What a fantastic weekend at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair! Saturday and Sunday was spent at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Buffalo sharing my miniature book necklaces with hundreds of fellow book-lovers and makers. This all-book related show celebrated their 8th year, while I celebrated my first appearance there. I was so grateful for the opportunity to participate in this fair, and I had such a great time! This show is unique because it features book makers, printers, authors, small presses, and book sellers together in one beautiful location to celebrate the print media and the printed word. It draws the type of crowd that are deeply interested in books and book related arts, which makes for great energy and conversations!
I was there primarily to sell my newest miniature book necklaces (but I must admit I was slightly distracted by all the amazing things to see and people to talk to!). Luckily, my loyal husband Jon accompanied me on this trip so I could wander around for a bit – and not to mention take some great photos too!
I was super excited to share these new book necklaces. Some of my favorite ones ended up selling, which is somewhat bitter sweet for me! – but ultimately, makes me so happy and proud to share them with others. I love that these people, whether they bought them as gifts to themselves or as a gift for someone close to them, they are having their own experiences with them and making the book necklace truly their own. I really take pride in knowing these little labors of love are going on to new owners who can enjoy and appreciate them like I do.
I met some amazingly creative people while I was there. The first was my table-mate Kimberly. She is the face behind Breakher Designs, and she designs and prints animal-meet-human illustrations that are insanely unique. She also creates finely crafted pins, bracelets, brooches and bookmarks with typography inspired designs and creative silhouettes of animals and recognizable characters. She and her husband traveled from Syracuse to be at this show. Did I mention he owns his own coffee shop where he roasts his own beans – how cool is that?! She was a wonderful neighbor and very nice to be around for two full days!
I also had the pleasure to meet Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., printer extraordinaire. He is one unique character which is reflected in his vibrant letterpress prints. I was disappointed I missed his printing demo event on Friday night, but being able to chat with him Saturday and Sunday was wonderful. We talked about the importance of loving your job, which really hit home with me. It was amazing to talk to someone like Amos – talk about a creative spirit. In the last half hour of the show, he went around passing out free postcard prints. I asked him to sign mine, to which he agreed, despite calling me needy…classic Amos! My new print is a great addition to my proceed and be bold print, both hanging in my studio.
I loved having my Rochester Artisans sign out. It sparked a lot of conversations with customers, some who even came from the Rochester region to check out the fair! I was also able to chat with some other Rochester Artisans who were also selling at the fair, including table neighbors Karin Marlett Choi, a paper cutter and pop-up card maker, and Chris Charles of Fly Rabbit Press, who does awesome letterpress prints. Pat Sorbini was also there selling her collage cards and prints. I also managed to find some time to chat with Rachael and Jake of Pistachio Press who were a sponsor of the event this year. It’s always so great to talk to other artists at shows, and was thankful Jon came along with me so I was able to take some mini-breaks – and bathroom breaks – not to mention the great company!
It was a fantastic weekend that was incredible to be a part of. I hope to be there again next year! For now, be on the lookout for updates to my Etsy site. This batch of book necklaces will be going up soon!