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!