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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.
There is poetic justice in the marketplace writing obituaries for media such as print: left for dead by the masses and corporate interests, they become the province of creators who step in and take over the means of production. The Small Press Fair was founded in that spirit of restoration: to support artists and makers and anyone else into small-batch printing, ’zines, comics, posters, books and the like. With the third annual installment, SPF’18, coming up, the investment in a local expo of tactile, non-digital artistry and craft is paying off.
“How do we cultivate the local art scene?” Ingrid Schindall says. It’s a question she and Sarah Michelle Rupert, co-founders of Small Press Fair Fort Lauderdale, ask themselves constantly. When Schindall, the founder of the printmaking and book arts studio IS Projects, opened her FATVillage space four years ago, the artist found herself immersed in a counterculture filled with street artists and independent craftsmen. Despite the surrounding art, she felt something was missing—so a subculture to the counterculture emerged, with Schindall leading the pack.“To me, a well-rounded community is one that has a strong print community,” she says. “And the Small Press Fair is here to marry craft and concept.”Schindall partnered with Rupert, the director of collections at Girls’ Club, to debut the first Small Press Fair in 2016, a showcase of print creations by independent artists, designers, bookmakers, publishers, poets and the like.
Pure Honey Magazine
November 14, 2017