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Bookbinding Workshop with Juliayn Coleman in Maine

Bookbinding Workshop with Juliayn Coleman 
Sept 2-8, 2018 Sunset Lodge on Lake Damariscotta, Maine. 
In this hands-on bookbinding workshop, we will make one simple nonadhesive book each day. The structures will range from the earliest binding styles to contemporary, and they are geared towards beginner through intermediate skill level. In addition to the binding, we will explore at least three different ways to decorate paper for the covers of our books: paste paper, suminagashi, and plant printing. The goal is to create a harmonious set of beautiful books, learn simple structures that you can take home and repeat on your own, and let your creative mind explore the medium of bookbinding.

New England GBW 2nd Annual Print & Paper Exchange

New England GBW 2nd Annual Print & Paper Exchange

Join us for our second annual New England Chapter Print and Paper Exchange! Each participant will be asked to create an edition of up to 10 to 12 prints to send to other participating members. In return, you will receive the same number of unique prints from fellow members.

We can’t wait to start sharing and swapping your incredible creations this year – to participate, just sign up using the form below. Please note: you must be a NEGBW member to participate in this exchange.

Deadline for sign-up is JANUARY 28, 2018. Your list of recipients and their addresses will be emailed out before the end of February. You are responsible for covering the cost of creating your edition and for postage. We ask that you create something that can be sent successfully through the mail. Your editions should be postmarked no later than March 11, 2018.

–Optional Theme: Architecture, something in your area or neighborhood that inspires you.

–Any method of creating is welcome! Just remember, you must be able to make an edition of the design. Postcards are ok, but please keep in mind that unprotected items may get damaged in the mail.

–Please make sure your mailing address is up to date throughout the exchange so that you will be sure to receive the prints you exchanged for.

–Once you have completed your entry, please send a jpeg of 300+dpi to to be included in an online exhibit to go up on the New England Chapter website.

To see the prints from last year, visit the NEGBW blog post:

And remember, please drop your edition off in the mail no later than March 11, 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Levy at or Erin Fletcher at

Chena River Sale

Introduction to Water Gilding

Introduction to Water Gilding Course
At the studio of Sarah Pringle

Early winter 2018

Water Gilding: Foundation Study, Introduction to Traditional Materials & Techniques

Course Description:
This is an introductory level course suitable for those interested in learning the basic skills needed to work with traditional water gilding methods. You will receive five days of hands-on instruction in the practice of traditional water gilding, with the emphasis on practical techniques for surface preparation and the handling of loose leaf for panel and/or furniture gilding.

Materials, tools and equipment will be defined and their importance explained. Techniques in surface preparation using gesso and clay bole as the foundation for gilding will be taught step-by-step. Handling and applying gold and semi-precious leaf will be demonstrated so that you can become relaxed and confident when doing the application yourself. You will have the opportunity to prepare and gild a variety of panels and a mock up chair rail. Materials, supply and resource lists, recipes, a bibliography and supplemental material will be provided.

You may choose to add an additional sixth day to this course, which would provide you with access to the studio and time with the instructor to continue working on or to complete course projects.

Beginner. Given the detail oriented nature of water gilding some experience in hand/eye skills with brushes and an appreciation for technique and process is helpful.

Late January or anytime in February ; Five (5) day course (additional sixth day optional)

I’ve been asked by an interested prospective student to teach this introductory course. They have flexibility with when the course would happen. Those considering taking the course would have the opportunity to give input as to which week will be chosen.

Class Size: 3 – 4
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Workshop Location: One Cottage Street, Fourth Floor #42, Easthampton, MA

To make an inquiry about this course please go to

S. Pringle Introduction to Water Gilding Course Description


Tackets, Overbands, Lacings and Buckles

Tackets, Overbands, Lacings and Buckles: a lecture by Katherine Beaty on early Italian stationery bindings of Harvard’s Baker Library

When: Friday November 17th, 4-5pm
Where: 90 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138

This lecture is free and open to the public. Seating in limited, so please arrive early!

The Harvard Business School’s Baker Library houses the largest collection of early Italian business records outside of Italy. It includes 150 account books and day books of the Medici Family, 81 volumes from the Barberini Family, and many more. Presenter Katherine Beaty will talk about the use and structure of early Italian stationery bindings that were observed during recent conservation projects of the Medici and Barberini collections. These unique limp vellum bindings include unusual structural features, such as overbands, decorative alum-tawed lacings, spine and endband tackets, and different fastenings types, including ties, loop and toggle, and buckles. This lecture is presented in conjunction with a workshop on Italian tacketed stationery bindings hosted by the New England Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers. For more information on the workshop and to register for one of the few spots remaining in the workshop, click here.

Presenter Katherine Beaty is a rare book conservator in the Weissman Preservation Center for the Harvard Libraries. For the past 10 years, Katherine has been treating rare books from the Harvard library collection, with a special interest in parchment, Islamic and non-western books, and investigating historical book structures. Over the last four years, she has been conserving early Italian account books from the Harvard’s Business School’s Baker Library Historical Collections. Katherine earned her M.A. from the Buffalo State College Art Conservation program with a specialization in book conservation.


Two workshops

While these are not GBW events, members may find them interesting.


Case by Case Bookbinding Workshop with Martha Kearsley
October 21st 10-4pm

Learn to sew, assemble and cover your very own case binding, a versatile and ubiquitous bookbinding style. Case bindings allow for the covers to be made separate from the text block, providing a variety of decorative and labeling options before the book is complete. Materials will be provided, but participants might want to bring decorative and printed papers that they fancy for their covers.

$125/ non- members + $15 supply fee

Sign up By OCTOBER 18th

Make your own Bone Folder with Brien Beidler
November 19th 10-4

In this 4 hour workshop, students will learn the essentials needed to make their own hand tools to fit their hands and needs. Beginning with the raw materials, students will cut, hew, file, scrape and polish bone into beautifully functional folders, awls, and/or objects.

The workshop fee includes either 1 large, 2 medium, 3 small, or some combination thereof of raw bone, a dust mask, a sandpaper packet of gradiated grits, and access to an assortment of files and rasps. Students are also encouraged to bring a dust mask and work gloves. More of Brien’s work here:

$100/ non- members + $15 supply fee
Sign up November 5th

40 Years of Work: Peter and Donna Thomas

Peter and Donna are book artists from Santa Cruz, California who started their business in 1977. They completed their first book, “The Three Cedars,” in 1978. 2017-18 marks their 40th anniversary, which will be celebrated in libraries across the country with retrospective shows displaying from those libraries own holdings.

Beginning in August of 2017 Donna and Peter will be traveling to visit those shows as “Wandering Book Artists”. They will also be meeting with community-based and academic book arts classes, teaching book arts workshops, and working with fellow book and paper artists to create collaborative artworks.

Donna and Peter will be coming to Boston!
Where: North Bennet Street School, 150 North Street, Boston, MA
When: Wednesday, October, 11 at noon

For those unfamiliar with their artistic practice, Donna and Peter make their own paper, letterpress print or hand render the texts, illustrate, and hand-bind their books themselves. They make both edition and one-of-a-kind books that combine the precision of the fine press aesthetic with the structural exploration and artistic creativity found in contemporary artists’ books.

Peter and Donna have written this about their past trips:

“We drive a pickup truck pulling a “Tiny Home on Wheels” (which is featured in a book by the same name published in 2014 by Shelter Books). Our tiny rolling home is a finely crafted wooden travel trailer, built in 2009 using local sustainably harvested woods, and decorated with Donna’s colorful folk art painted designs. Although the trailer is our home while on the road, more esoterically it is a physical artwork, and metaphorically it embodies our ideas about the changing nature of the physical book in the digital age.

People always stop us, wondering what it is, and if they can look inside. When conversation turns to what we are doing and what exactly is an artists’ book, we use our rolling home as a metaphor saying, “When people see, or look inside regular RV what do they think? Usually nothing, or, “How practical.” But when people see our caravan they get excited, curious, inspired – something magical always happens. Commercially produced books are like regular RVs, practical and full of information. Artists’ books are like our tiny home on wheels. They inspire imagination, wonder, excitement and do the many wonderful things that art works do.

On campuses we open the door and invite in visitors. The conversations often are about living in small spaces and making do with less, what it means and takes to live a creative life, what or who is an artist, and what is a “book artist”? We keep a blog documenting our travels and conversations as wandering book artists which you can find at: