Resources

Paper

  • Accent Arts
    • 392 California Avenue
      Palo Alto, CA
  • Eng’s Design
    • 333 Caledonia Street
      Sausalito, CA 94965
  • Flax
    • 1699 Market Street
      San Francisco, CA
  • Kinokuniya
    • 1581 Webster Street
      San Francisco, CA
  • Maido
    • 33 Town and Country Village
      Palo Alto, CA
  • Miki’s Papers
    • 1801 Fourth Street
      Berkeley, CA
  • Pearl
    • 969 Market Street
      San Francisco, CA
  • University Art
    • 267 Hamilton Avenue
      Palo Alto, CA
  • Binding Supplies
    • The Caning Shop
      926 Gilman Street
      Berkeley, CA
    • Carries waxed linen cord in many colors.
  • Pettingell Book Bindery
    • 2181 Bancroft Way
      Berkeley, CA 94704
    • The retail area in the front of the shop has bookbinding supplies, some old books and gorgeous Florentine, French marbled, Japanese and handmade paper.

General Art Supplies

  • Amsterdam Art
    • 1007 University Avenue
      Berkeley, CA
    • The Berkeley location has an annex next door. They also offer lots of classes.
  • The Art Store
    • 811 University Avenue
      Berkeley, CA 94710
    • 5301 Broadway
      Oakland, CA 94618
    • 1414 Van Ness Avenue
      San Francisco, CA 94109
  • The Bead Shop
    • 158 University Avenue
      Palo Alto, CA 94301
    • Also offers classes.
  • Dharma Trading Company
    • 1604 Fourth Street
      San Rafael, CA 94301
    • Carries silk that will go through an inkjet printer
  • Eddie’s Quilting Bee
    • 264 Castro
      Mountain View, CA
    • Large selection of interesting fabrics to make bookcloth.
  • General Bead
    • 637 Minna Street
      San Francisco, CA 94103
    • Also offers classes.
  • Global Beads
    • 345 Castro
      Mountain View, CA
    • Kasuri Dyeworks
    • 1959 Shattuck Av
      Berkeley, CA 94704
    • Carries gorgeous (but often quite expensive) Japanese fabrics that would make wonderful book cloth.
  • Soko Hardware
    • 1698 Post Street
      San Francisco, CA
    • Carries Japanese art tools and paper, among many other things.

Bookstores

  • Califia Books
    • 20 Hawthorne Street
      San Francisco, CA

Publications

  • Binders’ Guild Newsletter
    • 2925 Powell Street
      Eugene, Oregon 97405
  • Book Arts Classified
    • Page Two, Inc.
    • P.O. Box 77167
      Washington, DC 20013
    • Classified newspaper with TONS of resources for book artists, as well as a place to list your books for sale.
  • Turtle Press
    • P.O. Box 17545
      Seattle, WA 98107
    • ‘Zine devoted entirely to book arts. Each issue has a different book arts-related theme.

Hand Papermaking

  • Page Two, Inc.
    • P.O. Box 77027
      Washington, DC 20013
  • Somerset Studio
    • 22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
      Laguna Hills, CA 92653
    • Occasional book arts topics.
  • Tabellae Ansata
    • P.O. Box 9986
      Greensboro, NC 27429
    • You will receive a combination Tabellae Ansata/Letter Arts Book Club newsletter.
  • Umbrella
    • P.O. Box 3640
      Santa Monica, CA 90408

Zines

  • The Zine Queens: This is a directory of all the zines listed below, with a sample article from each. 2002 edition is $7 and is 48 pages. Please email kara for wholesale pricing information.
  • Art on the Loose: Irregularly issued personal art zine. Available in color or black & white. Email Zoe for more information.
  • ArtErratica: ArtErratica includes a cd-rom of full-color art from the pages of the zine.
  • ARTitude: Glossy zine with lots of full-color art.
  • BrainWaves: Spiral-bound zine with some color art.
  • By Hand: Online newsletter featuring calligraphy, bookbinding, tips and ideas. Email Suzanne for a free subscription.
  • Capricorn Gypsies: Art, travel and correspondence zine with lots of inclusions.
  • Collage Cat: Thick collage-focused zine.
  • dog eared magazine: Small press publication focused on the book arts and related-topics.
  • The Gleaner: Hand-assembled zine with tons of inclusions.
  • IN(ner) Question: Thick zine covering art and inspiration.
  • Life as Art: Art and personal journaling zine with some color.
  • Mysterium: Hand-assembled zine about art and writing.
  • Pisces Rising: Personal art zine with lots of ideas.
  • Sprinkles the zine: Hand-assembled zine with lots of inclusions.
  • Trumpetvine Travels: Sketching zine with some full-color art.

Online and Mail Order Vendors

  • American Science and Surplus: Carries all kinds of wacky art supplies and unusual stuff at cheap prices.
  • Book Central: Tons of books on bookbinding. Fast, friendly service.
  • Colophon Book Arts Supply
  • Cover Material Sales, Inc.: Carries library buckram, imitation leathers, B grade and C grade cloths and more. Call for sample books.
  • Creative Papers Online Handmade Paper: HUGE selection of handmade paper from around the globe at reasonable prices. Visitors who link from sfbookarts will receive a discount of 15% on their first order. Enter coupon code SFBA 15 to receive the discount.
  • Found Elements: Offers unique collage materials including both paper and 3-D items for paper and assemblage artists. New items added weekly!
  • Gaylord Brothers: Carries bookbinding tools, binders board, book cloth and more.
  • Hollander’s: Hollander’s has a great selection of decorative papers and bookbinding supplies. They also offer workshops in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Inland Products: Tons of metal tags and nameplates great for artist books.
  • Japanese Paper Place: They do mail order, BUT if you go to Toronto and don’t visit JPP, you’ve wasted your trip. They also have a store in Montreal. Check online or call them for swatch books. They have TONS of Japanese papers. I found a paper here that I had sought for months with no success.
  • John Neal, Bookseller: John Neal carries tons of books on bookbinding, calligraphy and paper arts, as well as bookbinding tools.
  • Page Folds: Ultra-fast and friendly service. Carries bookbinding kits and supplies. Will cut binders board to your specifications.
  • Paper Habitat, Inc.: They offer a large selection of decorative paper, book cloth, supplies, tools and more.
  • Talas: Bookbinding tools and supplies.
  • Tear It Up: Tear It Up sells all sorts of papermaking supplies, including great paper casting molds.
  • Twinrocker: Twinrocker sells beautiful handmade paper and papermaking supplies.

Online Resources

  • Art Deadlines List: A monthly newsletter (via email or paper) with 600-900 announcements (each month) listing art contests & competitions, art scholarships & grants, juried exhibitions, art jobs & internships, call for entries/proposals/papers, writing & photo contests, residencies, fellowships, festivals, funding, and other opportunities (including some that take place on the web) for artists, art educators and art students of all ages.
  • Book Arts Web: Great links section, plus the archives of the Book Arts-L mailing list.
  • Page Two, Inc.: Amazing list of book arts resources!

Los Angeles Area Stores

  • The Art Store
  • Art Supply Warehouse: Has lots of specialty papers at good prices.
  • Bead Source: The West LA Bead Source is a small store with tons of beads and accessories. Prices are average. They carry big spools of waxed cord at reasonable prices. Offers online ordering.
  • Buy-Lines Co.: Hidden in a nondescript white building across the street from Paramount Studios, Buy-Lines is one of the best and cheapest places to buy beads in Los Angeles. I’ve found great prices on beads here that I’ve seen elsewhere with much higher prices. Now for the bad news – their hours are 9:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you can find the time to make it there, you shouldn’t miss it. There’s free parking in the back.
  • Continental Art Supplies
  • Fine Paper Company
  • Flax
  • Hiromi Paper International: This is my favorite paper store in Los Angeles. They supply Soolip Paperie with Japanese papers, so get a better deal and better service at Hiromi. You can buy a lifetime membership in the Hiromi Paper International Member’s Circle at low cost and you get a 15% discount on your purchases and get on Hiromi’s mailing list.
  • Kelly Paper: Kelly is THE place in Los Angeles to buy paper in bulk. You cannot beat the prices.
  • McManus & Morgan: They have great papers and supplies in this small store. Gary is VERY helpful and can usually get special orders very quickly. M&M; is especially notable for personal service and friendliness. They close early on Saturdays.
  • Michaels
  • Pasadena Bead Company
  • Pearl: Pearl carries a LOT of handmade and fine papers, as well as nearly any art or craft supply you can imagine. Prices vary widely. Sometimes you can find a good deal here, but they are a bit overpriced. Paper pricing is standard.
  • Ritual Adornments
  • Sterling Art: Great paper/art supply store in Orange County. Can be a little pricey, but has great sales, and everyone receives a 15% human being discount.
  • Suzi Finer Artworks & Artware: Absolutely WONDERFUL store. Full of all sorts of wonderful artistic goodies. Not only does it carry one of the most unique selections of rubber stamp lines (finally a store that sells more than just Hero Arts and All Night Media!), but it also stocks tons of ephemera, art supplies, assemblage stuff and MUCH more than can be listed here. DO NOT miss this store when in L.A.
  • Swains
  • Vroman’s Museum Collection: Vroman’s Museum Collection carries books on bookbinding, tools and offers classes.
  • Eureka, CA Area Stores: All sorts of wonderful items imported from China, Tibet and Central Asia, including paper and beads.
  • Fabric Temptations: Terrific selection of beautiful fabrics (including some silk brocades and batiks) and some unusual buttons.
  • Heart Bead
  • Talisman Beads
  • Solutions: Environmentally Sound Products: Has lots of wonderful recycled papers and envelopes. Also carries hemp cord.