About this project
In early 2012, we will launch Pop-Hop Books & Curio, a creative retail space merging a bookstore and print studio in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles.
As a bookshop, we will specialize in art editions, literature, zines, children's books, and books as unique art objects. We will also feature handpicked used film, philosophy, graphic literature, sci-fi, cookbooks, new art and design magazines, and publications by small local presses, as well as select design objects, paper products, vintage housewares, collectables and other curios that we find in our continual search for distinctive used books.
As a print studio, we will give members of the community the opportunity to take things a step further by offering workshops such as screen printing and book binding. The multipurpose design of the space will open up to serve as a forum for talks, readings, screenings, exhibitions and other creative programs and performances.
We hope to create an environment that is inviting and approachable, dynamic and stimulating, a place you want to stop by every day whether for a social gathering or to inhabit a quiet corner with a stack of our books.
Highland Park is home to a vibrant artistic community in Northeast Los Angeles that is at a critical stage in its resurgence. The corner of York and Avenue 50 is an epicenter of life in the neighborhood with a handful of new restaurants, bars, shops and galleries in the area, but as we hear from people in the community, there is very little in the way of interactive content.
Bookstores are one of the few retail environments, other than bars and cafes, where people really hang out. They provide a place where people can relax and find inspiration in books. Pop-Hop Books & Curio will be a catalyst, allowing people to turn that inspiration into a physical form. It will offer a place that fosters inspiration and action in equal measure.
The partners behind Pop-Hop are writer Sarah Balcomb and designer Robey Clark.
Robey Clark grew up in Richmond, VA, and studied graphic design at RISD. He has been publishing music and printed matter under the moniker Pop-Hop since 2007. He managed the design lab at the Bronx Museum of Art and has taught screen printing at art institutions on both coasts. He likes reading books almost as much as he likes making them.
All of the design and construction for Pop-Hop’s physical space will be performed by local artists, other friends and ourselves, yet there will still be significant costs for materials, labor and tools.
Once we’re up and running, the retail portion of Pop-Hop will help fund our programming, but without assistance from outside donors and through organizations like Kickstarter, we won’t be able to get it started right.
Donate to Pop-Hop’s start-up fund and help establish a new community-oriented artistic venue in Northeast Los Angeles. We don’t think the printed word is at risk of dying; we just want to shine it up a bit.
Please check out the full list of our benefits to the right and images of some of our printed goods below. Donate early and donate often.
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