REAL MAIL FRIDAYS
JCBA's Famous Letterwriting Socials

First Friday of Each Month
3 to 6 PM in JCBA's Book Arts Gallery
$10 donation

February 2016 marks the third anniversary of Real Mail Fridays, and this monthly pen-to-paper event is showing no signs of slowing down. Real Mail Fridays is the antithesis to our fast paced world of text messages and emails. Think about the last time you found a handwritten letter in your mailbox: It's a magical moment, isn't it? We hold that letter, we pause, we look at it. It's a moment out of time and a small cause for celebration. Real Mail Fridays is all about harnessing that magic and in this spirit, Real Mail enthusiasts gather at JCBA each First Friday of the month to spread more joy and celebration in the world. We've had as many as 60 people gathered here for these fab letterwriting socials.

We supply everything you need: amazing 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. A $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 gather 3 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.

 


JCBA's Seventh Annual
LETTERPRESS APPRECIATION DAY OPEN HOUSE

Sunday & Monday September 18 & 19, 2016
Noon to 5 PM (drop by any time!)
Letterpress Studio 351H

The number 0.918 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: 0.918 inches is the standard height of all the types we use, from the very smallest to the largest. It's a number that translates nicely to 9/18, and for years now, JCBA has been celebrating Letterpress Appreciation Day on the 18th of September. This year 9/18 falls on a Sunday, so we're making things twice as nice by celebrating on Sunday the 18th and on Monday the 19th, too!

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 for 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
This seventh annual open house is a free event, though donations to the non-profit Jaffe Center, which is devoted to 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 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.

DIRECTIONS and 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; the meter system accepts payment with cash or credit card.

Upcoming Events

Real Mail Fridays

First Friday of Every Month

Letterpress Appreciation Days

Sunday & Monday, September 18 & 19

Featured Past Events

Paper Lab Grand Opening

Fall 2010

Graphic Novel Chinwag

Spring 2011

Inter-Florida FLUXUS Tour

Fall 2010

Alterations and Transformations in Book Space

Spring 2010 

Jane Siberry Salon Concert

Spring 2010

Al-Mutanabbi Street Concert & Poetry Reading

Summer 2008