Jeffrey Beebe is a mapmaker but the only place you’re likely to find any of his cartography is in his brilliant mind or broken heart. His past experiences are laid out as complex and often hilarious lands. We’ve featured some of his phenomenal creations before, and now he’s looking to print a 25 limited edition set of The Map of Western Refractoria. A cross between geek and psychoanalysis it contains things such as the lands of Vast Nonsense, The Impossible Narrative, and The Oldest Ocean. He’s only got a few days left and a little ways to go, so please help him out if you can!
Missed the party listing last night but you can still help by signing the petition.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
323 West 39th Street 3rd Floor
6 Thursdays, 6:30-9:30p
$300 members/$340 nonmembers
Adhesives, Size and Varnishes: A Cooking Class: During this workshop we will focus on making traditional adhesives from scratch and then use them. With Karen Gorst, May 7.
Paper Marbling: This course will teach the basics of water-based (Turkish) paper marbling using acrylic and tempera paints. With Lauren Rowland, June 25 – 26.
The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10001