Amazing Dremel Workshop with Jill Timm

We have had a couple of cancellations for the Amazing Dremel Workshop, so we now have two available spots for the workshop.

In the workshop, instructor Jill Timm will demonstrate the limitless options of the Dremel tool. Each student will provide their own Dremel and learn about the various attachment options while using the tool to drill, cut, carve, etch, shape, polish and grind into non-traditional book materials. Students can expect to experiment on materials such as glass, plastic, metals, wood, tile and more. By the end of the workshop, you will have built up quite a reference of materials.

This 2-day workshop will be held May 10th and 11th at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA. and lasts about 6 hours each day. The registration fee is $250 with an additional material fee of $50, which includes your own deluxe Dremel kit with over 100 various attachments. You will need to bring your own Dremel to the workshop – Jill has an information sheet that can help you figure out the best one for your needs if you do not currently own one.

To reserve a space in the workshop, send an email to Todd at

Reminder – Portland Book Arts Bazaar this Sunday

Don’t forget that the annual Book Arts Bazaar at the University of Southern Maine’s Wishcamper Center will take place on Sunday, April 6th. The Bazaar has no admission fee and will be open to the public from 10am until 3pm. USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts is sponsoring the Book Arts Bazaar, any profits from this event support the center.

The Wishcamper Center is located on Bedford St. on USM’s Portland Campus. There is plenty of parking behind the building, located between the Glickman Family Library and in the Parking Garage (which is free).

Inaugural Enid Mark’54 Lecture in Book Arts at Smith College

“Single Voice, Many Hands: The Nature of Vision and Collaboration in Contemporary Book Arts”
Thursday, Apri 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College
Northampton, MA

Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book & Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, will deliver the inaugural Enid Mark Lecture in the Book Arts. This is a new annual lecture series at Smith College, in memory of the life and artistic work of Enid Epstein Mark, Smith class of 1954. Ms. Mark created limited edition artist books starting in the 1980s until shortly before her death in 2008. She collaborated with many New England printers and bookbinders. A reception will follow.inconstant moon

This is a double-page spread from THE INCONSTANT MOON, designed & illustrated by Enid. Her collaborators: type set at Golgonooza Letter Foundry; text printed by Art Larson; illustrations printed by Tim Sheesley (upstate NY); binding design by David Bourbeau, bound by him, Barbara Blumenthal, & Daniel Gehnrich.

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Girl Scout Book Artist Badge Volunteers Needed

We are still looking for a few volunteers for the Girl Scout event on Saturday April 12th. The event will run from 1:00-5:00 at Camp Maude Eaton, Mass, which is about 20 miles north of Boston. This program is for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge. There are currently about 40 scouts signed up for this.

If you would like to volunteer to help out please email me at – non-NEGBW members can also volunteer.

In addition, we are also looking for volunteers for the last Girl Scout event of the year in Wilmington on May 3rd. If you would like to volunteer for that event please email me at

Todd Pattison

Geographies: New England Book Work

geographiesThe New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers (NEGBW) is pleased to announce a multi-state book exhibition, Geographies: New England Book Work.  The exhibit opened March 3, 2014 at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Fleet Library in Providence, Rhode Island. Over the next two years, the exhibition will journey to venues in each of the six states within the region.

This show represents current work from our membership of bookbinders, book artists, printers, conservators, and calligraphers, working in our widespread New England communities and beyond. The work presented will appeal to book lovers and artists of all ages, aficionados of the printed word, and those interested in New England’s history as interpreted in books of all kinds.

With the only restraint that the work must relate to the theme of New England or the individual New England states, the 26 exhibitors were free to explore and express their creativity in a finished product of their choice, ranging from fine leather bindings to artist books and calligraphic productions. For many, it was an opportunity to meditate on the meaning of a sense of place.  Artist statements accompany the works for viewers interested in the concept of the work or the production of the piece. These point out such details as the use of native natural materials found in a book’s construction, the connection to the exhibit’s theme, or the inspiration drawn from a favorite text.

The exhibit includes classic regional texts, such as Elizabeth Curran’s binding of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Gerritt VanDerwerker’s binding of The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett. More personal connections to the region appear in Susan Bonthron’s Stones, Anne McLain’s Place, and Laurie Whitehill Chong’s Snow Bound In September: A Re-Imagining.

A number of works deal with New England history from a variety of perspectives, including an 1874 copy of the Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts bound by John Nove, and 28 Fort Square: What Charles Olson wrote on the window casings of his apartment in Gloucester, Massachusetts, an artist book by Rutherford Witthus. Nancy Leavitt’s Plant Corridors, Penelope Hall’s Wildflowers Around Tufts Pond, and Lindsley Rice’s Some Plants Endemic to New England all explore some aspect relating to New England’s natural world.

While many of the books are the traditional representation of the codex form, Bexx Caswell’s Mind Map and Graham Patten’s Call Me Trimtab might give viewers new ideas of what a book might look like.

The complete list of entrants: Cathy Adelman, Susan Bonthron, Marianna Brotherton, Patty Bruce, Bexx Caswell, Elizabeth Curran, Eric Drzewianowski, Penelope Hall, Karen Hanmer, Barbara Adams Hebard, Deborah Howe, Nancy Leavitt, Anne McLain, Nancy H. Nitzberg, John Nove, Jan Owen, Graham Patten, Todd Pattison, Lindsley Elisa Hand Rice, Sarah M. Smith, Pamela Spitzmueller, Julie B. Stackpole, Gerritt VanDerwerker, Laurie Whitehill Chong, Rutherford Witthus, and Stephanie Wolff.

Geographies: New England Book Work opened March 3, 2014 at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Fleet Library in Providence, Rhode Island. The exhibition is open to the public and located on two floors of the library with varying open hours. Three cases are on the first floor main area, open all library hours: M-Th 8:30 am – 11 pm, F 8:30 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 12 pm – 11 pm. A large single case is on the second floor in Special Collections. The open hours there are M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Subsequent tour stops include the University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Wiliams College in Massachussetts, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and ends its run in Fall of 2015 at Connecticut’s Creative Arts Workshop.

The full exhibition schedule is listed here, though please confirm closer to exhibition dates with individual venues, as slight changes may be required.

Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

March 3 – May 31, 2014

Pope-Cheney Art Studio, Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
June 16 – August 22, 2014

Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
September 8 – December 12, 2014

Williams College Library, Williamstown, MA
January 12 – March 20, 2015

Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH
April 6- August 21, 2015

Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
September 16 – October 9, 2015

Please stay tuned for any special programs in conjunction with the exhibition as it travels around the various venues. Details will be available through e-mails, the NEGBW website, and NEGBW’s Facebook page.

Geographies Catalog

Maine Media Workshops New Studio

023 Maine Media Workshops + College is proud to announce that construction of the new Book Arts & Alternative Process Studio will be complete by April. A grand opening for the facility is scheduled for June 12. The new studio will be home to Maine Media Workshops’ expanded book arts and alternative process programs, which specialize in the honoring of historic craft melded with the newest visual technology.

The studio, part of a from-the-studs-up renovation of the lower level of Maine Media’s Ernst Haas building, is designed to be a permanent space dedicated to enhancing the Design & Book Arts program, which was introduced in 2007 by former Maine Media President Charles Altschul. The studio houses a raft of exceptional book arts equipment including Vandercook proofing presses, multiple book presses, a photopolymer platemaker, composing stone and base, stamping press, bookbinding sewing frame, and much more. It is a veritable book arts cornucopia for “maker” enthusiasts and photographers alike. The Alternative Process laboratory being renovated in the adjacent space embraces a resurging interest in 19th century historic photographic techniques including tintype, collodion, gum bichromate, and calotype.

The new studio exponentially expands opportunities at Maine Media because students can explore, blend, and combine these age-old techniques in tandem with the most cutting-edge image technology available, opening seemingly endless creative avenues. Take a picture on an iPhone, use a special printer to create a digital negative of that image, print the image using a historic process, and overlay letterpress onto the final image or bind multiple prints into a hand-bound book. It’s the marriage of old and new.

To make the most of the new space and equipment, Maine Media has greatly expanded its course offerings, particularly in design and book arts. New workshops will explore book design, letterpress printing, hot foil stamping for book spines, bookbinding as well as Adobe InDesign, digital books, typography, graphic design, visual books for photographers, and much more. World-class instructors from across the U.S. are included in the Maine Media Workshops + College catalog for the 2014 season, and online at “For over 40 years, people have come to Rockport to learn the art and craft of visual storytelling at Maine Media,” said Maine Media President Meg Weston. “It’s inspiring every day to see creativity happen in a variety of forms from historic photographic processes to the latest digital technologies used in cinematography. This new studio is a wonderful addition to our capacity for programming classes and providing creative opportunities for people interested in honing their craft and telling their stories in unique ways.”

Founded in 1973, Maine Media Workshops + College is a non-profit, non-traditional school that provides experiential education for students of all skill levels in film, photography, writing, multimedia, and design. From one and two-day skill-building workshops to one-week and multi-week immersions, Maine Media’s workshops spark creativity and lead to self-discovery through intense, hands-on learning with top-of-the-line gear. Its long-term programs, including 12-week intensives, one-year professional certificates, three-year MFA, and new collaborative M.Ed. with Husson University, graduate students fully prepared to work and succeed in their fields.

Portland Book Arts Bazaar

The annual Book Arts Bazaar at the University of Southern Maine’s Wishcamper Center will take place on Sunday, April 6th. The Bazaar will be open to the public from 10am until 3pm. The Wishcamper Center is located on Bedford St. on USM’s Portland Campus. There is plenty of parking behind the building, located between the Glickman Family Library and in the Parking Garage (which is free). USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts is sponsoring the Book Arts Bazaar, any profits from this event support the center.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Bazaar, there are still some tables available. The table rental cost is $45.00. The deadline for table rental is March 15th. Please see the attached PDF for rental information.