Save Bowne.

Missed the party listing last night but you can still help by signing the petition.

READ BELOW TO SEE WHAT BOWNE IS ALL ABOUT:

Closed on Valentine’s Day, 2011, after 36 years of operation, Bowne & Co Stationers was a beloved re-creation of a small nineteenth-century printing and stationer’s shop in the South Street Seaport area of Lower Manhattan. Established in honor of one of New York City’s oldest and longest-running businesses, Bowne & Co. was a museum that did not look like a museum. It was a working press that still took custom orders, a destination for researchers and school groups, and a beautiful neighborhood shop that inspired passionate responses from visitors from around the world.

Now, as its parent institution, the Seaport Museum New York, struggles financially, the future of Bowne and its significant collection is uncertain and potentially at risk of disappearing altogether.

Friends of Bowne is a group of individuals who care about what happens to Bowne & Co. It is a public platform for sharing news, ideas, and support, in an effort to ensure Bowne receives the stewardship it deserves. Mainly, it is a way to keep the idea of the shop open, even as its doors are closed, because we believe the survival of Bowne & Co. will help make New York City a richer, more interesting place.

… But don’t just take our word for it! Comment with your own memories and impressions of Bowne on our blog. Tell us why you think it’s important that Bowne survive. Share thoughts,  information, as well as feedback! Feedback is very, very welcome. Also feel free to contact the admins “offline,” if you’d rather, by emailing friendsofbowne@gmail.com.

Doug Clouse and Laura Koo Nicholas are the current admins for this blog. Doug was the shop’s master printer since June 2010 and a volunteer for four years before that. Laura began volunteering in November 2010. Both were present at Bowne on the afternoon that the Museum closed the shop.

BORING STORIES with Jiyoon Koo @ A.I.R. Gallery May 1st.

Please Join us for
A handmade book-making workshop
Sunday, May 1st, 2011, 5-8pm
at A.I.R. Gallery
FREE – RSVP is required!

2010-11 A.I.R. Fellow Jiyoon Koo in collaboration with professional book-binder Susan Mills A.I.R. Gallery and 2010-11 A.I.R. Fellow Jiyoon Koo invite the public to Boring Stories, an workshop and literary event on Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 5-8pm. The event will be limited to 15 people and a donation of $10 is requested to cover the cost of materials. Due to the limited number of participants, advance registration is recommended. Please RSVP to info@airgallery.org to participate and make your donation.
Jiyoon has invited a professional book-binder, Susan Mills, to teach basic book binding.Each participant will be asked to bring to the workshop four sentences that describe special or disappointing events from childhood memories. These will be the basis for a narrative. In its final form, however, each book will be a “blank” book because the conclusion or climax will be missing and the point of the story will be absent, thus creating a void. Attendees will bind their own books, which they will take home with them. In addition, all stories will be bound into a single volume, a copy of which will be given to each participant; one copy will be left in the gallery space.
For a full press release please click HERE.
For more information about Susan Mills, please click HERE.
*The artist will email individually the 15 people who RSVP for the event to give more information about the workshop.