The Board includes up to six members who serve the membership of the New England Chapter. They work to create programming, exhibit opportunities and communications through the blog and other social media. All board members volunteer their time for these two-year long positions. There are no term limits, but elections are held annually during the summer. Anyone interested in serving on the board should contact the Chapter Chair.
Chapter Chair – Erin Fletcher (she/her)
Erin Fletcher is the owner of Herringbone Bindery in Boston, where she creates unique hand bound books and boxes for private and institutional clients. Her design binding work has been exhibited globally and is held in both private and institutional collections. Erin also works as an instructor for North Bennet Street School, where she graduated from the Bookbinding Program in 2012. She has served on the New England Chapter board since 2012, first as a Programs Chair before becoming Chair in 2016.
Secretary – Séphora Bergiste (she/her)
Séphora Bergiste is a Haitian-born artist and bookbinder currently based in New England. She received a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2017 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, and her Bookbinding certificate from the North Bennet Street School in 2009. She is currently a library assistant at the SMFA Library at Tufts University. Her passion and desire for books has driven her towards untested waters so that she may become even more obsessed with the craft. Bergiste would like to be more integrated into the bookbinding community; becoming secretary for the New England chapter of GBW would be a great way to stay active and serve fellow GBW members.
Programs Chair – Lisa Muccigrosso (she/her)
Lisa Muccigrosso is a soon-to-be graduate of the NBSS Bookbinding Program (COVID-19 Cohort). In addition to her bookbinding studies, Lisa holds an MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked variously in libraries, archives, museums, and conservation labs. When not working on book-related stuff, she’s doing embroidery projects, hanging out with her cat, or mining the lode of Netflix while practicing physical distancing.
Programs Chair – Rebecca Staley (she/her)
Rebecca Staley is an edition binder and book designer based in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Her work focuses on cognitive dissonance, manifestations of contemporary anxiety, and emergent patterns. Her new book, about governmental helplessness in the face of natural disaster, will be available later in 2020 and feature two spines and a polished concrete enclosure. When she isn’t in the shop, she’s in the woods with her husband, bookbinder Matthew Zimmerman, and their tiny monster of a dog, Charlie.
Exhibitions Chair – Anne McLain (she/her)
Anne came to the field of bookbinding with a design degree and 15 years of independent bookstore experience under her belt. She is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School program in hand bookbinding and has worked at several conservation labs including her current post as a Book Conservation Technician at Harvard University. Anne’s design bindings have been displayed in several exhibits through the NEGBW, North Bennet Street School, as well as Uppercase magazine. Additionally, she has a great fondness for Scottish Wheel & Herringbone bindings and an interest in making them discoverable in collections.
Communications Chair – Yi Bin Liang (she/they)
Yi Bin Liang is a bookbinder and artist in Boston, MA. She recently graduated from the North Bennet Street School, and also has a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently working as a Maker Space assistant while doing freelance work.