Codex Book Fair 2015 / by Ellen Ziegler

Site of the CODEX Book Fair: Craneway Pavilion, a former Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, part of the National Park Service's Rosie the Riveter World War II--Home Front National Historical Park, Richmond, CA.

Site of the CODEX Book Fair: Craneway Pavilion, a former Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, part of the National Park Service's Rosie the Riveter World War II--Home Front National Historical Park, Richmond, CA.

The mecca of book artists is the Codex Book Fair, an international gathering of book artists, dealers, collectors and appreciators of artists' books. Held at the stunning Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California, it's a four-day symposium and an orgy of looking, touching, chatting, and networking. I decided to go at the last minute and I'm so glad I did. Photos here are mostly by others; I was preoccupied with meeting artists and publishers and soaking it all up.

Photo by Karen Eng.

Photo by Karen Eng.

Hundreds of vendors of books and supplies in this Albert Kahn-designed Ford Motor Co. factory. 

Hundreds of vendors of books and supplies in this Albert Kahn-designed Ford Motor Co. factory. 

A storm blew in on Day One; wonderful to be in a big glass house watching it.

A storm blew in on Day One; wonderful to be in a big glass house watching it.

Poetry by Molly Tenenbaum, book by me. Printed by Paper Hammer, represented by Vamp and Tramp Booksellers.

Poetry by Molly Tenenbaum, book by me. Printed by Paper Hammer, represented by Vamp and Tramp Booksellers.

El Torero y la Bailarina, about my mother's romance in Mexico, 1941. In Spanish and English, typed in Mexico City on onionskin paper. Printed and bound by Paper Hammer, represented by Vamp and Tramp.

El Torero y la Bailarina, about my mother's romance in Mexico, 1941. In Spanish and English, typed in Mexico City on onionskin paper. Printed and bound by Paper Hammer, represented by Vamp and Tramp.

I had two books at Codex, both printed and bound at Paper Hammer in Tieton, WA, and represented by the fabulous Vamp and Tramp Booksellers. See ellenziegler.com for more images and information.