Welcome to the London Centre for Book Arts! Yes, there is a car parked inside of it. Yes, the current sign is a piece of A3 paper. But every day things are clicking along industriously from chaos to organized glory. Yesterday morning, for example, the board shear looked like this:
And it even cuts squarely. I spent the day helping Simon Goode, the man behind the Centre, while he gets things organized for the grand opening. Soon bookbinding, letterpress and papermaking courses will be offered on a regular basis. Book artists, binders and letterpress printers without access to certain equipment can rent time in the center to work on their own projects. Beginners who want to learn more about Book Arts will be able to take courses in the first open access studio in the UK devoted solely to the art of the book. All in the room where Simon is currently parking his car. Here is the pressroom, home to an F.A.G. SP-20, a Vandercook SP-15, and a Farley:
Are you in the UK? Are you planning to visit? Do you want to help Simon get the London Centre for Book Arts off the ground? There are leads to sort, type to distribute, ink to organize, gigantic nipping presses to assemble, shelves to put up, things to paint, and a hundred other tasks.
For more information about the Centre, or to offer to volunteer and help get the Centre on its feet, visit the London Centre on facebook, tumbler, and on their forthcoming website (stay tuned over the next week or so.) To enroll in the first ever bookbinding and letterpress courses at the Centre, which will be taught by (ahem) yours truly, visit the links below:
Three cheers for Simon Goode!
*I am in no way advocating putting microwaves in nipping presses