I am a firm believer in owning a library card and a huge supporter of the arts. So, when years ago a teacher introduced me to published art books at Printed Matter in Chelsea it was as if my two worlds collided. It's where my curiosities of Candy Jernigan started.
As an aunt, I felt it was my duty to introduce my duty to world of journaling and art. Here's our story at the New York Art Book Fair.
My niece took to the event like a moth attracted to light. She wanted to touch, see, and explore every book we came across. Books with bright colors and hidden messages were her favorite and after a while it was pointless to guide her. She'd find a favorite zine valued at $500 and asked us to read it to her. Of course after that we tried our best to teach her to look with her eyes and not her fingers. She came out of the event ever so curious and with a new gruesome coloring book and a couple of meme inspired pins. Although my sister and I felt exhausted by the day, we felt a sense of accomplishment in knowing how excited she was to make her very own art books.
The New York Art Book Fair happens once a year, usually in late September. But I advise you to not wait that long to become intrigued, and instead visit Printed Matter. You will definitely come away with something grand.
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