Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Join Jan Elsted on her personal exploration of the Art of the Book.

Join Art of the Book juror Jan Elsted as she looks at a selection of books from Barbarian Press's title list and speaks about the private press movement from the late 19th century to now.  This workshop will focus on design, technical features and aesthetics.

Jan will describe the making of Barbarian Press' 2011 edition of Shakespeare's Pericles and the press's current project on wood engraver Richard Wagener.  Jan will share mock-ups, proofs and original woodblocks in her presentation.

When: Thursday, December 6th at 3pm
Where: UFV's Abbotsford campus library
Registration is not required but space is limited.

Biographical information from the Art of the Book 20018 catalogue:
Jan Elsted earned her BA and MA in English from UBC.  While studying for her PhD at King's College, London, she and her husband Crispin discovered letterpress printing, apprenticing with Graham Williams at Florin Press.  Returning to Canada in 1978, they established the Barbarian Press in Mission, BC.  Jan's press-work, particularly of wood engravings, is internationally recognized.  Jan and Crispin were given the Robert Reid Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Book Arts in 2015. 

For more information about the Art of the Book 2018 exhibit, please go to or contact Mary-Anne MacDougall at

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