Holiday Card Printing Workshop and Sale

Stop by and print a letterpress Christmas or generic Seasonal Holiday card for Free. (Additional cards can be printed for only $1 a pop!) and/or shop at our pop-up shop for books, cards, posters, broadsides, and even the new Wells Book Arts Baseball Caps!

When: Friday, December 4th from 1pm-5pm
Where: Wells Book Arts Center in Morgan Hall
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Visiting Artist In Residence Jillian Bruschera from The Mobile Mill Sept 18-Oct 2nd

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Take Action Now! Come be a part of a hands on lecture and learn about the Book Arts In-Residence The Mobile Mill, a traveling paper-making studio on September 24th at 6pm in Stratton Hall at Wells College. Jillian Bruschera focuses her art practice on social change, community, and sustainability. After a short lecture you will be able to make your own sheet of handmade paper.

Jillian will be here for two weeks September 18th-October 2nd hosting pop up paper making workshops all over campus. If you are unable to attend her talk catch up with her on another day. Here is the schedule:

SEPTEMBER
19th Aurora Free Public Library 1-2:30pm
22nd Outside Dining Hall at Wells 11:30am-1:30pm
24th ‘The Mobile Mill: A Vehicle for Social Practice’ artist lecture by Jillian Bruschera, proprietor of The Mobile Mill, in Stratton 209 at 6pm
25th In front of Leach Dorm 9am-Noon
26th Aurora Farmer’s Market 9am-Noon
29th Near Stratton & Zabriske 9am-Noon

OCTOBER 1st
Gallery Opening in the String Room featuring: original posters from the Women’s Suffrage Movement, student-generated art & art-as-activism projects including The Mobile Mill by Jillian Bruschera, Lavender Menace by Angela Davis Fegan, & Seeds in Service by Melissa Potter and Maggie Puckett, 6-8pm This event also includes a round-table discussion with visiting artist Jillian Bruschera and faculty, 7pm

Admission is FREE
Stratton Hall Auditorium
Wells College
Aurora-On-Cayuga NY

The Mobile Mill is an automobile outfitted with portable machinery to enable “pop-up” hand papermaking production, moving the making experience to, well, anywhere.

With a focus on experiential learning and community outreach, The Mobile Mill is a space for physical, social, and artistic interaction — an alternative art-making space where new learners, practicing artists and potential collaborators can learn about paper and how to make paper. The Mobile Mill demonstrates ecological awareness through art education, which teaches participants how to repurpose waste.

At large, a studio-on-wheels has great potential to generate a type of interaction with community that considers a larger human ecology. As a moving-space able to interact between edges, The Mobile Mill considers art-making, in this case the making of handmade paper, as a way to engage in a variety of communities and dialogues.

A digital anthology of this project can be found at:
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The even is free and open to the public.
For more information, email bookartscenter@wells.edu

This Weekend Is The Upstate New York Wayzgoose

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This weekend is the 2015
Upstate NY Spring Wayzgoose
Saturday May 9, 2015 at 11am-5pm.

Wells Book Arts Center and the American Printing History Association Upstate New York Chapter are hosting the Wayzgoose at Wells College in Aurora, New York.

It is a celebration of printing and the book arts featuring hands-on workshops, demonstrations, vendor fair, tours, exhibitions, food & libations!

A Wayzgoose is a celebration of printing, paper and book arts. Its name goes back to medieval times when the master printer would host a feast for his workers.
Upstate New York state has not had a Wayzgoose event in many years and this annual event will bring the tradition back to this area as a celebration of the many artisans working in and around New York and beyond.

• Vendor Fair – Over 24 printers, binders, suppliers, book artists and artisans selling their wares directly to the public including:

Amaranth Press & Bindery (Syracuse, NY) – Hardbound Books, letterpress items
Bixler Letterfoundry (Skaneatles, NY) – New Metal Type
Boxcar Press (Syracuse, NY) – Polymer supplies
Diane Bond Books (Buffalo, NY) – Paste papers, handmade books
Moon Rabbit Press  (Rochester, NY) – Letterpress Posters, prints, cards
Interwingle (Rochester, NY) -Pop up cards, books, paper
Letterpress Things (Chicopee, MA) – Type, Supplies, Books
Chris MacCormack (Aurora, NY) – Books & broadsides
Russell Maret (New York, NY) – Fine books
Moore Wood Type (Gahanna, OH) – New Wood Type
Petrichor Paper (Buffalo, NY) – Handmade paper
Punky Press Studio (Auburn, NY) – Posters
The Press of Rob Lomascolo (Union Springs, NY) – Letterpress Books & Cards
Revival Book Arts (Trumansburg, NY) Handmade Paper, handbound books, prints
Bill Soucy (Hinsdale, NH) – Presses (book& printing), type, tools, books
Sunny outside Press (Buffalo, NY) – Independent Press Books
Swamp Press  (Northfields, MA) – New Metal Type
Type High Letterpress (Rochester, NY) – Posters, notebooks, cards
Virgin Wood type (Rochester, NY) – New Wood Type
Wake Robin (Canton, NY) – Eco printed papers and Artist Books
Weekend Printer (Webster, NY) – C&P Pilot Presses!
Wells College Press (Aurora, NY) – Books, broadsides, cards
Western New York Book Arts Center/Mohawk Press (Buffalo, NY) – Bookmaking supplies

• Hands-on Demonstrations:
-Letterpress printing on the Victor Hammer Hand Iron Press!
–Letterpress printing on the Vandercook Press!
—Paper Making!
—-Paste Paper Making!
—–Screen Printing!
——Wood type cutting!

• Exhibitions:
String Room Gallery Main Hall – Student Artwork
Long Library – Victor Hammer artifacts and printing
Morgan Hall 2nd floor – JJ Lankes woodcut exhibit
Morgan Hall 1st floor – Student work and work from the collection

May 9, 2015 11:00am–5:00pm
Sommer Center & Morgan Hall – Wells College 170 Main St Aurora NY

FREE and open to the public – suitable for all ages – Bring the family!

For more information: https://wellsbookartscenter.org/events/wayzgoose/

Sponsored in part by:
American Printing History Association Upstate New York Chapter
Arnold Grummer’s® Papermaking
Atlantic Paper
Bixler Letterfoundry
Boxcar Press
Letterpress Things
Paper & Ink Arts
Virgin Wood type
& Wells College

Book Arts Holiday Sale

The holiday season is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with handmade prints and books!? Our students have been working diligently throughout the semester to prepare gifts for those on your list.

 

On December 6th and 7th we will host a holiday sale and card-printing workshop in Morgan Hall! The events will be held from 1-5 pm on both days. The cost is $10 to print 6 cards, and we will have a variety of designs set in the presses, ready to print.

 

Here are some of the cards from our collection. They are for sale in Morgan Hall Monday-Friday, 9-5 pm, and will be available at the workshop!

Nicolas Barker at Wells College

Nicolas Barker visited Wells College last Thursday where he visited the Book Arts Center and gave a brilliant talk to the community. The lecture was attended by book arts board members, faculty, students, and friends. Barker discussed his connection to Printing and the Mind of Man, a book that was published in 1967 and based on an exhibition of books at the British Museum. The books chosen were based on an intellectual contribution through fine printing. Stanley Morison, John Carter, and Percy H. Muir were three very important figures in curating the exhibition and producing the catalogue.  We walked away with a deeper understanding of curatorial work and collaboration in relation to the production of fine press books.

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Nicolas Barker at the Bixler Press & Letterfoundry; photo taken by Winnie Bixler

The following day, Barker made a trip to Skaneateles to visit Michael and Winnie Bixler at their letterfoundry. Michael and Winnie showed Barker their collection of beautiful molds for casting metal type as well as their current book projects. All of the Bixlers’ type specimens of type can be viewed here at the their website.

We thank Nicolas Barker for making his journey to Wells, and all those who made the event possible. We will be sharing a video of his talk soon if you missed it!

Holiday Card Workshop at Wells

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Our annual Holiday Card Workshop is approaching! The event will be held on the 6th and 7th of December, both days from 1-5 pm. The cost is $10.00 and will be hosted by faculty and students in the Book Arts Center.

Participants will letterpress print 6 holiday-themed cards on our Vandercook presses. We will have cookies, hot chocolate, and holiday music for a festive atmosphere! We will also hold a holiday sale including blank books, prints, and additional cards.

 

We’d love for you to join us in Morgan Hall on the first floor. Please indicate your interest or any questions by sending a contact form below.