Now that I have a little bit of down time during the holiday weekend, I can make a post about all the zine/book things I saw during my trip.
In Philadelphia, we went to Independence Hall (actually we did not get to go inside because the tickets were all gone) where we went inside Philosophical Hall and saw a bunch of artifacts in this exhibition. One of the documents included was Common Sense (see below). Some say it was the earliest zine ever made!
The other place that was on my list was The Print Center, located near Rittenhouse Square. They focus mainly on printmaking and photography, but one of their exhibitions was Ephemeral Sprawl, which was co-curated by Printeresting and featured all sorts of printed ephemera. They were having an opening the night that my mom and I got into town, so after we got to the hotel, we ventured out to take a look. We had a bit of trouble finding the place, but with the help of my dad’s phone, we eventually found it.
Photo from shereadsandreads.blogspot.com.
After being in Philadelphia for about four days, we flew to Burlington, VT. Originally we had planned to visit my friend Julie, but our plans were not meant to be because she was still in Texas and could not make it back in time. She told us a few places to check out and Crow Bookshop seemed like it was right up my alley.
It’s a small independent book store on Church Street where a lot of other shops are in downtown Burlington. I found this book called The Undressed Art: Why We Draw by Peter Steinhart, which I am looking forward to read after I finish some other books on my already long list.
While we were in Burlington, we decided to drive to Montreal for the day since it’s only 2 1/2 hours away or something like that. Driving up toward Montreal is very picturesque and reminds me of Tipton, Indiana actually. One of the places on my to-do list was Monastiraki, a curiosity shop and art gallery that has tons of prints, zines, independent magazines, old books, vintage posters and other ephemera. This store in in an area called the Mile End which has many other neat shops and also where Drawn & Quarterly has a retail space. I was in book heaven… @.@
So we walked around that part of the city for a bit and then drove off to find Librarie Formats, another independent book store. The guy at Monastiraki said that it was at the other end of town near Old Montreal but located in a new building, where VOX Photo is as well. By this time I was getting kind of tired and I’m sure my mom was also…I really appreciate her coming with me to find and go to these places because I know I can be a pain sometimes when it comes to communicating while traveling, hahaha!!
A poster I found in Librarie Formats. :)
Finally, my mom and I met up with my dad and sister in Indiana for my cousin’s wedding. We stayed with my yia yia and papou that week. They live in Tipton, Indiana, which is a tiny town about an hour away from Indianapolis. While we were there we went to the IMA (always a good trip) and found this cafe to eat at called SoBro Cafe on Broadripple afterward. They make their own chai called Impeccable Chai. SO GOOD.
Anyway, across the street from this cafe was a music store, Luna Music and what did I find when I went inside……
ZINES!!!!!!!!!! Yep, that’s right, they had some there! It was super cool. I didn’t buy anything though, womp womp.
So, Luna Music was neat. They had records, CDs, books, and cute cards. I asked the guy at the check out counter if there were any other stores that had zines and he told me about this place around the corner called PRINTtEXT that sells publications on fashion, literature, design, political miscellany, architecture, food, art etc. It was LITERALLY around the corner, but we didn’t stop in for some reason?!? I don’t know what happened, but we didn’t go and I could have kicked myself because once I realized that it was right there and we were leaving I was like, DAMN! Oh well. I’ll just have to go next time I am there.
And thus ends this long-winded entry about print related stuff I saw while traveling!!!!! Until next time, folks…
P.S. Will make a post about our ZFH volunteer meeting soon as well as some recent zines I have read, so stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.