SPF '16: Small Press Fair Fort Lauderdale


Past Event

Location Info:

ArtsUP! Gallery
529 NW 1st Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
Art books, poetry chapbooks, mimeographed editions, Xeroxed handouts, folded one-pagers, creative leaflets... It seems the craft of DIY book- and magazine-making continues to swell in popularity in the full throes of the digital age. The fanzine of yesteryear is no longer gathering dust next to flyers at the local record shop. “Zines are a total DIY medium,” Dan Gorostiaga explains. “Makers are in charge of budget, content, materials... From the type of paper to the binding, it’s total control." Gorostiaga, one of South Florida’s most prolific artists and zine-makers with his Somewhere Btwn... editions continuing to expand his profile, is among the 50-plus exhibitors who will appear at SPF ’16. The Small Press Fair (nice move with the sunblock reference) is the brainchild of Ingrid Schindall and Sarah Michelle Rupert, of IS Projects and Girls’ Club, respectively. This showcase of the growing art form is a first for Fort Lauderdale and will bring together many of the “artists, printers, booksellers, publishers, authors, poets, bookmakers, designers, zinesters, and cultural workers” through workshops and demonstrations. Live printing, coffee, beer, and food trucks will draw them in, but the relative ease and complete fun of creating will surely inspire attendees. As Gorostiaga points out: “It’s OK to look at something on a screen, but to hold an object, made of paper and unique, is a much better experience.” SPF ’16 runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Artsup! Concepts at FATVillage (529 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Visit spf-ftl.com.

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