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Below is a partial account of the events the Book Arts League has hosted or participcated in over the many years we have been established. The page is indeed, a work in progress and we aim to update and organize it as we have time.

Greeting Card Printing
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 9 AM – 4 PM

Taught by Julia & Greg

 

Letterpress print a theme for your own greeting cards!
 

Let your creative side play in this fun class at the Book Arts League! Make your own greeting cards with a striking tile design from letterpress-printed sheets you set and print yourself. Each participant will decide a theme for their cards, (Valentine’s Day? Happy Birthday? Thank you? Pizza Party? or how about getting a head start on next winter’s holiday cards?)

Each person will set type for their text multiple times in a galley, a traditional metal tray for storing type. You can use different typefaces and font sizes, if you like, and don’t forget to include some of our old-time wood and metal ornaments! We’ll print your text several times on our Vandercook press to create the base for the tiles. Next we’ll cut the prints into one-inch tiles and affix them to the fronts of your cards in any order and orientation you like, letting your eye and serendipity reveal the perfect arrangement for your overall image. We will have different tones and colors of paper so that you can include some color variation, too.

Each participant will get to take home a set of twenty cards. Cost $120 for non-BAL members and $110 for BAL members. All materials are included in the fee!


Cartonera Commonplace Book

With Julia Seko and Gregory Robl

Cartoneras are books from small alternative publishers, in contrast to the large publishing corporations. Originating in Latin America, they come out of a history of political/social action, artistic vision, and making do with the resources available. 
 In this one-day class we’ll make a small cartonera-style book that will become your very own unique artifact to keep and use as a Commonplace Book.  The class will create and letterpress print a large broadside.  Each person will have a “panel” to design and print, and the broadside will have a common theme that we’ll select as a group.  We’ll fold the broadside to become one of the signatures in the book. The covers will be corrugated cardboard, in keeping with the tradition of cartoneras.  

 

Cartoneras are often hand-painted, so each person will create the art on the covers of their books.  Finally we’ll bind our books in the Coptic style, using the single needle method.  The size of the books will be about 6 x 4 inches, just the right size for carrying around, ready to receive your thoughts, quotes, drawings and anything else you want to put in your book. 
 Learn how to make a beautiful, low-tech book with sustainable materials.  No experience is necessary for this fun and playful introduction to printing and bookbinding.

DATE: Sat October 19, 2019 9am-4 pm
COST: $120 + materials fee

Letterpress Offrenda Altar

With Julia Seko and Brenda Gallagher

Create an Offrenda or mini-altar to celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos). Pressure print marigold textures and backgrounds to include with a letterpress printed name of your loved one.

DATE: Saturday, November 2nd,  2019 // 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
COST: $75 member/$85 non-member

The Upside Down:

A free-form letterpress workshop

With Brian Wood

 — {No-experience required} 



In this workshop participants will get to use antique wood and metal type to explore creative ways to letterpress print —using the type upside down!  It’ll make perfect sense once you can see the process. And you'll be hooked once you see how easy this technique is.

You’ll have the opportunity to create a series of prints using antique presses and type. We have several presses you’ll get to use, all the while creatively printing letter forms to make sayings or abstract art. There is no format or rules except letterpress + fun = the upside down of printmaking.

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
COST: $75 member/$85 non-member

Mini Pencil Book with Leather Covers

With Brenda Gallagher



Bind your very own miniature sketchbook with leather covers. This little gem holds your mini colored pencils and fits in your pocket!

DATE: Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
COST: $120 plus materials



Call for Entries – Annual Ephemera Exchange

Deadline extended to Jan 31st 2019
Every year the Book Arts League hosts an Ephemera Exchange. You are invited to make an edition of 30 pieces and send them in.
Entries can be letterpress printed cards, hand made collages, potato prints or anything you can dream up!
Make 30 copies of your piece

Mail them to the Book Arts League:
Book Arts League EE 2018
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.
In March you will receive the entire collection, one piece from every artist who participated.
Your piece needs to be 5 x 7″ or smaller (or folding down to that size.)
Extra collections will be available for sale to support the Book Arts League at open houses and community events.
Collections from previous years can be purchased at our events & open houses.

 

Holiday Open House & Sale!

December 2 // 1-4pm
Free and open to all!

 

Day of the Dead – Inky Fun!

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018
With Julia

FREE Inky Fun Night for the Day of the Dead! Julia has some serious fun planned at the Book Arts League.
Come get your hands dirty and enjoy the BAL experience!

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm / Free!

 

 

Mother’s Day Inky Fun

Thursday, May 3, 2018
With Steve and Brenda

Print a cool card for mom using a flower wood cut and hand-set type from our collection. We’ll use two different presses in our shop – the Vandercook SP-15 and a small Pilot Platen Press to print two colors. 

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm / Free!

 

 

Summer Open House

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Visit a working old-time letterpress printshop on a historic Boulder County farmstead. Watch the presses in action, participate in book arts demos, purchase locally-made book arts/letterpress items, and meet other book arts enthusiasts. See examples from our workshops and outreach and hear about our upcoming events. Learn about the history of a centennial farm and the family that settled there.  Refreshments provided.

Time: 1:00-4:00PM / Free!

 

APA Wayzgoose

Thursday, June 21-Sunday, June 24, 2018
2018wayzgoose.apa-letterpress.com

Come join other letterpress and book arts enthusiatsts in Denver from Thursday June 21st to Sunday June 24th while we talk about type, ink, antique presses and everything in-between at the annual Amalgamated Printers Association Wayzgoose, or printer’s get-together. This event is open to non APA members as well as spouses. If you want to partake in the Thursday night happy hour, Friday open houses AND Saturday banquet, purchase a complete ticket. The Saturday AM swap meet and APA Auction are free to attend for the public. If you’d like to bid on one of 150 lots in the Jim Grisenti auction you must have a paddle which you can purchase here. Likewise, you can purchase a Saturday night banquet ticket and learn about the history of the Vandercook from Fritz Klinke at NA Graphics. Questions? Use the website contact form and we look forward to seeing you in Denver this summer! 

Lego Print Inky Fun!

Thursday, July 5, 2018 

With Julia and Brenda

 Drop in to the Book Arts League and try your hand at old fashioned printing—with a modern twist! For this free activity we will be experimenting with pressure printing Lego® brinks! You can design your own Lego® pattern and print lego themed pages at our free print class. If you are planning to sign up for the Lego® book binding class the following week, this would be a great time to print matching pages for your Lego® book! Children welcome. Come play with Legos at the Book Arts League!

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm / Free!

 


Pressure Print Inky Fun

Thursday, August 2, 2018 

With Julia and Brenda

Pressure printing is a fun, easy technique for beginning and experienced printers. In pressure printing, you create a low-relief collage image that is run through the press over a type-high inked surface, much in the same way a brass rubbing is made, creating detailed and delicately textured surfaces. Come and get creative on the press!

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm / Free!

Inky Fun Nights happen from 6 – 8 pm at the Ewing Farm in Lafayette. FREE and open to all.

All materials provided. Get a taste of Letterpress!

Oct 5th – The theme is Halloween! Perhaps you will meet our resident ghost, Goudy. Join us to make a card or other Letterpress keepsake.

Nov 2nd – Dia de los Muertos Theme
Will we be playing around with our collection of cuts? Wood type? Pressure printing? All three? Stop by to find out, and get inky!

 

Holiday Open House

December 3rd from 1 – 4 pm

Please join us at our last Open House of 2017 to celebrate the Holiday season. We’ll have Letterpress and bookbinding demos, Book Arts League merchandise, refreshments and good company! FREE and open to all.

 

Holiday Inky Fun! 

Dec 7 – 6 – 8 pm
Enjoy an evening of Paper craft with Brenda – make an ornament to give or keep! Don’t worry, there is always some INK around…

 

2017 August 19th –  Lafayette Peach Festival 9:00 am – 4:00pm

Old Town Lafayette on Public Road, FREE Event
Join the Book Arts League at Lafayette’s signature event! Demonstrations of Letterpress printing, bookbinding, and more. Peruse our broadsides and new posters, plus greeting cards and T shirts.

See you at Booth 19!

 

 

 

September 9th from 10 am – 12 pm

The Book Arts League is partnering with The Museum of Boulder to showcase the museum’s collection of letterpress metal cuts obtained from the Boulder Daily Camera. Please join us on September 9 from 10 – 12 at the Boulder History Museum, 1206 Euclid in Boulder.

Learn the basics of Letterpress! Learn how to print using a tabletop press, historical plates, and wood type. Leave with a few of your own prints!

Peruse the Museum’s collection of Daily Camera printing plates and learn about the Daily Camera’s printing over the years. Check out the Boulder History Museum before it moves and transforms into the Museum of Boulder (your ticket includes admission to these exhibits: Chief Niwot, Legend + Legacy and Storymakers – A Boulder History)

General Admission is $15.00. Museum Members $10.00

 

Open House this Sunday July 9th from 1 – 4 pm

Please join us for letterpress demos, bookbinding and light refreshments. 

See examples from our workshops and outreach, and hear about our upcoming events.

Tour the historic Ewing Farmhouse and Bunkhouse & learn the history of the Ewing family and their centennial farm located at 1915 N 95th St., Lafayette CO 80026.

Great company and light refreshments provided. All ages welcome!

Please park on Prairie Ridge Drive. We hope to see you there!

 

2017 Book Arts League Open Houses

Select Sundays from  1 – 4 pm
Join us  at the historic Ewing Farm for letterpress and book binding demonstrations, refreshments and socializing with Book Arts League members. Try your hand at running a press or another creative endeavor!

Call for Entries – Annual Ephemera Exchange

Deadline extended to Jan 31st 2017
Every year the Book Arts League hosts an Ephemera Exchange. You are invited to make an edition of 30 pieces and send them in.
Entries can be letterpress printed cards, hand made collages, potato prints or anything you can dream up!
Make 30 copies of your piece
Mail them to the Book Arts League:
Book Arts League EE 2016
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.
In March you will receive the entire collection, one piece from every artist who participated.
Your piece needs to be 5 x 7″ or smaller (or folding down to that size.)
Extra collections will be available for sale to support the Book Arts League at open houses and community events.
Collections from previous years can be purchased at our events & open houses.

 

2016 July 21, 23, and August 6th –  All the Words a Page: Shakespeare and the Book Arts

University of Colorado, Boulder FREE
To commemorate Shakespeare’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, the Book Arts League will present 2 public opportunities to print a color page inspired by Shakespeares first folio!

BAL will also participate in a family fun afternoon of hand-on demos of the traditional crafts of the book.

July 21 – Colorado Shakespeare Festival at CU. On the green in front of Mary Rippon theatre 6 – 7:30 pm
July 23 – Family Fun event – FREE hands-on demos of book arts in the British Studies Room, Norlin Library, CU 1 – 4 pm
August 6th – Colorado Shakespeare Festival at CU. On the green in front of Mary Rippon theatre 6 – 7:30 pm

For more information on First Folio see this page.

 

 

 

2016 August 5 & 6 –  The Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair

August 5: 2pm – 8pm
August 6 10am – 5pm
The Book Arts League and other book arts groups will have demos, exhibits and sales.
For more information on the Fair, see this page.

 

2016 August 20th –  Lafayette Peach Festival 9am – 4pm

Old Town Lafayette on Public Road, FREE Event
Join the Book Arts League at Lafayette’s signature event! Demonstrations of Letterpress printing, bookbinding, and more.

For more information see this page.

 

2016 September 11th – Book Arts League Fall Open House 1 – 4pm

Book Arts League at the Ewing Farm FREE Event
Celebrate the traditional and contemporary crafts of the book at the Book Arts League Open House! We’ll have demonstrations in fine bookbinding, letterpress printing and other book arts. See examples from our workshops and outreach and hear about our upcoming events.

Tour the historic buildings and learn the history of the Ewing family and their centennial farm.

Great company and light refreshments provided. All ages welcome!

 

2016 Sunday June 5, from 1 – 4 pm

Join us for the Book Arts League Shakespeare Summer Open House

Celebrate the traditional and contemporary crafts of the book at the Book Arts League Open House!

We’ll have demonstrations in fine bookbinding and stone carving, and letterpress printing in our Bunkhouse Printshop.

See examples from our workshops and outreach. Hear about our upcoming events, including activities around the Shakespeare First Folio exhibition at the University of Colorado in Boulder!

Tour the historic buildings and learn the history of the Ewing family and their centennial farm.

Great company and light refreshments provided.

FREE ADMISSION! All ages welcome.
WHEN: Sunday, June 5 from 1 – 4 pm
WHERE: Ewing Farmhouse and Bunkhouse, 1915 N 95th Street, Lafayette

Please park on Prairie Ridge Dr. as indicated on map.

 

2016 April 15th – Special Presentation by Steve Matteson at the Nomad Playhouse in Boulder CO

Come out for a night of theater & typography and help the Book Arts League!
Type designer, typographer, and Book Arts League Board Member Steve Matteson will present a Q&A session with slides after the April 15th performance of the play Futura by the Catamount theater company at the Nomad Playhouse in Boulder.  He will also be giving out letterpress-printed keepsakes (see photo) printed with the League’s Futura wood and metal type!

On April 15th the Catamount theater company will donate $2 of each ticket to the Book Arts League. Please purchase a ticket for the performance at http://futura.brownpapertickets.com/ 
Simply follow these steps so BAL will receive a donation:
1. Select the date of choice and number of tickets for that date
2. Go to purchase those tickets
3. When asked “How did you hear about the show?” Answer “Book Arts League,” and give $2  to BAL.

 

2016 Book Arts League April Fools Open House Sunday April 3, 1 – 4 pm

Celebrate Spring and Surprises at the Book Arts League April Fools Open House. We’ll have book arts demonstrations, letterpress printing in the Bunkhouse Printshop and light refreshments, including some bookish silliness from past years.

Tour the historic buildings, see the recent renovations, and learn about the Ewing family and their centennial farm.
FREE ADMISSION! All ages welcome.
WHEN: April 3, 2016 from 1 -4 pm
WHERE: Ewing Farmhouse and Bunkhouse, 1915 N 95th Street, Lafayette. Please park on Prairie Ridge Drive.

 

 

 

Call for entries: Ephemera Exchange 2015

Every year the Book Arts League hosts an Ephemera playdate. This year we warmly invite you to play with us again! Make an 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.

 

 

2015 December 6th from 1 – 4 pm – BAL Holiday Open House

Book Arts League Holiday Season Open House


We’ll have book arts demonstrations, including hands-on printing  in the historic Bunkhouse printshop. Enjoy refreshments, tour the historic buildings, and come see the new improvements to the Farmhouse, all funded by the Book Arts League! All ages welcome.

FREE ADMISSION

 

November 1st from 1 – 4 pm – BAL Open House featuring Dia de los Muertos (Day Of the Dead).

Join us for this special Book Arts League Open House, when we celebrate the Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. We’ll have Day of the Dead-themed book arts demonstrations, including hands-on printing of letterpress posters in our historic printshop. German Murillo will offer for sale tintype portraits in the spirit of the day. Enjoy refreshments, tour the historic buildings, and come see the new improvements to the Farmhouse, all funded by the Book Arts League! All ages welcome.

FREE ADMISSION

WHEN: November 1, 2015 from 1-4
WHERE: Ewing Farmhouse, 1915 N 95th Street, Lafayette
Please park on Prairie Ridge Drive, see Map on website at http://www.bookartsleague.org/map/

 

Tuesday October 13th 

We welcomed Steve Matteson who will present a lecture on Hermann Zapf. “Remembering Hermann Zapf” 6 – 7 :30 pm.



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2006 Evetns




 

The BAL returned to the Lafayette Peach Festival again this August 19 and operated a lively booth featuring keepsake printing by the public on the Pilot press, free personalized calligraphic bookmarks, demonstrations of hand-sewn bindings, and display and sales of printed ephemera.

  

 From left: BAL member Jeff Becker sells his hand-bound books in the adjoining booth, Kay Moller. At the press: Julie Seko. Below, L-R: Visitor, Evert Brown, Betsy Dollar, Alicia McKim Tweed, Julie. David Ashley, Jill Berry, and Brenda Gallagher also helped.

Photo: Kay Moller

The BAL crew arriving to set up our booth at the Lafayette Peach Festival stood on Main Street, surrounded by boxes of supplies and the Pilot press, looking apprehensively at the early morning sky.

It didn’t look good. Memories of the biblical deluge that ended last year’s Fest were still fresh, the sky was an ominous gray, and the air felt pregnant with rain. By the time our canopy arrived and was set up, a thin drizzle was falling that somehow managed to infiltrate and dampen paper, tablecloths, even the ink on the press, but not Julie Seko’s cautious enthusiasm.

But this is Colorado! In a couple of hours, the sun was shining with all his might, and the few visitors in rain ponchos had been replaced with the customary throngs. All day long, thousands streamed by the booth, curious members of the general public, some who remembered a past experience with printing or book arts, friends of the League and book artists, and as ever, swarms of kids. Many took a moment to pull the lever of the Pilot press and print a keepsake, and many had a calligraphic book mark with their name ornately lettered by David Ashley, Jill Berry, or Alicia McKim. Many paused to watch and examine the bindings being stitched by Betsy Dollar and Brenda Gallagher.

Evert Brown alternated with Julie minding the press and brought delicious and restorative sandwiches for the volunteers to enjoy with Julie’s peach cobbler. Kay Moller and Earl Noe helped keep things organized and interacted with visitors, answering questions about the League and Ewing Farm. This hhyear, volunteers wore “Give Peach a Chance” T-shirts. As usual, past Ephemera Exchanges were offered for sale and many brochures and class information sheets were handed out. At the booth next door, Jeff and Katia Becker sold his hand-bound books.

As the annual festival wound down, the sky darkened again, a few grumbles of thunder began, and the air suddenly began to feel moist. In the entertainment area nearby, the band broke into Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” When they sang, “Thunder only happens when it’s raining,” the Book Arts League took the hint.

We folded our tent and stole silently away.

 

 

LOST . . . in a book

 

A dozen young adult readers at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library got a hands-on experience with the BAL’s Pilot press in June. Kay Moller and Earl Noe took the small press to an artist’s book class taught by Gigi Yang, BAL member and librarian at the Broomfield library.

As part of getting “LOST in a Good Book,” the kids got a glimpse of how type is set and printed the book's cover on actual pieces of maps using the League's smallest, and most peripatetic, press. Gigi designed eight pages with various quotes on the theme of being lost, which the students folded and bound into a star book.

Each class member took home two books, and Gigi generously donated a number of the books to the League for fundraising.

 

 

Meanwhile, July 6, at another library, BAL member Jeff Becker was “Lost” with 12 young women. All were Lafayette Junior High students participating in the Lafayette Public Library's Summer Reading Program.

Jeff explored the “lost art of bookmaking” by starting with a short 10-15 minute history of the book. As examples he used bindings he made in workshops to show how bindings evolved as available materials changed.

Then the group made a 12 page leather-bound journal using the pamphlet stitch, Mowhawk Superfine paper, and some scrap leather Jeff bought from a company at Jefferson County Airport that upholsters private jets.

 But what the girls enjoyed most were the “Explosion Books.” Also known as a star book, this is a good binding to teach in an introductory class since it involves covering board with paper, folding corners, working with glue, paper grain and folding using a bone folder. It's also impressive as the “pages” expand to four times the size of original book. “A fun time was had by all,”Jeff said. “My gracious & helpful contact for the class was Patty Frobisher, a reference librarian at the Lafayette Library.”

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2005 — {not many events listed on the old site, but it was at least noted BAL was at the Peach Fest.}

It was the Lafayette Peach Fest, August 20, and as usual, the Book Arts League was there ...
David lettered about a million personalized bookmarks ...
Betsy demonstrated bookbinding, observed by Kay ...
Julia helped visitors print a keepsake ...
Evert manned the Pilot press ...

The BAL booth was very popular because it was one of the few interactive exhibits. Then the sky opened up, and it rained buckets. Hundreds of strolling visitors vanished in an instant. The BAL members took refuge under our canopy ( L - R ) Brenda Gallagher, David Ashley, Some Weird Guy, Betsy Dollar, Kay Moller, and Evert Brown. Not pictured: Julia Seko. She was wearing her party dress, which was soaking wet from dancing in the rain. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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2004 Events

YES! A photographic report of the extravaganza is NOW available!
To view all Edible events, please visit the Tea Pages.

    ...was held Saturday, April 3, at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The League would like to thank: BMoCA, the Dushanbe Teahouse, Panasia Fusion, Juanita's Mexican Food, The Ideal Market, King Soopers, Henry Wurst Incorporated, Repeat-O-Type Manufacturing Corporation and all the people who came to see and partake!

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No. 219 Big Type Fest & Party
        
Jeff rolls one, under the direction of Julia

    
Printing a 23 1/2" by 18" poster with 720 point type is beyond the reach of most letterpress enthusiasts, but it was child's play on the League's massive Vandy 219, currently stored in Julia's barn while awaiting a home with really strong floors. Kay Moller brought the king-size wood type, and partiers brought favorite cuts, supplemented by ones from the BAL collection, to assemble the final design.
David rolls one, with an assist from Linda

    The barbecue was ablaze for grilling brats supplied by BAL and chicken brought by Kay, with an array of goodies brought by the participants ranging from deviled eggs, pie, the ever-popular chocolate brownies, and North Denver tamales. A lemonade stand run by the kids next door did a brisk business, maybe because everyone thought someone else was bringing the beer, and it was Sunday. "Next time, I'll bring beer," promised Julia.

Kay, Linda and Jeff confer: "Is it art?"

 Everyone took a turn on the crank of the big press and helped hand-ink the form. Two- and three-color versions of the poster were produced, each impression slightly different, with everyone taking a copy home. Participants were David Ashley, Jeff Becker, Linda Bevard, Bonnie Mettler, Kay Moller, Earl Noe, Julia Seko, Andy Schwartz, and Laura Tyler.

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The Peach Festival


 President Julie works the crowd.

 Ten thousand people ambled through the Lafayette Peach Festival, Saturday, August 21, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

At times it seemed as if they all stopped, at least briefly, at the Book Arts League booth. This was the third year the League has demonstrated book arts at the annual peaches-and-antiques festival. Over 300 visitors printed a keepsake on the League's recently-acquired C&P Pilot press. A hundred of them took one of the new brochures designed by Brenda Gallagher. Dozens had their name beautifully lettered on a bookmark designed and printed by David Ashley. Lisa de Young helped David in lettering the bookmarks. Many printers' hats were folded.

David Ashley practices his art, supervised by Brenda Gallagher and Rowan Pearl Osgood.
Top photo: Evert Brown

    
Though few items were sold, hundreds paused to curiously examine the Ephemera Exchange and other examples of BAL workshops and classes. As usual, the old fashioned book arts technologies, the one 500 years old, the other 5,000, had a peculiar fascination for a wide cross section of people, including lots of kids. A few people recognized the old printing press from school or work earlier in life. One was Robert Sterett, of Louisville, whose family has been involved with letterpress printing since 1893.

The Peach Festival was the maiden voyage for the League's Pilot press, which has been repaired and adjusted by Rob Slentz, known in the BAL as "Dr Science." Rob built a special lift/dolly for the press by modifying a wheelchair lift he found at an auction. The Dr Science Press Lifter allows the press to be safely loaded and unloaded into even small vehicles where there is a sill enclosing the cargo space.

 Evert deploys the Dr Science Press Lifter under the watchful eye of the inventor.

Say "ah!" Open wide!

Ready to ride.

    
 BAL members visiting and staffing the booth were David Ashley, Evert Brown, Lisa de Young, Brenda Gallagher, Bonnie Mettler, Nancy Missbach, Earl Noe, Louise Padden, Julia Seko, Rob Slentz, and Nan Wigington.

    
    
        
    
"So who's the funny-looking man with the camera?"
    
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COPTIC STITCH BINDING CLASS

Jeff Becker taught the Coptic Stitch Binding at the Lafayette Art Center, Sunday, June 27, 1 - 4 pm. Though this is a non-adhesive binding, PVA was used to adhere paper to the cover boards. A small recessed area was cut into the front board before it was covered allowing for a decorative insert on the front of the book. Paper was then folded, torn and nested into sections for the text block, holes were punched in the sections and cover, and finally the book was sewn.

Participants were Carly Greto, Letitia Hess and Monalisa Hess.

Said Jeff, "Since the library is only open 4 hrs on Sunday, we were short the extra half hour needed for a comfortable class; Considering how much was to be done, Carly, Letitia, & Monalisa made a valiant effort and all were 'mostly done' by closing time. I believe a good time was had by all."

Photos: Carly Greto
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AGM

BAL members met Saturday, June 26, at picturesque, eccentric Limbo Ranch to discuss, dine, and elect officers at their Annual General Meeting. Julie Seko was reelected president, David Ashley became treasurer, and Jeff Becker will serve as secretary.

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Evert Delivers
Photo: Linda Peterson
          
  BAL member and award-winning animator Evert Brown's carousel book, The Brown Boys, was one of 52 works chosen from over 200 entries for the traveling show, "Stand and Deliver: Engineering Sculpture into a Book Format."

The show opened at the Brookfield (CT) Craft Center on April 11, and will be at the Denver Public Library June 3 to July 29, 2005. The show's Denver appearance is sponsored by the Book Arts League, Rocky Mountain chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers, Special Collections Department of the University Libraries, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Evert's book was selected for the show's "Revealing Folds" category. According to the Stand and Deliver website, "These are books of transformation. Pages burst from ingenious containers or elegant covers and evolve into complex three-dimensional sculptural shapes. The innovative accordions, carousels, Hedi Kyle-inspired flag-books, shadow boxes, and honeycombs are a festival of folds."

See a slide show of The Brown Boys.
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A New Home for BAL Website

The Book Arts League website has moved to a new home, sharing web space with the site of BAL member Brenda Gallagher. This should provide for increased ease in managing our website and in faster-loading pages. Our thanks to Brenda for offering the new location.

The League wishes to thank the Boulder Community Network for hosting our website for the past several years. We continue to encourage our members to visit the Boulder Community Network, via the BCN links on this and other pages.

NOTE: You may wish to re-bookmark the BAL home page and other individual pages that you have bookmarked. At present, many old files remain on the BCN server, which we are trying to have removed.
Letterpress Printing Class

Julia Seko and David Ashley led seven participants in printing and binding a small artists book on the theme "Guilty/Secret Love" Saturday and Sunday, February 7-8 at David's studio.

Letterpress printing and foil stamping were employed, and it was "more work than we thought," according to Julie. Six separate print runs including foil stamped title and binding were required to finish the project.

The finished product is an accordion book with hard covers and handmade envelopes glued in. "We only got it done because David and I worked ourselves into complete exhaustion," said Julie, "but it is a cute little book." Extra copies may be sold to raise funds for the League.

Participants were: Zoe Amrein, Ann-Marie Fleming, Melissa Gray, Marylu Lee, Rachel Olson, and Dorothy Tobe. David Ashley also participated in the book.

Photos: Melissa Gray
 

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2003 Events

Die Cutting Class
I spy... Gail Watson looks through her work while Nancy Missbach looks on.

Photo: Kay Moller

Gail Watson taught an exploration of the "dry" processes of embossing/debossing, diecutting, and foil stamping at her studio in Golden Gate Canyon, Saturday, October 11.

Cut to the chase... The die cutting was done on Gail's Pearl Press.

Photo: Kay Moller

Besides die cutting on the platen press, the group explored using dental polymer to make "counters" for embossing, which was done on using the foil stamper.

Two to Make Ready... Linda Bevard (L) and Alicia Bailey watch as Gail prepares the platen.

Photo: Tracy Bellehumeur