Monthly Archives: April 2011

Squid Printing at SFCB Earth Day

Squid Print Magic!

Docidicus gigas. Jumbo flying squid. Diablo rojo, or the red devil. No matter how you say it, these gorgeous cephalopods are impressive. And they make a handsome print! If you were lucky enough to join our Earth Day celebration this past Saturday, then you might’ve gotten in on the action. Two giant Humboldt squid generously […]

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Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu is an instructor at SFCB, and a freelance letterpress printer.

Contained Herein by Meg Kennedy

This altered book by Meg Kennedy, found on the New York Center for Book Arts artist website, is altered into a mini curio cabinet displaying forms of media, with a little stone tablet, scroll, accordion book / pamphlet, Japanese-bound book, chalkboard, codex, and CD drive inserted into the open text block. The book is transformed […]

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Naomi Bardoff
Naomi Bardoff
In 2010 Naomi Bardoff graduated from Bard College, where she majored in fine arts and studied watercolor, ink drawing, and book-making. She has also taken classes at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Naomi has been working on her illustration portfolio, working in offices, and volunteering and taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book. In addition to the SFCB blog, she blogs on her art blog, naomese - naomi bardoff's art blog; and pins to her Pinterest boards. Her own book work can be found on her website.

Kyle Bean’s “The Future of Books”

Kyle Bean’s website describes this project as “a book/laptop hybrid model to demonstrate how we are sourcing information.”For me, it speaks not just to the sources of our information, but the tactile and physical presence of it. The weight and type of paper in a book gives it a unique texture and color; the glue […]

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Naomi Bardoff
Naomi Bardoff
In 2010 Naomi Bardoff graduated from Bard College, where she majored in fine arts and studied watercolor, ink drawing, and book-making. She has also taken classes at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Naomi has been working on her illustration portfolio, working in offices, and volunteering and taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book. In addition to the SFCB blog, she blogs on her art blog, naomese - naomi bardoff's art blog; and pins to her Pinterest boards. Her own book work can be found on her website.

SFCB at the Exploratorium Wood Fair

Here’s Nina Zeininger-Byrne manning the press at The Exploratorium’s first annual Wood Fair and wood-themed Open Make event this weekend. We schlepped one of our tabletop platen presses over to the Marina to demonstrate letterpress printing with wood type. (Unfortunately, as we decided to print cards with a wood-inspired pun on a Beach Boys song, […]

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Maggie Engebretson

Workshop Spotlight: Feathers, Fur and Scales

Courtney Cerruti

Here’s a quick peek at this weekend’s Paper Animals workshop. Led by Courtney Cerruti (San Francisco’s resident paper creature expert). Workshop attendees Lynne Stevens, Kathleen Ryder, and Aba Nathan layered found paper and recycled dictionary pages over wire armatures to bring these gorgeous totem animals to life. The photos below capture the animals as works-in-progress, […]

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Maggie Engebretson

Inky Veggie Experimentation

Annemaree and veggies

The lovely Annemaree Rea (also the talented creator of this year’s Earth Day Extravaganza poster) getting her hands yellow, red, and blue while testing out printing with different types of carved and sliced vegetables. Vegetable printing is one of this year’s activities for the SFCB Earth Day event on┬áSaturday, April 23. Annemaree loved using the […]

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Maggie Engebretson

Interview with SFCB Co-Founder Mary Austin on Felt & Wire

Don’t miss the interview with SFCB’s co-founder, patron saint, and all around wonderful Board Chair Mary Austin, up on the Felt & Wire blog. Mary Austin: Bookcentric Patron of the Arts examines Mary’s incredible patronage of the book arts, highlighting some of the over 2,000 books she has collected, a selection of which were recently […]

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Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu is an instructor at SFCB, and a freelance letterpress printer.

Books and Bookboxes by Joanne B. Kaar

Who could resist a thick, ancient-looking volume? I love the story that these wonderfully textured, perfectly-boxed books, objects, and leaves of peat and paper tell together. The above is titled “Seafarers Log,” while the bottle below references a “message in a bottle.” See more of Joanne Kaar’s work on her flickr photostream. See the books […]

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Naomi Bardoff
Naomi Bardoff
In 2010 Naomi Bardoff graduated from Bard College, where she majored in fine arts and studied watercolor, ink drawing, and book-making. She has also taken classes at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Naomi has been working on her illustration portfolio, working in offices, and volunteering and taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book. In addition to the SFCB blog, she blogs on her art blog, naomese - naomi bardoff's art blog; and pins to her Pinterest boards. Her own book work can be found on her website.