“Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years.”
— HENRY DAVID THOREAU
In with the old and out with the new. What a difference a century makes for the art of printing!
Rooftop Art Coordinator Cheryl Ball has an appreciation for the art of the book. From papermaking to bookbinding, the art of making a fine book by hand is a slow process that requires much patience. A time warp tour with Cheryl opened our eyes to the past and future of printing.
The evening began with a visit to a small custom letterpress, bookbinding and papermaking studio, filled with antique printing presses and beautiful handmade treasures by papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist Rhiannon Alpers of Gazelle & Goat.
Then, off to marvel at 3D printing and automated machines at the San Francisco Museum of Arts and Crafts.
“Data Clay: Digital Strategies For Parsing The Earth” showcased experiments in ceramics, coupled with digital technology, while Chris Eckert’s “Mechanical Parables” hummed, whirred and delighted.