40 Years: Celebrating the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers

Exhibit at the Boston Athenæum – May 15 – August 7, 2021

Founded in 1906, the Guild of Book Workers seeks to broaden public awareness of the hand book arts. The Guild hosts educational opportunities, sponsors exhibitions, and advocates for high standards and sound conservation practices. In 1980, a group of passionate bookbinders, conservators, printers, papermakers, book artists, and their supporters in and around Boston rallied for the creation of the Guild’s first regional chapter. Following the New England Chapter’s establishment, new regional chapters soon followed, expanding support for a widening community of book workers around the country.

This exhibition celebrates 40 years of creativity fostered by the New England Chapter. The works on display represent a broad spectrum of tradition and innovation, spanning expertly crafted fine and design bindings, as well as beautifully sculpted artists’ books and boxes. 

With rich holdings in the contemporary and historic book arts, and with overlaps in our collections, membership, and staff, the Boston Athenæum is pleased to continue our support for the Chapter by serving as the opening venue for the exhibition.

Events at the University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine is hosting a couple events in conjunction with our 40th Anniversary Exhibition next spring! More details at this link: https://usm.maine.edu/bookarts/workshop-series

Books by Karen Hanmer, Colin Urbina, Stephanie Wolff & Katrina Carye

A Wider Purpose: Maker Talk with Members of the Guild of Book Workers, New England Chapter

Wednesday, February 3, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Guild of Book Workers New England Chapter 40th Anniversary Exhibition features works by 30 artists, some of which were completed as early as 2004, and one of which remains in progress. Exhibitor and GBW Board Member Jennifer Pellecchia will give a “gallery talk”, and discuss some of the challenges and advantages of moving the exhibition online. Katrina Carye, Colin Urbina, and Stephanie Wolff, will speak about the works they submitted, and the ways that current events have shaped their creative lives.

Link to Register: https://maine.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpcOyppzItE9Gdr4gTZi_U98ZZq-M-6v05

Paper Cases by Karen Hamner

Workshop: A Wardrobe of Paper Cases with Karen Hanmer

Saturday, February 27, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Description:

In this one session online workshop we will quickly construct a text block using a very speedy sewing technique. This will free up the remainder of our time together to concentrate on folding a variety of paper cases to dress this text block ”mannequin”. As each case is presented, suggestions will be given on appropriate sewing techniques and endsheet constructions for that particular structure. All structures are low or no adhesive. All can be constructed in a sparsely-equipped home studio with minimal specialized equipment. This workshop is appropriate for intermediate binders, beginners who are ready for a fast-paced workout, and anyone who wants to add more paper cases to their repertoire.

Bio:

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer is winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only ten graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, Hanmer has studied with many notable fine binders. She exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. Solo exhibition venues include Florida Atlantic University, University of the West of England Bristol, and the Center for Book Arts (NYC).

Register here: https://www.enrole.com/usmmaine/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=C2021PAPERCASES_S21&courseId=C_2021PAPERCASES&categoryId=439B988

New England Chapter 40th Anniversary Online Exhibit

We are pleased to announce the launch of the New England Chapter 40th Anniversary Exhibition! Members from across the nation created a range of bindings from traditional fine bindings to creative design bindings. There are innovative artist books and sculptural pieces. We hope you enjoy this exhibit as it showcases the brilliant and creative community that makes up the New England Chapter.

We will be launching a series of interviews about our past Chapter Chairs. Announcements will follow when they become available. We are also creating programming around our exhibit, so stay tuned!

Virtual exhibit tour: Louise Imogen Guiney in Boston

Virtual exhibit tour: Louise Imogen Guiney in Boston
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 5:30 – 6:30pm (EST)
Click here to register by November 9

The John J. Burns Library welcomes you to a special virtual tour of their exhibit “Devoted Catholic & Determined Writer: Louise Imogen Guiney in Boston”. Because of the state restrictions on the size of gatherings, this will be a virtual tour. The tour is open to all.

The tour will be led by Burns Library conservator and exhibit curator Barbara Adams Hebard and Burns Librarian Christian Dupont. Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), one of only two women represented in stained-glass portraits of American authors in Bapst Library at Boston College, may have faded from the canon, yet she continues to offer a unique window into the multifaceted literary establishment of late 19th-century Boston.

Video Recording of the NEGBW Show and Tell – Uppercase Magazine // September 23, 2020

This is a very special Show and Tell, sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, featuring bindings of the Encyclopedia of Inspiration! We were so delighted to be joined by Janine Vangool of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the Publisher of Uppercase Magazine, and Todd Pattison and Sharon Pattison. Janine spoke about how the Uppercase Encyclopedia of Inspiration was developed and Todd spoke about the history of the binding project, and detailed how he facilitates distributing the Encyclopedia in sheets to each group of binders.

Ten talented binders shared the books they made for the project. They are:

Jackie Scott, Providence, RI, USA (Feed Sacks)
Tara O’Brien, Philadelphia, PA, USA (Stitch-Illo)
Erwin Huebner, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Vintage Life)
Marcia Vogel, Vermont, USA (Vintage Life)
Todd Davis, Boston, MA, USA (Vintage Life)
Brenda Gallagher, Boulder, CO, USA (Vintage Life)
Victoria Birth, Salt Lake City, UT (Vintage Life)
Debra Frances, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA (Ephemera)
Lucia Farias, Monterrey, Mexico (Ephemera)
Jodee Fenton, Seattle, WA, USA (Quilted, website forthcoming – please also visit Print/Maker!)

Join us for a Zoom Show and Tell Event – Uppercase: Encyclopedia of Inspiration – September 23

Please join the Guild of Book Workers, New England Chapter, as we revisit our karaoke-style show and tell format, this time with a special theme!

Janine Vangool, will join us from Calgary, Canada, to talk about publishing Uppercase, a magazine for the creative and curious, and the Encyclopedia of Inspiration, a series of books celebrating creativity, craft, and design.
Since the first volume of the Encyclopedia was published in 2016, Janine has generously provided copies in sheets to book artists, who use them to create one-of-a-kind bindings inspired by the contents. This project has been facilitated by Todd Pattison, Conservator for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and an active member of the Guild of Book Workers. He’ll be on hand to speak more about the project, and will introduce us to some of the makers who have participated.

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Join us, won’t you?
Wednesday, September 23
7:00 – 8:00pm (EST)

To RSVP, please fill out the following form. Zoom info will be sent closer to the event.

This event will be free and open to the public. Please note that we will be recording this session and uploading it to Vimeo for all Guild members to view. This video will be available only to Guild members and will be password protected. You many turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.

Click on each book to see all the bindings that were made for it!

Feed SacksStitch•illoPrint/MakerEphemeraVintage Life

A Look Back // Workshops from 2010 – 2019

The Chapter continues to invite talented book workers to share their knowledge with our members. The following list shows the workshops that took place from 2010 – 2019, sourced from old Guild newsletters.

2012
– Karen Hanmer gave a workshop on “All Shook Up: Interplay of text and image in the flag book format”
– Julia Miller taught a workshop on “Scaleboard Bindings” at North Bennet Street School who also co-hosted this event

2013
– Richard Horton offered two different workshops: “American Springback Working Composite Model” and “Photo Album Structures & Strategies”

2014
– during a 3-day weekend excursion to Northern Maine, participants took a workshop with Nancy Leavitt titled “Pen, Paper and Paint” and with Katie MacGregor on “A Hand Papermaker’s Perspective”; participants learned calligraphy techniques from Nancy and formed sheets of paper with a custom watermark with Katie
– a workshop with London-based bookbinder, Ben Elbel was conducted through a video/chat platform, participants took the workshop at North Bennet Street School and created his unique structure known as the Onion Skin Binding
– the Northeast Document Conservation Center hosted a workshop with Jill Timm on “The Amazing Dremel”
– “Basic Metalworking for Bookbinders” workshop

2015
– Jim Croft taught a “Long-Stitch Binding” workshop at NBSS

2016
– Third Year Studios hosted two workshop for Guild members: Coleen Curry taught a workshop on “Staple Binding in Stone Veneer” and Jeff Altepeter taught his “Making Finishing Tools” workshop
– in a co-sponsored workshop with Dartmouth College, Abigail Bainbridge taught a workshop on “Bookbinding According to Diderot”

2017
– “Italian Tacketed Stationery Bindings” with Katherine Beaty was taught at Third Year Studios

2018
– London-based fine binder, Nicky Oliver taught a workshop on her “Decorative Leather Dyeing Techniques”

2019
– Washington Street Art Center hosted a workshop with Madeleine Durham on her “Paste Paper” technique
– Daniel E. Kelm hosted members in his studio at Wide Awake Garage for a workshop on “The Book Restructured: Wire Edge Binding”

A Look Back // Lectures from 2010 – 2019

In most recent years, the Chapter has seen a steady membership and lasting commitment to sharing knowledge and experience. The following list shows the lectures that took place from 2010 – 2019, sourced from old Guild newsletters.

2010
– to help celebrate the North Bennet Street School’s 125th Anniversary, NEGBW co-sponsored a variety of lectures to be held at the school

2012:
– Julia Miller gave a presentation on “Scaleboard Bindings” about NBSS
– Gretchen and Garrett Dixon from The Marbler’s Apprentice gave a presentation on “Historic Paper Marbling” in a co-sponsored event with NBSS

2013
– Aimee Lee gave a presentation on “Korean Papermaking” at NBSS

2014
– during a weekend excursion to Northern Maine, members heard lectures from Walter Tisdale, book artist, on “Exploring the Creative Process” and a lecture with Gray Parrot, Bookbinder, titled “43 Years in the Trade: My Career as a Decorative Bookbinder”, where members got to handle many of Parrot’s work

2015
– Stuart Bennet gave a lecture from his publication “Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles 1660 – 1800” at NBSS
– at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, Bill Hanscom, Rare Book Conservator at Widener Library, gave a talk on “Traditional Ethiopian Bookbinding”

2016
– during the Beyond Words exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, members were treated to a gallery talk

2017
– members visited Rabelais Books for a talk from proprietor, Don Lindgren
– during a visit to the Providence Public Library, members were given a presentation on the Nicholson Whaling Log Book Collection
– Katherine Beaty, Rare Book Conservator at Widener Library, discussed “Tackets, Overboards, Lacings and Buckles: a lecture on early Italian stationery bindings of Harvard’s Baker Library” at the Widener Library in Harvard University

2018
– guest lecturer, Nicky Oliver, a private practice binder from London, spoke on “The Serendipity of Bookbinding: A Bookbinder’s Journey into the World of Leather Dyeing” at NBSS

2019
– at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Conservator Todd Pattison, gave a lecture on “Adhered Boards Construction: The transitional ‘missing link’ between laced on boards and case binding”
– John DeMerritt spoke at NBSS on “Building a Living Craft”, where he spoke on his decades of experience as an edition binder
– during a visit to Boston, private practice conservator and tool maker, Jeff Peachey spoke about his recent project “Conservation of Dante’s 1477 La Commedia” at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University

Join us for the NEGBW Annual Meeting 2020

The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers will host its 2020 Annual Meeting online this year. We hope to maintain the same sense of community and member input that we strive for at every annual meeting.

Please join us for a presentation by Sarah Pike who will be speaking about the various services she offers at FreeFall Laser. We’ve also invited three different makers to speak about how they’ve used laser-cutting in recent projects: Amy Borezo, Andrea Dezsö and Aspen Golann. Please see below for more information on the presenters.

NEGBW Annual Meeting
Wednesday, August 26
7:00 – 8:30pm (EST)

Following the discussion, Chapter Chair Erin Fletcher will give updates on Chapter Business.

RSVP: Please register here if you plan to attend. Zoom info will be sent prior to the meeting. The meeting is open to both members and non-members.


Sarah Pike is a printmaker and owner of FreeFall Laser, a laser-cutting studio specializing in collaborating with artists and artisans to create custom work that combines technical expertise with artistic exploration. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Prior to opening FreeFall Laser, Sarah taught studio arts at the Community College of Vermont and printmaking at Bennington College, where she was the Technical Instructor of Printmaking.

Amy Borezo | Shelter Bookworks

Amy Borezo is an artist working in the book form. She owns and operates Shelter Bookworks, an edition binding studio located in Western Massachusetts. Amy has used laser cutting to assist in decorative techniques for fine press edition binding. This includes laser engraving a plexiglas plate to emboss leather, as well as cutting complex shapes out of book board. Amy has also used laser cutting to create imagery in her own artist’s books.

Andrea Dezsö

Andrea Dezsö is a visual artist who works across a broad range of media including drawing, painting, artist’s books, embroidery, cut paper, animation, sculpture, site-specific installation and public art. Dezsö’s permanent public art has been installed in three New York City subway stations, at the United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania and at CUNY BMCC Fiterman Hall in Lower Manhattan. Community Garden, Dezsö’s mosaic in the New York City subway was recognized as Best American Public Art in 2007 by Americans for the Arts. Dezsö worked with FreeFall Laser to produce seven large scale laser-cut tunnel books for her upcoming exhibition From the Murky Banks of Chattahoochee, a site-specific installation at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia.

Aspen Golann

Aspen Golann is an artist and a 17th & 18th century-style furniture maker from Boston, MA. Of her collaboration with Free Fall Laser, she writes: “I pursued glass enameling because I was looking for a way to integrate my paintings into my furniture practice. Sarah Pike was able to faithfully translate my drawings into vector files and cut my hand drawn lines into clear sticky plastic. From there I was able to apply the cut plastic to shaped glass and remove pieces and apply glass enamels one section at a time. That process is what gives my airbrushed patterns their sharp lines and contrast. From there I pour silvering chemicals by hand to capture the enameled sections within a functional mirror.”

A Look Back // Workshops from 2000 – 2009

The following workshops were scheduled between 2000 – 2009 and show the Chapter’s continued determination to schedule diverse programming for its members.

2000
– calligrapher Peter Halliday taught a workshop on the use of gold leaf

2001
– Babette Gehnrich taught a “Paper Repair” workshop at the American Antiquarian Society
– Priscilla Spitzmueller, Chief Conservator for Special Collections of the Harvard University Libraries, taught a workshop on “Girdle Bindings”, where participants constructed a model of a small, wooden-boarded book sewn on double-raised cords and cover in soft deerskin, with clasps and an overcomer with an extending skirt terminating in a decorative knot for attachment to the girdle

2002
– in a 2-day workshop at the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Deborah Evetts taught “Gold Tooling”
– book artist, Paul Johnson, gave a workshop at North Bennet Street School on “The Book as Picture: The Permanently Open Page”
– during a visit from Christopher Clarkson, he taught a workshop on “Endbands, End of Spine-Bands & Headbands”
– back by popular demand, Elizabeth Morse taught another workshop on “Pressure Sensitive Tape Removal” at Dartmouth College

2003
– Peter Verheyen taught a workshop on “Springback Ledger Binding”
– in a co-sponsored workshop with the New York Chapter, Renate Mesmer, Head of the Conservation Department at Centro del bel Libro, taught a workshop at NBSS on “Wooden Board Conservation Binding”
– members made a field trip to Montgomery, New York for a parchment workshop with Jesse Meyer at Pergamena

2004 – 2005
– Donia Conn taught a workshop at Dartmouth College on “Molded Paper Spine Conservation Binding”
– in addition to giving a lecture, Martin Frost also gave a workshop at the Boston Athenaeum on “The Curious Art of Hidden Fore-Edge Painting”
– Terry Boon gave a workshop on “Paper Conservation for Bookbinders and Book Conservators” at NEDCC

2009
– Shanna Leino gave a workshop on “Bone Toolmaking” at NBSS