This was a big weekend for the book arts, here in the Northeast. I think we're all still recovering from the wonderfully successful Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Conference & Fair (more on that in a later post), and New York was buzzing with bookish delights at Printed Matter's NY Art Book Fair. I love that the art form is getting some attention in the blogosphere, even if it is from "one of our own," book artist Marilyn MacGregor.
Things are starting to fall into place for the 11th biennial book arts conference and fair that Pyramid Atlantic hosts. In addition to a panel of exciting speakers and juried exhibitor fair, this year we're including a contemporary print component, four arts documentary films, and an art supplier marketplace. And the venue itself is a draw, in the just-opened Silver Spring Civic Building.
It's been fun to be behind-the-scenes as part of our feisty little organizing committee as we discuss and tackle all the components that comprise a weekend-long event. Our fearless leader, Gretchen Schermerhorn, is doing a great job at balancing a wide range of perspectives (and creative tension - a good thing), with getting things done.
I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for this event - it's where I first discovered that the book arts existed. I walked into the exhibitor fair on that fall day in 2006 and I felt like Alice falling down the rabbit hole into this fantasy world of mind-bending discoveries. An apt metaphor, since this discovery has shaken up quite a few things in my life.