Book Arts & Small Press Show in Toronto

Posted August 21, 2015 by Larry
Categories: Books, Fine Press Printing, Shows

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Two years ago I had the privilege to show my books in the womb of the Fisher Rare Book Library at University of Toronto. It’s happening again on September 12, 2015 from 10 to 5 pm at 120 St. George Street in Toronto, Canada. For more info, click here.

A view of what participants and attendees of the Fisher Small and Fine Press Fair see all day.

A view of what participants and attendees of the Fisher Small and Fine Press Fair see all day.

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New Website! [under construction]

Posted August 3, 2015 by Larry
Categories: Announcements

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Yup, I’ve got lots to smile about! Click above to check out the newly designed website.

Well, they say up this end of the continent, there are two seasons: winter and construction. I’m not sure if websites have seasons, but mine is still evolving, thanks to the efforts of the beautiful and talented Holly Dean. The old one is gone, and sometime soon the new one will be a hub for this blog, social media, sign-up page for infrequent e-newsletters and a place to buy books and prints. What marvelous modern times we do live in!

 

Next! Bon Echo Park show

Posted July 20, 2015 by Larry
Categories: Shows

Early next Friday morning, Holly and I will be heading north by north-west to Bon Echo Park, where I will be setting up for three days, once again out in the woods, although this time it is in a rather large clearing. And once again, we’re hoping for pleasant weather and lots of patrons. At last weekend’s Fantasy in the Forest, I revealed and offered for sale illustrations from the upcoming book, The Sorcerer and the Seventh Daughter. The vaguely fantastical nature of the engravings fit nicely with the show. There will be new work for Bon Echo as well, but it will be more in tune with nature, the joys of the woodlands and lakes, and an homage to the Group of Seven.

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Forest fantasy over for another year

Posted July 20, 2015 by Larry
Categories: Shows

After two very successful, if rather hot and sticky, days in the woods, we are home. We met many new people who had not been to the show before, which means word of the show and promotion is reaching new markets. My hat’s off to Jamie and Annette Brick and their helpers for all their hard work, in sometimes less than ideal conditions, and this, their 20th anniversary show. Myself, I’m looking forward to exhibiting for the next 20 years!

Kudos to those who wore rather hot costumes throughout a very warm and humid day in the woods.

IMG_2721 copyOn of the features that makes Fantasy in the Forest so wonderful an experience is the beautiful singing Maria and Albert, and now their son. The singing is operatic and sometimes haunting; we were grateful to be close to these extraordinary performers.

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Forest Fantasy grooves Alice theme this year

Posted July 17, 2015 by Larry
Categories: Shows

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Sketch for title page illustration for The Truth About Rabbits

On Saturday at least, expect to find vendors and visitors to the Fantasy in the Forest Show in “Alice in Wonderland” themed costumes, according to organizer Jamie Brick. Just another reason to come check out the show, rain or shine.

The Fantasy in the Forest (or FAF) is our favourite show of the year; setting up and showing with the other exhibitors is like a reunion, as is meeting the people who come year after year to this ‘wonderland in the woods.’

I often get asked how my books and prints hold up in the great outdoors under tent. So far, so good, but I still have tests to face. In the early days, I swore I would only do indoor shows, not liking the risks that rain, damp, wind and the odd tornado tend to bring to an outing. Other extremes, like humid heat and, yes, cold (this is Canada) also discourage visitors. FAF would become the test venue in many ways, situated as it was (at the time) right on a lake shore with July bringing every extreme of weather imaginable. Obviously, the paper and books on display respond as one would imagine to high humidity, from the air or the ground, but handmade and cotton papers are incredibly resilient, and if books are bound properly, they ‘move’ almost not at all. And any changes that do occur inside frames or inside plastic sleeves returns to normal as soon as it goes back into the studio. The one thing I watch is books in plastic wraps; if left in hot sunlight, moisture contained in the book will condense inside the plastic, and if any of the bindings are cloth or leather, there’s a risk of staining. As I said, I’ve now done dozens of outdoor shows in most conditions outside of apocalypse, and so far, so good.

So, we’re packed and ready to go! See you in the woods….

New work at Fantasy in the Forest

Posted July 12, 2015 by Larry
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Another great show, one that Holly has been doing for 19 of its 20 years, and me for 10 years, give or take.

Check out the web site HERE.

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Showing and Selling in Kingston

Posted June 29, 2015 by Larry
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My busy show season is really picking up, and I’m busy packing and prepping for the next one, so here we go again. If you are in or around Kingston between July 1 and 4, stop in at Artfest in City Park and say hello (booth B76).

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