On a recent trip to NYC, I was honored to be invited to show my paste papers at the Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A big thank you to Mindell Dubansky, the conservation staff and invitees. What a wonderful group of people! The conservation room was filled with the delightful sounds of oohs and aahs, giggles and delights. I think a few people had quite a hard time deciding which papers to buy. Showing my papers to such an appreciative audience always brings me great joy. It was also quite fascinating to see the inner workings of the MET. We were delighted to have an opportunity to see a rare 16th century Botanical book in the midst of repair.
My daughter and I spent four full days walking around the city and visiting other museums. I was thrilled to see some of my all time favorite pieces. The MOMA had a spectacular display of very well known paintings and I had to put aside my dismay at the crowds waiting to get close to Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh and just enjoy the moment with this beautiful painting. The colors in person are very rich and vibrant. The Guggenheim did not disappoint as well and it was just a block away from the Neue Gallery where we payed a visit to The Woman in Gold by Gustav Klimpt.
We walked miles despite the cold and rain. A walk across Central park in the rain was unusually and magically enjoyable, quiet, and beautiful. We also came across many surprises. One such surprise was an original Banksky on a wall on the Upper West Side near Zabars. It is protected by a sheet of plexiglas. My daughter was delighted at this find. It was her 17th birthday and if I didn’t take her on this trip now there might not be another chance before she is an adult.
Next we're off to San Francisco to celebrate my mothers 80th birthday and to do a trunk show at The American Bookbinders Museum in conjunction with Washi Arts.
The Codex Foundation hosts an impressive book fair and symposium each year and I’m so honored to have participated again this 2017. Peter Rutledge Koch and Susan Filter are the brains behind this world-renowned gathering that brings together the very best of book arts creatives, collectors, and enthusiasts. The vendor portion of this show is now held at the Craneway Pavillion, which is situated right on the waterfront in Richmond California, also known as the “Bay Area” of San Francisco. It’s truly one of the most wonderful destinations on my trade show circuit, and it’s a sold out every year.
With over 200 tables of handmade books, specialty paper makers and suppliers, handmade bookmaking tools and fine leathers, this show truly is the crème de la crème! Next time I go, I’m intent on having an assistant so I can more easily browse the show and take in the sights!
San Francisco is well known for its wet weather and it actually rained for the duration of the show. Being a New Mexico native that I am, it was a bit daunting for me. The crowds, however, seemed just as robust as the prior show two years ago. A little rain can't keep those Bay Area residents from seeing the world's best bookbinders and their marvelous creations.
“The Sea Fogs”, a recent publication from Nawakum Press. www.nawakumpress.com was absolutely wonderful to see! It always gives me great pleasure to appreciate my colleagues work, especially those who I greatly admire, and then added kudos because my handmade papers were a part of their creation. They’d special ordered an edition of paste papers from me, which they then used for the cover. It was a thrill to see how well my papers worked the gorgeous illustrations. I was very pleased to finally meet the most charming David Pascoe, who until now was the voice on the other end of the phone.
All in all my experience was five star. I had a great time and look forward to participating in years to come. It's been three years now that I've been traveling to various book shows. I find the thing that brings me the most joy, other than sharing my art with the world, is the connections I am developing with people. I come home feeling filled with the laughter and kinship of those with a passion for this work.
Thank you everyone!