Adhesive Pre-coated Repair Materials Workshop, March 27-28

The New England Guild of Bookworkers, in collaboration with the Dartmouth College Library Preservation Services, presents the following conservation workshop:

Adhesive Pre-coated Repair Materials

Conservator Sarah Reidell will teach this two-day conservation workshop on preparing and using pre-coated repair materials for library and archival conservation. Workshop includes short lecture presentations; an overview of selection criteria; instructor-led demonstrations; discovery exercises; and group discussion to share experimental results and evaluate findings. Attendees collaborate closely to share working methods and tips while creating comparative samples on surrogate objects (their own or provided by instructor).

Location: Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH
Dates: March 27 and 28, 2015 (Friday and Saturday), 9am-4pm
Price: $250 GBW members; $300 non-members

Instructor: Sarah Reidell
Sarah is the Associate Conservator for Rare Books and Paper at The New York Public Library. Before coming to the NYPL in 2006, she was a Conservator for Special Collections in the Harvard University Library’s Weissman Preservation Center and an Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Fellow at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia. She holds an MLIS/CAS in Conservation and Preservation of Library and Archival Materials from the University of Texas and an AB in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. An active Professional Associate member of AIC, Sarah currently serves as the BPG Publications Committee Chair.

Limit 10 participants.

Registration is available online at:

Please email if you have any questions.

Artist Books: Past and Present. Talk and Exhibit Tour

witthusWilliams College Libraries is hosting a talk about artist books on Monday March 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m., featuring Rutherford Witthus, whose work is displayed in the exhibit “Geograhies: New England Book Work” currently in Sawyer Library, and Robert Volz, Custodian of the Chapin Library.

Mr Witthus will discuss his work as a book artist and give a tour of the exhibit by the New England Guild of Book Workers, which features book artists from New England. Mr Volz will discuss the long and rich history of artist books, and showcase examples from the Chapin Library collection, ranging from 1463 century to modern times.

Event Schedule:
2:00 pm: Introduction by Christine Menard, Head of Research Services and Library Outreach Research
2:10 pm: NEGBW artist, Rutherford Witthus, discusses his work, bookmaking and the Guild.
2:30 pm: Q&A moderated by Kate Barber, WCMA’s Publications Assistant and Guild Member
2:45 pm: Guide walk through of the NEGBW with Rutherford and one of the Chapin librarians
3:15 pm: Discussion of the Chapin collection

This event is co-sponsored by Williams College Libraries and the New England Guild of Book Workers. The exhibit, “Geographies: New England Book Work” will be on display in Sawyer Library until March 30.
Exhibit Catalog

Monday March 2, 2015, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sawyer Library, Archives/Chapin Instruction Room (4th floor)
Williams College
Williamstown, MA

Spirit Papers Workshop with Velma Bolyard

Spirit Papers: Mapping Place with Velma Bolyard
Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts
Date: April 11, 2015
Location: Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose Room, Portland, ME
Fee: $125
Register on line at or call (207)780-5900

bolyardIn this one-day intensive we will explore the art of the eco- or contact print, on paper. Students will learn the basics of creating prints using the flora available in their ecosystem, essentially making a map of the plants inhabiting this particular place on the east coast. Each student will prepare bundles for the dyepot, using found metals and local waters for mordanting. The resulting prints will describe place and we’ll discuss the possibilities of how to use these printed papers in book arts and further printing processes.

Velma Bolyard is a papermaker and fiber artist living in New York’s North Country. She teaches high school special education as well as fiber, paper, and book art workshops for all ages, and makes paper and fiber works at her home papermill, Wake Robin. Velma’s current project, Hortus Siccus, (Latin for dry garden or herbarium), is a documentation of dyed prints from plants in particular locations. She has taken this project to various places and taught students around North America and in Australia. Her artists’ books are in many collections.

Students are asked to bring the following: sketch book, pen, any plant materials from the list below that you can locate, 2 full sheets of Arches text wove, scissors, string, 20 large alligator clips

optional: any other sized watercolor papers no larger than 9 x 12 if you have them, rubber gloves, apron

Various plant matter: staghorn sumac “horns”, frozen flowers from summer/fall (calendula, viola, petunia), leaves from available houseplants or collected in fall maple, cherry, oak, etc., blueberries, lots of onion skins (yellow and red), apple and birch bark pieces, seaweeds – windfall collecting is most appropriate!

You will also want to bring your lunch, there is no easy place within walking distance.

March Wooden Board Long Stitch Workshop with Jim Croft

The New England Chapter has just opened registration for a two-day workshop on March 14th and 15th with the ever so delightful and highly knowledgeable Jim Croft that will be held at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA. Here are the details:

A textile spine is strong, flexible and doesn’t care how many holes you punch into it. Using wood for covers results in a quickly made, durable book. To make it, you need only a bone folder, thread, needle, and maybe an awl. The book can be made with a rounded spine that has a natural shoulder, if desired.

Students will begin the class making their own case by splitting and shaping their boards. As the case dries, students will be treated to a bonus demonstration on shaping bone tools with the opportunity to start their own tool. The workshop will progress through the sewing structure to complete their bindings.

North Bennet Street School
150 North Street
Boston, MA 02109

March 14 – 15 (Saturday & Sunday)
8:30am – 4:30pm

$250 for members
$275 for non-members

Registration is available online at:

Please email if you have any questions.