Volunteers needed for APHA table at the 6th Annual LA Printers’ Fair on 10/4

APHA SoCal at the LA Printers Fair

As the Los Angeles Printer’s Fair approaches on Saturday, October 4, 2014, the Chapter is looking for volunteers to staff our booth. Volunteers will have opportunities to meet many interesting fair visitors and vendors, discuss printing history interests, and work on a tabletop Albion handpress.

This fun and lively event, which is held at the International Printing Museum in Carson all day on Saturday, from 9 am to 4 pm, brings out a growing community of book arts and printing enthusiasts for a fun day of buying, selling, and printing. It’s also a great chance to promote the organization and meet new friends. So join us for an hour (or even two), assist visitors in printing their own keepsake on an Albion hand press [no previous experience required], and spend some time with living history.

Note: As a special bonus this year, current APHA members who work 2 (or more) hours at our table, will receive complimentary admission to the fair.

For more information about the Fair, please see: http://www.printmuseum.org/

The Museum is located at 315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson, CA. There’s free parking in the Kmart lot across the street. Food and drink is available for purchase and don’t forget to bring cash for the raffle prizes!

We’ll try to schedule two people per shift. To reserve your slot(s) at the table, please contact us by Thursday, October 2ndinfo@aphasocal.org

Available Shifts:
8-9 (set up)
9-10
11-12
12-1
1-2
2-3
3-4
4-5 (wrap up)

September 28th: Liberi Liborum A Print Culturist and Designophile Mixer

APHA SoCal Mixer

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014
4:30PM– 10PM

APHA’s kicking off its fall season with a second installment of its recent line of Downtown-Centered events. This time, it’s purely a book and design lovers meet and greet style mixer. On Sunday, the 28th we are encouraging chapter members, supporters, and friends to look us up on Facebook and Twitter and come and meet up with us throughout the evening for a group of sessions aimed at getting to better know each other. We’d love for you to come and share your bibliophilic passion, your typophilic enthusiasm, and your love of design with others who can also understand the resiliency and relevance of print and design in today’s society.

Activities will include Session Sol (4:30 to 6 pm) at The Last Bookstore. An ice-breaking session at The Last Bookstore on 5th and Spring St. Get lost upstairs in the book labyrinth, then select a dollar book, a special volume, a periodical, or a zine or something of that nature and come and discuss your selection with the group. Let us know what the choice conveys about you.

Session Vesper (6 to 7 pm)  at Spring Street Crawl. Call it an evening? Or join us for a nosh at the recently redeveloped Spring Street strip (in between 5th and 7th street) where you will have some free roaming time to indulge in the local cafes and eateries. This newly re-branded downtown community hub is home to a number food and beverage choices, tobacconists, tea sellers, fashion boutiques, and, of course, there’s lots of character to go around at this new Los Angeles “hang.”

Session Nyx (7 to 10 pm) at The Library Bar. Say goodnight to the group there? Or finish off the mixer with a nightcap of your favorite beer or cocktail at this unique bar that was tailor-made for book people. APHA is closing our first full-fledged mixer at Downtown’s Library Bar. It’s a bar with low lighting, but high intensity. It’s a dynamic ambiance for imbibing that’s crowned by a mock library with real books!

This event is free and open to all. RSVPs are encouraged, though not required. RSVP HERE

August 13th: APHA Movie Night @ CalRBS

APHA Movie Night @ CalRBS

Sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the American Printing History Association during California Rare Book School

Join us for an encore screening of Stephen Fry’s legendary documentary The Machine that Made Us

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13th @ 5:15PM

Popcorn and beverages will be provided!

GSEIS Building, Room 111
290 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles, 90095
(At the eastern corner of Royce Drive and Sycamore Ct.)
Next door to the Young Research Library

Park across the street in Lot 5, top level
Parking is $3/hour

The Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSEIS) building is located in the NE section of campus, immediately west of the Charles E. Young Research Library. The closest available parking is Parking Structure 5. There are “Pay-by-Space” spots on the top level (Level 6 only) of the structure.

Note: there is no free parking at UCLA. Street parking can be tricky in
Westwood. If you plan to park on the street, please pay attention to the
signs since most of the immediate area requires a residential permit.

Campus map
Directions & Parking info
Parking map

The campus is served by a number of bus lines. For more information contact the MTA, Culver City Bus, or Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus.

For questions and more information, please contact info@aphasocal.org

CalRBS Movie Nights!

The Machine That Made Us

Thursday, August 7th at the Clark Library
2520 Cimarron Street (at Adams Blvd)
Gates open at 6 pm, movie starts at nightfall (about 9 pm)
Bring some food & drink*, a blanket or lawn chair and a friend!

Wednesday, August 13th at UCLA
GSEIS Building, Room 111
5:15 pm
Popcorn & beverages will be provided

This year we are reconnecting with our printing roots with a special re-screening of Stephen Fry’s legendary documentary The Machine that Made Us. In this installment, we will learn some fundamentals about the history and impact of the almighty printing press—a machine that has had so much influence over our daily lives that we often fail to recognize it. Print historians and typophiles alike will no doubt take joy in rediscovering an old favorite among friends while neophytes to print studies are welcome to learn about the fascinating narrative of how Johann Gutenberg put ink onto paper for the first time.

On August 7th bring a friend to the Clark Library for a late summer evening outdoor screening of Stephen Fry’s landmark film. The following week, August 13th, the film will be screened at the GSEIS Building on the UCLA campus.

*On Thursday, August 7th, you are invited to bring your own picnic dinner to enjoy al fresco on the grounds of the Clark Library.  Note: there is plenty of free parking at the Clark. Although restrooms will be available, the library will not be open.

There are a number of options for dinner: bring something to the Clark and enjoy an al fresco meal on the lawn, or there are any number of restaurants on the way to the Clark if you prefer to eat before you arrive. Below are some options.

Take-away
La Usuluteca (pupusas)
Chipolte (Mexican fast-food)
Normandie Bakery (sandwiches/salads/soups, with a dine-in option)
Phillip’s Barbeque
Ralph’s Supermarket

Dining-in
Las Anayas Taqueria (BYOB)
El Cholo (Mexican, on Western, near Olympic)
Papa Christo (Greek)
Post & Beam (modern soul food)

There are also plenty of restaurants in Culver City, and no lack of fast food options in the area.

July 26th: Print collection + press tour in Claremont

Claremont Print and Press Tour

SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014
Noon – 5PM

Join us for an afternoon in Claremont for a bit of print history and conversation. We will be touring the Honnold/Mudd Special Collections and The First-Floor Press at the Claremont Colleges Library. We are truly in for a treat, as Honnold/Mudd holds a broad array of close to a millennia’s worth of primary source material including art, literature, and, of course, fine printing. Their most hospitable staff will graciously guide us through their current exhibition, “Staying Alive: What’s New in Special Collections,” highlighting their latest acquisitions. We will also have a chance to view some examples from their Fine Press and Californiana collections.

This will be followed by a tour and talk of The First-Floor Press with Professor Jeffrey D. Groves of Harvey Mudd College. The First-Floor Press in Honnold/Mudd Library has some terrific examples of original, rebuilt, and restored presses, brought back to life by the hard work and dedication of Professor Groves. Highlights include his 1850 R. Ritchie & Son Columbian press, a restored 1907 Chandler & Price Jobbing Platen press, a 20th Century Reliance “Washington-style press,” and, most impressively, a Replica 18th Century Common Press that was built by Dr. Jeffrey Groves himself. The First-Floor Press was born out of a legacy which began in the early 1980s with the initial loan of a 19th century Columbian press to Claremont Colleges Library by that of one Dr. Edward Petko. 

Following the tour, we will adjourn to The Press Restaurant, located in what was once the printing press building for The Claremont Courier, for optional libations and conversation.

Please RSVP by July 25th for time and location details. This event is free and open to all, though an RSVP is required. RSVP HERE

June 7th: To Print and Dine in L.A.

PrintAndDineInLA

The American Printing History Association,
Southern California Chapter presents
To Print and Dine in L.A.
Touring Print and Design in Historic Downtown Los Angeles

SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014
10AM – 4PM

Join us for a taste of L.A. history! This daylong tour will take us from the archives of the Los Angeles Central Library’s celebrated menu collection, followed by an opportunity to dine at Cole’s, home of the famous French dip sandwich, located since 1908 in the hollow of the Pacific Electric Building. We’ll end the day with a visit to artist and native Angeleno Dave Lefner at his home and studio at The Brewery, the world’s largest artist colony and former site of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery. We’ll have a chance to learn about the unique art of reduction linoleum block printing and view Dave’s incredible Los Angeles-focused body of work featuring photorealist depictions inspired by vintage signs and the surrounding urban landscape.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by JUNE 5th to RSVP@aphasocal.org

Detailed directions and additional information will be sent to those who register.

New ways to contact us!

Thanks to the Southern California Chapter’s IT Department, we have new email addresses for the Chapter Board members…

When in doubt, send an email to info@aphasocal.org and we’ll forward the message.

All addresses end in @aphasocal.org

president@
programs@
membership@
treasurer@
secretary@

Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting programs to be announced soon!

Paul Moxon’s Versatile Vandercook: rescheduled

“The Versatile Vandercook”
Join Paul Moxon for a talk about the Vandercook and other brands of hand-operated flatbed cylinder presses and their transition from essential printing plant equipment to their repurposing as a highly desirable book arts tool.
Paul Moxon is a studio letterpress printer, itinerant teacher and author of Vandercook Presses: Maintenance, History and Resources. He is also website editor in chief for the American Printing History Association, a recent Newberry Fellow and a former Rare Books School Fellow.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
3 pm
$8 admission
FREE for APHA and Museum Members
 International Printing Museum
315 W. Torrance Blvd.
Carson, CA 90745
http://www.printmuseum.org

For more info and to RSVP: info@aphasocal.org

Election Results

The results of last week’s voting have been tabulated, and we’re pleased to announce the following new APHA SoCal Board members for 2014-2016:

President: Nina Schneider
Programs Co-Chairs: Kristina Vargas & Jesse Erickson
Treasurer: Barbara Hauser
Secretary: Mike Garabedian

Many thanks to all who ran–
Congratulations to the new Board!

Pilgrimage to the Church of Type

 

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Detail from printed poster from the Church of Type (churchoftype.com)

 

Church of Type

Join the Southern California chapter of APHA for a visit to the recently relocated Church of Type in Santa Monica, CA. Founded two years ago by Kevin Bradley, the Church of Type specializes in typographic posters and broadsides printed from wood and metal types. Kevin started his career at Hatch Show Prints before founding Yee Haw Industries in Knoxville, Tennessee seventeen years ago. Now headquartered in Southern California, Kevin continues to redefine the way we think of letterpress. During this visit, we’ll have the chance to see his shop, marvel at his amazing collection of type, and view a wide range of his letterpress printed work. There will be a chance to buy some posters too!

Saturday, February 15, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Free!

Space is limited. Please RSVP by February 13th to
Jane Carpenter at jfcarpenter (at) library (dot) ucla (dot) edu
or info@aphasocal.org

Detailed directions and more information to those that RSVP