Last week Oola and I went to a meeting/show-and-tell at the Book Arts Guild in Seattle. The meeting itself was held in the amazing building — the Suzzallo Library, University of Washington.
We got there after dark so there are not many picts but you can see more of this architecture, including the part sometimes known as the Harry Potter room, at the University of Washington site.
Allow me to say that Book People are the greatest. Several shared their projects at the meeting. I can share only a few of them with you.
Here is Don Myhre holding one of his wonderfully hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind books. This one is made of broken up bits of cell phones. You can see more of his delightful books at Vamp and Tramp.
Lisa Hasegawa is a printer with a warm smile and a self-effacing sense of humor. She runs Ilfant Press in Seattle.
She is part of a postcard exchange with several other letterpress people. Each member of this group produces a postcard a month to exchange with the others. Here is a close-up of her postcard about “Lady” problems.
On Lisa’s wrist is tattooed the word “printer” — upside down and backward, of course! A little joke for those of us who have had the thrill of setting type.
Carl Youngmann and Ellie Matthews run the The North Press in Port Townsend,WA. They brought some exquisite typeset projects.
Here is an image they showed from one of their projects.
Anjani Millet talked about her artist book that jumped right into my heart.
This is the story of Anjani’s mother and a battle with Alzheimer’s. When they moved mother from her beloved home and the black mold that inhabited that house her memory got better and she was un-diagnosed from Alzheimer’s disease.
Photo by Anjani, borrowed from her website. Your eyes and your spirit will be greatly rewarded when you visit www.anjanimillet.com
Michael Sobel showed a book of photographs he took in 1969.
Ed Marquand brought some high powered volumes designed and produced for museums, publishers, artists, and collectors by Lucia/Marquand in Seattle. Check him out to see some top notch work.
Ed is also one of the instigators of “Mighty Tieton”, an arts incubator in the town of Tieton WA.
Claudia Hollander-Lucas, educator, visual artist and writer brought her Vade Mecum rant book. An eye popper filled with time holes and textual atmosphere.
It seems to be very strong. And it looks a lot like too-much-fun. Oola and I will give it a try.
Much more was shared but either my photos were no good, or my memory is faulty, or I am just running out of time.
I want to thank Susan Brown, whose book is her masters thesis, full of fascinating stuff about urban planning, “vital text” in petroglyphs and on gravestones, Queen Victoria of Seattle, the role of the UK in the evolution of the Northwest, and finally my better understanding of why people are so respectful and helpful, at least where I live on the peninsula. I thought it was the influence of the Canadians, and it seems that I am maybe at least partially correct.
I also want to thank Lisa Leong Tsang calligrapher/anaplastologist.
A quote from another one of her works fell into my notes:
To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Book people are good, strong, and surprising people. I am so happy to be meeting this community in my new digs on the planet.