The Austin Book Arts Center is a hidden jewel. Dedicated to engaging people of all ages in creative, interpretive and educational experiences related to the arts of the book, it also celebrates the “book as object,” not just to read but to be treasured as a thing of beauty.
Like other arts groups that were housed at Flatbed Press’s former home in East Austin, the center had to find a new home when Flatbed lost that space. The book creators took their bustling projects, workshops and social events to a new studio at 5501 N. Lamar Blvd., happily not far from BookWoman and the large Half Price Books store.
(Side note: Flatbed Press, which has led the way in Austin printmaking for decades, landed at 3701 Drossett Drive in Southeast Austin.)
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Past hands-on workshops at the center have included skill-building classes on basic book repair and preservation, paper arts, calligraphy, bookbinding, book mechanics and introductions to letterpress type, printing and polymer plates.
Earlier this month, renowned typographer Richard Kegler, founder and lead designer of P22 Type Foundry and founder of Buffalo’s Western New York Book Arts Center, conducted a two-day master class on P22 Blox at the new Book Arts studio.
See scenes from the workshop in the photos above. For more information on Austin Book Arts Center, go to atxbookarts.org.