Wednesday, October 24, 2012

B + B // In Honor of Oscar Wilde

This past weekend I attended a Book + Bread event hosted by Leon and Megan of Salt & Cedar Letterpress and Market Studio Kitchen. This particular Book and Bread was in honor of Oscar Wilde's birthday and consisted of a thoughtfully prepared four course meal, followed by a lesson in book binding.

Upon walking into the studio, everyone was offered a glass of prosecco and had a pleasant meet and greet to start the night off. Once we began to take our seats around the communal table, Leon spoke to us about Oscar Wilde. He once commissioned in Paris, France a few years back regarding Wild's tomb, which was quite amusing. Apparently the sculpture above his tomb was originally complete with male genitalia, but someone had vandalized it by hammering off it's angled bits. Well, Leon intervened with new silver genitalia in hand and named the installation, [Re]membering Oscar Wilde and even made a video about it!

After story time, the meal commenced. The first course was red and green stuffed pepper / second, fresh chucked oysters / third, lamb (or a portobello mushroom for us vegetarians), locally grown beats, potatoes and carrots / and the final course was a decedent cup of the most delicious creme brulee I've ever had.

We then gathered around the table again for a lesson in book binding. Since I helped with the evenings preparations, I had already prepare 45 signatures (in bookbinders' use, a sheet after it has been folded and is ready to be gathered) for the book we'd be binding. Sewing the signatures together might've went by a bit smoother had it not been for all the wine, but it was a fun and informative time, nonetheless! I always find it so inspiring how Leon and Megan talk about their work and projects with such passion. It was such a special event, and so great to be able to leave with a personally bound book in hand.

Wilde's words:
-"One's own life- that is the important thing."
-"I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse."
-"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
-"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."

a few more photos from the evening:

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