Last week we told you about some of the exciting new exhibitors making their first appearance at the Kerrytown BookFest on September 11. This week we would like to introduce you to some returning exhibitors who will be at the over 120 exhibitor booths at BookFest this year. We asked these exhibitors to describe the process they use to produce their products, and about some of the things they are most excited for BookFest visitors to see at their booths. We also asked them to let us know what new things visitors might expect, because most of our returning exhibitors take pride in changing things up a bit each year.
Jen Talley (5th BookFest): I do original drawings based on current events, pop culture & comics. I do most of my drawings using my Microsoft Surface tablet and various drawing apps, which enables me to get more done more quickly! I turn these drawings into prints, cards, magnets, and buttons using my home office equipment. Everything I produce is printed and made at my kitchen table or desk! New for 2016: Like many people I became a little (a lot) obsessed with the Broadway musical “Hamilton” this year and I have a new series of drawings based on the cast & costuming of the show. There is a full set of 16 magnets available, as well as prints, buttons, greeting cards, and individual magnets. What to look for: The Hamilton series is my favorite right now, and I also have a brand new series I’m calling “G is for Girl Power” that features real-world historical and contemporary women who have done remarkable things. It’s an alphabet series — G is for Grace Hopper; R is for Ruth Bader Ginsburg; S is for Sojourner Truth, etc. I’m nearly finished with all 26 designs and hope to have the completed poster available at BookFest.
ChicalooKate (8th BookFest): I do most of my design work in Photoshop. All the making, from magnets to notebooks to coffee mugs, is done in my Ann Arbor studio. With the notebooks I print and cut the cover image, then punch and coil the notebook. The coffee mugs are made using a process called sublimation, which is where a gel based ink is added to a surface using heat. New for 2016: I am always adding new things to my booth. One of the biggest additions to my lineup is coffee mugs. I am also going to have a bunch of new pulp/comic cover notepads. What to look for: My favorite item to make right now is the coffee mugs. I have a lot of different designs including snarky humor, book cover designs and quotes.
Moon Moth Press (12th BookFest): Uses up-cycled books, a variety of art papers, collage materials, and glue. We deconstruct a book, taking it apart and replacing the text block with new paper creating a blank journal. They are primarily concertina and soft spine case books. Our cards usually begin with a discarded book page. We then collage imagery over the text allowing various words to remain readable. New for 2016: We have expanded our line to include mid-century covers and we are making some journals with lined paper. We added sympathy cards this year.
Treehouse Block Prints (2nd BookFest): I am a linocut printmaker. I carve my designs (based from my original photographs) into linoleum blocks and I hand-print each of my linocut prints. Printmaking brings peacefulness and calm to my life, and I hope that feeling shines through my work. New for 2016: I have several new handmade prints since last year’s Kerrytown BookFest: Petoskey Stones, Wooden Sled, Bicycle, and Backyard Beehives.
Jeanne Adwani (13th BookFest): This particular project is based around ‘vintage’ Michigan postcards I have collected, and a poem I wrote called Mitten. I have lots of vintage Michigan postcards. Since I’m a bit attached to my old postcards, I photocopied the images as ‘originals’ and they are the inspiration for my collection of little books. I set the poem up and then printed it. I have used thick types of papers to make the covers, various paper to print my poem, photo paper to print my poem. I cut and arrange all the makings for my little book and sew it with waxed linen thread. Did I tell you that I purchase most of my lovely paper from Hollanders? I hope people find a certain charm in my little books, and feel the ‘invitation’ to appreciate the wonder of Michigan. New for 2016: This is an entirely different project than before. Much for intimately crafted.
Joyce Nass (12th BookFest): I design the item, hand marble the paper, cut the board and paper, glue and put them together. What to look for: Journals and boxes made with my hand marbled papers. New for 2016: New sizes of handmade journals and a few new box sizes.
You can find a full list of all of the 2016 Kerrytown BookFest exhibitors in the exhibitors tab on our website. 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. And check back here and on our Facebook page in the weeks ahead for information about more exciting exhibitors.