Monthly Archives: May 2011

Maker Faire 2011

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Maker Faire!  The name alone sends shivers down the spine of artists, musicians, DIYers, and the creative and curious everywhere.  Held in San Mateo last weekend, the annual event was a sprawling exposition celebrating all things made: an incredible intersection of art, music, engineering, science and good ol’ elbow grease.  Among the kinetic statues, electric […]

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Maggie Engebretson

Maria Fischer’s Dream Thoughts / Hyperlinks Book

I first saw this book on fubiz, where it was titled “Hyperlinks Book.” With that framing, it was impossible not to see the threads of connections as links between nonlinear but related information (like hyperlinks on a web page) and how much more cumbersome jumping through a text in a hard copy book could be […]

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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.

Pulp: The Paper Medium Event

A little glitz and lots of paper — what’s not to love? On Thursday, May 19, SFCB participated in the joint ArtPoint and Museum of Craft and Design Pulp event at the Don Soker Gallery downtown. Attendees were invited to cut, glue, print, sew and fashion all manner of works in paper (some of our […]

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Maggie Engebretson

Introduction to Letterpress: A Review

I have been volunteering at SFCB for a few months now, and have spent the majority of my time jealously staring at anyone expertly using the Vandercook Presses. I would think to myself- “Someday, Hannah, someday you will have the skills required to operate such a glorious machine!” Little did I know, the basic skills […]

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Hannah Schuster
Hannah has been an avid book reader since her youth, and through a happy accident discovered the amazing art of book binding and letterpress. She has lived in San Francisco for three years and spends her time (when not occupied with all things book) taking photographs on an impractical camera and trolling the streets collecting twigs and discarded items.

Fresh off the Press: Gift Certificates!

We are now very happy to offer our freshly printed Gift Certificates! For those of you with loved ones subtly hinting at how much they’d like to take a class, or rent studio time at the SFCB, fear no more! Our Gift Certificates are hand made here at the center and are available to purchase […]

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Hannah Schuster
Hannah has been an avid book reader since her youth, and through a happy accident discovered the amazing art of book binding and letterpress. She has lived in San Francisco for three years and spends her time (when not occupied with all things book) taking photographs on an impractical camera and trolling the streets collecting twigs and discarded items.

Jill Sylvia’s cut-out balance sheet books, pages, and architectural structures

I’m in love with the lace-like look and layering of these beautiful pieces by Jill Sylvia! Lovely work. In the tradition of grid-based minimal art, the ledger pieces use the lines of the paper to create gorgeous cut-out patterns, while the sculptural / architectural pieces emphasize the grid-based nature of the buildings. I first discovered […]

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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 Teacher Maia de Raat featured on Felt & Wire

SFCB teacher and friend Maia de Raat is featured on the Felt & Wire blog today! Great pictures of her jackelope cards, and this gem from the interview: De Raat’s process is simple: “I draw and erase, then draw, then erase … until I like what I see.” Congrats, Maia, and good luck at the […]

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

Book Forms by Various Artists

Red Dos-a-Dos Book by A. Fain Books. When I first heard of this book form, I thought it was named after the do-si-do dance step. It turns out I wasn’t too far off: do-si-do (or dosado) is a corruption of the French dos-à-dos, which means “back-to-back.” Everything Falls into Place, from Purgatory Pie Press. A […]

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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.

Cara Barer’s Book Photography

On first glance, Houston photographer Cara Barer‘s photographs of water-damaged books are a beautiful form of book art in which the book is altered and transformed into a sculptural object not through the interference of the human hand, but through passive lack of interference and exposure to the elements. In fact, while some of the […]

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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.