Lots of fun was had by all trying their hand at new skills and techniques!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Last Saturday at the Book Arts Center, participants had a chance to try several techniques for free, and take home their handmade items. We made books from scrap paper, Jello-O boxes, office supplies, and fabric scraps. We watched a paper marbling demonstration and learned how the process worked before everyone had a chance to make their own marbled paper design. Everyone had the opportunity to print their own card on the press to take home, make a dragon book using simple origami techniques, and even make their own paper from pulp.
Learning to marble paper
Some of the marbled paper designs
Making books from unexpected materials
Handmade paper drying on the windows
Friday, June 25, 2010
The newest card at WNYBAC, "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo." is a grammatically correct sentence that uses a single word for all parts of speech. Print this card and take it home tomorrow at Book Fest!
Tomorrow at the Book Arts Center in downtown Buffalo, we will be holding Book Fest from 12-6pm. We will have hands-on demonstrations on techniques such as paper marbling, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and paper making. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at these techniques and leave with a hand printed card or a book made from unexpected materials.
We will be having some in-store specials including:
Buy 2, get 1 free bargain books
$5 slightly imperfect WNYBAC aprons
20% off our McSweeney's collection
We've also got lots of new hand printed cards in the shop for any occasion.
Stop by, check out our print museum and studio, and learn something new!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
While it seems unlikely knowing Buffalo's reputation for cold weather most of the year, air conditioning as we know it was invented here. Better yet, it was invented to aid in the printing process.
A native of Angola, NY, Willis Haviland Carrier began working for the Buffalo Forge Company in June 1901. While at Buffalo Forge, Carrier began experimenting with air conditioning as a way to solve a problem faced by printers at the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing & Publishing Company in Brooklyn, NY. At the time, printing press operators struggled with aligning the ink print onto the paper because of paper's hygroscopic properties - that is, the tendency of paper to expand and contract in conditions of heat and humidity.
He attempted to take the moisture out of the air by fanning it through pieces of brine-saturated burlap, but this technique caused salt and water residue to rust nearby machines and was therefore ineffective. Instead, Carrier developed a system to send air through cold coils to cool the air and control the amount of moisture the colder air could hold. This in turn allowed him to control the amount of humidity in the room.
On July 17, 1902, the first air conditioner began working at Sackett-Wilhelms, designed and build in Buffalo. His patent was called the 'Apparatus for Treating Air' and was awarded U.S. Pat # 808897 in 1906.
Photo: Willis Haviland Carrier with the first Apparatus for Treating Air, 1902.