Opening Reception for the American Academy of Bookbinding Open/Set Exhibit – June 8th in Boston, MA

We hope that you can join us for the Boston opening reception of Open/Set, the first traveling show organized by the American Academy of Bookbinding. The exhibit showcases the art of fine design binding created by binders from all over the world. At the reception, we are proud to have four local exhibitors speak about their bindings.

When: June 8th, 6:00 – 8:00
Where: North Bennet Street School, 150 North Street, Boston, MA
Speakers:
Todd Pattison
Colin Urbina
Jackie Scott
Mark Esser (First Place Prize Winner for his binding in the Open category)

If you are able to attend and we hope that you can, please send an RSVP to negbwprograms@gmail.com (can you turn this into a link). In attention to the beautiful bindings on display, we will have light refreshments for your enjoyment.OpenSet Poster

Upcoming Workshop with Gabrielle Fox at Dartmouth College – July 14 & 15

We are excited to announce an upcoming summer workshop with Gabrielle Fox. Registration is now open, but with limited seating. So sign-up if you are interested as we anticipate this workshop selling out quickly.

NEGBW & Dartmouth College Present a mid-summer Workshop with Gabrielle Fox
Covered and Visible: Protected Multi-section Pamphlet Stitch Structure

Full LeatherPlease join us for an inspiring weekend workshop with Gabrielle Fox, where she presents an approachable structure that creates a full leather (cloth or paper) binding, where the spine piece spans over an inner exposed and visible sewing panel.

Based on Project 8 in The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books, Gabrielle’s Covered and Visible structure creates a natural combination of tight back and hollow spine elements, providing strength and flexibility plus action, all in one structure. The full leather spine can be titled or decorated as a traditional binding.

The delight of this structure is the ease with which it opens and closes, and the possible variations that can be used in both design binding and conservation work. The case of the binding is completed before sewing the text block; the structure can be kept very simple or adapted to something as complex as a full-leather traditional binding.

When: July 14 – July 15, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Dartmouth College Preservation Services, Hanover, NH
Cost: $250 members; $300 non-members (plus a $10 material fee)

Register here.

Gabrielle Fox is a bookbinder based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the 1980’s she taught throughout England and worked from her studio in Sussex before returning to Ohio in 1990. She travels often to care for collections and teach, most recently to The Daffodil Barn, Wiltshire, UK through Binding re:Defined and jointly with Designer Bookbinders and Society of Bookbinders. Each year she now teaches miniature fine binding at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado, USA.

Her work is represented in many public and private libraries, and in 2016 was exhibited in “The Poet of Them All” at the Yale Center for British Art and will be exhibited this autumn with Designer Bookbinders’ “Heroic Works” at North Bennet Street School. Gabrielle is the author of The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books and compiler of LARKSPUR PRESS: Forty Years of Making Letterpress Books in a Rural Kentucky Community.

www.gabriellefox.com

Any questions can be directed to our Programs Chair, Martha Kearsley at negbwprograms@gmail.com

Paper and Print Exchange

Twelve members recently participated in a snail mail print exchange around the optional theme of Spring. We encouraged participants to create their pieces using any type of medium and format. No size restrictions as long as the items could be sent through the mail. The results are quite delightful, ranging in technique and design, but all pushing toward a much brighter and warmer season.

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USM Book Arts Bazaar

Book Arts Bazaar
Sunday April 9, 2017
10:00am – 3:00pm

A festival with Book Artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers and all things related to the book.

University of Southern Maine
Wishcamper Center

Free and Open to the Public

Book Arts Invitation 2017

Gray Parrot

Two non-guild events that may be of interest to members:

Exhibition: January 30 – April 30, 2017
Bookbinding and the Pursuit of the Human Touch: The Work of Gray Parrot
curated by Britta Konau

University of Southern Maine
Great Reading Room, 7th Floor
Glickman Family Library

Free and Open to the Public


Lecture: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:00pm
Bound to be together: Gray Parrot, Leonard Baskin and the Gehanna Press
presented by Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, University of Oxford, England

University of Southern Maine
University Events Room, 7th Floor
Glickman Family Library

Free and Open to the Public

11 Miller Street Open House

AFTER DARK:
FRI > MARCH 31, 5:30 –9 PM
IN THE DAYLIGHT:
SAT > APRIL 1, 12–5 PM
SUN > APRIL 2, 12–5 PM
Check out the work of binders and printers McKey Berkman, Barbara Halporn, John O’Regan, Amy Lapidow, Sarah Hulsey and Kate Rich at the Miller Street Artist Open Studios. The studio will also be putting on a bookbinder yardsale: cloth, paper, melinax, a machinist’s toolbox, plus more!
Brochure:
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Event: Tour the Paul C. Nicholson Whaling Collection

Please join the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers for a special viewing of Providence Public Library’s Paul C. Nicholson Whaling Collection

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

The Paul C. Nicholson Whaling Collection is comprised of 750 manuscript logbooks describing 1,000 whaling voyages, as well as several thousand printed books on whaling. Special Collections Curator Jordan Goffin welcomes members of the NEGBW to learn about the history and the context of the Collection, and to view and handle volumes that document his quintessential New England industry.

This will be a great opportunity to explore the world’s second largest and a very important collection of whaling logbooks that traveled in the boats that followed the whales all over the world. Topics to be addressed will include bindings and cover materials, both intended and improvised. Also on view will be methods and artifacts of record-keeping while on board the whaling ships, including wood and whalebone stamps carved in the shape of specific whale species (and their flukes) — and used to record sightings and slayings. There will be examples of scrimshaw, harpoons and possibly a narwhal tusk! More details on the Collection are here.

The event is free to New England Chapter Guild of Book Workers Members, but limited to 12 attendees, as space for viewing the collection is restricted. Please sign up by emailing Martha Kearsley at negbwprograms@gmail.com

If you’re planning to travel by commuter rail from Boston, please check the Providence/Stoughton Line Saturday Schedule   Commuter trains travel between Boston’s South Station and Providence Station, which is a 10 – 15 minute walk or drive to Providence Public Library.

Providence Station
100 Gaspee Street
Providence, RI 02903

Members attending should gather in the library lobby at 12:45. Those who arrive earlier are encouraged to visit the library’s current exhibit On the Table.