Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Saturday Workshops in 2008

The Western NY Book Arts Collaborative presents its Winter 2008 book arts Saturday workshop series in the Buffalo NY area.

January 12
Intro to hand set type & letterpress printing
Instructor: Hal Leader - Paradise Press
January 19
Intro to Fontlab - Making digital fonts
Instructor: Richard Kegler - P22 type foundry
January 26
Gocco Printing & Japanese binding
Instructors: Diane Bond & Linda Meyer
February 2
Budgeting for Independent publishing Instructor: David McNamara - Sunnyoutside press
February 23
Foil Embossing workshop
Instructor: Don Dehoff - Keepsake Bindery
March 1
Zine Publishing & Distribution
Instructors: Amy Greenan & Joel Brenden
March 8
Silk Screening Printing on Wood
Instructor: Jeff Sherven - UB Print dept.

For more details, registration information & additional events:

Additional workshops in Rochester NY presented by The Printing & Book Arts Center at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Woodtype for Woody

Guthrie that is. The WNY Book Arts Collaborative assisted in a unique typographic treatment for the first ever "Live" Woody Guthrie recording release. The CD comes in a small but lush 72 page hardcover book with metallic inks and papers, yet highly sensitive to the aesthetic of Guthrie in the 1940s. Designed by Grammy award winning designer Susan Archie (You thought I was going to say Brian Grunert, not this time, but it's nice that WNYBAC has 2 Grammy award winning designers as cohorts), the wood type from the collection of Paradise Press (Buffalo's letterpress treasure trove) was printed and scanned with irregularities and wood grain that cannot be reproduce in a standard digital font. A generous thank you in the back of the book to The WNY Book Arts Collaborative is a nice feather in our collective cap. Sales of the book benefit the Woody Guthrie Foundation and from one non profit venture to another, WNYBAC was happy to donate its services.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

TypeCon2008 public meeting Nov 6

TypeCon2008 Buffalo Town Hall Meeting – Tuesday, November 6
SOTA‘s going back to Buffalo next week to meet with local crew and others interested in helping to develop the TypeCon2008 program and extracurricular activities.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Old Editions Book Shop & Cafe
74 East Huron Street
Buffalo, NY
Directions to TypeCon2008 Planning Meeting

All type lovers are encouraged to join us for this fun and informative brainstorming meeting. Coffee and dessert will be served to help fuel your creative juices.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend, but please RSVP so we know how much caffeine and sugar to have on hand. Email: richard at and info at
If you can‘t make it to this meeting but would like to participate, please email us at info at Spread the word to your type-loving friends - everyone is welcome in building the best TypeCon ever!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Small Press is Big

For decades Buffalo has had a burgeoning small press scene fueled by poets turned publisher out of inspiration and necessity. Last years inagural Small Press Book fair and the recent relocation of sunnyoutside from Boston to Buffalo shows that Buffalo is a thriving and welcoming scene for independent publishing and "the book".
The University at Buffalo's Small Press in the Archive is an ongoing series of lectures highlighting current activities and the impressive collection at UB's Poetry and Rare Book room. Next up in the series is Kyle Schlesinger Lecture "The Letterpress in the Mimeo Revolution," Monday October 29 at 12 noon in The Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall.

Small Press in the Archive Lecture Series dedicates itself to the study of poetry outside the traditional literary historical plot. The lectures in this series draw on materials in The Poetry Collection, at SUNY Buffalo in order to explore community/discourse formations, the status of ephemera and the making of genre, the conditions of literary production, transatlantic cross-pollinations in and between specific magazines, the careers of poets, the role of book art, and how the little magazine functions in the making of the avant-garde.

Blazevox is another prolific Buffalo based publisher of "post avant poetry and fiction" and will feature a book launch party for Michael Kelleher's “Human Scale” and “Hello Helicopter” by Kyle Schlesinger at Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St. on Sunday Oct 28(after the Bills game for those who cannot multi-task.) Great food is rumored to be included in this free event.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Book Art Shows, Conferences and Seminars

Over the next couple of months there are quite a few events around the US dedicated to the book arts, here are just a few:

October 5-8 — Oak Knoll Fest, New Castle Delaware

October 11-13 — American Printing History Association Annual Conference
Transformations: The Persistence of Aldus Manutius. At UCLA

October 26-28 — The Connection: Arts and Crafts Conference, at the Roycroft- East Aurora NY

November 2 — Production not Reproduction: The Influence of Offset Printing on Artists' Books at the Center for Book Arts New York City

November 10 — BABYLON LEXICON is New Orleans' annual exhibition of artists' books and book inspired art. The show opens in conjunction with the NOLA Bookfair

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Stop Counting Sheep

Congratulations to WNYBAC Advisory Board member Kim Fleischman for her book "Sheep Hill Community Tree" being selected as one of the AIGA's 50 Books/50 Covers for 2007. To see more about this book, visit this Flash based website and see #76. The AIGA Fifty Books award goes back to 1922 and honors the best book designs of each year by such luminaries as Bruce Rogers, Frederic Goudy and the Grabhorn Press. It's great to see one of our own included this year as an independent publication amongst some very high budget company (and the usual slew of McSweeney's books).
Cheers Kim!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

September 7th a busy day

If you are in Buffalo NY area and not already going to Elvis Costello at the Albright Knox Gallery or to the Steve Kurtz benefit screening of Strange Culture by Hallwalls at the Market Arcade Cinema...and are still looking for something to do on the eve of Sept 7,

take a drive up to Grimsby, Ontario for the opening reception of "A Printer’s Craft: The Art of Printmaking" at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Ln., Grimsby, ON. The exhibit runs until October 13th.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Helvetica at home


Many people who were at the WNY screening of Helvetica have asked... so here it is: The DVD edition of Helvetica is now available for order. The DVD includes the full 80-minute feature film, plus over 90 minutes of additional interviews with Massimo Vignelli, Matthew Carter, Erik Spiekermann, Hermann Zapf, and many more. 16x9 anamorphic widescreen presentation, with English and German language subtitles, and a 12-page color booklet.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

DIY...with some help

Booksmart Studio in Rochester "is a fine art studio that specializes in producing artwork, whether it is in print or book form that utilizes digital printing". Proprietor Eric Kunsman offers workshops and direct collaboration with artists and photographers to produce fine edition books.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Get Enthusiastic!

"Enthusiast is a creative project based in Buffalo, New York. It is a unique mix of art, entertainment, and commerce, and we need you to help make it worthwhile. Be an audience, purchase goods, but most of all be a participant. More than anything, we look forward to hearing from you through letters and postcards."

Kudos to this fine Buffalo grown periodical.It is just about ready for Issue #2 and worth looking into for a quality DIY publication that uses screen printing and letterpress and still costs less than slick magazines in the supermarket.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

2007 Buffalo Book Fair

2007 Buffalo Book Fair
Celebrating Reading, Literacy and Buffalo's Cultural History!

Saturday, July 7th - 11 am to 7 pm.
Lafayette Square and Washington Street, Downtown Buffalo

Featuring a full day of free activities for the entire family!
* Opportunity to meet and greet celebrity authors
* Readings and book signings
* Interactive children's activities
* Panel discussions and seminars
* Variety of vendors
* Much more!

For more information and an overview of the national and local authors
that will be participating, visit:

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Summer Morning Book Classes at the Roycroft

Two classes by Book artist Diane Bond. Originally formulated for teaching Children creative book techniques, these classes have now been made available to adults as well.

SIMPLY SEWN BOOKS ~ 3 morning session Book Making Class
July 24, 25, 26 from 9:30am -- Noon only $60 for non-Residents!

ARTRAGEOUS HANDMADE BOOKS ~ 3 morning session Book Making Class
July 31, August 1 & 2 from 9:30am -- Noon

Classes held at the Roycroft Copper Shop Gallery
31 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 14052 (716) 655-0261

for more information & registration

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Roycroft Summer Festival

Roycroft Summer Festival June 23-24, 2007

The Annual Summer event on the Historic Roycroft Campus with Roycroft Artisans ~ Antique Vendors ~ Music ~ Art Works ~ Entertainment ~ Food
A variety of Book arts related Artisan Demonstrations in paper making, bookbinding, printing, silk screening and calligraphy will take place in the the Copper shop. ~ Open to the Public ~ No fees on the Roycroft campus S. Grove St. East Aurora NY

10:00am-5:00pm June 23 & 24, 2007

For more information, please call 716 655-0261
or visit

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Buffalo Digital Media Arts Festival

Digital Media Arts Festival
May 24th - 26th at Canisius College (Buffalo, NY)

The Digital Media Arts Program at Canisius College will be hosting this year's Digital Media Festival from May 24th - 26th at Canisius College. It will occur during the evening on Thursday and Friday, and during the day Saturday.

This three-day event will be comprised of a competition and various workshops/seminars. Each workshop is 90 minutes long. Some of the topics are how to make short films, font design, and animation. There is limited space in all the workshops.

Richard Kegler from P22 will be giving an introduction to fontlab workshop on Saturday May from 2-3:15

Visit: for more information
Please contact Morgan Calhoon at or 888-3124 if you have additional questions.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Marshall Arisman Film Screening with Artist Talk

Marshall Arisman the internationally known illustrator and artist will talk about his extraordinary work and the full-length documentary film directed by Tony Silver titled "Facing the Audience: The Arts of Marshall Arisman" will be shown. The film premiered at the 2002 Santa Barbara Film Festival. The paintings and drawings of Marshall Arisman have been widely exhibited, both internationally and nationally. His work may be seen in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, at the National Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in many private and corporate collections. This is is an Advertising Club of Buffalo event

Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:30 PM
University at Buffalo
Center for the Arts - Screening Room
Members - $7. Gen. Admission - $11. Students - $5.

for more information

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

WNY Typo Fest May 8-11

A celebration of the graphic and typographic arts Featuring the Western New York Premier of Helvetica: A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit

May 8 - Tuesday 7pm
-Buffalo- Pecha Kucha Night
Featuring Graphic Designers (Shelly Bronson, Brian Grunert, Hero Design, Colin Kahn, Richard Kegler, Nicole Lecht, Julian Montague, David Moore, Kyle Schlesinger) discussing their work, presented by Hallwalls in the basement of The Church - 341 Delaware Ave. at Tupper.

May 9 - Wednesday 2pm
-Buffalo- Studio Visit to Paradise Press
Hand-set metal type Helvetica demo & tour of Paradise Press located at Printing Prep - 12 E. Tupper at Washington St. Free: RSVP required 716 885 4490

May 9 - Wednesday 7pm
-Buffalo- Helvetica: A Documentary Film
w/ Director Q&A. Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre - 639 Main St. Reception following at Hallwalls - 341 Delaware Ave. at Tupper.

May 10 - Thursday 3-4pm
-Rochester- Lecture by Charles Bigelow "The Creation of Meaning by Typographic Evolution" RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection 2nd floor, Wallace Library, Rochester Institute of Technology. Free event

May 10 - Thursday 4pm
-Rochester- RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press
Dedication of its new Alexander S. Lawson Publishing Center, featuring a glass wall design by Hermann Zapf. 2nd floor, Wallace Library, Rochester Institute of Technology. Free event

May 11 - Friday 3-7pm
-Rochester- Hermann Zapf in person
Join us for an exhibition opening and celebration for Zapf's new book "Alphabet Stories." Gudrun Zapf von Hesse will also be a special guest. RIT Cary Collection, 2nd floor, Wallace Library.

May 11 - Friday
-Rochester- Helvetica: A Documentary Film with Director Q&A. Rochester Institute of Technology Webb Auditorium (Building 7B)

Presented by Hallwalls and WNY Book Arts Collaborative with support from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Advertising Club of Buffalo,Daemen College Department of Visual & Performing Arts,Veer, Society of Typographic Aficionados, Pecha Kucha Buffalo, P22 type foundry, Swiss Dots, Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, Dipson Threatres & Printing Prep.

More details

Monday, April 16, 2007

WNYBAC at the Roycroft

Western NY Book Arts Collaborative Meet-up and Open House at the Roycroft.
Tuesday April 17, 5:30- 8:00 p.m.
Roycroft Copper Shop- 31 S. grove St. East Aurora, NY
Join us for an informal get together of the Western NY Book Arts Collaborative on the historic Roycroft Campus!

• See the collection of letterpress equipment and progress of the campus redevelopment.
• Print your own keepsake on one of the antique presses
• View the bookbinding tool collection of Len Robinson (previously owned by Walter Jennings)
• Book arts demonstrations and WNYBAC materials available
• RCC president Doug Swift will give a short update on the growth of the Campus and the goals of future on-site artisan workshops

Free & Open to the Public ~ Refreshments served.
All visitors will also receive a complimentary copy of the most recent edition of “The FRA”, the official publication of the RCC.


Ludlow Workshop - Hot!

This past saturday WNYBAC presented a Ludlow Type casting workshop hosted by Quality Bindery. The Ludlow is a machine that casts single lines of lead type for letterpress printing or foil stamping. Like the Monotype and Linotype machines, these are becoming scarce but are still in high demand for book artists and fine printers.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Deep Fried Books

Papermaker and book artist Drew Matott earned his B.F.A in Printmaking from Buffalo State College before moving to Chicago to study at Columbia College’s Interdisciplinary MFA program in Book and Paper. He recently sent me links to his "People's Portraits of Jesus" performance and his new series of "Deep Fried" books.If you have any books that you would like him to fry, e-mail him at: drew (at) greendoorstudio (dot) net. Learn more at

Monday, March 26, 2007

WNYBAC-1 launch

WNYBAC-1 Portfolio is now available for purchase.

All proceeds to benefit the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative.

The first publication from the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative consists of a suite of 21 prints, broadsides and assemblages from 21 artists, printers and poets on the theme: Western New York and the Book Arts. Each piece is loosely enclosed in a Hand-bound Clamshell box with Natural finish Buckram with a custom paste paper pattern created by Lynne McElhaney and Diane Bond specifically for this edition.

Contributors include: Michael Basinski, Jan Conradi, Frank Eckmair, Jennifer Farrell - Starshaped Press, Eric Jackson-Forsberg, Hero Design ,Richard Kegler, Kevin Kegler, Jerry Kelly - Kelly-Winterton Press, Hal Leader - Paradise Press, David Lyttleton ,Dorothy Markert, Gerald Mead, Julian Montague, Sue O'Donnell, Jim Rimmer - Pie Tree Press, Kyle Schlesinger - Cunieform Press, Carol Schwartzott, John Senchyne, Jeffrey Sherven, & Hermann Zapf.

A 16 page booklet with paste paper cover is included with biography and print descriptions from each contributor.

Limited edition of 75 copies. 40 of which are for sale. price: $150 (WNYBAC member price $125)

Each print can be previewed with the WNYBAC online print browser
And ordered via options found here.

The first public showing of the portfolio can be seen at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair on March 31, 2007

Friday, March 02, 2007

Jerome McGann at UB

“Wagner, Swinburn and the Music of Poetry”
April 5, Poetry Collection Univerity at Buffalo 420 Capen Hall at 1pm.
Free and open to the public.

Jerome McGann is well known for his unique approach to printed texts as historical and physical artifacts. His many books include A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism, Black Riders: The Visible Language of Modernism, and The Textual Condition.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Clamshell box workshop

The Western New York Book Arts Collaborative workshop hosted at Quality Bindery in Buffalo was taught by Brian Maloney of Toronto on Saturday Jan 20, 2007. This full day workshop introduced the clam shell box traditionally used to protect book and archival materials. Participants made a double tray clamshell box. This same style box is being made for the WNYBAC-1 portfolio. The portfolio will debut at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Friday, January 19, 2007

Buffalo Small Press book fair

The 2007 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair takes place on March 31, 2007 from noon to 6pm. The event will be held at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, located at 453 Porter Avenue in Buffalo, NY. The book fair is a one day event that brings together booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and regional cultural workers of all kinds in a venue where they can share ideas and peddle their wares. Tables will be available at the event where people can showcase and sell their work. Poetry readings, performances, discussions, and related lectures are also scheduled to go on throughout the day.

The event is FREE to attend and open to the public!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Joe Brainard Book Events in Buffalo

Joe Brainard: People of the World Relax!!
January 25, 2007 to March 3, 2007
UB Art Gallery, First Floor Gallery - Center For the Arts
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11am - 5pm. Extended hours Thursday 11am - 7pm

Opening Reception Thursday January 25, 2007 5-7pm

Albright-Knox Gusto at the Gallery
Ron Padgett and Kenward Elmslie Poetry Reading
Friday, January 26th, 2007 @ 8pm

Listen to Kenward read an Easter Poem for Joe

Brown Bag Lecture - Steve Clay
Publisher of Granary Books
, Clay is an editor, curator and archivist specializing in the American art and literature of the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Thursday, February 1 @ 1pm UB Art Gallery, 1st Floor

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Extraordinary Publication

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Event was produced by the State University of NY at Buffalo to commemorate the Dalai Lama's Buffalo visit in September of 2006, this two book set features the photography of Douglas Levere . This coffee table book for the spatially challenged is only 4.5" x 6" but lush and... extraordinary.