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Holiday Sale Event & Paper Making Demo Today! 5–7 pm

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The Combat Paper Project | Tuesday through Thursday, November 13–15 from 12 noon — 8PM

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The Combat Paper Project utilizes art making workshops to assist veterans in
reconciling and sharing their personal experiences as well as broadening the
traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture. Through
paper making workshops veterans use their uniforms worn in combat to create
cathartic works of art. Through this collaboration between civilians and
veterans, a much-needed conversation is generated regarding our
responsibilities to the returned veteran and an understanding of the
dehumanizing effects of warfare.

The workshops, to be held at the UA Book Art and Letterpress Lab, are open to
all, veterans and non-veterans. They will be led by Drew Cameron, a San-
Francisco-based artist, Army veteran and director of the national Combat Paper
Project, which began in 2007 and has since traveled to 24 U.S. states and five

Potluck | Friday, October 12, 2020 @ 6:30

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Join your fellow Book Art Lovers for some food and book talk this week!

If you can, please sign-up for a veggie/meat/cheese/chip/desert/non-alcholic drinks in the letterpress lab so we don’t dine on cheetos. If you can’t sign-up first, just come and surprise us! After dinner we can go on downtown or 4th ave for some “exercise”. Friends, kids, or significant others welcome.

Call for Books & Broadsides

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We’re happy to announce the official opening of our new lab, freshly adorned with four Vandercooks and a C&P: the Jack Sinclair Letterpress Lab. And to commemorate the opening, we’re having an exhibition. We welcome your work, books or broadsides or any other sweet letterpressed thing. If you’d like to participate, email our president John with images of your work. Looking forward to the show!

Book Art Collective in the News!

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Last week, the UANews interviewed me about why book art matters and why our might Collective promotes old printing processes like letterpress. Here is the video the reporter put together from the interview during one of our binding workshops. (Note: ignore the photos of my Talking face. It’s not pretty.)

Julie Chen is Coming to Tucson!

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This Friday, I am ridiculously excited to announce that one of my book art heroes is coming to Tucson, Julie Chen. I think this must be what regular people feel when they find out they’re meeting … the Kardashians? Or someone else.

Julie Chen, True to Life

Julie Chen, True to Life

Since 1987, Julie has published limited edition artist’s books under the imprint, Flying Fish Press. Her work is not only meticulously crafted, but seamlessly combines interesting writing and concepts with lovely, often abstract imagery and a sense of play.

Julie Chen, True to Life

Julie Chen, True to Life (detail)

Anyway, the Book Art Collective is hosting an artist talk this Friday @ 4pm with Julie at the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center. The Poetry Center was gracious in co-sponsoring the event with us, and we thought the space would be fitting for Julie’s lyric work.

To promote the event, our co-president, John, designed some posters and we letterpressed them yesterday on one of our trusty Vandercooks. The style sort of parallel’s Chen’s use of games in her work. We printed the posters on various French Papers, this one their Pop Tone Whip Cream, Cover #140. It’s pretty. For ink we mixed some metallic copper with brown and then violet. It was…experimental, to say the least.

If you’re in Tucson or nearby, come to the talk and reception after. Meet Julie. Meet the rest of us. Eat food. Hera are the details, yo:

Artist Talk with Julie Chen
Friday, November 5th @ 4pm
Poetry Center, University of Arizona
Reception to follow in Book Art Lab

[Note: I'm cross-posting this on my personal site, here.]

A Conversation with Book Artist Karen Hamner

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We are pleased to announce that well-known Chicago book artist and binder, Karen Hamner, will visit the School of Art on October 19th at 5:30 pm. She will give an informal presentation in Room 205 in the Art Building.

Karen is in town for Guild of Book Workers Conference and has generously offered to talk to students, faculty and the our very own Book Art Collective. There will be a hands-on look at her books and she’ll answer questions about her work, which has been shown around the world.

Karen is an expert binder and has just come out with a new book Nevermore, Again: Poe Exhumed. She is probably best known for her flag books, one of which is in the University of Arizona Special Collections.

We hope you’ll join us to talk with Karen and see her work!

Happy Birthday, Paul Moxon, Vandercooks, Etc.

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This weekend, the Collective had the pleasure of meeting the master of Vandercook letterpress machines, Paul Moxon. Paul was in town for a week or so, offering demonstrations, workshops and a lecture on Vandercooks to the Book Art Collective, our ever-expanding club, as well as members from the community. All of this, it should be noted, was made possible by designer/educator Karen Zimmermann, whose excellent fundraising and organizing made the event possible.

It’s basically understood that Paul knows everything there is to know about Vandercooks, proof presses made by Vandercook & Sons beginning in 1909. In addition to working as a printer and artist, he maintains a website,, where anyone can access information about presses.

In the 59 years the company was in business, about 30,000 presses were manufactured; there are currently about 1,500 Vandercooks documented in existence. And what do you know, 23 of them are in Arizona; 4 are kept by the Book Art Collective. Last year was the Vandercook’s 100th birthday and Paul orchestrated a Centenary Print Bundle with lovely prints from shops throughout the country.

The workshop this weekend covered basic operating procedures of the presses and we brought him in not just to teach, but also to fix up our new machines. This summer, the Collective acquired three new presses, one of which seems to have been outside for, well, years.

Paul covered typesetting, adjusting furniture, proofing, measuring, inking and, finally, printing.

Paul was gracious enough to travel here from Alabama on the weekend of his birthday. So happy birthday, Paul! Thanks so much for spending some time with the Book Art Collective. We hope to have you back soon.

A New Semester, a New Space

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Over the last few weeks, we’ve been moving into an entirely new and pretty huge space. This space now houses a ton of new equipment, acquired by the excellent Zimmermanns this summer. Now adorning our building: a total of four (!) Vandercooks, one Chandler & Price, two board shears, two guillotines and a TON of new type. More than a ton. Like hundreds of new trays of type. It’s incredible. We’re still arranging things but here it is.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be making some small - or perhaps large - changes to our site, contributors and general face-life things. Stay tuned.

Radio Silence

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Hello, readers.
I just wanted to post to let you know that we’ll be posting again soon. It’s that crazy time of year in the spring semester when everyone is kind of zombie-like. But we have been making books. And meeting. And discussing book things. So posts will resume again soon!

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