In addition to many wonderful speakers, this year’s Kerrytown BookFest will also include over 125 exhibitor booths. The exhibitors will be at BookFest all day from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and represent all facets of the book world from authors to booksellers to publishers to non-profits to a wide range of book-related artists. This year we’re especially pleased to include a number of new artists.
We asked these new exhibitors to describe the methods they use to create their products, and to let us know what some of the products they are most excited for BookFest visitors to see at their booth in September. Following are just a few of our new exhibitors:
Cakeasaurus Prints – Marian Short: I am a Michigan-based printmaker and writer. I primarily work with woodblocks: I draw a design, transfer that design onto a carving block and then carve away all the negative space. I apply special ink to the wood surface that remains, lay a sheet of paper on top — apply pressure — and voila! Woodblock relief print! I just started using very soft linoleum blocks to make new card designs; the process is the same. In traditional printmaking, to achieve a print with different colors, you carve away different parts of the design from more than one woodblock and the finished print will have been printed on each of the blocks. I do multiple block prints, but am also exploring the mixed media route of adding color in Photoshop. I am super excited to see visitors engage with the pages from my Cakeasaurus picture book (Cake Thief vs. Birthday Boy!). This has been a long-time labor of love and it’s now entering its final stages — less than five blocks left to carve (as of July 2016). I am ALSO really excited about my new card designs — linocuts, plus a Photoshop workshop, have invigorated my creativity during a period where there’s less time to spare (HELLO toddler girl!) T-shirts are a distinct possibility.
PPPRINTSHOP – Chelsea Lisiecki: I use both traditional and experimental intaglio printmaking techniques to create hand-pulled prints. I first work on copper plates, then transfer the image onto paper using a 1970s steel etching press. At the BookFest I’ll also be offering hand-dyed stationary, bookmarks and picture frames made from reclaimed wood to accompany my prints. I’m really looking forward to sharing my latest series of plant-inspired etchings and monoprints. It’s been a lot of trial and error attempting to print delicate leaves, fronds and flowers, but the end results are worth it!
Popular Designs – Jamie Rhodes: I create gift bags, gift bows, and gift tags with repurposed and recycled maps, comic books and magazines. I also create hand splatter painted gift wraps to go with my unique paper goods collection. I am very excited to see how all of my products are received by the visitors. I look forward to shopping for unique goods from others vendors as well!
Pretty Bookish – Kristina Molnar: I use old and/or damaged book pages. I save recognizable pieces of the text to be featured behind the glass in the jewelry I make. It’s been great to preserve and keep enjoying a book that would otherwise be thrown out or unused. I always love the reaction of someone finding a piece from their favorite book! I will have not only a wide variety of jewelry, but will also have keychains, cufflinks, tie clips, and bottle stoppers.
Nice Spread – Rachel Nisch: I carve my stamps out of rubber using wood carving hand tools, and I use watercolor paper for the cards. I use a mix of natural and conventional inks. The blend of inks varies, making each stamp unique. Many of my stamps are abstract images, and even those that are more representational, leave plenty of room for the imagination. I look forward to hearing what visitors see in the images- my own Rorschach test, I suppose.
Kirsten Elling: I experiment with different media — printmaking (etchings and mono prints) and bookmaking from found paper, but also photography, collage, encaustic and watercolor. Some of the books I make are very precise, using traditional methods, whereas others are more loose or inventive. Same with my printmaking — I like to try new things and problem solve. I will have an array of handmade books (blank books as well as coloring books for kids), etchings, encaustic pieces, and also vintage children’s books for sale.
Nancy Bulkley: My primary medium is clay but I also like to make blank books and use rubber stamps that I have carved. I will have porcelain mugs at the Book Fest that I decorate with stamps I have carved out of clay.
Laurel Moon Jewelry I create beaded jewelry and etched copper pendants. My etchings are created from solid copper stampings that I fuse a printed design to and then submerge the pieces in an etchant, which eats away at any part of the copper that is not protected by ink/toner, leaving the design raised, and the unprotected areas recessed. I then use a combination of sanding, patina application, and lacquer to enhance the contrast between the recessed and raised areas, and finish with a clear, protective lacquer. I have a line of small rectangular etchings that look like miniature books, and I also have several designs that are based on antique bookplates. It’s a great way to show your love of reading and writing!
You can find a full list of all of the 2016 Kerrytown BookFest exhibitors in the exhibitors tab on our website. And check back here and on our Facebook page in the weeks ahead for information about more exciting exhibitors.