JCBA's Famous Letterwriting Socials

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

February 2016 marked 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.

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.


at JCBA's Hand Papermaking Lab, located at historic T6
(We'll have road signs to guide you in, but there are directions below)
Saturday February 11, 2017
10am to 4 PM

Come celebrate the sweet, the seasonal, and the handmade at our Sweetheart Makers Marketplace! If you've been to our markets before, come back again. If you've never been but have been wanting to come... come! We've got many old favorites and lots of makers new to our market this time around. Our Makers Marketplaces are great fun and beautifully showcase our local artisan and small creative company community. Plus you're bound to find some great handmade gifts for Valentine's Day!

The mood for this Sweetheart Makers Marketplace will be festive and a bit romantic. This event is not at the library, but at the Jaffe Center's satellite studios at FAU's historic T6 building, on the northeast corner of campus, across from Innovation Village and the entrance to Palm Beach State College. Follow our blue and white MAKERS MARKETPLACE signs that will be posted on all major campus roads for the event. Free admission. Free and easy parking (there'll be a sign for that, too). Amazing doughnuts, hot coffee & tea. We'll have a romantic print project for you to print at our hand-cranked Pilot Press (so you can make something yourself in the company of our makers). Plus some pretty wonderful local makers and small creative companies. Here is our current roster, and we have a few more makers we are considering, too:

Center Co-Op of Boynton Beach: ceramics.
Clever Endeavor: beaded jewelry.
Convivio Bookworks: traditional handmade tin handicrafts from Mexico (plus amorous Day of the Dead figures), Shaker culinary herbs & teas, letterpress Valentines.
DUOFAB:Makerware (hand-crafted artisan jewelry from raw materials like hard wood, copper and tubing).
Flamingo Paradise: mobile retail shop specializing in ladies clothing, jewelry, and unique accessories.
Fleur d'Elise: eco-printed notecards, journals, and textiles from repurposed materials.
Ground Printmaking: original etchings, monotypes, and screen prints.
IS Projects: handmade books and prints.
Michelle Sherman: watercolors, inspired by nature.
Milk & Honey: eco-friendly handmade sketchbooks.
Millie's Potholders: kitchen fun especially for Valentine's Day.
Paper Bird: laser cut and foil-stamped cards and art prints, perfect for Valentine's Day.
Paper Owl Artists: cards, collages, journals, mail art supplies.
Potholders by Millie: kitchen fun especially for Valentine's Day.
Rain in the Summertime: handmade small delights for children.
Second Star Wood Crafts: handmade wooden home decor, cutting boards, and small furniture pieces.
SEJ Ceramics: pottery, jewelry, cards.
Starfish Coastal Decor: mosaic and painted coasters.
Tammy Seymour: watercolors, prints, batik watercolors.
The Two Cummaras: homemade Italian pizzelle in traditional flavors.
Westlees Arts & Crafts: jewelry and accessories.

Watch our Instagram page @jaffecenteforbookarts for as we approach the marketplace for updates on all our makers. We'll be adding a few more makers as we approach market day.

Are you a maker yourself? Interested in showing your work at one of our future markets? Let us know. We curate each market and we are always on the lookout for new and interesting makers. Email JCBA Director John Cutrone at <>. Our Springtide Makers Marketplace, which is our next market, is tentatively planned for Saturday April 8.

Historic T6 is 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. 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 (Lot 45), we've arranged for free parking for the day in this lot

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. Park in the parking lot just north of T5 (Lot 45); we've arranged for free parking for the day in this lot. The Paper Lab is located a very short walk away in T6.

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