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.

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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."

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