Playful: Pop-Up and Movable Books, September 5 to October 12, 2013

Pop up books hold a special place in everyone’s heart. Young and old alike can’t help but be mesmerized by the myriad movabilities of pop ups. This month we are showcasing 32 pop-up and movable books, from moving meditations on language to playful hand shadows. An exhibition of handmade movables to intrigue us all.

‘The Joy of Stamping’ is featured in this exhibition.

googly eyes!

What a way to start the day! Tuesday morning on BART on my way to the East Bay.                               I just love googly eyes!!!!

The San Francisco Zine Fest is a free, annual celebration of small-press publishing, from zines and comics to art books and beyond. The SF Zine Fest serves as a vital showcase of the diversity, creativity, and ongoing exuberance of the small press movement.

Our exhibitors range from established small-press publishing houses to first time self-publishers and creators. Writers, artists, cartoonists, crafters, illustrators, printmakers and all manner of artists use the SF Zine Fest as a unique venue to sell, trade, and otherwise share their work with an ever-growing audience.

SFZF 2013 is FREE and open to the public! Over 140 small-press and DIY creators will be selling, trading, and sharing their work with the public at large.

Panels and Workshops – Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Zinesters Assemble: Pages Are Just the Beginning – Local bookartist Bettina Pauly brings her zine-making savvy to SFZF! Armed with a variety of techniques for creating easy (yet unusual) book/zine structures, this is the perfect workshop to get you motivated about a current project or inspired to start a new one. Class space is limited to 15 people; seating is on a first come/ first serve basis. All materials are provided, but be sure to arrive early!

Headbands are glued on – next step: trimming the black BUGRA paper which I am using for endpapers. Same evening: measuring and cutting the recess for the book label.

textblocks with trimmed endpapers – not glued on yet

… looks so nice I had to take another one of the endpapers!

measuring and cutting – the label for show & tell purpose

peeled off Davey Board!!!

Yesterday evening I was working on ‘Looking for Matthew’. The bound text-blocks are prepared to be cased in. I first glued Thai Mulberry paper on to the spine and then added tiny little headbands – I just love them! Sometimes I wonder who actually will see them once the book is done. How many people appreciate these little details? But then – does it really matter how many are looking at the details? As long as it is just one, it’s worth the time and effort to make this as beautiful as I can.

book arts in the City

Yesterday I went with a friend of mine to check out three exhibitions here in the City – they are closing soon, so if you want to go you should go now… We met in the Public Library, Main Library on Larkin Street, Civic Center. On the 6th Floor you find the Skylight Gallery with two exhibitions. Hand Bookbinders of California – 41st anniversary Membership Exhibition and Book Arts from the Arts-in-Corrections Program. Since we had some time we also went to the Book Arts & Special Collections, located on the 6th floor, and checked out some of Johanna Drucker’s work – as ‘an appetizer’ for the third exhibition. Which brought us to the San Francisco Center for the Book – where we looked at an excellent display of the work by Drucker: ‘Johanna Drucker – Druckworks – 40 Years of Books and Projects‘.

Book Arts from the Arts in Correction program – this one from San Quentin Prison – a watchtower, when opened four books are on display

Johanna Drucker announcement

I never followed up on the juried art show at the Marin County Fair. This year my entry – a flag book – was awarded ‘Honorable Mention’.

The Art Exhibit: Close to the Wind opened last Thursday, August 15th, at the Goethe Institut San Francisco. As a cultural contribution to the America’s Cup, ten German artists from the San Francisco Bay Area are showing their paintings, photographs and installations.

It was a well visited opening and the show looks really nice. Thanks to everyone who helped organizing and hanging the show. If you have not been there yet, make sure to check it out. The show runs from Friday, August 16 – Thursday, September 19, 2013. Mondays – Thursdays 10am-12pm and 2-5pm, Fridays 10am-12pm and 2-4pm. Please inquire at the reception, 2nd floor.

at the opening reception, Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Here are two pictures of the piece folded up. It’s quite convenient to transport it this way! The next thing will be making a box. I have an idea using drift wood. But that will have some time. Right now the artwork is at the Goethe Institut. I will get it back after September 19th.

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