NEGBW Annual Meeting

Please note the date correction. 

New England Chapter Annual Meeting Tuesday, August 16, 2016.  6pm

The New England Chapter will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6pm. Member and Secretary, Athena Moore, has offered to host at her studio Washington Street Art. This meeting is open to all current chapter members, but please RSVP by clicking on the provided link!

Pizza, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be provided. Newly appointed Chapter Chair Erin Fletcher will give the annual report and introduce our new committee, who will be happy to speak with members about ideas for upcoming chapter activities. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Washington Street Art Center
    321 Washington Street #D
    Somerville, MA 02143


“Vessel” is now open

Vessel2014Vessel, the Guild of Book Workers traveling exhibit, has dropped anchor in New England for its final stop at North Bennet Street School and is now open.

Visit the exhibit in the Windgate Gallery at the school any time during regular school hours,

Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until August 31

 North Bennet Street School is located at 150 North Street in Boston’s North End. Validated parking is available at the “Parcel 7” garage, 136 Blackstone St. The closest T stop is Haymarket on the Orange or Green Lines.

Join us for the opening reception in the Windgate Gallery at the school on Thursday, July 21 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. In addition to the 50 works on display, three local exhibitors, Erik Demaine, Graham Patten and Colin Urbina, will be present to speak about their piece. Talks will take place around 7:00.


A catalog of the exhibit is available at the national Guild website.

The Exquisite Corpse

Outgoing Program Chair Erin Fletcher writes on her blog at about the conclusion of The Exquisite Corpse, a collaboration between the North Bennet Street School second year students and the New England Guild of Book Workers. Erin writes:

An Exquisite Corpse is a method of illustration invented by Surrealists in the early 1910s, where each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence usually without seeing the prior portion. Upon reveal this rule to hide the previous sequences offers up an abstract and amusing portrait. Each student created a plaquette covered in neutral leather (we used Harmatan Terracotta and Brown goatskin) and also completed the “head” portion of the figure. The plaquette’s were about 18in x 6in; allowing each participant to cover a 6in square portion of the board.

The artists statements are included below. Read the entire article on Erin’s Blog.

Continue reading “The Exquisite Corpse”

Registration Deadline for Maine Mini-Conference

Time is running out to register for the second New England Chapter Mini-Conference in Northern Maine from August 26th – 28th. This weekend retreat at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott, ME, will include two 1-day workshops, evening lectures, a mix and mingle event and material swap. See all the details below. The last day to register is July 24th.

Schedule of Events:
FRIDAY, August 26th:
7:00 – 8:30 Evening Reception – Dining Hall
8:45 – 9:30 Mix & Mingle plus Material Swap – Lodge

SATURDAY, August 27th:
Workshop Day One – Andrea Peterson or Velma Bolyard
9:00 – 12:00 Morning Session
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch – Dining Hall
1:30 – 4:30 Afternoon Session
7:00 – 8:30 Evening Dinner – Dining Hall
8:45 – 9:30 Vendor Room

SUNDAY, August 28th:
Workshop Day Two – Andrea Peterson or Velma Bolyard
9:00 – 12:00 Morning Session
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch – Dining Hall
1:30 – 4:30 Afternoon Session
7:00 – 8:30 Evening Dinner – Dining Hall

Registration is open to both members and non-members of the Guild of Book Workers. We also invite you to bring your spouse and/or friend along to join in the evening festivities and enjoy the beauty of rural Maine. Dormitory-style lodging is available and conveniently located on the grounds.

To register and find more information about the conference see descriptions below or please go to:

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email Erin Fletcher at We hope to see you there!

Andrea Peterson, Papermaker and Book Artist
Think and Make Paper Indigenously
The workshop will focus on how to make sophisticated natural papers for use in book works by employing very basic tools and methods as well as an understanding of natural fibers. Students will learn how to recognize fiber possibilities in order to wisely choose from what is growing around them or plants that can be grow.
Students will cook and prepare with materials locally gathered. Preparation will include beating options for an outdoor natural setting. Students will sheet pull with basic mould types and screens designed for fine natural fibers and use drying methods with a minimal set up yet still maintaining a flat usable sheet.

Velma Bolyard, Book Artist
Mapping Place: Making Botanical Pressure Prints
In this one-day intensive students 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.

Katie MacGregor, Papermaker and Artist
Papermaking From Production to Painting
As an artist who uses pulp, Katie has been influenced by both the techniques used in production sheet forming, as well as the innovations associated with editioning images in pulp. Both these activities have deeply influenced and informed her work as an artist. “There’s an intrinsic beauty in a sheet of handmade paper that reveals qualities of transparency, color and texture.“
When MacGregor sets out to make imagery in pulp she deliberately maintains the clean integrity of her craft, while honoring the fluidity and spontaneity of pulp as a medium. Katie will be discussing the considerations and techniques that she uses to make her images in pulp.

Nancy Leavitt, Calligrapher
Carrying Forward: Working Within a Craft Tradition
The etymology of the word is: to carry, to carry forward. In this talk, Nancy will explore the challenges and joys of working within a formal lettering tradition drawing inspiration from a time when hand lettered manuscripts were prevalent, between 600-1600 CE. Nancy will discuss the ancient craft of quill cutting illustrating her talk with images of how she cuts feather quills from turkey, geese and swan.