Letterpress in Mid-Coast Maine

Looking for a small group of folks in the Mid Coast Maine area who would be interested in the use, care and maintenance of a Letterpress (Vandercook SP 15). Currently hoping to place in the print studio at Waterfall Arts, Belfast. All the details and arrangements to be worked out. The letterpress can be used to make all sorts of prints, linocuts, collographs, etc. in multiple editions. Also looking for anyone who might be interested in classes learning to use and run a letterpress.

Please contact Karin Spitfire:

Save the date – Nov. 4th NEGBW Visit to the InsideOUT Exhibit

Save the date – Nov. 4th NEGBW visit to the InsideOUT exhibit at Houghton Library, Harvard University.


InsideOUT celebrates the art and craft of contemporary bookbinding and private press printing. Organized by Designer Bookbinders, this ambitious project is a collaboration between thirty-four binders based in the United Kingdom and twenty-five based in North America.

More details to follow in a few weeks.

Robert Seydel Exhibition & discussion at Smith College, Northampton MA

seydel collage

Exhibition in the Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library (3rd floor), Smith College, Northampton, MA
September 2-December 15, 2014
Roundtable discussion & reception: Monday, September 29, 6-8 pm, Neilson Library Browsing Room

Artist and writer Robert Seydel (1960-2011) left behind a multi-layered, highly original body of work marked by an unrelenting sense of play. His extraordinary and eclectic production incorporated collage, drawing, photography, and narrative and lyric writing, often using various personas and fictional constructs to explore the boundaries between the salvaged and the lost, the unknown and the unknowable, the art that is made and the art that is found. In Book of Ruth, which is featured in this exhibition, Seydel’s primary alter ego is Ruth Greisman – banker by day, artist by night, friend of Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell – who lived in Queens and cared for her WWI shell-shocked brother.

“Robert Seydel:The Eye in Matter,” a major retrospective exhibition at Smith College, features a definitive selection from Seydel’s acclaimed “Ruth” series — more than 300 collages, “journal pages,” and drawings — which purportedly were discovered buried in boxes of miscellanea in the Joseph Cornell Study Center at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and in the family garage. The exhibition, curated by Peter Gizzi, Richard Kraft, and Lisa Pearson, and sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College, will include many previously unpublished and unexhibited works, as well as Seydel’s notebooks, open to reveal the process of making this visionary body of work.

In conjunction with the exhibition, on September 29, at 6 pm in the Neilson Library Browsing Room at Smith College, there will be a roundtable discussion about Seydel’s unusual combination of writing and visual art . A reception in the Book Arts Gallery following the presentation will afford visitors a close look at the exhibition.

“Robert Seydel: The Eye in Matter” coincides with the publication of A Picture is Always a Book: Further Writings from the Book of Ruth, edited by Lisa Pearson of Siglio Press, with an interview by Savina Velkova. The book is co-published with the Mortimer Rare Book Room, and copies will be available during the exhibition. A Picture Is Always a Book is a first person, fictional archive, collecting over seventy of Ruth’s “journal pages,” luminescent writings infused with play and pathos, typed up on paper purloined from old photo albums, adorned with drawings in colored pencils, oil pens, white-out, and ink stamps.

Seydell trained as a photographer (MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, 1990) but also had an academic background in literature (BFA, New York University in Photography and English, 1984). Seydel began his pursuit of a hybrid species of art and literature soon after graduate school. In addition to his work as an artist and writer, Seydel was an editor, curator, and teacher who taught for more than a decade at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and curated more than a dozen exhibitions at various venues. All items on exhibition are on loan from the Estate of Robert Seydel.

Paste Papers at South End Open Studios

USEA SEOS 2014 cover
Deena Schnitman will not be going to Guild of Bookworkers Standards this year but will be selling her paper at South End Open Studios, September 20-21. Please visit her in the Group Space at 551 Tremont St.

And, remind her you are a member of GBW and she will be pleased to offer you at 20% discount on any paper bought at the show.

Exploring the Tip of Maine

There are still spaces available for the NEGBW Mini-Conference: Exploring the Tip of Maine. The conference will include a papermaking workshop with Katie MacGregor and a calligraphy workshop with Nancy Leavitt as well as talks by several important book workers in Northern Maine. This promises to be an exciting program!

For the online brochure go to:

To register online and pay by credit card, click the link below or copy it into your browser:

To book a room at the Heartwood Lodge online go to:
In order to get the discounted room rate, you will need to enter the word “LIBRAM” in the access code field on the “Check Availability” form.

If you have a problem registering for the conference please email newenglandgbw@gmail.com

Reception this Friday: International Design Binding Exhibit at North Bennet Street School

A major exhibition of design bindings will soon be on display in the new gallery at North Bennet Street School in Boston.

La couleur du vent

An international exhibit of design bindings
July 18 – September 14, 2014
Windgate Gallery, North Bennet Street School
Boston, MA

A reception hosted by NBSS and the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers will be held on July 18, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 at NBSS and will be open to the public.

ARA Canada in partnership with the École Estienne, organized an international exhibition of bookbinding that originated in Paris and traveled to Quebec City, Montreal and Trois-Rivières. This exhibit includes the work of fifty-one binders. The invitation to participate was extended to former students of the Ecole Estienne in Paris and member bookbinders of ARA Canada.

The book selected for this project is titled La couleur du vent (The color of the wind). It is a collection of poems by Gilles Vigneault, illustrated and designed by Nastassja Imiolek under the artistic direction of Cécile Côté.

Visit the project website to view the bindings and learn about the artists.


The exhibit is made possible through Les Amis de la Reliure d’Art du Canada (Friends of the Art of Bookbinding of Canada) and Ecole Estienne, France.

For more information about North Bennet Street School, visit http://nbss.edu.

Miniature Book Society Grand Conclave XXXII, Boston

The Miniature Book Society is hosting the annual gathering of its members this year in Boston, August 15-17. NEGBW member Christine Amato will be speaking at the Conclave, and there will also be a book fair that will be open to the public on Sunday, August 17th from 11-4. For more details, visit http://www.mbs.org/conclave.html.