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!

Workshop Opportunity with Daniel Kelm

Sign-up for our upcoming workshop with Daniel Kelm!

The Book Restructured: Wire Edge Binding

Description:
The range of books being produced today by artists is truly remarkable. Some diverge wildly from what we recognize as traditional book form, others play with slight variations. Often this break with tradition requires a reevaluation and restructuring of the traditional structures.

If you’re interested in creating a nontraditional book (e.g., a book with thick pages, or a book that is sculptural), the achievement of your goal may require the use of a material or movement not possible with conventional structures. Wire edge hinging grew out of just such a challenge. This binding configuration utilizes a thin metal wire along the hinging edge of each page. The metal wire is exposed at regular intervals creating knotting stations where thread attaches one page to the next. The result is a binding that opens exceptionally well, and gives you the option of producing unusual shapes.

During the two days we will look at various wire-edge structures useful for books, enclosures, and articulated sculpture. You will produce both a simple codex, and an accordion model that forms a tetrahedron.

All levels of experience are welcome.

When:
November 16 – 17 (Saturday & Sunday)
9:30am – 6:00pm

Where:
At the Wide Awake Garage
Cottage Street Studios
Easthampton, MA

Cost (includes workshop + materials):
$300 for members
$350 for non-members

Registration:
https://gbw.formstack.com/forms/negbw_the_book_restructured

Join us for our Annual Meeting on August 10th at the Cottage Street Studios in Easthampton

Our 2019 Annual Meeting, will take place at One Cottage Street in Easthampton, MA. Several book workers in the Cottage Street Studios are opening up their spaces to our members. We are delighted to have them as our hosts, sharing with us their work and expertise. This event is open to both members and non-members.

Event Schedule
12:00 – 12:45: Traditional Water Gilding demo with Sarah Pringle of Cinch Custom Finishes
Working on a traditionally prepared substrate of gesso and bole, Sarah will demonstrate how to mark up and lay gold leaf on a flat panel. She will discuss and have samples of the materials that go into the preparation for traditional water gilding to understand the process of applying gold leaf.

1:00 – 2:00: NEGBW Annual meeting with light refreshments at Praxis Bindery (Room 4-24)

2:00 – 4:00: Cottage Street Studios Open House and Tag Sale with:
– Sarah Creighton (#4-17)
– Peter Geraty of Praxis Bindery (Room 4-24)
– Sarah Pringle (#4-42)
– Carol Blinn of Warwick Press (#3-03)
– Daniel Kelm (#5-03)
There will be some small demos and lots of bindery equipment and materials for sale. Please bring cash or your checkbook if you plan to do some tag sale shopping!

Where: Cottage Street Studios at One Cottage Street in Easthampton, MA 01027
When: Saturday, August 10th from 12pm – 4pm

RSVP: Please email newenglandgbw@gmail.com if you plan to attend!! You will receive more information regarding the event and directions, but please use the information below:

Directions to One Cottage Street Studios
Use a GPS to get to the Citgo 7-11 at:
97 Union Street, Easthampton, MA

The 7-11 is at the corner of Union and Liberty Streets
Follow Liberty Street – about one block
At the fork in the road stay right on Liberty
Go down the hill, about 1 long block
At the bottom of the hill turn right into the back entrance of One Cottage Street. There is a sign on the right – One Cottage Street, Liberty Street Entrance.

The back of One Cottage Street is straight ahead.

Park in the area by the greenhouse or cross the small bridge and park in the big lot.
Walk towards the back of the building and pass the loading dock so the building is on your right (a fence and the stream will be on your left). Go a short distance to the ‘C’ door.
Enter the building here.
Walk up three flights of stairs. My studio is at the top of the stairs to your right.

Sarah Pringle Studio: Fourth Floor #42

Autumn Print Exchange with Lone Star

This fall, we collaborated with our friends in the Lone Star chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers, for an Autumn Print and Paper Exchange.

Each participant created a small edition of prints to send to other participants, +1 (optional) to send to LSC Events Coordinator, Jeanne, for an online gallery.
We welcomed any method of printmaking or paper or book arts, as long as it was editionable. 
 
Here is the gallery, below, of the gorgeous work we received.