Austin Book Arts Center has received a generous donation from an anonymous donor who would like to fund the tuition for one student to attend Bookbinding I. This class runs six Wednesday evenings, 6-9pm, beginning February 1, 2017.
Interested students should submit a brief application that includes: Complete contact information (Name, Address, Phone, Email), along with an essay in 300 words or less that explains why he/she is interested in taking the class and how it would further personal or professional goals. Please email the application as a PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, January 25. The winner will be notified by Friday, January 27.
The recipient should be able to commit to attending all six sessions.
The Austin Book Arts Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce our successful FIRST BIRTHDAY BASH took place at the North Door on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 from 6-9pm.
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Austin Book Arts Center celebrated its first year of operation with letterpress printing, tiny books, music by Ruby and the Reckless, cupcakes, champagne, and a silent auction. Greg Ciotti of KOOP Radio was the Master of Ceremonies.
The event was to celebrate the accomplishments made by the Austin Book Arts Center in the first year of operation, including the expansion of the ABAC studio into a larger space at the Flatbed Building. Since September 2015, 57 workshops have been offered to engage people in creative, interpretive, and educational experiences related to the arts of the book.
The event raised almost $4000, 100% of which will go directly towards ABAC’s programming.
We would like to acknowledge donors to the Silent Auction:
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Anthony Maddaloni Photography
Chet Phillips Illustration
Cloverleaf Bindery/Jace Graf
Domestic Papers/Lee Steiner
Half Prince Books
Koch Printing/Max Koch
Little Free Library
Missy Bosch Studios
South Congress Books
All images courtesy of Anthony Maddaloni Photography
Come by and see our new digs! ABAC has recently expanded our existing space. We now have a fully-equipped letterpress printshop, with 3 Vandercook proof presses and a 8×12 Chandler & Price platen jobber. This will significantly increase our capacity to offer classes and to fulfill our mission.
Ring in the New Year by learning something new! The Austin Book Arts Center Board of Directors invites the public to a Winter Open House on Saturday, January 16, 12pm-8pm. Attendees will learn about the Spring 2016 schedule of workshops, including letterpress printing, bookbinding, book repair, and paper arts. Attendees may print their own bookmark or make their own book. Admission is free.
All workshops are “hands-on” and are appropriate for beginners, artists, and anyone interested in exploring the arts of the book. Workshop sizes are small, and instructors are accomplished artists and experienced professionals. Students can expect to walk away with a new skill set, in addition to beautiful, handmade books and prints that they will be proud to share with their friends and family.
People have been meeting to create books under the auspices of Austin Book Workers since 1986. The ABW group met in schools, libraries, businesses and homes. From 1990 – 2013 a free book arts fair was held annually; for the first two years at Murchison Middle School, thereafter at Laguna Gloria Art School. Rollin Polk and Tom Poyner demonstrated letterpress printing at ABW book Arts Fair at Laguna Gloria Art School.
ABW bibliophiles of all ages made Zines with Anne Rita Taylor at Domy Books.
After years of searching for a meeting place, Austin Book Workers group has merged with the Austin Book Arts Center. Book Arts people will be able to create more than they could in a limited time, in a borrowed space. Heavy equipment that could not be carried to borrowed spaces is now available at the Austin Book Arts Center. NOW is an excellent time to sign up to be a member of Austin Book Arts Center.