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The first Kyoto workshop was scheduled for today, but unfortunately this weekend’s workshops have been canceled due to low registration. It looks like the only workshop will be the August 7 workshop at Cafe Frosch. Details here.

Any opportunity to introduce people to book arts is a special opportunity, especially when so few people know what it is (ah, but the numbers are growing!). Although there will be only one workshop in Kyoto, I’m very much looking forward to it.

However, one workshop means not enough art which then means no exhibition. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to share with you!

Moving on to Plan B. Instead, I will be delving into the book arts scene here in Kansai – specifically Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. I’ve been making a list of places to visit, and I will be sharing my discoveries with you here on the blog. There are tons of paper places, a smattering of letterpress places, and although there has been no hint of book art yet, I hope to come across something during my time here.

So stay tuned – my first adventure took place in Osaka yesterday!

今週末のワークショップは中止になりました。皆さんをブックアートの世界へ誘導するのを楽しみにしていたけれど、今回は残念でした。だけど、8月7日(日曜日)のワークショップは予定通りに行います。興味のある方がこちら

ワークショップできないため、京都での展示会も中止。その代わりに、関西のブックアート情報を集めて皆さんに伝えたいと思います。京都、大阪、神戸、この大都会ではどんなブックアート活動をされているでしょうか。紙ものや活版印刷もブックアートと親密な関係があるので、できるだけ全部調べようと思います。ここで新しい出会いが待っていると信じています!

さて、次の報告は昨日大阪での発見!

Book art and letterpress printing can each be considered an independent medium, but you can hardly think of one without calling to mind the other. Letterress printing has been gaining popularity in recent years, as evident by the many letterpress print shops and businesses sprouting up as well as the number of workshops and classes being offered. It is experiencing a revival, not only here in the United States but also in Japan.

The Kansai Movable Type Club (関西活倶楽部) is currently hosting its second letterpress expo (活版エキスポ), showcasing design and letterpress work being done by the creative people of Kansai. The expo is in Osaka and will run until Sunday, February 27. There are goodies for sell and workshops to inspire!

Here is the mission statement from the Club’s website. Long live letterpress!

Twitterをはじめとしたデジタル上のソーシャルネットワークが拡大する時代が到来し、その反動としてリアルな人間関係やコミュニケーションが希薄になりつつあることが指摘されています。印刷業界もDTPなどのデジタル化が進み、活版印刷という歴史的な技術が消滅の危機にさらされています。しかし、そんな活版印刷に数年前から再びスポットライトを当てたのは、老舗印刷会社の二代目たちでした。大量生産では表現しにくいぬくもりやアナログ感に注目し、活版印刷をはじめデジタル化社会の穴を補おうと活動しています。活版エキスポでは活字のオリジナル商品や、関西のクリエイターたちと活版印刷の技術を用いて制作したアナログ感ある作品などを展示・販売します。