It’s only January 7, 2015 but Valentine’s Day is approximately five weeks away! Another great time to give your loved one, a special little gift. What’s more fun than an artist’s book and Vamp and Tramp has some new offerings for your bibliophilic honey. Check out their online catalog for January which is entitled “Around the Kitchen”. It offers lovely little goodies (these have no calories) about things from the kitchen such as books on pickles, herbs, great cooks, “3 Cooks in the Kitchen” and the history of the spatula, “Whip it Good” (shameless self-promotion here). They also have a great selection of artist’s books to select from that were produced in 2014. Check it out as an alternative to the traditional box of chocolates and flowers! Another great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, is to give a gift of love to the Center for Book Arts. They have just released their new schedule of workshops for winter and they all look wonderful. A membership as a gift provides discounts to their workshops, their online store or any other merchandise that they offer for the book and letterpress lover! If you have the urge to help your loved one with their creative endeavors in the bookmaking arena, Vamp and Tramp and the Center for Book Arts offer great books on bookmaking and letterpress. Also books by Esther K. Smith, Alisa Golden, Gabrielle Fox and Gwen Diehn make great gifts and provide hours of creativity in book arts! So, enjoy this cold weather and remember, Valentine’s Day is less than 5 weeks away and give a gift that will be special and lasting without any calories!
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Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!