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PPN Post and Updates / January 6, 2021



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Meet the Book Show Judges!

We are very proud to share with you the esteemed and talented judges for this year’s show.

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49th Book Show |Accepting Submissions

Enter your best book designs in our highly acclaimed book show competition.

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PPN Post and Updates / November 4, 2020



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Letterform Archive | Masters of Arabic Letters with Bahia Shehab, Haytham Nawar

January 26, 2021

We’re honored to welcome, all the way from Cairo, the authors of the new book, A History of Arab Graphic Design. Bahia Shehab and Haytham Nawar will present important figures who contributed to the evolution of Arabic letters while maintaining their high aesthetic quality.

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SFCB | Art Book Show ‘n Tell: Books We Love to Love!

January 29, 2021

Do you have artists books in your collection that you love to love? Perhaps something by your favorite book artist or printmaker that inspires? Join Cheryl and Jennie online Friday, January 29th for an evening of sharing and exploring artists books we love to love! This will be a casual evening of show-n-tell and socializing — even if you don’t have a book to share, you are encouraged to attend. SFCB’s Art Book Show ‘n Tell events are a great way to learn about new-to-you books and see what other people have in their personal libraries.

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APHG | 2021 Awards Recipients Named at Annual Meeting

January 30, 2021

The American Printing History Association has named Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. as the recipient of the APHA 2021 Individual Laureate and Mills College Book Art Program as the recipient of the APHA 2021 Institutional Award. 

Amos Kennedy has introduced thousands of people worldwide to the historic traditions of printing by sharing hands-on activities celebrating wood type and antique presses. Using these historic tools he has brought groups together to explore their aspirations utilizing the power of the press to print ideas and then distribute and display them in their communities as handmade posters. His remarkable work has helped build community while sharing the history of this essential technology.

Academic book art programs are important contributors to the study of historical printing methods. Founded ninety years ago, the Mills College Book Art Program has taken the lead in developing academic programming that became the model for other institutions. Renowned for developing undergraduate and MFA courses of study and hosting prominent practitioners and scholars in the field, Mills has been central to the establishment of this now respected area of study.

The Individual Laureate and the Institutional Award will be conferred at APHA’s annual meeting at 2 pm on Saturday, January 30, as part of Bibliography Week in New York City. Award winners will give presentations about their work at the meeting, which will be virtual.

Kathleen Walkup, director of the Book Art Program, will accept the Institute Award on behalf of the program and provide a presentation.

Virtual meeting connection information will be posted on the APHA website, with priority for member attendance. A recording of Kathleen Walkup’s presentation will be made publicly available after the annual meeting.

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SFCB | Making Multiples: The Artist’s Book in an Edition

February 1, 2021

This is a four session online workshop.

In the first of four sessions, we’ll look at an overview of artist’s books – books where form and content work together – discussing definitions, concepts, and numerous examples from the form’s history. We’ll also learn a simple book structure, which students will then develop into a “book sketch” as homework.

Students will share their book sketches in the second session. We’ll also begin talking about tools, materials, and techniques as we learn several book models and structures.

In the third session, we’ll continue to explore bookmaking techniques, as well as a couple low-tech printing techniques (stenciling, image transfers) that students can do at home. Students will be asked to make a mockup that they may hope to later develop into a more finished edition.

In the final session, students will share their works in progress. The instructor will help them address any hurdles they face on their way to completing an artist book edition, discussing strategies for furthering and expanding concepts developed during the class. We’ll wrap up by talking about some of the practical considerations when embarking on a content-based book project and how they relate to the book artist’s many roles: author, illustrator, editor, publisher, printer, and binder.

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