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

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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Friday May 11 meeting at Wax Works West

The May meeting will be hosted by Wax Works West and Daniella Woolf. They will be demonstrating an encaustic collage technique....
The meeting will be held on May 11 from 6-9pm at 133 Hames Road, just up the hill from the Corralitos Market, on the same side of the street. The phone number is 768-9120. See their web site:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March 22, 2012 meeting to be hosted by Felicia Rice

For those of you who missed the meeting, Felicia had her presses running and we all got a chance to print a broadside, in two colors because she had two presses running. A big round of thanks to Felicia for giving her talk about book arts in Mexico, and for hosting the meeting.

Please make your way to my place in Bonny Doon for the next Book Arts Santa Cruz meeting. I'll be sharing my experience at Codex Mexico This truly fantastic exhibition, symposium and book fair of California and Mexican book artists took place in Mexico City from February 16-19, just last week (and the reason I missed Gary's meeting). There will be slides and anecdotes, a keepsake (each one print one).

The meeting will take place on March 22nd from 6:00-9:00. My home and studio are at 10699 Empire Grade, 10 miles past the west entrance to UCSC. The drive takes 1/2 hour or so. Do carpool if you can. Bring goodies to share.

RSVP by March 20. Feel free to invite a friend who is not yet part of BASC.

The April meeting will be a presentation by Alastair Johnston about his recent book on tramp printers.

It will be held April 15th at 2pm at Ruth McGurk's house 318 Rigg St. Santa Cruz

The May meeting will be hosted by Wax Works West and Daniella Woolf.

It will be held on May 11 from 6-9pm at 133 Hames Road, just up the hill from the Corralitos Market, on the same side of the street. See their web site:

Save the dates!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

BASC meeting at Shorline Press - February 2012

Thanks to Gary for cleaning out his shop, and for the demonstration of die cutting on the Kluge. For those of you who missed the meeting, here is a photo of the festivities and a copy of the quiz that Gary prepared for us.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Book Arts Santa Cruz, Keeping the momentum going...

Gary Kohler and the folks at Shoreline Press will be hosting our next Book Arts Santa Cruz meeting on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 from 5-8 PM. If you need further directions, please call Shoreline Press at (831) 475-6387. Any and all interested in the book arts are invited to come socialize and see the operations. Mr. Kohler and staff plan to have ink on the presses in "production" for the first hour, followed by tours and mingling. Please bring pot-luck finger food. Here is some info about Shoreline Press with photos:

Shoreline Press, old school—letterpress equipment dating from 1890, new school-2.5 kw solar system that has generated over 33240 kilowatt hours of electricity since 2004. We do letterpress printing, die cutting, scoring, perforating, numbering, foil stamping, embossing, de-bossing and kiss cutting.

Shoreline Press has been in business in Santa Cruz County since 1982 and currently has eight letterpresses. Equipment includes 1 Chandler & Price, 2 Kluges, 1 Heidelberg GTP, 4 Heidelberg TP , 1 Nu Aru Process Camera, 1 AV photo polymer plate maker, and a 36” Senator cutter.

The letterpress equipment will be in operation from 5:00 pm to about 6:00 pm before the meeting.

Shoreline Press is located at: 2551 South Rodeo Gulch Road, #12

Soquel, California

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance to

For more information about Book Arts Santa Cruz, call Peter Thomas (831) 475-1455

Monday, January 23, 2012

Book Arts Santa Cruz at the SC MAH

Here are some pictures from Jim MacKenzie, taken at our recent event at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.