News from Backspace Book Arts in delightful Venice California
Saturday July 15 OR Sunday July 30 9-4 Book Binding for Book Artists.
$125 All materials included
An intensive one day course designed to present as many structures as
possible for making artists' books. Content development, materials
and other resources will be discussed. Check the Backspace Book arts
website for a more complete description or call Marcia Moore for more
Letterpress Basics -Marcia Brown
$100 All materials included.
Learn the basics of letterpress printing using the three platen
presses at Backspace. Typesetting, composition and press technology
will be discussed. Students will print a variety of small cards.
Class size is extremely limited. Please call Marcia Moore to arrange
Marcia Moore is off to The Paper and Book Intensive held this year in
La Porte, Indiana Backspace will be opened with the wonderful Chuva
Featherstone holding down the fort. Please call ahead to make sure
she is there. 310-722-9004
The past few weeks have been full of exciting classes and events.
Gabriel Fox taught a wonderful workshop for the Guild of Bookworkers
which I attended. Gabrielle is a thoughtful and tireless teacher and
the miniature books we made were innovative and inspiring.
The workshop was held at Kater Krafts book bindery in Pico Rivera and
generously hosted by Bruce Kavin, son of the late Mel Kavin. Bruce
shared his father's collection of miniature books with extraordinary
designer bindings. An incredible weekend.
Domiinic Riley came to Venice to teach two one day workshops at
Backspace Book Arts. Titled the Ideal Album and Sketchbook, students
were treated to the Dominic Riley haute style of bookbinding and
wonderful books were made. These classes were designed for both the
novice and the more advanced student and many new techniques were
presented that offered endless opportunities for future work. Check
the pictures up on our website.
Then, as if those two events were not enough, Los Angeles was treated
to a wonderful talk by Kitty Maryatt. Hosted by Otis college of Art
and Design and The Los Angeles Book Arts Center, Kitty talked about
her work in book arts and fine binding, her early education in
calligraphy and the many things that inspire and inform her work. It
was truly an exciting, informative and inspirational talk.
Be sure to drop by Backspace to see the beautiful, unique books in
the gallery. These works are one of a kind made by "plain people" not
book binders or artists. Books incorporating human hair, pressed
flowers, autographs and other symbols of love, affection and school