In the soft rain Oola and I are getting an early start on our first solo trip to Seattle. The deciduous trees are letting go of the last of the light that they stored during long summer days.
Being very careful to follow directions from Oola’s cousin in the black box we reach the Bainbridge Island ferry just in time to see it leave the dock. No biggie; we gave ourselves plenty of time for the trip. The wind is blowing over here on the Sound of Puget but we are warm and comfy while we wait. It is going to be a good trip.
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I won’t bore you with the details of circling round and round in Seattle to the maddeningly patient tone of Oola’s cousin in the black box. Luckily traffic is so slow we don’t have to worry about making split-second decisions. We finally get to our destination, the parking lot of some sports arena, and Oola takes the obligatory picture of the iconic Space Needle.
A short walk in the rain (Oola left the umbrellas in the car) then we stop, saying
There is a cast of characters out front and they appear graphic novel ready, but, hey, no problem.
When we get inside, it is a wonderful world full of booth after booth after booth of old, delightful, and very expensive books, maps, prints, and probably more.
Oola and I have a free pass because we are volunteers at the Book Arts Guild table so we go there first.
Already in place are artist Mare Blocker (left) and that force-of-nature and cat-herder Selene Fisher (right) who organized our part in this book fair. A few of my books are for sale. More on that later.
Our neighbor is Carl Montford of Seattle with his tiny, functioning letterpress machine. On which he prints his tiny, incredibly precise wood engravings. Exactly the right size for Oola! But wa-a-ay beyond her skill set.
There is time before my shift to do the walk around. And here are only a few of the magical things I saw.
Cokie took out some of the pages to give us a close-up look.
Pirages makes it clear that they do not cut up books to sell the pages.
Susan told us that Nudelman Fine and Rare Books has a special interest in work from the Guild of Women Binders which flourished in the late 1800’s. Click here for a video of Phillip Pirages talking about the Guild (8mins).
It WAS a good day, after all. My eyeballs are FULL. Oola is asleep now, but on Sunday we continue our trip eastward to Sammamish, WA where an Arts Fair is going on and there is work to be done.
And, yes, something did happen to one of my books at the Book Arts Guild table. More to come.