NEGBW Annual Meeting

Please note the date correction. 

New England Chapter Annual Meeting Tuesday, August 16, 2016.  6pm

The New England Chapter will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6pm. Member and Secretary, Athena Moore, has offered to host at her studio Washington Street Art. This meeting is open to all current chapter members, but please RSVP by clicking on the provided link!

Pizza, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be provided. Newly appointed Chapter Chair Erin Fletcher will give the annual report and introduce our new committee, who will be happy to speak with members about ideas for upcoming chapter activities. Hope to see you there!

WHEN
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WHERE
Washington Street Art Center
    321 Washington Street #D
    Somerville, MA 02143

RSVP
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/negbw-annual-meeting-tickets-26506503666

“Vessel” is now open

Vessel2014Vessel, the Guild of Book Workers traveling exhibit, has dropped anchor in New England for its final stop at North Bennet Street School and is now open.

Visit the exhibit in the Windgate Gallery at the school any time during regular school hours,

Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until August 31

 North Bennet Street School is located at 150 North Street in Boston’s North End. Validated parking is available at the “Parcel 7” garage, 136 Blackstone St. The closest T stop is Haymarket on the Orange or Green Lines.

Join us for the opening reception in the Windgate Gallery at the school on Thursday, July 21 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. In addition to the 50 works on display, three local exhibitors, Erik Demaine, Graham Patten and Colin Urbina, will be present to speak about their piece. Talks will take place around 7:00.

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A catalog of the exhibit is available at the national Guild website.

The Exquisite Corpse

Outgoing Program Chair Erin Fletcher writes on her blog at HerringboneBindery.com about the conclusion of The Exquisite Corpse, a collaboration between the North Bennet Street School second year students and the New England Guild of Book Workers. Erin writes:

An Exquisite Corpse is a method of illustration invented by Surrealists in the early 1910s, where each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence usually without seeing the prior portion. Upon reveal this rule to hide the previous sequences offers up an abstract and amusing portrait. Each student created a plaquette covered in neutral leather (we used Harmatan Terracotta and Brown goatskin) and also completed the “head” portion of the figure. The plaquette’s were about 18in x 6in; allowing each participant to cover a 6in square portion of the board.

The artists statements are included below. Read the entire article on Erin’s Blog.

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Registration Deadline for Maine Mini-Conference

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Time is running out to register for the second New England Chapter Mini-Conference in Northern Maine from August 26th – 28th. This weekend retreat at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott, ME, will include two 1-day workshops, evening lectures, a mix and mingle event and material swap. See all the details below. The last day to register is July 24th.

Schedule of Events:
FRIDAY, August 26th:
7:00 – 8:30 Evening Reception – Dining Hall
8:45 – 9:30 Mix & Mingle plus Material Swap – Lodge

SATURDAY, August 27th:
Workshop Day One – Andrea Peterson or Velma Bolyard
9:00 – 12:00 Morning Session
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch – Dining Hall
1:30 – 4:30 Afternoon Session
7:00 – 8:30 Evening Dinner – Dining Hall
8:45 – 9:30 Vendor Room

SUNDAY, August 28th:
Workshop Day Two – Andrea Peterson or Velma Bolyard
9:00 – 12:00 Morning Session
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch – Dining Hall
1:30 – 4:30 Afternoon Session
7:00 – 8:30 Evening Dinner – Dining Hall

Registration is open to both members and non-members of the Guild of Book Workers. We also invite you to bring your spouse and/or friend along to join in the evening festivities and enjoy the beauty of rural Maine. Dormitory-style lodging is available and conveniently located on the grounds.

To register and find more information about the conference see descriptions below or please go to: https://gbw.formstack.com/forms/negbwconference

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email Erin Fletcher at negbwprograms@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

Workshops:
Andrea Peterson, Papermaker and Book Artist
Think and Make Paper Indigenously
The workshop will focus on how to make sophisticated natural papers for use in book works by employing very basic tools and methods as well as an understanding of natural fibers. Students will learn how to recognize fiber possibilities in order to wisely choose from what is growing around them or plants that can be grow.
Students will cook and prepare with materials locally gathered. Preparation will include beating options for an outdoor natural setting. Students will sheet pull with basic mould types and screens designed for fine natural fibers and use drying methods with a minimal set up yet still maintaining a flat usable sheet.

Velma Bolyard, Book Artist
Mapping Place: Making Botanical Pressure Prints
In this one-day intensive students will explore the art of the eco- or contact print on paper. Students will learn the basics of creating prints using the flora available in their ecosystem, essentially making a map of the plants inhabiting this particular place on the east coast. Each student will prepare bundles for the dyepot, using found metals and local waters for mordanting. The resulting prints will describe place and we’ll discuss the possibilities of how to use these printed papers in book arts and further printing processes.

Lectures:
Katie MacGregor, Papermaker and Artist
Papermaking From Production to Painting
As an artist who uses pulp, Katie has been influenced by both the techniques used in production sheet forming, as well as the innovations associated with editioning images in pulp. Both these activities have deeply influenced and informed her work as an artist. “There’s an intrinsic beauty in a sheet of handmade paper that reveals qualities of transparency, color and texture.“
When MacGregor sets out to make imagery in pulp she deliberately maintains the clean integrity of her craft, while honoring the fluidity and spontaneity of pulp as a medium. Katie will be discussing the considerations and techniques that she uses to make her images in pulp.

Nancy Leavitt, Calligrapher
Carrying Forward: Working Within a Craft Tradition
The etymology of the word is: to carry, to carry forward. In this talk, Nancy will explore the challenges and joys of working within a formal lettering tradition drawing inspiration from a time when hand lettered manuscripts were prevalent, between 600-1600 CE. Nancy will discuss the ancient craft of quill cutting illustrating her talk with images of how she cuts feather quills from turkey, geese and swan.

Vessel Reception July 21


The Guild of Book Workers Traveling Exhibit: Vessel will be making its final stop at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Please join North Bennet and the GBW New England Chapter for the opening reception on July 21, 2016 at 6:00 in the evening. In addition to the 50 works on display, three local exhibitors, Erik Demaine, Graham Patten and Colin Urbina, will be present to speak about their piece. Talks will take place around 7:00.

GBW Vessel Opening Reception
July 21, 2016 // 6:00 – 8:00pm

North Bennet Street School
150 North Street
Boston, MA

If you are unable to attend the reception, the exhibit will run from July 15 – August 31, 2016. Please see North Bennet’s website for information on their hours.

NEGBW Mini-Conference in Maine

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Join us for our second New England Chapter Mini-Conference in Northern Maine from August 26th – 28th. Delighted and inspired by the local plants and vegetation of Maine, we invite you to join in a weekend retreat at the Cobscook Community Learning Center that will include two 1-day workshops, evening lectures, a mix and mingle event and material swap.

Schedule of Events:
FRIDAY, August 26th:
7:00 – 8:30 Evening Reception – Dining Hall
8:45 – 9:30 Mix & Mingle plus Material Swap – Lodge

SATURDAY, August 27th:
Workshop Day One – Andrea Peterson or Velma Bolyard
9:00 – 12:00 Morning Session
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch – Dining Hall
1:30 – 4:30 Afternoon Session
7:00 – 8:30 Evening Dinner – Dining Hall
8:45 – 9:30 Vendor Room

SUNDAY, August 28th:
Workshop Day Two – Andrea Peterson or Velma Bolyard
9:00 – 12:00 Morning Session
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch – Dining Hall
1:30 – 4:30 Afternoon Session
7:00 – 8:30 Evening Dinner – Dining Hall

Registration is open to both members and non-members of the Guild of Book Workers. We also invite you to bring your spouse and/or friend along to join in the evening festivities and enjoy the beauty of rural Maine. Dormitory-style lodging is available and conveniently located on the grounds.

To register and find more information about the conference see descriptions below or please go to: https://gbw.formstack.com/forms/negbwconference

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email Erin Fletcher at negbwprograms@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

Workshops:
Andrea Peterson, Papermaker and Book Artist
Think and Make Paper Indigenously
The workshop will focus on how to make sophisticated natural papers for use in book works by employing very basic tools and methods as well as an understanding of natural fibers. Students will learn how to recognize fiber possibilities in order to wisely choose from what is growing around them or plants that can be grow.
Students will cook and prepare with materials locally gathered. Preparation will include beating options for an outdoor natural setting. Students will sheet pull with basic mould types and screens designed for fine natural fibers and use drying methods with a minimal set up yet still maintaining a flat usable sheet.

Velma Bolyard, Book Artist
Mapping Place: Making Botanical Pressure Prints
In this one-day intensive students will explore the art of the eco- or contact print on paper. Students will learn the basics of creating prints using the flora available in their ecosystem, essentially making a map of the plants inhabiting this particular place on the east coast. Each student will prepare bundles for the dyepot, using found metals and local waters for mordanting. The resulting prints will describe place and we’ll discuss the possibilities of how to use these printed papers in book arts and further printing processes.

Lectures:
Katie MacGregor, Papermaker and Artist
Papermaking From Production to Painting
As an artist who uses pulp, Katie has been influenced by both the techniques used in production sheet forming, as well as the innovations associated with editioning images in pulp. Both these activities have deeply influenced and informed her work as an artist. “There’s an intrinsic beauty in a sheet of handmade paper that reveals qualities of transparency, color and texture.“
When MacGregor sets out to make imagery in pulp she deliberately maintains the clean integrity of her craft, while honoring the fluidity and spontaneity of pulp as a medium. Katie will be discussing the considerations and techniques that she uses to make her images in pulp.

Nancy Leavitt, Calligrapher
Carrying Forward: Working Within a Craft Tradition
The etymology of the word is: to carry, to carry forward. In this talk, Nancy will explore the challenges and joys of working within a formal lettering tradition drawing inspiration from a time when hand lettered manuscripts were prevalent, between 600-1600 CE. Nancy will discuss the ancient craft of quill cutting illustrating her talk with images of how she cuts feather quills from turkey, geese and swan.

July Workshop: Bookbinding According to Diderot

The New England Guild of Bookworkers, in collaboration with the Dartmouth College Library Preservation Services, presents the following workshop:

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Bookbinding According to Diderot

Mid- to late-18th century France is marked by the appearance of descriptions of the art of bookbinding, giving for the first-time a thorough (if not always specific or accurate) description of the previously guarded trade secret. The style of the time was so prescriptive that the average binding is recognizable immediately: full brown calf, often sprinkled or with tree marbling, raised bands, panels tooled in gilt with centerpieces, corners, and stars, solid red or perhaps marbled blue edges, single core front bead endbands, French curl endpapers. Features less visible are the particular lacing patterns, parchment spine linings, and edges cut in boards.

In this busy two day workshop we will bind a text of a manual describing this 18th century style using the techniques set forth, thus replicating this distinguished style. Participants will get an in depth look at the contemporary sources and the bindings themselves, and come away with a thorough understanding of this notable binding style in the context of its time.

Instructor: Abigail Bainbridge
Abigail is a book conservator in London, UK. She teaches conservation science at Camberwell College of Arts and book conservation at West Dean College as well as running a private practice, Bainbridge Conservation, with her furniture conservator husband. She has been researching 18th century French binding since 2009 and is now working towards a PhD in the subject at the University of Sussex.

Location: Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH
Date: July 15 and 16, 2016 (Friday and Saturday), 9am-4pm
Price: $225 GBW members; $275 non-members
Limit 9 participants.

Prior bookbinding experience required

Register: https://gbw.formstack.com/forms/bookbindingdiderot
Please contact NEGBWprograms@gmail.com with any questions.