November Workshops

Check out some of the workshops happening in Massachusetts in November– there are only a few spaces left in these classes so don’t delay registration!  If you know of other study opportunities of interest to Guild of Book Workers members please send them to us.

From GAS:

Please join us at the Garage Annex School in Easthampton, MA for

A Book of One’s Own: Versatile Journal and Sketchbook Designs with Linda Lembke

Details are below, and images can be viewed on our web site.

We invite Linda back to teach at GAS year after year because her  workshops are consistently excellent.

This workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to (1) make their own 2010  journal–or an amazing gift, and (2) become well-versed in creating  custom journals and sketchbooks.

You may register on our site using MasterCard or Visa, or download a  PDF registration form and send us a check. If you are mailing a check,  please email us so we know to save a spot for you.

A Book of One’s Own: Versatile Journal and Sketchbook Designs
November 7-8, Saturday-Sunday
Tuition: $220 plus $40 materials
Enrollment limited to twelve.

We will construct a series of journal/sketchbook models, from simple  to complex, considering features and adaptations that could make each  form ideally suited for a specific use–travel journal, sketchbook,  field journal, annual diary, etc.

The models will incorporate pockets, foldouts, maps, envelopes,  closures, and various combinations of exterior and interior materials.

Discussions on variations will consider compactness and portability,  durability of materials, strength of binding, pages that open flat for  writing and drawing, paper that is pleasing and works with a variety  of writing and drawing tools, and built-in spaces for special needs.

Our final model will be a personal journal for the coming year, 2010,  with pre-printed calendar and note pages.

And from NBSS:

Basic Paper Conservation for Bookbinders

November 2-4, 2009; 8:30-4:30
Heather Hamilton and Deborah Cuoco, Instructors

This course will introduce students to basic paper conservation treatments. We will discuss how paper is manufactured and how it deteriorates. Students will learn about the tools and materials used in paper conservation and will practice treatments such as cleaning, washing, deacidifying, mending, tape removal, flattening, and storage techniques. Other topics will be included as time permits.

Paste Papers: Color Theory, Production, and Matching Colors for Repairs

November 13 and 14, 2009; 8:30-4:30
Julia Rabin, Instructor

Please join us as we learn about color theory, mixing colors, color matching for book repair, and making beautiful paste papers. Our emphasis will be on having fun while learning about color. After a brief presentation on the history of paste papers, methods of production, and traditional materials used, we will go on to create our own paste papers. Discussion of color theory, the practice of color mixing, and how to color match to make repairs on old books will be interwoven throughout the two days. You will learn how to mix various kinds of paste—building a sample packet that illustrates the range of finishes that can be achieved when a single color is mixed with different kinds of paste. Simultaneous to working on this useful reference packet you will create paste papers implementing a wide range of effects. Your sample packet will also include cloth samples for book repair and paint samples you will create over the two days. You can expect to leave with at least ten painted sheets and your sample packet. The material fee includes ten sheets of paper, and a few colors of acrylics. You are encouraged to bring additional favorite papers and acrylic colors.

See the North Bennet Street School web site for workshop prices and registration information.

Bertha Stuart Exhibit

Barbara Hebard says, “You all are cordially invited to the gallery talk on October 15 at 6:00 pm.”

A Fixed Rule of Design: the Book Art of Bertha Stuart
Boston Public Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Department
October 5 – December 31, 2009
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
For directions to the BPL go to:

Bertha Stuart (1869-1953), an Oregon artist, trained at the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, moved to NYC in 1900, and studied at Cooper Union and the Art Students League while creating more than 175 book cover designs, numerous page decorations, and illustrations for major NYC publishers between 1902 and 1912. Bertha, an award-winning artist, also designed bookplates. In 1912 she returned to Oregon, was a trustee of the Society of Arts and Crafts of Portland, and pursued a career in interior design. This exhibition of books with covers and interior pages designed by Stuart also includes bookplates and items from her interior decorating career. The curator, Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator of the John J. Burns Library, Boston College, will give a gallery talk on October 15, at 6:00 pm.

Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College, is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program.  Ms. Hebard is a member of the National Guild of Book Workers and the Ticknor Society. She is a Professional member of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, a Fellow of The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and Board Member of New England Conservation Association. She is proud to be an Overseer of North Bennet Street School. She frequently exhibits books of her own design nationally and internationally. Ms. Hebard also enjoys writing articles on book related topics.