JCBA's 8th Annual LETTERPRESS APPRECIATION DAYS OPEN HOUSE
Featuring the Florida Premiere of “Pressing On: The Letterpress Film"

Sunday October 1, 12-5pm
Monday October 2, 12-8pm

The number .918 is of immense importance here at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts and for anyone involved in the old and venerable craft of letterpress printing: .918 inches is the standard height of all the types we use, from the very smallest to the largest. It's a number that reminds us of 9/18, and so for years now, JCBA has been celebrating Letterpress Appreciation Day on the 18th of September. This year 9/18 falls on a Monday, which is close enough to the weekend… so we're making things twice as nice by celebrating on Sunday the 17th and on Monday the 18th, too! Due to events surrounding Hurricane Irma, we will be forced to celebrate Letterpress Appreciation Day a bit later this year.

COME PRINT!
Come on over during our open house and print like you mean it using one mean press: We'll be cranking out prints on JCBA's 1890 Wesel Iron Handpress and you will be the printer. You'll print a broadside (a poster, basically) that will be set from JCBA's collection of historic wood and metal types while we teach you a bit about this fascinating craft. The poster is yours to keep and printing it will teach you the difference between clicking PRINT and actually PRINTING. Our Letterpress Studio is home to an assortment of historic printing presses, all of which are actively used by students and visiting artists to create hand-printed books and literary broadsides.

FREE?
Yessir, free! This eighth annual open house is a free event, though donations to the non-profit Jaffe Center, which is focused on artists’ books and the study of hand papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookbinding, are encouraged. (In keeping with the spirit of Letterpress Appreciation Day, might we suggest gifts in multiples of $9.18?) Cash, checks, and major credit cards are accepted for both donations and purchases. Of course we appreciate your support, but your presence is more important to us than your donation.

LETTERPRESS CAFE & MARKET
We'll be gathering up some awesome letterpress printed items available for purchase: cards, prints, books. All printed by real artisans practicing the letterpress tradition. We’ll be pouring coffee and lemonade, courtesy of Chartwells, to fuel your creative endeavors, and the folks at Convivio Bookworks are supplying the Italian cookies!

DIRECTIONS and PARKING
From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive. Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage. Visitor Parking is available at the metered spaces in the library parking lot; the meter system accepts payment with cash or credit card.



BIG THANKS to our Sponsors! Letterpress Appreciation Days are made possible through the generous support of OCEANWALKER STUDIOS, a boutique design and communications group where creative thinking is the order of the day. Every day.



Gratitude, as well, for support from the following fine companies:




The South Florida Premiere of
PRESSING ON: THE LETTERPRESS FILM
Two screenings on the big screen in the Jaffe Book Arts Gallery!

Admission: Self-Determined (Students: FREE)

Sunday October 1, at 3 PM
Monday October 2, at 6 PM

The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretakers age. From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, "Pressing On: The Letterpress Film" explores the question: why has letterpress survived in a digital age? Worlds of each character emerge as unusual narratives—joyful, mournful, reflective and visionary—are punctuated with on-screen visual poetry, every shot meticulously composed. Captivating personalities blend with wood and metal type as young printers strive to save this historic process in a film created for the designer, type nerd, historian, and collector in us all.
ALL LETTERPRESS APPRECIATION DAYS EVENTS take place at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts inside FAU’s Wimberly Library (3rd Floor East).

DIRECTIONS and PARKING
From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive. Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage. Visitor Parking is available at the metered spaces in the library parking lot; the meter system accepts payment with cash or credit card.


AUTUMN WAYZGOOSE Indoors and out at JCBA's Book Arts Studios, located at FAU's historic T6 building

Sunday October 29, 2017 Noon to 7 PM
Free admission; open to all!

Wayzgoose? Yes, Wayzgoose! A wayzgoose is an old English printers’ celebration, traditionally on St. Bartholomew’s Day (the 24th of August). By the arrival of Bartlemas each waning summer, printers in England needed to light lamps and candles to beef up the sunlight to set type for their projects. And on that day, a good printshop proprietor would bring in not just the lamps and candles, but also some good food and strong ale to boot. Was there goose involved? Maybe. All we know is this annual printers’ celebration became known eventually as a Wayzgoose.

Summer lasts longer here in Florida, so maybe it’s fitting that our first Wayzgoose is in October… and being it's just before Halloween, we’re making it a big autumnal party. Celebrating 5 years since opening our hand papermaking studios and 10 years since opening our print shop and bindery, the Autumn Wayzgoose at our paper studios will feature a big tent, live music, great food from Rocco’s Tacos and Louie Bossi’s, the Hitched Photo Booth Lounge, a good old fashioned apple sale (courtesy Rorabeck’s Plants & Produce in Lake Worth), print demos and t-shirt printing (make your own!), and our Harvest Makers Marketplace, featuring the wares of local artisans and small creative companies… an all together fun autumn afternoon.

SCHEDULED MAKERS (watch this list as more makers are added)
A Better Life Rescue / Creations by Barrie
Convivio Bookworks
Fleur d'Elise
Ground Printmaking
Hitched Photo Booth Lounge
IS Projects
Migdalia Art & Apparel Milk & Honey
Paper Owl Artists
Sayblee Haircare
Vintage Pops

CALL for MAKERS
The Autumn Wayzgoose kicks off JCBA’s new Makers Marketplace season, and we’re seeking a few more local makers and small creative companies to show off and sell their wares at our first pop-up market of the season. It is a curated marketplace, so if you’re interested, send us your details: company name, website , Facebook page, Instagram handle, photos of your work and/or your displays you’ve set in other pop-up shops… anything you think will help us get a clear picture of your wares and your story. We will curate the market to create the best mix of makers. Don’t feel slighted if you don’t get into this one; we’ll be running markets on an almost monthly basis through March.

This being a big hoopla marketplace party which we expect will draw a larger than usual crowd, table fees for this market are $40 per table (a space about 6’ x 6’). You can use our tables or bring your own display. Yes, you can get more than one table; let us know if this interests you. Fees go toward making this the best market possible; anything extra supports the Jaffe Center for Book Arts Education Fund.

Admission is free and open to all. We offer free and close-by parking, directional signing specific to the Marketplace on all main campus roads, large banner signs for the Wayzgoose on the roads in the immediate vicinity of the event, and extensive publicity through JCBA's email news (a 5,000-strong list), Facebook, Intstagram, and for the Wayzgoose, printed postcards and posted signs.

SPONSORS

WHERE IS T6?
FAU’s Historic Building T6 is an old 1940s army barracks building located on FAU's Boca Raton campus, at the northeast corner, very close to Henderson School and the FAU Football Stadium and directly across the street from the east entrance of Palm Beach State College. For the Wayzgoose, look for the big tent pitched between T6 and neighboring Building T5. We will have directional road signs placed strategically on main campus roads directing you to the place, along with free, close-by parking.

From Glades Road: Enter the FAU campus at the main entrance (the one closest to I-95) and you will find yourself on West University Drive. Continue straight. The road will curve eventually and become North University Drive and the Football Stadium will soon be in view. There will be a traffic light just past the stadium. Continue straight, and make a left turn at the stop sign, onto NW 8th Avenue. On your right, across from the entrance to Palm Beach State College, is T6, a long single-story building with a tall brick chimney. This is the place! T5 is the next building, and then comes a parking lot, which is where you should park.

From Spanish River Boulevard: Enter the FAU Campus at the traffic light at FAU Boulevard. Before the road makes a big curve off to the west, you will make a left turn onto NW 8th Avenue. Palm Beach State College will be on your right, and on your left, you will soon see two long single-story buildings with tall brick chimneys. These are Buildings T5 and T6, and you’ll see the big tent between them. Park in the parking lot just north of T5.


REAL MAIL FRIDAYS
JCBA's Famous Letterwriting Socials

First Friday of Each Month
New Expanded Hours! 2 to 6 PM in JCBA's Book Arts Gallery
$10 donation

Thousands of letters have been sent out to friends near and far thanks to Real Mail Fridays, JCBA's famous monthly letter writing socials. It's all based on the magic that emanates from your mailbox when you find a real handwritten letter in there. Real Mail Fridays are about connecting with friends and family through the simple act of connecting pen to paper.

We supply everything you need: papers, letterpress printed cards, pens and inks, rubber stamps and other art supplies. We always have commemorative stamps for you and, of course, cookies and tea and coffee (we like our cookies here at JCBA!). Feel free to bring your own stuff, too. The suggested $10 donation grants you access to everything. Come enjoy a fun afternoon and bring a friend... and make some new friends while you're at it.

We've expanded Real Mail Friday hours! We gather now from 2 to 6 PM each First Friday of the month (except for university holidays). Come when you can and leave when you must.

DIRECTIONS & PARKING.
The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is located on the third floor east of Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library. From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive. Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.

Visitor Parking is available at the metered spaces in the library parking lot; look for the spaces that have numbers posted on signs at the head of the parking space. The meter system accepts payment with cash or credit card at the rate of $1 per hour.



GAELYNN LEA Intimate Gallery Concert Jaffe Book Arts Gallery
Sunday evening, January 21, 2018

Ticket information coming soon.
To be placed on our early reservation list,
please contact JCBA Director John Cutrone .

The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is delighted to welcome Gaelynn Lea to FAU for an intimate gallery concert on Sunday evening, January 21. Gaelynn, from Duluth, Minnesota, has been playing violin for over twenty years. Her world changed dramatically in 2016 when she was named the winner of NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest. Her music video entry rose to the top of over 6,100 entries from around the nation, and was chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest’s six judges. A week later, Gaelynn performed a moving Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show’s host Bob Boilen said “there was hardly a dry eye.”

First classically trained, Gaelynn began learning traditional Celtic and American fiddle tunes at the age of 18. During her college years, she began sitting in with various folk/rock musicians. She began writing her own songs and developed an improvisational style all her own; her aim is to create a meditative, layered sound that allows the listener’s mind to drift. In November 2015, she released her debut solo album, “All the Roads that Lead Us Home.” The record pays homage to the traditional fiddle tunes and beloved standards that Gaelynn has been playing for over a decade, but Gaelynn puts her own spin on things: she used her Memory Man looping pedal to create winding layers of sound underneath these familiar melodies. From her album review by Tony Bennett in the Duluth News Tribune:

“Lea takes a meditative approach, building loops that are based on sustained notes and vibrato, loops that seem like she’s scoring a sunrise on a winter morning. Yearning, reaching melodies emerge from the wash of sound and then recede into the background. Chords are flittingly outlined as root notes collide with thirds or fifths or sevenths. It’s all very ephemeral and gauzy, and the tracks are easy to get lost in. 'All the Roads that Lead Us Home' is a focused, vibrant piece of music by a person who is able to take a solitary instrument and make it sound like a full string arrangement, who can fill a full-length LP with mostly just those sounds and communicate fluently her heart and soul with only a few tools.”

A handful of busy months flew by after winning NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest, and somewhere in that whirlwind Gaelynn managed to record a 6-track EP titled "The Songs We Sing Along the Way." This record was released on August 15th, 2016 and is a blend of Lea's original songs (including the contest -winning number, “Someday We'll Linger in the Sun"), traditional fiddle tunes, and her own poetry.

Lea identifies equally as a songwriter and a fiddler, so much like her debut solo album, Gaelynn constructed this EP to be a winding exploration of both art forms. However, this time around she took a slightly different approach, choosing to collaborate with Minneapolis songwriter, guitarist and percussionist Alan Church (BBGUN, Al Church and State). He skillfully added texture and color to each track as they improvised together in The Pearl Recording Studio in the Twin Cities. Gaelynn hopes this EP will provide her new, wider audience with a sense hope and an appreciation of what the violin can do and has done for hundreds of years.

In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn loves to do speaking engagements about disability, overcoming challenges, and the joy of music. Gaelynn has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn believes society must make accessibility a priority so people with disabilities can participate fully in their communities and use their talents and gifts without discrimination. Gaelynn will be speaking at FAU Libraries as part of this visit, too. More details on this lecture as they unfold. It will most likely be on Monday, January 22, in the afternoon.

"Karen Dalton and Joanna Newsom melt together in the form of Gaelynn Lea and set about absolutely obliterating your heart. ” ––Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys)

"The way her voice resonates is so unusual and beautiful, like nothing I've ever heard before.”––Jess Wolfe (Lucius)