Kitty Maryatt's Recreation of La Prose du Transsibérien, Special Events

Kitty Maryatt, Director Emerita of the Scripps College Press, has re-created the Blaise Cendrars/Sonia Delaunay 1913 publication, La Prose du Transsibérien. Just two of the remarkable distinctions with this edition of 150 are that it includes hand-painted pochoir (stencil) illustrations and the text was printed by letterpress in multiple colors and typefaces. The 1913 book La Prose du Transsibérien et de lat Petite Jehanne de France was radically different from any other livres de peintre produced at the turn of the century. The format was unprecedented, the poetry, typography and painting were avant-garde, and the imagery was actively integrated with the text. The book was self-published and...

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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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