The Historic Japanese Book: From Waste Pulp to Woodblocks, with Anne Covell

The Japanese stab binding has been used for centuries as a simple and elegant structure for bookmaking, but little is known today about how the covers for these familiar bindings were made. Likely created from layers of poor-quality recycled paper covered with an outermost layer of thin, high-quality dyed paper that was either burnished or embossed for decoration, these soft and flexible bindings have withstood the test of time. However, due in part to its designation as a lowly craft, little of the process used to create these covers survives in the historic record. BookArtsLA is pleased to host Anne...

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Open Studio for Letterpress

Plan to attend the February Letterpress Open House, Sunday, February 4 from 2pm to 5pm. BookArtsLA is starting an open studio program for people interested in working independently on letterpress projects. The open studio will start soon with a minimum of five (5) up to a maximum of twenty (20) participants. 

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Esther K. Smith and Dikko Faust at BookArtsLA - Sept. 8 at 7:30 pm

BookArtsLA Esther K. Smith

Please join BookArtsLA and Esther K. Smith for a special evening and book signing on Friday, September 8 beginning at 7:30 pm. We’ll be celebrating the publication of Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.: 

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YART Sale August 19 from 9 am to 2 pm

Is your studio overflowing with supplies purchased in a moment of optimism and energy? Now is the time to clean those extra tools and materials out of your space and get some room to work. $15 buys a space for you to sell all your extra art supplies at a giant yard sale just for artists and their friends. You can register for a table through our website. Need some additional motivation? Here's a view of Francis Bacon's studio Following Francis Bacon’s death in 1992 his infamous studio was as the artist left it until 1998 when it was donated...

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Thank you for joining us for Poetry + Press

Thank you to everyone who attended Poetry + Press, along with the poets who shared their work with us. The afternoon was, as promised, a celebration of poetry and printing. UCLA Professor Johanna Drucker presented a short introduction on visual poetry and typographic invention. Next up was a series of readings from the new anthology Angle of Reflection, featuring the work of 10 prize-winning, widely published Los Angeles poets, some of whom have been workshopping together for 20 years. Including - Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Clough, Paul Lieber, Sarah Maclay, Holaday Mason, Jim Natal, Jan Wesley, Brenda Yates, and Mariano Zaro...

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