New England Chapter News

A few items to share…

The Upcoming Chapter Exhibition:

Sales of the set book for the upcoming exhibition have apparently been steady.  Don’t wait to order your copy from the limited run available for this binding competition!  Johnny Carrera has set up a PayPal account to accept payments for the Pictorial Webster’s.  You can make your payments to his account at cquercus@ix.netcom.comMassachusetts residents must add sales tax!  Refer to the original post for more information, but sales information is copied here:

To purchase a text block, please send complete contact details, including your email address, and a check made payable to Quercus Press for $38 ($35 text block plus $3 shipping and handling) to:

Johnny Carrera
Quercus Press
144 Moody Street, Bldg. 18
Waltham, MA  02453

Please contact Johnny with questions regarding overseas shipping and payment options, at, (cell) 617-458-6395. For all other questions, email

Additional information about the submission process, jury, exhibition venues, etc. forthcoming!

Chapter committee Elections and Annual Meeting:

The annual meeting will be a potluck social gathering in late June, exact dates and times will be posted very shortly but we had to make some changes in plans so are re-working the event accordingly.

2010 is our regional chapter’s year for elections!  Most of the current committee has agreed to serve another term– in fact we feel some obligation as we have already accepted the challenges of hosting GBW Standards in Boston in 2011 and undertaken a binding competition!  Of course we welcome any challengers, nominations, and additional volunteers!

Amanda Nelsen is not able to continue as our exhibitions chair since she is relocating a little to the south of New England to work for Rare Book School.  We owe her great thanks for getting the bookbinding competition off the ground!  And congratulations on the new job, Amanda!  After inquiring among the membership we have found a volunteer, Amelia Sorensen, to run for this post in spite of the need to step into the current project mid-stream.

The current list of candidates are:

Jeffrey Altepeter, Chapter Chair
Christina Amato, Events Chair
Lori Foley, Secretary
Amelia Sorensen, Exhibitions Chair

Again, we welcome any other nominations which should be sent to the secretary, Lori Foley at LFoley @ or you may contact the chair, Jeff Altepeter at jeff @  Please send nominations as soon as possible.  Nominations from the floor at the annual meeting will be accepted only if the nominee has agreed to serve, in writing, prior to the meeting.

Ballots will be mailed out soon and can be returned by mail or you may vote in person at the annual meeting.

GBW Standards in Boston 2011

As you know by now, the annual conference will be in New England in 2011.  Mary Patrick Bogan has been appointed as the chair of the local organizing committee (local host).  MP is well underway in forming the rest of her committee and will be looking for additional volunteers to help make this an outstanding conference.  Please let us know if you want to be added to the growing (but never full) list.  You can reach MP at mpbogan @

NBSS Student Exhibition

North Bennet Street School’s annual student exhibition is on view until May 28 at the site of the Old Corner Bookstore, corner of Washington and School Street (Downtown Crossing) in Boston.

The New England Chapter will sponsor an informal gallery talk on Monday May 24, 2010 at 6:00pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  Bookbinding Department Head (and New England Chapter Chair) Jeff Altepeter will speak briefly about the bookbinding program and the exhibit, and introduce some of the student binders.  Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with some up and coming binders (and GBW members!) about their work.

While there is wonderful work from first and second year students on display in the bookbinding cases, the focal point of the bookbinding exhibition is the set book fine binding project.  The second year students have all bound copies of an exceptionally appropriate imprint from Incline Press.

Cuts of Craftworkers by Jost Amman reproduces fifty-seven cuts from Amman’s Standbüch or Book of Trades of 1568. Book binders, paper makers, bakers, musical instrument makers, tailors and pin makers are only a few of the craft workers depicted in Amman’s lively and realistic woodcuts.  The paper is 140 gsm Magnani; Berthold Wolpe’s Hyperion is used for the captions; and the introduction written by the historian Veronica Speedwell.

 In addition to the many bindings we have crowded into our display cases there are examples of student work from most of the other programs at North Bennet Street School on exhibit.  You can shield your eyes from those items and focus on the books… or feel free to enjoy the entire show!

The exhibition hours are varied.  Please contact Jason Gregoricus at NBSS to confirm specific times before visiting at 617-227-0155 or

Monique Lallier

Last chance to register for this course with Monique Lallier in Boston in June 2010!  Sign up now!

From the director of AAB:

There is still room in our June class, “New Oriental Bindings,” to be held at the North Bennet Street School with Monique Lallier, June 21-25, from 9:00am-5:00pm. This course is in conjunction with the North Bennet Street School and the American Academy of Bookbinding.

Monique will guide students through the process of making elegant New Oriental Bindings, a technique that is every popular in Europe. The beauty of the New Oriental binding is that the book opens flat and no glue touches the sections of the book. The technique is linked to the Japanese style that we all know without the visible sewing. The difference is the preparation of the textblock as each section is sewn separately. The covers are also worked on individually and attached to the textblock at the end of the process. We will have time for edge decoration as well. The technique works better on thinner books but textblocks can be as thick as one inch. Different materials can be used such as leather, paper, cloth, silk etc. No previous bookbinding experience is required.

Monique Lallier was Director of the American Academy of Bookbinding from 2005-2009. An internationally recognized bookbinder and book artist, Monique began her studies in the 1960s in Montreal at Cotnoir Cappone School of Fashion and L¹art de la Reliure bookbinding school with Simone B. Roy. She continued studies in Paris with Roger Arnoult, at Centro del bel Libro in Ascona with Edwin Heim and in Solothurn, Switzerland with Hugo Peller. Monique¹s work may be found in the collections of: McGill University, Montreal; St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal for the Pope Jean-Paul II; Louisiana State University; University of North Carolina; as well as many
private collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. Monique practices her craft full time from her studio in Summerfield, North Carolina.
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We hope you can join us for this fantastic workshop! Please call or email me if you have any questions. This class was taught in Telluride in September 2009, and you can view photos of the books people made at our blog, web
address below.

Judy Kohin, AAB administrative director
American Academy of Bookbinding
PO Box 1590
117 North Willow Street
Telluride, CO 81435

970-728-9709 fax

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