The Oxford Fine Press Fair is always a real treat and this year was no exception. I found an hotel just a short walk from the city centre but with lovely rural views. Here is what I could see looking out through one of my windows:
My journey on Friday was very pleasant and, once I had settled into my room, I did some last minute preparations and then slept soundly ready for a relatively early start in the morning.
Saturday morning found me setting up my table and stand.
As usual, I was engraving and well as selling. Copies of "25 Bookplates" and the "Freshly Cut" portfolio can be seen on the corner closest to the camera:
I was engraving a garden piece on a natural "round" of boxwood - one that I had started to engrave in Chicago.
Saturday was most pleasant and successful; the evening equally pleasant and relaxing.
On Sunday, I took the opportunity to explore the work of the other presses.
I was particularly keen to visit Oak Tree Fine Press to get my first view of "A Outrance", the extract from Philip Pullman's Northern Lights that I have contributed engravings for (see this earlier post). I was not disappointed.
It is a superbly produced book with a generous page size. It is available for sale here in three editions.
Seeing this exciting book, catching up with the Oak Tree Fine press Team and meeting Philip Pullman were just some of the things that made this a weekend that I will always remember.