Vintage Bookbinding Machinery

Stanley Book Press c. 1920’s

Smythe Sewing Machine c. 1870’s

Signatures after being sewn by the Smythe.  140 years later it still works well.  This machine is incredible.

Singer Sewing Machine


Book Cloth, and lots of it.
May 22, 2011, 17:24
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Sewing over tapes with a kettle stitch
April 28, 2011, 06:53
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Circa 1983…Daniel Mróz, cover for Liars Underneath the Golden Anchor


First Friday in Santa Cruz

New Fangled Bygone’s opening at the Café Delmarette.  After an intense week of tying up loose ends (that kept manifesting themselves) Ari and I (Alexandra) got our prints up on the wall and heaved a big sigh of relief when we could finally sit back, enjoy the reception.

Handmade Book Table


One corner of the Café displaying three out of six prints

Mingling of folk

A BIG thank you to Melody for setting up the show, supporting our idea and giving much needed advice throughout the process.  And a BIG thank you to Kenny for all things frame related.

Monsters Never Die.  A collection of art by Kenneth Srivijittakar.  What a beautiful show!

The owner of the exhibition space made wine labels out of Kenny’s work.  It was so rad!

Kenny, Alexandra, Ari

Monsters in beautiful handmade frames.

New Fangled Bygones opening reception!

A wee collection of prints and handmade books by Ari Bird and Alexandra Jane Williams will be up for display at the lovely Café Delmarette for the month of March. Come enjoy treats for the eyes and stomach at our opening reception on Friday the 4th! Also, support this rad local coffee shop; they have delicious food, pastries and Verve coffee!

Café Delmarette… 1126 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95060

Friday March 4th, 4pm-6pm

The Color of Bone

The Color of Bone is a collection of ten poems by Ava Sayaka Rosen compiled into a beautiful handmade book.   The form of the book follows the concept of the work as a whole.  Long and narrow, the poems evoke the verticality of the human spinal chord woodcut  that adorns the front cover.  To further solidify this idea, the japanese stab binding offers yet another accent of spinal-like verticality.  And to top it off, the poems are amazing!

Cover: woodcut, Japanese stab binding

Inside cover