Reminder: Korean papermaking lecture

North Bennet Street School
Thursday, April 4
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Instructor: Aimee Lee

Aimee Lee, a Korean-American artist and Fulbright scholar, shares her search to learn more about traditional papermaking and its related crafts. Hanji, Korean handmade paper, although relatively unknown outside Korea, provides key links among other papermaking styles and traditions. Her recently published book, Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking is available through The Legacy Press.

Aimee Lee is an interdisciplinary artist who works in paper, book, performance and installation arts. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College, an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and conducted post-graduate research on hanji in Korea on a Fulbright grant. At the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio, she built the first Korean papermaking studio in North America and has written articles on her hanji experiences in publications that span Hand Papermaking, Bull & Branch, Buddhism & Culture Magazine and Book Arts arts du livre Canada. She exhibits internationally, and her artists’ books reside in collections that include the Cleveland Institute of Art Gund Library, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library, and Yale University Library. Lecture and teaching sites include the Cleveland Museum, Denver Art Museum, Korean American Educational Commission, Oberlin College, Mills College, Center for Book Arts in New York City, Seattle Center for Book Arts, and the University of the Arts.


Workshop Opportunity

Drop-spine Box (aka Clamshell Box) with Martha Kearsley
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9am-4pm
$125, call (207) 780-5900 to register
Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose Room
University of Southern Maine, Portland

The drop-spine box is a remarkably useful structure and can be easily adapted from its original purpose of housing books to create elegant and expressive portfolios. Owing to time constraints, students will build a drop-spine box from pre-measured and cut materials, but will also be provided with the skills, models and information to design and create their own boxes.

Martha Kearsley is a bookbinder from Portland, Maine. She owns and operates Strong Arm Bindery where she specializes in the repair of antiquarian books, box-making and edition work. Strong Arm Bindery is hope to a burgeoning line of stationery pieces and printed matter. Martha is also an instructor at North Bennet Street School’s Bookbinding program.

Olfa or Xacto knife
Small and Medium Bristle Brushes (for glue)
Straight Edge or Ruler
Bone Folder
Plastic triangle (optional)
You may also want to bring your lunch. There are a few nearby places, but few within walking distance.

Irish Parliamentary Binding Visit

Visit – Irish Parliamentary Bindings
Saturday, March 16th, 10:00 am
Club of Odd Volumes – Host Sam Ellenport
77 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Fellow member Sam Ellenport will be our host as we are invited to view some of the most spectacular bindings ever created. Member and collector Philip Maddock has been intrigued by the creation and, ultimately, the destruction of the original Irish Parliamentary Bindings. He will speak about the replicas, which have been created with bookbinder Trevor Lloyd and toolmaker Stewart Field. See examples of Trevor Lloyd’s work below.

The Irish parliamentary records were bound in spectacular fashion in the 18th century, and have been viewed by many as one of the astounding achievements in the history of bookbinding. After they were destroyed when the Records Office was blown up in 1922, the only evidence of them was from rubbings and photographs. Philip has worked for years identifying the tools, having them cut, and working with Trevor Lloyd to create replicas. On display with these bindings are others from the 18th century, as well as many of the tools used for decoration. This is a unique opportunity to view these bindings offered to our members.

The visit is free for members of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. To register for the visit please email

For location see Google Maps link below: