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New York Art Book Fair

This past weekend I finally made my trek to the mecca of my art world: The New York Art Book Fair.  I have had many dreams about this day.  For those of you who don’t know about it the fair is in New York City at the Moma PS1 in Long Island City, Queens.   http://nyartbookfair.com/about   Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by 283 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty-six countries.

There was room after room of art books.  I have never seen anything like it before and at times it almost seemed overwhelming.  If you ever plan to go in the future take my advice and be prepared to sweat!  It was extremely hot which was the only downfall.  The rooms are not very spacious and didn’t have air flow.  Lastly, only do a few hours a day or you will have a brain overload.  Besides the heat it was an inspiring experience and encourages me to keep doing what I am doing. Check out some pictures.

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My 4 weeks at Wells!!!

I am going to try and sum up my entire for weeks at Wells in this one post.  We pretty much had the same agenda everyday.  By the end of the four weeks I felt like I was at camp.  We had breakfast from 8-9am, class 9:15am-5:30pm (with breaks and lunch in between), 5:30-6:30pm we usually swam in the lake, 6:30-7:30pm dinner, and then the rest of the night we worked in the studio and sometimes had a few cocktails.  One of the wonderful aspects of this internship was having 24hr access to the studio.

Print Shop

Print Shop

Print Shop

1st Class: I took a class called Tradition Typography/book design with Ron Gordon.  I am not formally trained in graphic design so this was a great/eye opening experience.  I will never be able to look at design or type the same because of this class.

This is how I felt after my first class!!!

2nd Class: I assisted/took the wire binding class with the amazing Daniel Kelm.  This man is a walking encyclopedia at least when it comes to any topic relating to chemistry or bookbinding.  I not only learned how to do wire binding but I walked away with so much other useful tips and information.

Class binding away

Daniel hard at work

Daniel showing us some chemistry!!!

Wire binding!

3rd Class: Learning how to cast lead monotype from the Bixlers.  In the beginning this class was the only reason I had any interest to apply for this internship.  IT WAS AMAZING!  The bixlers are the most generous people ever and taught me so much.  I learned how to cast entire fonts and I also key padded, casted, and printed one of my brother’s poems.  Printing from fresh virgin type is the best!

The casting room!

Key padding my brothers poem

The melted lead!

My virgin type hot off the caster!

Mr. Bixler and I

Basically I ended up having one of the best learning experiences of my life during my internship at Wells.  They have wonderful facilities and even better faculty.

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