Girl Scout Program Volunteer Opportunity

The New England chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers for our Girl Scout events this year. Once again we will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. offering programs for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge but we have also been asked to run a program for younger scouts as well.

The first event will be held Saturday November 7th at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA, and the second event will be held March 26th at Camp Maude Eaton in Andover, MA. We will run a three-hour program for Cadettes in the morning from 9:00-12:00 and then have a two-hour program for younger girls from 1:00-3:00. You can volunteer for just one program or make a day out of it and do both!

For the Cadettes we will do an introduction and then five stations that the girls will rotate through which may include printing, accordion folds, a pamphlet, origami book, a scroll, decorating paper or a collaborative book, depending on the interests of the volunteers. Each rotation will last for about 30 minutes. For the younger girls we will do some similar programming in a shorter time frame with possibly only four rotations. If you have a book arts technique or project that you’d like to see done with the girl scouts please make some suggestions.

You do not need to be a member of the NEGBW to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Todd Pattison at bookandtile @

Geographies Exhibit Article


Follow the link below to read about the Geographies exhibit in its current location in New Haven:

Geographies Exhibit and Reception at Creative Arts Workshop


Geographies: New England Book Work Featuring the New England Chapter of Book Workers

Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon Street
New Haven CT 06510
September 18 – October 30, 2015

Friday, September 25, 6-8pm
Join us to toast the last stop on this exhibition’s New England tour!

Speakers starting at 7pm include:
Todd Pattison, Chair of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers and participating artist
Erin Fletcher, Program Co-Coordinator for the New England Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers
Paulette Rosen, Department Head of Book Arts at Creative Arts Workshop.

Participating Artists:
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, Stephanie Wolff

For more information, visit

Stuart Bennett Lecture on Bookbinding in the British Isles

An illustrated talk sponsored by The New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers and The Ticknor Society

Historical Bookbinding in the British Isles
By Stuart Bennett

Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30pm
North Bennet Street School


Stuart Bennett will bring his illustrated lecture on historical English bookbindings to the North Bennet Street School October 22, 2015. Bennett’s 2004 publication, *Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles 1660-1800*, examined booksellers’ and bookbinders’ records as well as thousands of historical bindings to offer a new analysis of how books came to be bound in early modern Britain. One reviewer called the study “a tool for the discerning book connoisseur [which] fills a long-standing gap in the bookbinding literature that, in retrospect, is as self-evident as a missing front tooth.”

Bennett’s lectures on this subject at universities and libraries in California, Edinburgh, Indiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolin​a​, and Virginia’s *Rare Book School* have been widely acclaimed, and for his talk at the North Bennet Street School he has added new information and additional illustrations of these beautiful bindings.

Amazing Dremel Workshops at Artascope

classVT In this creation transforming 2-day class with Jill Timm you will learn how to use the magic tool every artist should have, the amazing Dremel. You will drill, cut, carve, etch, shape, polish, and grind non-traditional book making materials such as glass, plastic, metals, wood, tile and more. After this class your material options will be limitless- you will be able to make books out of just about anything!

Yarmouth, Maine,
Oct 8-9, Session One
Artascope at Bickford Education Center
The Amazing Dremel
Save $50 – Register by Aug 14!

Yarmouth, Maine,
Oct 10-11, Session Two
Artascope at Bickford Education Center
The Amazing Dremel
Save $50 – Register by Aug 14!

For more information about The Amazing Dremel Workshop:
Visit the The Amazing Dremel workshop web page with class photos, videos, and words from Dremel students at

More information about Jill Timm:
Mystical Places Press
Publisher of Artist Book News

Review of Geographies Exhibit

Books on Books did a really nice review of the New England Chapter of the GBW Geographies exhibit. You can check out the review at the following link:

Making Simple Finishing Tools with Jeff Altepeter June 13-14

This two-day workshop will offer an introduction to the materials, tools and techniques of making your own finishing tools for bookbinding. A robust combination of demonstration, discussion and hands-on practice will prepare students for continued experimentation and more advanced future projects. During the workshop students should be able to complete 3 tools—a simple line pallet, and a couple of decorative tools of either closed or open designs (a dot and a circle being very basic examples of closed and open designs).

Saturday & Sunday, June 13 & 14

Non-member$ 250.00
Member$ 200.00

Martha Kearsley’s Studio
58 Fore Street, Building 14
Portland, ME 04101

Here’s the link to register: