NEGBW Rhode Island Day, May 3rd

This is a reminder that our first ever “NEGBW Rhode Island Day” will be held Saturday May 3, 2014. Please see the schedule below. The day will start with a visit to Ruth Strach’s bindery in North Scituate where you will have the chance to visit with Ruth, see the studio and a display of work by her students. Ruth promises to have a nice pot of coffee ready for early bird visitors. Later that morning Lauren Pearlman Sugita, proprietor of the Providence based Paper Connections, will be opening her store for NEGBW members. At noon Lauren will be doing a mini presentation about the Japanese papermaking process. While you are in Providence, be sure to stop by the Rhode Island School of Design’s Fleet Library to see the NEGBW’s multi-state book exhibition, Geographies: New England Book Work. The exhibit will be moving to its next venue at the end of May. Be sure to see it before it heads to Maine! While not specifically NEGBW related it is fun to note that a few blocks away from the Fleet Library the RISD Alumni and Student Art Sale will be happening the same day. This is a great chance to buy original artwork from current and former RISD students.

We are looking forward to this day, as there is a nice combination of shopping, socializing, and sharing information with fellow members. You can come to one part of the day or do the whole thing – there is definitely some flexibility. We look forward to seeing you there!

Schedule NEGBW Rhode Island Day
Saturday, May 3, 2014

9am-Noon: At Last! Studio Open House – 184 West Greenville Rd, North Scituate, RI
Ruth Strach will be open her bindery, At Last!Studio, for GBW visitors and their friends. Founded in May 1993, this studio is a small fully equipped hand-bindery, specializing in book repair and conservation, as well as providing a pleasant workshop in which students (both casual and serious) can receive weekly bookbinding instruction. Student work will be on display for your visit. The At Last! Studio is located about 10 miles due west of Providence at 184 West Greenville Road (rt. 116) in North Scituate, R.I. and is easily reached from either rt. 295, rt. 44, or rt.6. For more information about the studio, visit or contact Ruth at 401-934-2171 or

10am-2pm: Paper Connection Open House – 166 Doyle Ave, Providence, RI
Paper Connection is looking forward to opening their doors to NEGBW members on Saturday, May 3rd, ~10:00-2:00pm. Lauren Pearlman Sugita will be doing a mini presentation/show n’ tell at 12pm noon for those interested in the papermaking process of Japan. Paper Connection is located just off exit 24 from I-95.

10am-6pm: NEGBW exhibit Geographies: New England Book Work at RISD’s Fleet Library – 15 Westminster St, Providence, RI
The 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.
Library Location and Map:
Please note: We organized this event for a Saturday to make it as accessible as possible for our members. Unfortunately, five exhibited works are in a case within Special Collections and this department is closed on Saturdays. The rest of the exhibit will be open and available for viewing.

10am-4pm: RISD Alumni and Current Student Art Sale – Benefit St, Providence, RI
From the RISD Alumni Art Sale website: “The next upcoming sale will be on Saturday, May 3, 2014 on Benefit Street from 10am-4pm. We’ll have over 150 alumni artists participating. The sale is free to attend and will run regardless of weather.”
More information at:

Volunteers needed for last Girl Scout Event of 2014 – May 3rd

We are still looking for a few volunteers for the Girl Scout event on Saturday May 3rd. The event will run from 2:30-6:30pm at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, Mass, which is just outside of Boston. This program is for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge.

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

This will be our last Girl Scout event of 2014.

Todd Pattison

Amazing Dremel Workshop with Jill Timm

We have had a couple of cancellations for the Amazing Dremel Workshop, so we now have two available spots for the workshop.

In the workshop, instructor Jill Timm will demonstrate the limitless options of the Dremel tool. Each student will provide their own Dremel and learn about the various attachment options while using the tool to drill, cut, carve, etch, shape, polish and grind into non-traditional book materials. Students can expect to experiment on materials such as glass, plastic, metals, wood, tile and more. By the end of the workshop, you will have built up quite a reference of materials.

This 2-day workshop will be held May 10th and 11th at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA. and lasts about 6 hours each day. The registration fee is $250 with an additional material fee of $50, which includes your own deluxe Dremel kit with over 100 various attachments. You will need to bring your own Dremel to the workshop – Jill has an information sheet that can help you figure out the best one for your needs if you do not currently own one.

To reserve a space in the workshop, send an email to Todd at

Reminder – Portland Book Arts Bazaar this Sunday

Don’t forget that the annual Book Arts Bazaar at the University of Southern Maine’s Wishcamper Center will take place on Sunday, April 6th. The Bazaar has no admission fee and will be open to the public from 10am until 3pm. USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts is sponsoring the Book Arts Bazaar, any profits from this event support the center.

The Wishcamper Center is located on Bedford St. on USM’s Portland Campus. There is plenty of parking behind the building, located between the Glickman Family Library and in the Parking Garage (which is free).