Monthly Archives: November 2008

On the Road at the Philadelphia Artist’s Book Fair

The Free Library in Philadelphia

Valeria Kremser at the Artist's Book FairStephanie Harvey with Exit 343 Design

Saturday’s second annual Artist’s Book Fair at the Free Library in Philadelphia was abuzz with the sounds of book-lovers in their ilk. Tables full of unique books, letterpress and offset editions, elaborate bindings, book bags, book jewelry, cards, prints and boxes enticed library patrons to diverge from their normal browsings and sample this most creative edge of the bookmaking field. The event was well-attended and appreciated. Thanks to all the members of the Philadelphia Center for the Book and the Free Library staff who made this wonderful fair possible! We’re looking forward to doing it again next year.

Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair, Silver Spring, MD

Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair flyer

 I attended the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair this past weekend accompanied by Deborah Gaston of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. We were looking for books that could serve effectively as artists’ book examples in 4th and 5th-grade classes as part of the museum’s pilot education programs. There were many possibilities, and we had a great time looking. Plus, it was fun to see so many old friends and past students. The entire day was a stimulating and inspiring overview of some of the emerging trends and personalities in the field.

Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair

“Anacostia Pops Up” in Washington, D.C.

Yesterday I gave a workshop on pop-ups at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum in Washington, D.C., and had a whole family participate. All four members of the Penic family spent the morning making pop-ups based on architectural and community motifs. They’re shown here holding their finished pop-ups at the conclusion of the workshop. What fun!