Inaugural Enid Mark’54 Lecture in Book Arts at Smith College

“Single Voice, Many Hands: The Nature of Vision and Collaboration in Contemporary Book Arts”
Thursday, Apri 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College
Northampton, MA

Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book & Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, will deliver the inaugural Enid Mark Lecture in the Book Arts. This is a new annual lecture series at Smith College, in memory of the life and artistic work of Enid Epstein Mark, Smith class of 1954. Ms. Mark created limited edition artist books starting in the 1980s until shortly before her death in 2008. She collaborated with many New England printers and bookbinders. A reception will follow.inconstant moon

This is a double-page spread from THE INCONSTANT MOON, designed & illustrated by Enid. Her collaborators: type set at Golgonooza Letter Foundry; text printed by Art Larson; illustrations printed by Tim Sheesley (upstate NY); binding design by David Bourbeau, bound by him, Barbara Blumenthal, & Daniel Gehnrich.

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Girl Scout Book Artist Badge Volunteers Needed

We are still looking for a few volunteers for the Girl Scout event on Saturday April 12th. The event will run from 1:00-5:00 at Camp Maude Eaton, Mass, which is about 20 miles north of Boston. This program is for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge. There are currently about 40 scouts signed up for this.

If you would like to volunteer to help out please email me at – non-NEGBW members can also volunteer.

In addition, we are also looking for volunteers for the last Girl Scout event of the year in Wilmington on May 3rd. If you would like to volunteer for that event please email me at

Todd Pattison

Geographies: New England Book Work

geographiesThe New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers (NEGBW) is pleased to announce a multi-state book exhibition, Geographies: New England Book Work.  The exhibit opened March 3, 2014 at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Fleet Library in Providence, Rhode Island. Over the next two years, the exhibition will journey to venues in each of the six states within the region.

This show represents current work from our membership of bookbinders, book artists, printers, conservators, and calligraphers, working in our widespread New England communities and beyond. The work presented will appeal to book lovers and artists of all ages, aficionados of the printed word, and those interested in New England’s history as interpreted in books of all kinds.

With the only restraint that the work must relate to the theme of New England or the individual New England states, the 26 exhibitors were free to explore and express their creativity in a finished product of their choice, ranging from fine leather bindings to artist books and calligraphic productions. For many, it was an opportunity to meditate on the meaning of a sense of place.  Artist statements accompany the works for viewers interested in the concept of the work or the production of the piece. These point out such details as the use of native natural materials found in a book’s construction, the connection to the exhibit’s theme, or the inspiration drawn from a favorite text.

The exhibit includes classic regional texts, such as Elizabeth Curran’s binding of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Gerritt VanDerwerker’s binding of The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett. More personal connections to the region appear in Susan Bonthron’s Stones, Anne McLain’s Place, and Laurie Whitehill Chong’s Snow Bound In September: A Re-Imagining.

A number of works deal with New England history from a variety of perspectives, including an 1874 copy of the Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts bound by John Nove, and 28 Fort Square: What Charles Olson wrote on the window casings of his apartment in Gloucester, Massachusetts, an artist book by Rutherford Witthus. Nancy Leavitt’s Plant Corridors, Penelope Hall’s Wildflowers Around Tufts Pond, and Lindsley Rice’s Some Plants Endemic to New England all explore some aspect relating to New England’s natural world.

While many of the books are the traditional representation of the codex form, Bexx Caswell’s Mind Map and Graham Patten’s Call Me Trimtab might give viewers new ideas of what a book might look like.

The complete list of entrants: Cathy Adelman, Susan Bonthron, Marianna Brotherton, Patty Bruce, Bexx Caswell, Elizabeth Curran, Eric Drzewianowski, Penelope Hall, Karen Hanmer, Barbara Adams Hebard, Deborah Howe, Nancy Leavitt, Anne McLain, Nancy H. Nitzberg, John Nove, Jan Owen, Graham Patten, Todd Pattison, Lindsley Elisa Hand Rice, Sarah M. Smith, Pamela Spitzmueller, Julie B. Stackpole, Gerritt VanDerwerker, Laurie Whitehill Chong, Rutherford Witthus, and Stephanie Wolff.

Geographies: New England Book Work opened March 3, 2014 at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Fleet Library in Providence, Rhode Island. The exhibition is open to the public and located on two floors of the library with varying open hours. Three cases are on the first floor main area, open all library hours: M-Th 8:30 am – 11 pm, F 8:30 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 12 pm – 11 pm. A large single case is on the second floor in Special Collections. The open hours there are M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Subsequent tour stops include the University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Wiliams College in Massachussetts, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and ends its run in Fall of 2015 at Connecticut’s Creative Arts Workshop.

The full exhibition schedule is listed here, though please confirm closer to exhibition dates with individual venues, as slight changes may be required.

Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

March 3 – May 31, 2014

Pope-Cheney Art Studio, Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
June 16 – August 22, 2014

Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
September 8 – December 12, 2014

Williams College Library, Williamstown, MA
January 12 – March 20, 2015

Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH
April 6- August 21, 2015

Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
September 16 – October 9, 2015

Please stay tuned for any special programs in conjunction with the exhibition as it travels around the various venues. Details will be available through e-mails, the NEGBW website, and NEGBW’s Facebook page.

Geographies Catalog