This weekend was a lively and exciting one for WNYBAC. As in year’s past, we participated in the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, an annual, nationally recognized fair, organized by our Studio Director, Chris Fritton. This year was bigger than ever, with the fair spanning two days and a handful of free events to compliment the big weekend.
Perhaps the loudest and most exhilarating event was the arrival of our good friend, Amos Kennedy.
Amos Kennedy, an energetic letterpress printer, left his job as a computer programmer to become a humble letterpress printer and bookmaker in the tiny town of Gordo, Alabama. He currently resides in Detroit, MI.
His prints defy the traditional conventions of letterpress printing, often appearing haphazardly done and without regard to precision or neatness. The result is a series of bright, bold, and truly unique prints that boast blunt, comedic, and inspirational quotes.
Amos taught a delightful letterpress demo in our studio, resulting in a finished print that read: “GOATS”.
To learn more about Amos, follow the link! http://www.kennedyprints.com
Later that night, WNYBAC hosted a showing of “Sign Painters” as apart of the pre-fair festivities.
“Sign Painters,” the first anecdotal history of the craft, features stories and photographs of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. To help promote the event, our new friend and sign painter, Christian Shaknaitis, crafted this amazingly gorgeous hand painted sign!
The next morning we woke up bright and early to prepare our table for the fair! Taking place again on Saturday and Sunday, was a giant success. As always, it brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and regional cultural workers together in a venue where they can share ideas and peddle their wares. It is held in Buffalo’s beautiful Karpeles Manuscript Museum, a giant church like cathedral, perfect for bringing thousands of people together.
We met old and new friends, recruited some new members, and showed off our newest prints and merchandise!
During the fair, several free workshops were held for attendees looking for an introduction to printmaking or bookbinding techniques. Maude White dazzled her students with an intricate paper cutting demo, while photographer Max Collins showed onlookers how to wheat paste. Artist Kate Parzych shared her knowledge of the Japansese stab-binding technique in her bookmaking demo.
Until next year!