Monthly Archives: November 2012

Pyramid Atlantic Artists’ Book Fair, Day Two

2012 Pyramid Atlantic Fair for Paper, Prints and Books, Silver Spring, MDMichael Durgin, David Marshall, Sarah Bryant and Michael Durgin at the 2012 Pyramid Atlantic Artists' Book Fair, Silver Spring, MD

The second day of the book fair was as exciting as the first, with several friends passing by our table. David Marshall and Michael Durgin stopped by, along with Krystyna Wasserman from the National Museum of Women and the Arts, Jackie Coleburn from the Library of Congress, and Georgia Deal from the Corcoran School of Art and Design. Another tiny press was demonstrated by Pilar Nadal, this one mounted on the back of her bicycle. Pilar is from Portland, Maine, where she runs the Tired Press. Sarah, Esther, Dikko and I had a memorable lunch at the Lucy Ethiopian restaurant in Silver Spring, where we feasted on raw lamb, lentils, cabbage, and several other dishes served on the traditional spongy injera bread. 

Bicycle Press by Tired Press, Pyramid Atlantic Artist's Book Fair, Silver Spring, MD

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Pyramid Atlantic Artists’ Book Fair, Day One

2012 Pyramid Artist's Book Fair, Silver Spring, MDCarol Barton and Sarah Bryant at 2012 Pyramid Artist's Book Fair, Silver Spring, MD

The biennial Pyramid Atlantic Fair of Paper, Prints and Books took place last weekend, and Henry and I had a house full of artist guests in town for the event. I shared a table with letterpress book artist Sarah Bryant, now living in the U.K., and Esther Smith and Dikko Faust of Purgatory Pie Press also stayed with us for the weekend. The fair was well attended, and we had a constant flow of interested visitors looking at our work. I gave a hands-on demo of paper engineering techniques toward the end of the day. Also of note was The Print Factory’s small backpacker press, being demonstrated in these photos Kansas City artist Jesse McAfee.

Backpacker Press, Pyramid Artist's Book Fair, Silver Spring, MD Backpacker Press, Pyramid Artist's Book Fair, Silver Spring, MD

Pop-Ups, Vikings, and Book Arts in Minnesota

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, MinneapolisCarol Barton's paper engineering class, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis

Minneapolis has both the comfortable feel of the Midwest I grew up in (my home town was St. Louis, Missouri) and the vibrancy of an expanding hub for theater, music, and the arts. The Minnesota Center for Book Arts was early to the scene and has long been a locus for the book arts community. It’s one of my favorite places to teach. The light and airy studios and classroom spaces, combined with a terrific shop and an excellent cafe, make it a one-stop spot for learning and inspiration, for work and play. My weekend class was full, with ten students eager to expand their bookmaking skills into the area of paper engineering. You can see the results in the photos here.  

 Carol Barton's paper engineering class at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, MinneapolisCarol Barton's paper engineering class at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis

 

 

 

Additionally, the Vikings game on Sunday brought a crowd of purple-and-gold-clad sports fans to the area, and I managed to get a portrait of this wonderful group of female Kiss impersonators before the event.

Viking Fans as Kiss

Spooky Pop-Ups at the National Building Museum

The National Building Museum, Washington, DC

My annual Halloween Haunted House workshop at the National Building Museum in downtown Washington, DC, took place this past weekend, with about 25 spooky young designers and their parents participating. Ghouls, monsters, bats, witches, and graveyards were among the pop-up motifs created in the two-hour session, which ended with each youngster getting a candy treat to take home along with his or her finished pop-ups.

Carol Barton's Halloween pop-up class, National Building Museum, 2012Carol Barton's Halloween pop-up class, National Building Museum, 2012Carol Barton's Halloween pop-up class, National Building Museum, 2012