A Look Back // Workshops from 2010 – 2019

The Chapter continues to invite talented book workers to share their knowledge with our members. The following list shows the workshops that took place from 2010 – 2019, sourced from old Guild newsletters.

2012
– Karen Hanmer gave a workshop on “All Shook Up: Interplay of text and image in the flag book format”
– Julia Miller taught a workshop on “Scaleboard Bindings” at North Bennet Street School who also co-hosted this event

2013
– Richard Horton offered two different workshops: “American Springback Working Composite Model” and “Photo Album Structures & Strategies”

2014
– during a 3-day weekend excursion to Northern Maine, participants took a workshop with Nancy Leavitt titled “Pen, Paper and Paint” and with Katie MacGregor on “A Hand Papermaker’s Perspective”; participants learned calligraphy techniques from Nancy and formed sheets of paper with a custom watermark with Katie
– a workshop with London-based bookbinder, Ben Elbel was conducted through a video/chat platform, participants took the workshop at North Bennet Street School and created his unique structure known as the Onion Skin Binding
– the Northeast Document Conservation Center hosted a workshop with Jill Timm on “The Amazing Dremel”
– “Basic Metalworking for Bookbinders” workshop

2015
– Jim Croft taught a “Long-Stitch Binding” workshop at NBSS

2016
– Third Year Studios hosted two workshop for Guild members: Coleen Curry taught a workshop on “Staple Binding in Stone Veneer” and Jeff Altepeter taught his “Making Finishing Tools” workshop
– in a co-sponsored workshop with Dartmouth College, Abigail Bainbridge taught a workshop on “Bookbinding According to Diderot”

2017
– “Italian Tacketed Stationery Bindings” with Katherine Beaty was taught at Third Year Studios

2018
– London-based fine binder, Nicky Oliver taught a workshop on her “Decorative Leather Dyeing Techniques”

2019
– Washington Street Art Center hosted a workshop with Madeleine Durham on her “Paste Paper” technique
– Daniel E. Kelm hosted members in his studio at Wide Awake Garage for a workshop on “The Book Restructured: Wire Edge Binding”

A Look Back // Lectures from 2010 – 2019

In most recent years, the Chapter has seen a steady membership and lasting commitment to sharing knowledge and experience. The following list shows the lectures that took place from 2010 – 2019, sourced from old Guild newsletters.

2010
– to help celebrate the North Bennet Street School’s 125th Anniversary, NEGBW co-sponsored a variety of lectures to be held at the school

2012:
– Julia Miller gave a presentation on “Scaleboard Bindings” about NBSS
– Gretchen and Garrett Dixon from The Marbler’s Apprentice gave a presentation on “Historic Paper Marbling” in a co-sponsored event with NBSS

2013
– Aimee Lee gave a presentation on “Korean Papermaking” at NBSS

2014
– during a weekend excursion to Northern Maine, members heard lectures from Walter Tisdale, book artist, on “Exploring the Creative Process” and a lecture with Gray Parrot, Bookbinder, titled “43 Years in the Trade: My Career as a Decorative Bookbinder”, where members got to handle many of Parrot’s work

2015
– Stuart Bennet gave a lecture from his publication “Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles 1660 – 1800” at NBSS
– at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, Bill Hanscom, Rare Book Conservator at Widener Library, gave a talk on “Traditional Ethiopian Bookbinding”

2016
– during the Beyond Words exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, members were treated to a gallery talk

2017
– members visited Rabelais Books for a talk from proprietor, Don Lindgren
– during a visit to the Providence Public Library, members were given a presentation on the Nicholson Whaling Log Book Collection
– Katherine Beaty, Rare Book Conservator at Widener Library, discussed “Tackets, Overboards, Lacings and Buckles: a lecture on early Italian stationery bindings of Harvard’s Baker Library” at the Widener Library in Harvard University

2018
– guest lecturer, Nicky Oliver, a private practice binder from London, spoke on “The Serendipity of Bookbinding: A Bookbinder’s Journey into the World of Leather Dyeing” at NBSS

2019
– at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Conservator Todd Pattison, gave a lecture on “Adhered Boards Construction: The transitional ‘missing link’ between laced on boards and case binding”
– John DeMerritt spoke at NBSS on “Building a Living Craft”, where he spoke on his decades of experience as an edition binder
– during a visit to Boston, private practice conservator and tool maker, Jeff Peachey spoke about his recent project “Conservation of Dante’s 1477 La Commedia” at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University

A Look Back // Workshops from 2000 – 2009

The following workshops were scheduled between 2000 – 2009 and show the Chapter’s continued determination to schedule diverse programming for its members.

2000
– calligrapher Peter Halliday taught a workshop on the use of gold leaf

2001
– Babette Gehnrich taught a “Paper Repair” workshop at the American Antiquarian Society
– Priscilla Spitzmueller, Chief Conservator for Special Collections of the Harvard University Libraries, taught a workshop on “Girdle Bindings”, where participants constructed a model of a small, wooden-boarded book sewn on double-raised cords and cover in soft deerskin, with clasps and an overcomer with an extending skirt terminating in a decorative knot for attachment to the girdle

2002
– in a 2-day workshop at the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Deborah Evetts taught “Gold Tooling”
– book artist, Paul Johnson, gave a workshop at North Bennet Street School on “The Book as Picture: The Permanently Open Page”
– during a visit from Christopher Clarkson, he taught a workshop on “Endbands, End of Spine-Bands & Headbands”
– back by popular demand, Elizabeth Morse taught another workshop on “Pressure Sensitive Tape Removal” at Dartmouth College

2003
– Peter Verheyen taught a workshop on “Springback Ledger Binding”
– in a co-sponsored workshop with the New York Chapter, Renate Mesmer, Head of the Conservation Department at Centro del bel Libro, taught a workshop at NBSS on “Wooden Board Conservation Binding”
– members made a field trip to Montgomery, New York for a parchment workshop with Jesse Meyer at Pergamena

2004 – 2005
– Donia Conn taught a workshop at Dartmouth College on “Molded Paper Spine Conservation Binding”
– in addition to giving a lecture, Martin Frost also gave a workshop at the Boston Athenaeum on “The Curious Art of Hidden Fore-Edge Painting”
– Terry Boon gave a workshop on “Paper Conservation for Bookbinders and Book Conservators” at NEDCC

2009
– Shanna Leino gave a workshop on “Bone Toolmaking” at NBSS

A Look Back // Lectures from 2000 – 2009

Although programming occurred less often, the Chapter continued on with its efforts to share knowledge through the following lectures. All this information has been sourced from old Guild Newsletters from 2000 – 2009.

2000
– during the annual meeting at the Rhode Island School of Design, Reader’s Services Librarian, Laurie Whitehall Chong, spoke on the history of artist’s books, showing examples from the collection of over 600 pieces
– at North Bennet Street School, Per Culled, Senior Conservator at the Uppsala University Library in Sweden, gave a presentation on the fire at the Linkoping Library, in addition to a demonstration on “Paper Splitting”

2001
– during a tour at the new Berry Library at Dartmouth College, a panel discussion on Standards was given by Eric Alstrom (Dartmouth College), Mark Andersson (NBSS) and Peter Verheyen (Syracuse University) with James Reid-Cunningham as moderator
– David Lanning, from Hewit’s Tannery, discussed the longevity of leathers made for bookbinding
– Nancy Norton Tomasko, editor of The East Asian Library Journal at Princeton University, gave a talk on “Chinese Papermaking” at RISD

2002
– Christopher Clarkson gave a slide lecture on “The Kennicott Bible: a description of its illumination, box binding, and conservation problems” at the Harvard Law Library
– a lecture on “The Making of an Armenian Manuscript” was given by Sylvie Merian at the Bedford Free Public Library
– in a co-sponsored event with Masscribes, Patricia Lovett lectured on “Medieval Manuscripts to Modern Calligraphy” at the Arlington Center for the Arts

2003
– Katie MacGregor presented on papermaking where she discussed fiber and pigment formulas she had developed for making conservation papers for older books, other aspects of her process and her career in the field
– Dr. John L. Sharpe spoke on “Development of the Early Codex”

2004
– at The Club of Odd Volumes, Sam Ellenport lectured on “The Economics of Desire: The History of the Club Bindery”

2005
– Martin Frost gave a lecture at the Boston Public Library on “The Curious Art of Hidden Fore-Edge Painting”

2008
– Scott Husby, former Rare Books Conservator at Princeton University, spoke on his research into the history of incunables at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University

2009
– Tom Conroy gave a lecture
– Shanna Leino gave an artist talk at NBSS

A Look Back // Workshops from 1990 – 1999

The programs created by the New England Chapter during this time period were primarily lectures, but workshops were also an important way to share knowledge and techniques. The following list of workshops during 1990 – 1999 were sourced from old GBW Newsletters.

1990
– Hugo Peller gave two workshops at North Bennet Street School on making a small book and “pop-up” box with onlay decoration
– Monique Lallier also gave a workshop at NBSS

1991
– during a visit to the Easthampton Public Library, Hedi Kyle gave a workshop on “Oriental Binding Structures”
– two workshops were designed around the NEGBW 10th Anniversary exhibit: a 2-day workshop on Decorated papers and marbling on fabric with Nancy Leavitt and a 4-day workshop on Calligraphy with Maude Olsen
– during the annual meeting Joe Newman gave a workshop on Rebacking and Timothy Hasten gave a workshop on Archival Matting
– Daniel Kelm held a co-sponsored seminar with NBSS on “Chemistry for Book Workers”

1992
– the Northeast Document Conservation Center hosted a workshop with Deborah Evetts, book conservator at the Pierpont Morgan Library, on “Gold Tooling”

1993
– the Head of Book Restoration at Centro del Bel Libro, Julia Puissant, gave a workshop on “The Restoration and Conservation of Parchment”

1994
– Barbara Meier-Husby gave a workshop at NEDCC on “Long-Fiber Mending of Book-leaf Materials”

1996
– Betsy Palmer Eldridge taught a workshop of variations on supported and unsupported sewing methods at NEDCC
– Nicholas Pickwoad presented a 1-day seminar on “Writing Condition and Treatment Reports” on two different occasions at NEDCC and the American Antiquarian Society; this seminar focused on a recent study of Judaica Collection at Harvard University

1997
– a workshop on “Tunnel Books” was taught by Carol Barton where students designed and constructed a tunnel or “peephole” book
– Terry Buckley, Senior Lecturer in Bookbinding at the London College of Printing, taught a workshop on “Dyeing and Staining Leather” at the Creative Arts Workshop
– Monique Lallier taught a workshop on “Edge Treatments”
– a workshop on “Pressure Sensitive Tape Removal” with Elizabeth Morse was taught at the Harvard University Library Preservation Center
– a 1-day workshop by Richard Horton on “Leaf Structures for Photo Albums” was give at Wide Awake Garage

1998
– Peter Geraty taught “Board Construction for Adhesive-Bound Parchment Bindings”

1999
– Betsy Palmer Eldridge gave a workshop on “Endbands”
– guest instructor from Sweden, Adam Larsson, taught a workshop on the “Cross Structure Binding” at NBSS

A Look Back // Lectures from 1990 – 1999

During the second decade, the Chapter continued to thrive and stay active with lots of programming. The following is a list of lectures given during 1990 – 1999, all sourced from the GBW Newsletter.

1990
– Nicholas Pickwoad gave a slide lecture on “Stained Decoration of 17th and 18thc. Bookbinding” at the Boston Public Library – this lecture was co-sponsored with North Bennet Street School
– Dr. Sydney Berger (Curator of Manuscripts and Archives at the American Antiquarian Society) spoke during the NEGBW General Meeting on the Antiquarian book trade and the perils of evaluating books
– Roger Stoddard (from the Houghton Library at Harvard University) gave a lecture on William Gowans, a 19thc. Antiquarian Bookseller – this lecture was co-sponsored as an annual lecture series with the Friends of the Wellesley College Library

1991
– talk at the Easthampton Public Library with Nancy Jacoby (from the Japanese Paper Place) on “The Varnishing World of Japanese Handmade Papers”
– given at the Harcourt Bindery, Scott Vile, proprietor of Ascensius Press presented a slide lecture on the history and predecessors of his press: Southworth, Authoenson, Shagbark and Ascensius Presses
– as part of the Wellesley College Library lecture series: David Esselmont, proprietor of Gregynog Press spoke
– during the annual meeting held the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Sherelyn Ogden, Director of Book Conservation at NEDCC, spoke on “Preservation Options for Scrapbook and Album Formats”

1992
– a lecture and demonstration by Frank Mowery on “Form and Function, the Logic of German Bookbinding”
– Harry Duncan of the Cummington Press was invited to speak on an exhibition of Cummington Press books in the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College – this lecture was co-sponsored with the Letterpress Guild
– during the annual meeting held at Acme Bindery, David Bourbeau repeated his Standard’s presentation on “Mastering the refinements of case bookbindings”

1993
– during the annual meeting at NEDCC, Brian Allen gave a slide lecture on “Letterforms: From Stonecut to Computer – an illustrated journey through the history of written communication in western culture”

1994
– during a meeting held at the Carriage House Handmade Paper Works, Elaine Koretsky spoke about Chinese papermaking and demonstrated techniques she learned during a trip to China
– presentation by Robert Hauser on “Preservation of Collections: Programs and Disasters” given at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

1995
– during a meeting at the Harvard Law School Library, David Ferris, Curator of Rare Books, spoke about notable bindings from the collection
– Monona Rossol, an Industrial Hygienist, spoke on “Hazardous Materials – Health and Safety in your Studio” at the American Antiquarian Society
– another lecture at AAS was given by Sue Allen on “Connoisseurship of 19thc. Bookbindings”

1996
– Joe Newman gave a talk on Mary Crease Sears, the first American master-bookbinder of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Boston
– during a meeting at NEDCC a panel discussion on “Ethics and Standards in Bookbinding” included the following panelists: Nancy Schrock (Conservator and Consultant to major libraries), Nancy Southworth (edition and fine binder), Paul Parisi (President of Acme Bookbinding Co.) and Karl Eberth (binder in private practice) with Sam Ellenport as moderator
– Bill Streeter gave a presentation of his research on copy presses, beginning with James Watt’s 1780 letterpress copying machine and ending with Chester Carlson’s copying machine of 1938 – this was held at Wide Awake Garage in Easthampton

1997
– Carol Barton gave a slide lecture on historical antecedents of tunnel books
– during a visit to the Providence Public Library, Dr. Philip Maddock, a private collector, spoke on Irish bookbinding along with a viewing of decorative bindings from the collection
– at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, members heard a lecture from Scott Kehoe on how to photograph books
– Rick Cavasin gave a presentation at NBSS on his production of parchment and vellum
– Roger Barleee, Director of J. Hewit & Sons Tannery, in Edinburgh, Scotland gave two talks on leather production (one at Harvard University and one at Smith College)

1998
– during a visit to the Burns Library at Boston College, Sally Key, Instructor of NBSS, discussed the construction of model historic bindings and Dr. Bernard Meaghan, Keeper of the Manuscripts at Trinity College, talked about the materials used in the manufacture of the Book of Kells
– during a joint chapter meeting with the Letterpress Guild and NEGBW at the Quercus Press, Johnny Carerra demonstrated the use of his Linotype and showed his work as both printer and binder

1999
– during a meeting held at Goldsmith 3 (a custom design and hand-crafted jewelry business), proprietor, Vincent Ferrini, demonstrated making and applying metal to books in his talk “Metal Book Hinges, Clasps, Hasps and Escutcheons”
– Nancy Leavitt gave a slide lecture on her three-week trip to Northumbria titled “From Landscape to Manuscript Book: a tour of Iona and Holy Island” where she discussed the Gospel Book produced in the great religious centers of Iona, Scotland and Holy Island, England from 650 through 1000CE
– Stuart Walker, Head of Book Conservation, spoke about the exhibit “Five Centuries of Bookbindings at the Boston Public Library: an exhibit of bookbinding from the collection of the Rare Book and Manuscript Department”
– an additional lecture at the Boston Public Library was given by Christopher Clarkson on “Conservation of Early Books”

Upcoming Workshop on Traditional French Pochoir with Kitty Maryatt

In February, North Bennet Street School will be hosting the exhibit Drop Dead Gorgeous: Fine Bindings of La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation. In conjunction with this exhibit, NEGBW is hosting a workshop with Kitty Maryatt on the technique of traditional French pochoir.
 
Kitty Maryatt of Two Hands Press has been researching the production of La Prose du Transsibérien since 2012. She studied pochoir with Atelier Coloris in Ploubazlenac, France. In 2018, she debuted a new edition of 150 copies, which faithfully incorporates techniques and methods used in the original.

What: Traditional French Pochoir Workshop
Where: North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA
When: February 29 – March 1
Register here

The word pochoir in French simply means stencil, which has been done by every culture since mankind blew iron oxide around their hands onto cave walls. As the French are known to do, they developed particularly sophisticated stencil techniques in the early twentieth century. This workshop will introduce the basics of printing multiples through such stencils. The steps involve the following: trace the imagery that you want to reproduce, develop a registration system, identify and separate the colors, cut aluminum plates by hand, mix gouache colors, prime the French pochoir brush and apply the liquid in a swirling fashion.

Demonstrations of tracing images and cutting the plates will be shown first. Participants will trace one color from the image and cut an aluminum plate. The instructor will bring a pre-designed image with plates already cut so that participants can immediately learn the brush techniques. The six colors will be applied as the group makes an edition of the image. Then we will look at the images brought in by participants and discover which images are appropriate to reproduce in this way, including printing a base image.

Next, participants will select or create an image to be reproduced and go through the steps to make an edition of that image. Since this is an introduction, the focus will be on problem-solving and experiencing the joy of vibrant and true color. Additional techniques used on La Prose du Transsibérien will be highlighted and demonstrated.

For more information click here: https://gbw.formstack.com/forms/negbw_introduction_to_traditional_french_pochoir

Announcement // 40th Anniversary Exhibition – Intent to Enter Open

The New England Chapter will be celebrating 40 years in 2020! To commemorate this milestone, we are inviting members to submit work to our upcoming 40th Anniversary Exhibition. We encourage submissions of all types of book work (this includes bindings, artist books, calligraphy, printmaking, paper making, etc.) to showcase the diversity of our membership. In order to submit work, please fill out an Intent to Enter form. The deadline to submit the form is February 14, 2020.

You must be a member of the Guild of Book Workers – New England Chapter to participate and you must carry your membership throughout the entire run of the exhibition.

For more information about the rules and regulations and deadlines, please click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me: newenglandgbw@gmail.com

I look forward to your participation!

Lecture at MIT on Adaptive Preservation

The following lecture may be of interest to conservators and binders in NEGBW:

Adaptive Preservation
presented by Hugh Phibbs

When: Thursday, November 14 from 10–11
Where: MIT, Maclaurin Building, 4–370.

Please find details and register here https://libcal.mit.edu/calendar/events/adaptivepreservation

The lecture is sponsored by the MIT Libraries Wunsch Conservation Laboratory, The MIT Museum, and the MIT LIST Visual Arts Center. This is not a NEGBW sponsored event.

Upcoming Talk with Jeff Peachey // Harvard University – November 19

Please join us for our upcoming lecture with Jeff Peachey:

The Conservation of Dante’s 1477 La Commedia
Jeffrey S. Peachey, Independent Book Conservator, New York City, jeffpeachey.com

The conservation treatment of Dante’s 1477 La Commedia will be detailed in this profusely illustrated lecture. An examination of the remains of earlier binding structures, and decisions that lead to its resewing and rebinding in an alum tawed goatskin conservation binding will be discussed. During the treatment, evidence was found suggesting that the Inferno and Purgatorio cantiche may have circulated separately at one point. Differences between historic 15th century binding practices and modern conservation binding techniques will be highlighted, as will the difficulties of achieving a sympathetic relationship between original and new binding materials. Observations on the history, nature and idea of conservation rebinding will conclude the lecture, followed by an audience discussion. Conservators, bibliophiles, bookbinders, librarians, Italian scholars, and anyone curious about the physical structure of books will find this lecture of interest.

Where: Schlesinger Library, Harvard University, 3 James Street, Cambridge, MA
When: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Jeff Peachey Bio:
Peachey is an independent book conservator and toolmaker based in New York City. For more than 25 years, he has specialized in the conservation of books for institutions and individuals. He is a Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation, has taught book conservation workshops internationally, and was awarded fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy) and the University of Toronto’s Fischer Library (Toronto). He is a Visiting Instructor for the Library and Archives Conservation Education Consortium (LACE) of Buffalo State University, New York University, and the Winterthur/University of Delaware. “Ausbund 1564: The History and Conservation of an Anabaptist Icon” is his latest publication.

Hope to see you there!