An invitation to join:

Book Arts Santa Cruz is organization for everyone interested in the book arts.

In the early 1980s a group of Santa Cruz letterpress printers actively involved in making fine press books formed the Printers' Chappel of Santa Cruz. Today, because the world of the book has changed, and there are so many people interested in the book arts who are not letterpress printers, members of the SCPC have decided to create a new organization, Book Arts Santa Cruz. We welcome and want to include printers, printmakers, graphic designers, marblers, calligraphers, scrap bookers, binders, papermakers, book collectors, artists… in other words, everyone interested in the book arts, novices and professionals alike.

If you want to be part of BASC, send an email to Matt at, or call Peter at 475-1455

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Arts Pop Up Museum September 6, 2013. 5:30-7:30 pm

BASC members will be showing their work at the upcoming MAH Pop Up Museum as part of September's First Friday event. The Pop Up Museum will take place on Sept 6th on the corner of Pacific and Cooper Street, right outside O'Neill's surf shopIt will go from 5:30-7:30 pm. The MAH pop up museums are open to the public, and visitors are allowed to touch exhibited content. See you there.

Post Event Info:

Here is a review of the event written by Pop Up Museum Intern, Lauren Benetua

What was it about?

Our First Friday Pop Up Museum on Book Arts, held in collaboration with Book Arts Santa Cruz (BASC) highlighted that books aren’t just for reading.  BASC is an organization for anyone interested in books arts, from calligraphy to paper-making, scrap books to marbling, printmaking to book collections. We invited visitors to share their love for the artistry of books by bringing a book, book arts, book parts, or simply viewing the work by BASC.

How did it go?

This month's First Friday Pop Up Museum on Book Arts brought along a new appreciation for the things we know as 'books'. Some people misread books as stuffy, educational apparati that, once consumed, crank out indoctrinated masses. But it's not true!  As we featured beautiful, hand-made book arts, we were able to communicate to the public that books don't always have to be regarded as text.  As Peter from Book Arts Santa Cruz put it, "the book is the trojan horse of art."  This statement rang true, not only from our conversation about how crafting a book can (and should) be thought of 'outside the box', but also because of the reactions we saw from our visitors.  The amount of surprise we saw and heard that a book could look, feel, or be so awesome was very telling of our normal attitudes towards books.  Normally, a visitor can contemplate a work of art for several seconds before moving on.  With a book, once opened, a reader or viewer can revel in all it's beauty both literally and figuratively.
We featured books that were hand bound using various native techniques throughout South East Asia, accordion-style miniatures, altered books using collage, printmaking and more.  Just by taking a peak at our table, we brought to awareness that books are also artifacts of our society.  One work was created out of a ukelele which functioned as a book and an instrument simultaneously. The idea of a book as a square object full of text was constantly challenged.
This First Friday Pop Up also received a lot of foot traffic for obvious reasons.  Getting flashed mobbed three times surely affects the turn-out...Although this was a nice touch, it did not discourage visitors from coming up to say "hi" and ask us questions on how books were bound, or just to tell us how downright cool they are.  Said of one of the works, "This right here is my favorite book.  It happened.  Right now at this Pop-Up."

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Arts Santa Cruz at the Santa Cruz MAH


January 18, 2013
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm


$5 General Admission, $3 Student Members free


705 Front StreetSanta Cruz, CA95060United States
Phone: (831) 429-1964
Join us at the MAH for an evening of poetry, book arts, performances, discussions, workshops and demonstrations for all ages.
Poetry Readings: 6-7PM Open Readings: 7-8PM
The MAH and Book Arts Santa Cruz are bringing together some of Santa Cruz’s leading book arts artists for this evening extravaganza. These artists will remind you never to judge a book by its cover with workshops that transform the printed page into altered books, book art sculptures, book collage and paper folding books.
Learn the art of paper making, book binding, encaustics and broadside printing.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book Arts Santa Cruz will meet Tuesday September 25th from 5-7 pm

The meeting will be held at the home and studio of Peter and Donna Thomas: 260 Fifteenth Ave, Santa Cruz CA

Come join them to celebrate the completion of their latest book: a limited edition of William Everson's poem "The Alder". (There will be a price this book competition, so bring your thinking caps.) 

This will also be a 'bon voyage' party they we will be leaving on the 27th for another wandering book artist road trip. They will be giving tours of the gypsy wagon. 

As is our custom, bring finger food and drink to share....

Friday, July 6, 2012

Meet Karen Kunc at our "informal" July 17th meeting

Dear Book Arts Santa Cruz,

You are invited to attend a cocktail reception at the Tannery with artist Karen Kunc on Tuesday, July 17th from 5:30-7:30pm. Please see the invitation note below:

Although this is not an official BASC meeting, BASC members are invited to attend:

Printmakers at the Tannery (PATT), the Jewelry Toolery and Wishy Washi Bookarts Studio, invite you to come to a cocktail reception in their newly opened studios to meet internationally recognized woodcut artist Karen Kunc as part of her CabrilloArts teaching assignment. This potluck cocktail party will be held Tuesday, July 17 from 5:30 - 7:30. Other instructors will be introduced and include Celeste Baross, Martha Casanave, Macy Chadwick, Steve Jordan, Carrie Grissim, Rocky Lewycky,Margaret Niven and Sayumi Youkuchi. We would appreciate it if you could bring some wine or beer or an appetizer. (Thank you so much!) 

To park, drive past the Tannery main entrance (at Encinal St), as if you were heading to Felton, and turn right into the North entrance, right after you pass the building with the Salz Tannery sign (if you see the bus yard on your right, if gone a bit to far). Park in the visitors' spaces, and walk toward the buildings, past the house-like building on your right (currently under construction) and into the first hallway of the large Studio Building on your right (this is the 1060 building, as noted on the attached map).  The Printmakers at the Tannery (PATT) studio is #107, Wishi Washis studio is #105 and the Jewlery Toolery is studios 101-102.

Please feel free to email Jane Gregorius ( or call (831-423-8433) with any questions. You can reply to BASC with questions as well.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The next meeting will be on Monday, June 25th, 2012 from 5-8 PM

Jody Alexander will be hosting our next Book Arts Santa Cruz meeting at her Wishi Washi Studio in the Tannery in Santa Cruz.

The meeting will be on Monday, June 25th, 2012 from 5-8 PM. If you need further directions, please email Jody in advance at Any and all interested in the book arts are invited to come socialize. Jody plans to have class samples she has made over the years as well as artist's books she has made utilizing historical binding structures. Attendees are encouraged to bring books they have made using historical structures for a show and tell. Please also bring the usual, light food and drinks, to be set up on a table in the hallway outside the studio, so as not to mix food and books.

Special thanks to Wax Works West for hosting the last meeting. We all had great fun learning how to make encaustic paper artworks.