Call for entries: Ephemera Exchange 2015

IMG_8500Every year the Book Arts League hosts an Ephemera playdate. This year we warmly invite you to play with us again! Make and edition of 30 pieces and send them in. These could be letterpress printed cards, hand made collages, potato prints or anything you can dream up! Make 30 send them in to the BAL, and then in March you will receive the entire collection, one piece from every artist who participated. Your piece needs to be 4 x 6″ or smaller (or folding down to that size.) The deadline has been extended to January 31, 2016 to invite more artists to contribute. All extra collections will be available for sale to support the BAL at open houses and community events. Did you miss last year’s collection? You can buy one the next time you stop in to the Ewing Farm for classes or artist events!

To play:


Send your edition of 30 pieces to:

Book Arts League EE 2015
c/o Brenda Gallagher
7963 Neva Road
Longmont, Colorado  80503

Please include a card with your full name, press name (if applicable), address and $6 for materials and return shipping.

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Tom Parson’s Tabletop Presses class – May 17

Six students participated in Tom’s day long class about tabletop presses on Sunday May 17. We were introduced to small platen presses such as the C&P Pilot press, and tabletop proof presses. The BAL Adana press was used for the first time. After an overview of the history of the smaller letterpress presses we got some hands on experience setting some type, locking up, and adjusting the presses to suit individual projects.

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Lino Letterpress Class April 25

Julia Seko and Vivian Jean hosted a fun all day class combining linoleum block carving with typesetting. Four enthusiastic students brought great ideas for their carvings, carved the blocks in 3 hours; then worked with Julia to typeset their phrase. Each person went home with an edition of 25 cards and envelopes (gold lined!). The blocks were printed on the Vandercook SP15; the type was printed on the Schneidewend & Lee platen press. This class is a great Letterpress and Printmaking 101 level, no experience needed. We will definitely offer it again! We’re thinking of offering a multi color class 102 level… maybe in the Fall.

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But First, Coffee: April 12 Letterpress Workshop

We had a creative and enthusiastic group in our latest But First, Coffee workshop. Students choose a favorite coffee-inspired quote or saying and then selected wood and metal type (and also from a selection of Virgin and Moore wood type ornaments and cuts) to create a printed work.We had 12×19″ broadsides with big wood type and some more delicate approaches to the theme as well.

We served up Lafayette-roasted coffee from Proper Grounds and snacks from Tee & Cakes to fuel the creative process.

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Letterpress Coffee Workshop Boulder Lafaytte Colorado

Sunday April 12 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
But First, Coffee with Brian Wood of Dogs & Stars
A caffeine-fueled letterpress printing workshop with Brian Wood. Print your favorite coffee quote! Students will use wood and metal type to create a print (just about any size) exclaiming their need/passion/love for coffee. Students will take home ready to frame one-of-a-kind letterpress prints. And of course, coffee will be served!

Select BAL Member or Non Member

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Coming March 7 & 8 – Paper Weaving with Helen Hiebert
BAL members have priority registration through January 31, 2015

Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2015 // 10am – 4pm
Workshop fee: $120 members w/ early registration (by January 31, 2015)
$140 non-members and late registration (12 person limit)
Materials fee:   $20
Location: Ewing Farmhouse (The Book Arts League) 1915 N 95th St., Lafayette CO 80026
Description: Weaving paper is much faster than weaving cloth, and with so many decorative papers out there, it is both fun and easy to come up with a multitude of paper combinations. We will experiment with paper crumpling, varying the warp and weft lines and cutting tiny windows to expose the paper which lies beneath. Come explore book structures, lantern forms featuring “woven” hinges, and works that can hang on the wall or in a window as we bring paper weaving into new dimensions.

Instructor Website:

Day-by-day outline of workshop/intensive:
Day 1: Participants will begin with a basic paper weaving and will then create a woven paper wall/window hanging and/or a lantern structure featuring an adaptation of the piano hinge.
Day 2: Participants will create one or two mini folding screens that feature woven paper, cut-outs and a second woven hinge.
Each participant will create three or four works/samples featuring variations on paper weavings and woven paper hinges.
About the Instructor
Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper: Playing With Pop-Ups, Playing With Paper, Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Paper Illuminated. Helen has appeared on Sesame Street, has produced of two films, and writes a weekly blog about all things paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally, often involving the community in her installation projects such as her Mother Tree Project. Helen is the vice president of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and a regular contributor to Hand Papermaking Newsletter. She lives and works near Vail, Colorado.GBW or BAL members have priority registration through January 31, 2015; after that, registration is open to all.  Please send a $60 non-refundable deposit check (payable to Guild of BookWorkers) to: Sammy Lee, 4049 S. Niagara Way, Denver, CO 80237.

Please contact Sammy – sammy {at} – for questions on this workshop.

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Our coffee-inspired workshop on this beautiful fall afternoon yielded high-energy and creative results! For starters we served up some tasty, locally roasted coffee from Proper Grounds and some pumpkin bread from Tee & Cakes. Workshop participants delved right into the letterpress world and had a chance to print two color posters – complete with some with experimental diagonal type printed on the Shniedewend and Lee 8×12″ platen press. Folks could meander through Dogs & Stars’ bonus bounty of wood type (from 6 line to 25!), borders and ornaments as well as the Book Arts League’s 11 ton collection of lead type. We got to use the Vandercook, Nolan proof press as well as the “clam shell.” Today was a highly productive class with as much fun as it was entertaining to see what our coffee connoisseurs were able to produce.

Please check out our other upcoming classes here. Learn to print and bind with the Book Arts League!

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