The ruminations of an artist on art & life...art quilts, beading, knitting, drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking are all my passions, I love to explore creating....

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Creative Every Day: San Francisco Book Fair Weekend

I'm off this weekend to work at this:


you can find more info on the Book Fair here. I 'm working for Roger Wicker of Turtle Island Books---a small antiquarian ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers of America) bookstore about 2 blocks from my house. Turtle Island Books specializes in antiquarian and scholarly out of print books in the Fine & Decorative Arts, Literary First Editions, Architecture, Photography, Fine Press Books, Book Arts and Printing History and is located at 3032 Claremont Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705.

If you are new to my blog then you won't know that books--especially antiquarian books--are my other love! after creating art---then comes the books! I once owned a Used and Out Of Print Bookstore, Morningstar Books, in Bellingham, Washington. I always find working at an antiquarian book fair fun and stimulating, with interesting books to see and many fascinating people to meet.

For those who may be wondering what "antiquarian" means---an antiquarian book is one that is at least 100 years old--(that would make a book published in 1908 an antiquarian book), but many book sellers at the Fair also sell Modern First Editions. However, many if the books at thus fair will look like these...
Nowadays I'm mostly on the look out for interesting design and art books----or anything I can use as reference for textile and surface pattern design. I usually find some item in this genre that really interests me. I will also be on the look out for older knitting and needlework books and ephemera---but mostly I will be working---which means showing lovely old books to potential customers....if you live in the Bay Area, come on by and say hi!

2 comments:

Bejeweled said...

Wow! What a great fair! Hope you have a great time! Looks like book bliss!

Mary Timme said...

Books are the only thing that smells really good as they age! Well, most of the time. I'm highly suspecious of anyone who doesn't love books!