Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lecture on Traditional Ethiopian Bookbinding

Traditional Ethiopian Bookbindinng (or “What’s the difference between Coptic and Ethiopian bookbinding anyways?”)
By Bill Hanscom

Wednesday, November 18th at 6:00pm
Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Schlesinger Library
3 James Street Cambridge, MA
(enter library from west side of Radcliffe Yard off Brattle Street)

Bookbinding in Ethiopia is arguably one of the oldest continuously-practiced material traditions in the world. Despite its steady decline during the last century, little has changed in the production of an Ethiopian bound manuscript for more than a millennium. Please join us on November 18th to hear Bill Hanscom talk about his research into these bindings. He will describe processes involved in the creation of a traditional Ethiopian manuscript from parchment manufacture through binding, decoration, and storage.

Bill Hanscom is a special collections conservation technician for Harvard Library at the Weissman Preservation Center in Cambridge, MA; coordinator and adjunct instructor for the Book Arts BFA program at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA; and an independent workshop insttructor. He is a 2008 graduate of the Book Arts/Printmaking MFA program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His essay on traditional Ethiopian book satchels will be included in Volume 3 of theSuave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding series to be published by The Legacy Press in 2016, followed by a larger essay on Ethiopian bookbinding practices and techniques in Volume 4 of the same series.

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Daniel Kelm Lecture at Smith College

Please join us for the annual McGrath Lecture, sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College. Daniel Kelm will speak on “Getting Physical: the Significance of Making Books by Hand.”

The lecture on October 28–in Neilson Library Browsing Room–will begin at 4 pm and will be followed by a reception in the third floor Book Arts Gallery from approximately 5:30 until 7 pm.

The McGrath Lecture is presented to honor the memory of local master printer Harold P. McGrath.

For more information: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/daniel-kelm

Girl Scout Program Volunteer Opportunity

The New England chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers for our Girl Scout events this year. Once again we will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. offering programs for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge but we have also been asked to run a program for younger scouts as well.

The first event will be held Saturday November 7th at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA, and the second event will be held March 26th at Camp Maude Eaton in Andover, MA. We will run a three-hour program for Cadettes in the morning from 9:00-12:00 and then have a two-hour program for younger girls from 1:00-3:00. You can volunteer for just one program or make a day out of it and do both!

For the Cadettes we will do an introduction and then five stations that the girls will rotate through which may include printing, accordion folds, a pamphlet, origami book, a scroll, decorating paper or a collaborative book, depending on the interests of the volunteers. Each rotation will last for about 30 minutes. For the younger girls we will do some similar programming in a shorter time frame with possibly only four rotations. If you have a book arts technique or project that you’d like to see done with the girl scouts please make some suggestions.

You do not need to be a member of the NEGBW to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Todd Pattison at bookandtile @ att.net.