Thursday, February 7, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the North Bennet Street School
Sam Ellenport talks about his 40+ years as a bookbinder and historian and the changes in the craft during his career. Today’s bookbinders bridge the gap between the traditional craft of producing multiples and the current practice of making unique items while navigating a world in which the transfer of knowledge and information retrieval happens through a constantly advancing world of electronics. Sam makes comparisons between our times and important transformations that occurred during the second half of the 15th century and early 16th century.
Sam Ellenport’s influence on the bookbinding field in New England cannot be overstated. He was instrumental in establishing the bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School in Boston, was the first Chair of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and is past President of Harcourt Bindery. Sam is a highly skilled bookbinder, collector, lecturer and writes about the history of bookbinding. His most recent publication “Reflections of Two Craftsmen: Sam Ellenport & Ron Gordon” [Boston: Club of Odd Volumes, 2012] was written with Gordon, his former roommate at Amherst College.
Free – please register.