Leave the iPads at home, folks. Bookbinders, postermakers and a giant printmaking steamroller will celebrate South Florida’s off-the-grid ingenuity during this weekend’s Small Press Fair in Fort Lauderdale.
SPF ’18: Small Press Fair Fort Lauderdale returns takes place Nov. 10 at the Projects warehouse in FAT Village. Co-founders Sarah Michelle Rupert (of Fort Lauderdale gallery Girls’ Club Collection) and Ingrid Schindall of IS Projects, a Fort Lauderdale printmaking studio, created the expo in 2016 as a defiant championing of small presses, book arts, postermaking and other literature in the digital age.
Here’s what else you should know about the Small Press Fair.
There will be demonstrations of all things paper and ink, including a postcardmaking station, screen-printing (audiences can bring their own T-shirts, totes or other objects) and a vintage letterpress machine. Some 60 vendors will sell a variety of comics, zines, artist books and small-press fiction in the expo’s Market section, including O, Miami, Cringeworthy and Jai Alai Books. There will also be a new exhibit titled “Pushing the Pull,” featuring new works by 30 printmaking artists.
Perhaps the biggest crowd pleaser of the fair, the printmaking steamroller will be parked outside the Projects warehouse, rolling over newly created relief prints. An old pro at using steamrollers, you say? Visitors can register to use the machine by filling out this form online.
There is. After the steamroller flattens its final block print of the day, the party will press on at Laser Wolf (7 p.m.-2 a.m. at 901 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale), where the literary -minded can find food trucks, craft beer and live music.
SPF ’18: Small Press Fair Fort Lauderdale will take place noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Projects space, 523 NWFirst Ave. Admission is free. Go to SPF-FTL.com. email@example.com or 954-356-4364
Prints, posters, vintage photos and other printed materials will be on sale during Saturday’s Small Press Fair in Fort Lauderdale.