The 2014 Bay Area Printer’s Fair & Wayzgoose (if wayzgoose is your new word for the day, here’s more info) was at San Jose’s History Park on May 17th. Sponsored by the San Jose Printers’ Guild, the event is the latest incarnation of the Marin Small Press Fair and then the San Francisco Book Arts and Printers’ Fair. I’d never been to either of those, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect or how the current fair compared, but I found it quite enjoyable.
The History Park Print Shop was open, with demos, and the International Printing Museum‘s Mobile Museum was there. There were also a variety of vendors with equipment and supplies for printing and artists with printed goods and artist books. Booths were both inside the Hotel and outside on the street. It wasn’t huge, somewhere around 30 booths, which was nice in that it wasn’t totally overwhelming.
It would have been a pretty long haul for just that, but it was one of several other things I did in the area over the weekend, and there was the unexpected bonus of the History Park. The Fair wasn’t super busy either, which was kinda cool as an attendee, since I could take time to look at things and didn’t feel crowded or rushed, and had some great conversations with some of the vendors. But that might not have been so good for the vendors. We’ll see what happens next time.
One of the equipment vendors I chatted with a bit asked if I was looking for anything in particular. Hmn. I hadn’t thought about that. No, not really. Of course I did manage to find a few things, or they found me. All in all a fun afternoon.