Summer Intensive - Bookbinding and Boxmaking, July 18 to 21, with Anne Covell

Our summer intensive is a unique opportunity to develop new binding skills or refine technique through a series of bindings including the single and multi-needle Coptic, drumleaf, and flat-back traditional case. The four-day workshop will also cover boxmaking through the construction of a drop-spine box, also known as a clamshell.

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What to expect in a Letterpress Type Slam?

The BookArtsLA Type Slam is limited to only 6 students. It’s a fast-paced event where in one evening you transform an idea into a hand-printed letterpress poster. The Type Slam is appropriate for someone with no experience, or for those printers who need a brief re-introduction to work with moveable type. The evening focuses on exploring wood type, which is an often more substantial size and manageable to set and mold into a sculptural form. With the equipment available, a variety of colors explored through hand-inking or mixing colors on the cylinder presses - all have successful outcomes for your...

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You're Invited! Join us for BookArtsLA's 5th Birthday and Jim Natal's 5th Poetry Collection

BookArtsLA Birthday Party: Letterpress, Prosecco & Poetry Saturday, April 20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Please join us for a double “fifth” celebration: BookArtsLA’s fifth birthday and the publication of Jim Natal’s fifth poetry collection, Spare Room. There will be birthday cake and prosecco, and because April is National Poetry Month, there will be a poetry reading, and all guests will receive a broadside of one of Jim’s haibun poems printed on our letterpress. Come for the party and stay for the ink in Los Angeles’ premier book arts space. This special event is presented admission free and is open...

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Japanese Book Arts Intensive

The Japanese Book Arts Intensive, March 21-24, is designed to give students the unique opportunity to learn four distinct Japanese crafts: Nagashizuki papermaking, paper decoration, binding, and boxmaking. Each day we will build upon skills learned in previous sessions to create a body of work that is considerate of the resources, materials, and aesthetics that define Japanese bookmaking. The craft of papermaking came to Japan from China by way of present day Korea in approximately 600 AD. However, it was the invention of Nagashizuki style papermaking, which is believed to have developed in Japan or elsewhere in Asia around 800 AD,...

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Jennifer Farrell, Starshaped Press, workshops and lecture February 16-17

BookArtsLA, together with the International Printing Museum, is hosting a weekend of workshops with Chicago's Jennifer Farrell on February 16-17, 2019. If you love letterpress, consider this your Valentine’s Day gift. Update: The Saturday workshop at BookArtsLA is sold out, but there are still a few spaces in Sunday's Go Big! with wood type and ornament workshop. Sunday's workshop is at the International Printing Museum, more info and a link to register are here. Here's how Jennifer Farrell describes her work: Since 1999, Starshaped Press has stayed true to the original craft of letterpress, disregarding the naysayers that claim antique...

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