Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace

The holidays are right around the corner, and WNYBAC just held our final event of the calendar year. This past weekend was the 11th annual Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace.

As the name suggests, Last Minute Panic is one of the very latest holiday artisan markets in Buffalo. This year we hosted more than 40 vendors. All three floors of the building were filled with holiday cheer, including the basement studio, which for the first time ever housed two vendors this year. Last Minute Panic just keeps on growing. The vendors had everything, from hand-made pottery by pots by djr and jewelry by Elements of Ash, Fossil Craft and more, to all-natural soaps by Dirty B*tch Soap Co. and Wild Mountain Botanicals and candles by Rose and Mags Country Mile.

For the bookworm, Buffalo Heritage Press offered all sorts of books about Buffalo, as well as books by local authors and artists. OssaBelle Trinkets had one of a kind home-decor items, including macrame hanging holders for plants, or anything else you can imagine! Huurman’s Handmade provided unique, handcrafted journals as well as reusable gift boxes, so that even the wrapping of your gift could be a thoughtful surprise.

                                     

Yes, there were plenty of gift options for anyone on your list. The vendors listed above aren’t even half of the talented creators we hosted at Last Minute Panic.

LMP is more than just a sale, though. After all, would it really be a WNYBAC event if there wasn’t at least one hands-on letterpress demonstration? Guests had the opportunity to learn about our historic Vandercook Printing Presses and try their hand at printing their own holiday card.

                              

There was also a fun origami craft perfect for kids and the young at heart. You could create a beautiful ornament to hang on your own tree, or to give as a gift. Kids could work on this while a parent shopped.

On Saturday afternoon one of our members did henna, and throughout both days there was a coffee and hot chocolate bar, for when you just needed a break from shopping to sip something warm.

Every year, Last Minute Panic is a community event. It brings artists and makers from across Buffalo together in the holiday spirit. 

In the words of one of our vendors, Jessica Gadra, of Gadra Illustration;

The sale was, as ever, such a delight.  I call it the “reverse snow globe show”—sitting in a warm and glittering place while the city and the weather swirls around us.  

Many of our own WNYBAC members vend, volunteer, or attend, and we couldn’t hold this amazing event every year without them. So thanks to all our vendors and volunteers for sharing their time and talents with us, and thanks to everyone who came out to support the local arts community in Buffalo, at WNYBAC and beyond.

We hope to see you all again next year for another great holiday marketplace. And for now, happy holidays from all of us here at WNYBAC!

 

On the History of a Typeface

Fonts are something you might not spend much time thinking about if you’re not a designer. Before I ever started designing anything, Times New Roman was my go-to, because that’s all I was ever told to use in school. It wasn’t until I started letterpress printing at WNYBAC, that I realized the design power a typeface can have. Walking into the studio at a place like WNYBAC and encountering rows upon rows of type cases gives “choosing a font” a whole new meaning. 

Just some of the many, many type cases we have here at WNYBAC

That being said, it doesn’t mean that we here at WNYBAC don’t have a few go-to fonts. Here’s the history of a couple of them:

Adobe Caslon:

          

Most typefaces are named for the person who designed them. This is the case for Adobe Caslon. William Caslon lived in England and designed the typeface that bears his name in the 1700s

So what does a typeface so old have to do with WNYBAC? None of our presses, even Olga, are that old.

Here’s the thing about Caslon though. Before Times New Roman stole the show, Caslon was the go-to typeface for printed material. An old saying in the printer community was “when in doubt, use Caslon.”

Caslon is so attractive to printmakers because it’s easy to read, making it a suitable font even for long passages of text. It’s a serif font, that, because of its popularity, has been redesigned many times. While it may not be one of the standard fonts on programs like Word or Google Drive, there are plenty of digital versions available.

 

So why does WNYBAC care about Caslon? Because, true to our traditional nature, when in doubt, we use Caslon. If you’ve ever received anything in the mail from us, it was likely printed in Caslon. While Caslon is a little too plain to use when designing things like posters and cards, it’s perfect for informational printing.

Did you know that both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were set in Caslon? For our modern printing needs, WNYBAC uses a digital version of this historic typeface.

Digitizing type is always an interesting undertaking. In the case of Caslon, the type had already been redesigned before computer word processors ever appeared on the scene. It is likely that the computerized version of Caslon we use today only looks vaguely like the original. Even so, it’s pretty cool that we can still use the same font the Founding Fathers used at the birth of the country.

 

LTC Winchell

 

Become a member, and you’ll get access to this typeface! It’s a Buffalo typeface, and in the spirit of hometown pride, the digital version of LTC Winchell is exclusively available to WNYBAC members and members of the P22 Club.

LTC Winchell isn’t as old as Caslon. It was designed in 1903 and is the only known typeface designed in Buffalo before P22 Type Foundry was formed. It was designed by Edward Everett Winchell, while he was serving as the Art Director for Matthews-Northrup Printing Works.

It is said of Winchell that he is “among the best of American designers and artists.” Indeed when Winchell’s typeface was first released by the Inland Type Foundry of St. Louis, MO, it quickly became one of Inland’s most popular type designs. Winchell remained in the type selection booklet for The Courier Express, a Buffalo newspaper, until well into the 20th century. It was one of the Headline typefaces of choice.

 

After the dawn of digital printing, however, Winchell was nearly lost to the modern world of printing. That is, until a case of 39pt Winchell was discovered in the basement of SG Press in East Aurora, NY. Covered in dust, it was obvious the type hadn’t been used in years. Nevertheless, the decision was made to digitize the typeface, and in this way this unique piece of Buffalo history was preserved.

A Boozy Bash at the 4th Annual Liquor & Letterpress

If you know anything about our organization, you should know about our four annual events. All are open to members and nonmembers alike, and a great way to learn about WNYBAC. With the free demos we always offer, you’ll even get to try your hand using one of our historic presses.

You especially get to try your hand at letterpress at Liquor & Letterpress! Our 4th annual just happened this past weekend on the 3rd. What is Liquor & Letterpress, you ask? The name says it all.

Liquor:

Each year we try to showcase new or existing distilleries in the Buffalo area. This year we offered tastings by Niagara Craft Spirits, Yoga Pants Vodkas, Snowy Owl Kombucha, Lakeward Spirits and Lillybelle Meads. We also had a beer and wine bar with signature cocktails provided by Fat Bob’s.

   

Catering was also provided by Fat Bob’s. They brought in pulled pork, mac & cheese, and more. And for dessert? Cupcakes courtesy of Fairy Cakes. Yes, there was plenty of good stuff to eat and drink at L&L this year. But what was there to do?

Letterpress:

We had virtually every working press we own set up in our studio to print some demo or another. From coasters printed on our platen press, to a poster printed on one of our Vandercooks, guests could create plenty of printed ephemera to take home with them. Because the whole point of Liquor & Letterpress is to get a little tipsy (or type-sy!) and print stuff!

 

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Liquor & Letterpress is so much more than a party we throw for fun. It’s also one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. The food and drink were all provided by our sponsors. The demos were all lead by our generous volunteers. Still more local business and organizations provided the good for our silent auction.

In addition to all the drinking and printing fun, we had a silent auction of prints and baskets stocked full of all kinds of goodies to win. One basket included tickets to a performance at Shea’s. Another held memberships for three local organizations. Some were filled with sweet and savory treats, and others included specialty liquors. Just to name a few.

We were so happy to see everyone who made it out for our event. It was a great evening of drinking, eating, printing and socializing with good friends. Followed, of course, by a lit after party. That’s right, our event may have ended at 9:00, but the fun kept going at Misuta Chows, a bar just down Main St. from WNYBAC.

With so very many great guests and participants, this Liquor & Letterpress was certainly a success. Did you miss it? Never fear, L&L isn’t going anywhere any time soon. That’s one of the great things about an annual event, there’s always next year.

Thanks to all who came out to support on our biggest fundraising night of the year. I hope you all had as much fun as we did!

WNYBAC Welcomes Paul Moxon

This past weekend, printer extraordinaire and Vandercook printing press expert, Paul Moxon, came to visit WNYBAC.

Paul Moxon
Photo credit Katherine Taylor (Paul’s amazing assistant)

Paul Moxon is one of only a few dozen people in the United States trained in Vandercook maintenance and upkeep. Hailing from Alabama, on this “tune-up tour” across the North East and parts of Canada, Paul will be making stops to work on about 20 different Vandercooks. One of the stops on his tune-up tour was right here at WNYBAC to work on the three Vandercooks that live in our studio!

Check out Paul’s website: Vanderblog

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Meet our presses:

Mandy the mangler
Vandercook No. 4

The Vandercook No. 4 was in production for 25 years from 1935-1960. Today, more than 300 No. 4 presses are still known to exist, as recorded by the Vandercook census, making them a pretty common model by today’s standards.

Please note: Mandy is not known to have ever mangled anyone or anything.


Olga
Vandercook 219

An older style of press, the Vandercook 219 was in production for 20 years from 1927-1947. Today, only about 3 dozen 219s are known to exist, as listed in the Vandercook census, making this a much rarer model of printing press.

Olga may be an old broad, but her quintessential beauty attracts many. She’s used most for demonstrations with tours, field trips and workshops.


Barbie
Vandercook SP20

The SP in SP20 stands for “simple precision.” The SP20 was only in production for 16 years, from 1960-1976. This late model of Vandercook was designed to be able to easily print photo-litho plates, a more modern way of printing than using traditional hand-set type. More than 140 Vandercook SP20 presses are listed in the Vandercook census.

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Why do we name our presses? Naming Vandercooks is actually a fairly common practice. We couldn’t really tell you why nearly all modern printers feel compelled to call their printing press by a name, but at least for us it’s because we know every single press that still exists today has a history and a story. Vandercook stopped manufacturing printing presses in 1976. That means that even the very last Vandercooks ever produced are still 42 years old. And a lot can happen to a machine that many think of as “outdated” in 42 years.

During his time with us, Paul told several stories of the histories of Vandercooks he has encountered. For example, there’s a No. 4 out on the West Coast still in operation after having been through a fire. He mentioned Vandercooks that had been left out in barns and under trees because whoever had inherited them didn’t know what else to do with them or where to put them. Some of these Vandercooks were later re-discovered and were able to be restored and brought back into commission. Stories like these make these machines feel worthy of a human name, don’t they?

Paul Moxon didn’t come all the way to Buffalo to tell us stories about Vandercooks, though. He came to do maintenance on our Vandercooks, and to teach us how to do some basic maintenance in the process.

Most of the WNYBAC staff, including myself, attended the workshop. 

Paul went over the basics with us, then, as we started taking apart each of the presses, we learned by doing. With Paul’s guidance, we completed maintenance tasks including stabilizing Mandy, re-timing the cylinder on Barbie, and cleaning and checking the rollers on all three of the presses. Paul also taught those of us who never had before, how to cut and add new packing to a press.

                  

Vandercook Maintenance Workshop
Photo credit Katherine Taylor

We learned terms like “worm gear” and “crescent.” For reference, the worm gear is a gear inside the top roller that’s cut in such a way that when the crescent turns around the gear it causes the roller to oscillate, mixing the ink and spreading it evenly across the roller. When you remove the crescent, the roller won’t oscillate, which makes it easier to do a rainbow roll (which is when you use multiple colors of ink in a single run).

We practiced this technique the second day when we had enough time to get into some printing. Removing the crescent to do a yellow and red rainbow roll, we did a quick run of prints using a word known to all Buffalonians: Scajacquada.

After two days of getting our hands dirty taking apart Vandercooks and putting them back together, we definitely all know a lot more about our three favorite printing presses. As a community print shop, we aim to maintain a welcoming space for printers of all kinds. By working together to take care of our printing press babies, we’re able to preserve these pieces of history.

We here at WNYBAC plan to be printing for many years to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about letterpress printing and our presses,
take one of our letterpress workshops!

Register Here

Featured Member Artist: Julia Dzwonkoski

Julia Dzwonkoski is one of our members whose art is on display in our 10th Annual Members’ Exhibition. This is her first year displaying work in our Members’ Show and she created her piece here at WNYBAC. In fact, it’s the first print she ever made here.

The print itself is a group of women hanging out and chatting. Julia purposely gave them empty speech bubbles that she could fill in later. This way the text is different in each print, and can reflect different experiences Julia has.

The text in the print in the Member’s Exhibition reflects an experience Julia had in which she was “mansplained” to multiple times in a single day. The experience was “infuriating, but also kind of funny,” Julia explains, which is why she decided to turn it into a little dialogue for her print.

“How we speak to each other, how conversations begin and end, what’s said versus what’s implied, etcetera.”

Julia tends to think in dialogues. “How we speak to each other, how conversations begin and end, what’s said versus what’s implied, etcetera.” The purpose of this series of prints she made is to have a place to put these dialogues that would otherwise be stuck in her head. The one displayed in our Members’ Show is just one of many.

The 10th Annual Members’ Exhibition is on view until August 18th


Prints, like the one Julia has in the Members’ Exhibition, aren’t Julia’s typical artistic medium. Usually she draws or paints. However, after taking a screen printing class with Nathan Deganis-Libera, one of our teaching artists, she has gotten more into printing, taking advantage of our open studio hours.

Julia says the next one of our classes she would like to take is a letterpress class. In addition to taking classes and using our studio, Julia has also done some volunteering here at WNYBAC, helping out with BookFest, one of our biggest annual events, this year.

“She’s impressed by ‘the amazing women who run [the organization]’”

Julia listed off a few different things as her favorite things about WNYBAC. She’s impressed by “the amazing women who run [the organization],” and appreciates “the down-to-earth vibe.” She also enjoys getting to see what other people are making.

We’re happy to have Julia as a member here, and excited to be displaying her work for the first time in this year’s Members’ Show. Here’s to many more Members’ Exhibitions, and many more member years, with Julia!

Featured Volunteer: Katy

Katy is new to WNYBAC; she just started volunteering here earlier this summer. She recently returned to Buffalo from New Paltz, New York, where she is working on finishing up a BFA in Printmaking and a BS in Art Education at SUNY New Paltz.

“With her printmaking background, the opportunity to learn how to typeset ‘was irresistible.'”

She says she wanted to get involved with the local art scene, and with her printmaking background the opportunity to learn how to typeset “was irresistible.”

While Katy is here each week, she uses the presses to create various items for WNYBAC. She has loved the process of learning how to typeset. She says her time here has given her the chance to learn the process of letterpress and she has come to appreciate the technique behind a complicated art. Additionally, volunteering here gives Katy experience working in a professional space. “My favorite thing to do here is learn!”

“My favorite thing to do here is learn!”

In addition to volunteering here at WNYBAC, Katy also is an intern at People Inc’s The Art Experience. There, she teaches art to adults with disabilities, a part of People Inc’s day habilitation program that specializes in art, theater, dance and music.

Katy’s interests are many. When she gets to create her own pieces she uses photo printmaking processes, like photo lithography and photo silkscreen. “I combine photography and line drawing in a dreamlike, but sometimes harsh, way to find an understanding between myself and my deepest fears and desires.” Katy also enjoys embroidery.

“I combine photography and line drawing in a dreamlike, but sometimes harsh way.”

Katy has exhibited her printmaking work in the Hudson Valley area and hopes to continue exhibiting here in Buffalo. She’s off to a good start. Katy has a piece in this year’s Tenth Annual Member’s Exhibition. It’s called “Hallway Scene” and is a lithography print.

            

Hallway Scene


The 10th Annual Members’ Exhibition is on view until August 18th

For Katy, volunteering at WNYBAC has been a great way to tie all her interests together. Printmaking and bookmaking have a closely knit history that Katy has only just begun to explore as a student, and WNYBAC has allowed her to explore this connection further. It has also given her experience in one of the areas she’s getting her degree in, all while allowing her to stay true to her printmaking roots.

Katy has been a great edition to the WNYBAC team and we’re happy to have her as a volunteer here.

Featured Member Artist: Frank Singleton

 

Frank has a unique style of art, just as all of our members do. His art is on display in our Members’ Exhibition. Frank’s piece “Variety” was created using a typewriter.

                                   

“An unusual kind of dictionary.”

Frank’s art centers around the typewriter. “Variety” is part of a longer, book-length series he is creating. He describes it as “an unusual kind of dictionary.” In this dictionary, “the typed text of the meaning of particular words is also used to visually illustrate the meaning.”

The 10th Annual Members’ Exhibition is on view until August 18th


Frank’s artistic process varies widely. Sometimes he creates conceptual works that play with words and meanings, but he also does abstract works and representational works, including landscapes, portraits, and nudes. Frank says his abstract works are often created spontaneously at a manual typewriter, without forethought or planned design. Other works require careful planning before he starts to type. Finally there are times when he only has a vague idea of what he wants to embody, and the piece takes on clarity through his process of creation.

                                        

                                How to Square the Circle                        Music Combo

Frank’s work has been included in various exhibits over the years. He recently had a piece displayed in an exhibit of typewriter art at the Perez Museum in Miami. In 2015 his work was prominently featured in Ruth and Marvin Sackner’s book The Art of Typewriting.

Of course, Frank also displays his work in our annual Members’ Exhibition. This is his third year participating.

               

                                   Earthquake                                                   Portrait of a Lady

Frank is proud to be a WNYBAC member. He first discovered us 10 years ago, when we were just starting out, and when he had just moved back to Buffalo from Massachusetts. He was attracted by the variety and quality of the works we exhibit in our gallery space. In fact, Frank says his favorite thing about WNYBAC to this day is still our variety of exhibits in many media.

There is no better time when this variety is displayed than during our members show. Frank says that when he sees media that’s new to him, he is often tempted to try it himself. That’s another reason why Frank loves WNYBAC. He has a special interest in the book arts and in artists books that “expand on the meaning of what it is to be a book.” Frank himself loves “the idea of creating a book that violates norms and in which one is constantly surprised as one turns the pages.”

“Expand on the meaning of what it is to be a book.”

Frank has already taken a workshop on letterpress and is looking forward to ones on bookbinding and papermaking. His goal is to use these techniques to enhance his own typewritten books.

~ The Maze of Human Life ~

For Frank, WNYBAC is an important asset to the local arts community. It allows him to experience and appreciate art in different media than the one he personally uses. It is also a place for him to display his own art, and to learn new skills to incorporate into that art. Frank encourages his friends and acquaintances to join WNYBAC so that they too can experience these benefits. Frank has been a loyal member for years, and we are proud to provide a space for him to display his work and enhance his skills.

 

Featured Volunteer: Cassie

Cassie is one of our new Summer volunteers. A Graphic Design student at Buffalo State, she is excited to be volunteering at “such a unique place,” and to have the opportunity to learn about and practice the history of design.

“Such a unique place.”

Cassie first discovered WNYBAC two years ago when she attended our annual Edible Book Festival. Since then she has been looking for a way to get more involved in the local Buffalo arts community, and a summer volunteering at WNYBAC was the perfect opportunity.

While Cassie was growing up, she did a lot of arts and crafts, went to pottery camps, and even sold her work at art festivals. Since entering college, she has interned with the Burchfield Penney and the Buffalo Bisons, and she just organized her first solo show a few months ago. As a volunteer, she also got to display some of her work in our annual member show. Her piece is called “Psycho” and it’s a digital print of a poster design for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous horror movie.


The 10th Annual Members’ Exhibition is on view until August 18th


For class, Cassie designs posters and vector-based advertisements, and recently she has gotten into digital painting in Photoshop. Some of the things she works on at her internship include curating social media posts and making video board graphics. When she’s not designing on the computer, her favorite traditional medium to work with is charcoal.

When she’s here at WNYBAC, Cassie returns to the roots of design. She works with the printing presses to make things for our shop, like cards, gift bags, and coasters. She also had the opportunity to help with the screen printing demo we did at our recent Buffalo BookFest. She says that so far her favorite thing to do here is type setting because, even though it can be tedious, she finds it really interesting. Since starting here, Cassie has had to opportunity to learn about screen printing, printmaking, and other mediums she didn’t know much about before.

Her favorite thing about volunteering here is how friendly everyone at WNYBAC is. She appreciates that we get involved in the community by running workshops on and off site, keeping our gallery free and open to the public and by putting on free events like BookFest. Cassie loves learning beyond the classroom and leaving her comfort zone when she can, and she has been able to do that here at WNYBAC.


Lattes: A digital painting

For Cassie, volunteering here relates a lot to her degree. Typography is an important part of graphic design. Much of the jargon still used in design programs today originally came from letterpress. For example, the term leading is still used to describe spacing, because, in letterpress, actual pieces of lead are used to create spaces between lines of type.

“Incorporating traditional elements into her otherwise digital design approach is 

‘important for maintaining a personal style.” 

Cassie says that incorporating traditional elements into her otherwise digital design approach “is important for maintaining a personal style.” “Working with the printing presses has stressed the importance of having a solid layout before anything else gets done.”


Kill Your Darlings: A digital painting

“Working with the printing presses has stressed the importance of having a solid layout before anything else gets done.”

Volunteering here has made her appreciative of the ease and convenience computers create, but she won’t lose touch with the traditional methods she’s learned here. It’s still true that sometimes it’s these traditional methods that get the best results.

For Cassie, volunteering at WNYBAC has been a chance to get involved with the Buffalo art community, and to learn about the tradition of design. It has helped her to evolve her personal style, and given her the opportunity to learn outside the classroom.

We’re thankful for volunteers like Cassie and for the opportunity to share our love of printing with someone new!

 

Remember to stop by and see Cassie’s work and work by our other volunteers and members in our Member’s Exhibition!

 

 

Workshop Instructor Highlights

Mizin Shin

Mizin is a resident WNYBAC workshop instructor and nationally recognized artist. Shin graduated from Hong-ik University with a B.F.A in Printmaking and received her M.F.A from University at Buffalo. She has been teaching at UB since 2015, and also at Villa Maria College in Buffalo since 2017.She was awarded the 2017 Graduate Student Fellowship from the Southern Graphics Council International, and the juror’s award at Brand 45 Works on Paper, 45th Annual National Exhibition of Works on Paper. As a born and raised South Korean who has moved to the United States, her artwork often reflects her experience adapting to multiple cultures.

 

Here’s a look at her work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mizin will be teaching several workshops this summer!

  • Japanese Woodblock Workshop
  • Collagraph Printmaking Workshop
  • CMYK Screen Printing
  • Relief Printing with the Etching Press

Check the workshops page for more info about these. 

Like Mizin’s work? See her website to for more!


Debra Eck

Debra is a resident WNYBAC workshop instructor and internationally recognized artist who works mainly with paper, text, and thread.Originally from Essex in the UK, she has lived and worked in Western New York for over 20 years. She received a BFA in painting from the University at Buffalo and an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK). She teaches as an adjunct at Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia,  and for many other arts and cultural organizations (including WNYBAC). She enjoys using her talents in sewing and embroidery to make artwork commenting on womens’ sometimes uneasy place in the art world. 

 

Here’s a look at her work

     

     

Debra will be teaching several workshops this summer!

  • Braided Bookbinding
  • Islamic Bookbinding
  • Eco Dye Workshop
  • Page Meditations
  • Gelatin Printing

Check the workshops page for more info.

Like Debra’s work? Check out her website for more!


Janna Willoughby-Lohr

Janna is a WNYBAC workshop instructor and owner of Papercraft Miracles, which she opened in 2004 as a way of making a living creatively. She attended Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, where she discovered the world of papermaking and bookbinding and was lucky enough to study under renowned book artist and author, Gwen Diehn. She is thrilled that her creations have become a part of so many special moments, from weddings, to graduations, to births. As so much of the world is becoming screen-based and digital, Janna feels a calling to preserve and promote the physicality of book and paper arts.

 

Here’s a look at her work

     

     

Janna will be teaching several workshops this summer!

  • Secret Belgian Bookbinding
  • Basic Hardcover Journal Making
  • Papermaking Basics Workshop

Check the workshops page for more info.

Like Janna’s work? Check out her website for more info!

~Meet The Intern!~

If you’ve been following updates on our social media in these first few months of summer, there’s a good chance that I was the person on the other end.

 

I’m Robin Burns, a senior Creative Writing and Communications major at Canisius College. When I found out that an internship was required to graduate, I knew I didn’t want to just be a coffee fetcher and copy maker. WNYBAC has been so much more than that to me, and has become an organization I am extremely proud to say I intern for.

 

 

 


What do I do?

A bit of everything!

 

 

~The Art Side~
Since starting here, I’ve learned typesetting, printmaking, design, and various other crafts and artistic skills.

I designed and bound these on my first day!

 

 

 

 

 

~The Business Side~

I’ve been mentored in posting for an organization’s social media, drafting mass emails, and promoting and organizing events. (Wait, so you can do social media as a job? I was surprised too!)

Here’s a post of mine you might have seen!

 

 

Speaking of events…

To anyone just getting started in their career, being trusted to promote an event as big as BookFest is a really daunting idea. Luckily, it was an amazing experience and definitely a highlight of my time with WNYBAC.

“The Social Media Guru”

BookFest is a gathering of printers, artists, and lovers of the book arts that happened on July 7th. If you either couldn’t go or didn’t hear about it, it’s an amazing festival full of free craft and print workshops, an artists’ market, and steamroller printing as the main event. If you couldn’t go this time, keep an eye out for next year’s event!

I got to spend all of BookFest taking pictures of everything it has to offer. I participated in workshops, taught a few of them, meet dozens of wonderful artists, and snapped about a hundred pics of the steamroller printing. Art events like BookFest are so important to keep a love of art and handmade things alive, and I’m so glad I was able to help make it a success. Here’s just a few of my favorite moments!

      

                        


To anyone considering volunteering or applying to intern here: go for it.
You will definitely learn new things and get to do so much more than a typical internship.

If you find yourself at WNYBAC on Wednesdays and Fridays for the next few weeks, come say hi! I’d love to meet the people on the other side of my keyboard. And because I’m not above a little self promotion, here’s my personal blog if you’d like to check it out!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders listed below, for providing support to WNYBAC's ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York:

NYSCA M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Community Foundation
Baird Foundation Cameron Jane