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Accent Arts
392 California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA

Eng's Design
333 Caledonia Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

1699 Market Street
San Francisco, CA

1581 Webster Street
San Francisco, CA

33 Town and Country Village
Palo Alto, CA

Miki's Papers
1801 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA

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
Fax 510-486-2610
5301 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618
T 510-658-2787
F 510-658-8409
1414 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
Fax 415.441.6085

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 ink jet 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
Fax 415-621-0529

Also offers classes.

Global Beads
345 Castro
Mountain View, CA

Kasuri Dyeworks
1959 Shattuck Av
Berkeley, CA 94704
Fax 510-841-4511

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.


Califia Books
20 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA

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.

dog eared magazine
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
Fax 949-380-9355

Occasional book arts topics.

Tabellae Ansata
P.O. Box 9986
Greensboro, NC 27429
Fax 336-272-9015

You will receive a combination Tabellae Ansata/Letter Arts Book Club newsletter.

P.O. Box 3640
Santa Monica, CA 90408

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 includes a cd-rom of full-color art from the pages of the zine.


Glossy zine with lots of full-color art.


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.


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.
47 Warehouse Road
P.O. Box 566
Hyannis, MA 02601

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 SFBA15 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 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
887 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 1G5 Canada
Fax 416-703-0163

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.


Bookbinding tools and supplies.

Tear It Up

Tear It Up sells all sorts of papermaking supplies, including great paper casting molds.


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
Multiple LA locations incl:
7301 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Fax 323-933-9794

Art Supply Warehouse
6672 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA

Has lots of specialty papers at good prices.

Bead Source
4 Valley locations plus:
10606 West Pico Blvd.
W. Los Angeles, CA 90064

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.
5444 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Hidden in a non-descript 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
7041 Reseda Boulevard
Reseda, CA 91335
Fax 818-345-0976

Fine Paper Company
111 E. Union Street
Old Pasadena, CA 91103

10852 Lindbrook Drive
Westwood, CA 90024
Fax 310-208-6317

Hiromi Paper International
2525 Michigan Avenue
Bergamot Station G9
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-998-0028 Fax

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
Multiple L.A. locations incl:
844 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Fax 323-957-2242

Kelly is THE place in Los Angeles to buy paper in bulk. You cannot beat the prices.

McManus & Morgan
2506 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Fax 213-387-3454

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.

Multiple L.A. area locations incl:
1427 Fourth St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Pasadena Bead Company
146 W. Bellevue Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105-2504

Multiple L.A. locations incl:
1250 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Fax 310-289-4969

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
2708-A Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

They also offer classes.

Sterling Art
18871 Teller Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612
Fax 949-553-0387

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
238 S. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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.

537 Glendale Avenue
Glendale, CA 91206

Vroman's Museum Collection
340 S. Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Fax 626-396-1679

Vroman's Museum Collection carries books on bookbinding, tools and offers classes.

Eureka, CA Area Stores
All Under Heaven
212 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501

All sorts of wonderful items imported from China, Tibet and Central Asia, including paper and beads.

Fabric Temptations
942 G Street
Arcata, CA 95521

Terrific selection of beautiful fabrics (including some silk brocades and batiks) and some unusual buttons.

Heart Bead
830 G Street
Arcata, CA 95521

Talisman Beads
214 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Solutions: Environmentally Sound Products
1063 H Street
Arcata, CA 95521

Has lots of wonderful recycled papers and envelopes. Also carries hemp cord.


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