i went to the mcba book arts festival today. i saw some familiar faces, and wonderful letterpress and book arts. a new addition this year was aesthetic apparatus, and i was really tempted to buy a poster they created for an october spoon show, but i wasn’t sure where i’d put it. i feel terrible when i don’t buy things at fairs/festivals, but i still love going and seeing what other artists are doing.
on friday, mcba released their spring workshop schedule. wow! really cool classes. typically the line-up has been very traditional: leather working, coptic stitching with wood covers, beginner book arts. the schedule rarely changed (with the exception of visiting artist workshops), and i haven’t taken a class there in over a year as nothing was exciting. but there have been changes at mcba!
today i was talking to a friend that works there as a class instructor and i mentioned that the spring schedule really looked fun. she then introduced me to their new workshop coordinator/manager. we chatted a bit, and it’s obvious that she’s bringing a breath of fresh air to mcba. the courses are filling up right away, and the response from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive. i’m really excited about some of the new spring classes: polaroid transfers, extreme boxmaking, assemblage, and more… check out mcba’s complete schedule for more offerings.
ps: i also learned that a december workshop i signed up for only has one registered participant: me. it’s called printed journal and the workshop offers a taste of letterpress printing and book binding in a lined, hardbound journal project. it’s a beginner-type course, but i want to try letterpress in a beginner setting. and i really like the instructor, so it’ll be a fun class. but only if more people sign up!