“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.

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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 HerringboneBindery.com 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”

Geographies Exhibit and Reception at Creative Arts Workshop

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Geographies: New England Book Work Featuring the New England Chapter of Book Workers

Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon Street
New Haven CT 06510
September 18 – October 30, 2015

Reception
Friday, September 25, 6-8pm
Join us to toast the last stop on this exhibition’s New England tour!

Speakers starting at 7pm include:
Todd Pattison, Chair of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers and participating artist
Erin Fletcher, Program Co-Coordinator for the New England Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers
Paulette Rosen, Department Head of Book Arts at Creative Arts Workshop.

Participating Artists:
Cathy Adelman, Susan Bonthron, Marianna Brotherton, Patty Bruce, Bexx Caswell, Elizabeth Curran, Eric Drzewianowski, Penelope Hall, Karen Hanmer, Barbara Adams Hebard, Deborah Howe, Nancy Leavitt, Anne McLain, Nancy H. Nitzberg, John Nove, Jan Owen, Graham Patten, Todd Pattison, Lindsley Elisa Hand Rice, Sarah M. Smith, Pamela Spitzmueller, Julie B. Stackpole, Gerritt VanDerwerker, Laurie Whitehill Chong, Rutherford Witthus, Stephanie Wolff

For more information, visit http://creativeartsworkshop.org/gallery/geographies-new-england-book-work/.

Geographies Exhibit now at University of Vermont

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Geographies: New England Book Work, the New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers exhibition, is now on view at The University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library in Burlington, Vermont through December 12, 2014.

Join us for a guided tour of the exhibit on
 Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:30-7:30 pm. Meet in Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library at UVM. Exhibitors Deborah Howe and Stephanie Wolff will lead a guided tour of the exhibit. They will discuss the creation of their own books in the show, methods of construction used by other exhibitors, and contemporary bookbinding and book arts. Deborah Howe is the Collections Conservator and a Book Arts Instructor at Dartmouth College Library, and board member of the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio. Stephanie Wolff is an artist, hand bookbinder, and book conservator. She teaches book arts to students of all ages, including at Dartmouth College Library’s Book Arts Workshop. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call (802) 656-2138.

Geographies: New England Book Work includes bookbindings and artist’s books that relate to the theme of New England created by 26 of our members. Included are classic regional texts, books that make personal connections to the region, and New England history from a variety of perspectives, among other topics. It is open to the public and located in the display cases on the main floor of UVM’s Bailey/Howe Library in Burlington, VT. The show will remain on view through December 12, 2014. For library hours see http://library.uvm.edu/hours/

Subsequent tour stops include Williams College in Massachusetts; Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and the show ends its run in October of 2015 at Connecticut’s Creative Arts Workshop.

For more information on the exhibition and the complete schedule please go to the post on our chapter blog: https://negbw.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/geographies-new-england-book-work/

Geographies Exhibit Now in Maine

Geographies: New England Book Work, the New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers exhibition is now on view at The University of Southern Maine’s Wishcamper Center in Portland, Maine through August 22, 2014.

This show of bookbindings and artist’s books includes work that relates to the theme of New England from 26 of our members. Included are classic regional texts, books that make personal connections to the region, and New England history from a variety of perspectives, among other topics.

Geographies: New England Book Work is open to the public and located at USM’s Pope-Cheney Art Studio on the first floor of the Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St. Portland, ME. Summer open hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, closed weekends and holidays.

http://usm.maine.edu/bookarts/pope-cheney-art-studio

The show will remain on view through August 22.

Subsequent tour stops include the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT; Williams College in Massachusetts; Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and the show ends its run in October of 2015 at Connecticut’s Creative Arts Workshop.

For more information on the exhibition and the complete schedule please go to the post on our chapter blog:
https://negbw.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/geographies-new-england-book-work/

Geographies: New England Book Work

geographiesThe New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers (NEGBW) is pleased to announce a multi-state book exhibition, Geographies: New England Book Work.  The exhibit opened March 3, 2014 at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Fleet Library in Providence, Rhode Island. Over the next two years, the exhibition will journey to venues in each of the six states within the region.

This show represents current work from our membership of bookbinders, book artists, printers, conservators, and calligraphers, working in our widespread New England communities and beyond. The work presented will appeal to book lovers and artists of all ages, aficionados of the printed word, and those interested in New England’s history as interpreted in books of all kinds.

With the only restraint that the work must relate to the theme of New England or the individual New England states, the 26 exhibitors were free to explore and express their creativity in a finished product of their choice, ranging from fine leather bindings to artist books and calligraphic productions. For many, it was an opportunity to meditate on the meaning of a sense of place.  Artist statements accompany the works for viewers interested in the concept of the work or the production of the piece. These point out such details as the use of native natural materials found in a book’s construction, the connection to the exhibit’s theme, or the inspiration drawn from a favorite text.

The exhibit includes classic regional texts, such as Elizabeth Curran’s binding of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Gerritt VanDerwerker’s binding of The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett. More personal connections to the region appear in Susan Bonthron’s Stones, Anne McLain’s Place, and Laurie Whitehill Chong’s Snow Bound In September: A Re-Imagining.

A number of works deal with New England history from a variety of perspectives, including an 1874 copy of the Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts bound by John Nove, and 28 Fort Square: What Charles Olson wrote on the window casings of his apartment in Gloucester, Massachusetts, an artist book by Rutherford Witthus. Nancy Leavitt’s Plant Corridors, Penelope Hall’s Wildflowers Around Tufts Pond, and Lindsley Rice’s Some Plants Endemic to New England all explore some aspect relating to New England’s natural world.

While many of the books are the traditional representation of the codex form, Bexx Caswell’s Mind Map and Graham Patten’s Call Me Trimtab might give viewers new ideas of what a book might look like.

The complete list of entrants: Cathy Adelman, Susan Bonthron, Marianna Brotherton, Patty Bruce, Bexx Caswell, Elizabeth Curran, Eric Drzewianowski, Penelope Hall, Karen Hanmer, Barbara Adams Hebard, Deborah Howe, Nancy Leavitt, Anne McLain, Nancy H. Nitzberg, John Nove, Jan Owen, Graham Patten, Todd Pattison, Lindsley Elisa Hand Rice, Sarah M. Smith, Pamela Spitzmueller, Julie B. Stackpole, Gerritt VanDerwerker, Laurie Whitehill Chong, Rutherford Witthus, and Stephanie Wolff.

Geographies: New England Book Work opened March 3, 2014 at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Fleet Library in Providence, Rhode Island. The exhibition is open to the public and located on two floors of the library with varying open hours. Three cases are on the first floor main area, open all library hours: M-Th 8:30 am – 11 pm, F 8:30 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 12 pm – 11 pm. A large single case is on the second floor in Special Collections. The open hours there are M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. http://library.risd.edu/exhibitions-current.html

Subsequent tour stops include the University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Wiliams College in Massachussetts, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and ends its run in Fall of 2015 at Connecticut’s Creative Arts Workshop.

The full exhibition schedule is listed here, though please confirm closer to exhibition dates with individual venues, as slight changes may be required.

Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

March 3 – May 31, 2014

Pope-Cheney Art Studio, Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
June 16 – August 22, 2014

Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
September 8 – December 12, 2014

Williams College Library, Williamstown, MA
January 12 – March 20, 2015

Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH
April 6- August 21, 2015

Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
September 16 – October 9, 2015

Please stay tuned for any special programs in conjunction with the exhibition as it travels around the various venues. Details will be available through e-mails, the NEGBW website, and NEGBW’s Facebook page.

Geographies Catalog

Felt & Wire, deFINEd BINDINGS

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The New England Chapter GBW closed out the deFINEd BINDINGS exhibition with a short but well attended showing at Chronicle Books.  The books are back with the chapter chair and slowly being packed up to return to the binders (thanks for your patience!).  Thanks again to all of the participants, the jury, the Bromfield Gallery, North Bennet Street School, and Chronicle Books for making this a great show.

If you missed your chance to see the exhibit in Boston or San Francisco don’t panic!  There is a really wonderful catalog available at Blurb.com.  The exhibit and the catalog got some great press recently on the blog Felt & Wire.  Check it out here:  http://www.feltandwire.com/2012/03/21/defined-bindings-26-book-artists-dress-up-pictorial-websters-dictionary/

 

Members in action and in the news

Barbara Adams Hebard sent along the following press release of likely interest:

Announcement of upcoming O’Neill Library exhibit and related events at the Burns Library

“Precious Poems in Precious Packaging: Irish Poems Printed and Bound by the Traffic Street Press” exhibit will be on display March 1- April 30, 2012 on Level Three in the Thomas P. O’Neill Library at Boston College. The Traffic Street Press Irish Poetry series, a collaborative project with Dr. Thomas Dillon Redshaw of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, includes selections of poetry by well-known Irish poets. The books were printed and bound by Paulette Myers-Rich at The Traffic Street Press.

During March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the John J. Burns Library will host two related events.  Anna Shepard and Heather Stevik, North Bennet Street School bookbinding students, will present a slideshow about their hand paper-making internship at Cave Paper, and will show examples of their work in the Irish Room at the John J. Burns

Library on March 6 at 4:00 pm.  The second event, on March 16 at 11:00 am, will feature Fionnuala Gerrity, a graduate of the North Bennet Street School Bookbinding Program, who will give a presentation about her artist books, as well as her conservation internship at the Burns Library; the talk will also take place in the Irish Room. The exhibit and events are free of charge and open to the public. Space for the events is limited; please RSVP one week prior to them. Directions to the Chestnut Hill Campus can be found at this link:

http://www.bc.edu/a-z/maps.html

Curators:

Kathleen Williams, Irish Studies Librarian, and Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator

John J. Burns Library website:

http://www.bc.edu//libraries/collections/burns.html

Traffic Street Press website: http://paulettemyers-rich.visualserver.com/

Cave Paper website: http://cavepaper.com/

North Bennet Street School website: http://nbss.edu

Other member news…

Sam Ellenport and Harcourt Bindery were featured in an article in the Monitor.

Check it out here:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2012/0222/In-an-age-of-Kindles-Harcourt-Bindery-sticks-to-tried-and-true-book-methods

Book studies events and exhibitions at Smith College

Book studies events & exhibitions, spring 2012

at Smith College, Northampton, MA

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 4:30 p.m.| Campus Center Carroll Room

Dorothy Wickenden: Nothing Daunted

Author and executive editor of The New Yorker, Dorothy Wickenden will discuss her book Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West. The two “society girls” are 1909 Smith alums, Dorothy Woodruff (Wickenden’s grandmother) and Rosamond Underwood. Several years ago, Wickenden came across a collection of letters that Woodruff had written home to Auburn, New York, from the small community of Elkhead, Colorado, where the two Smith friends had gone to teach in 1916. The letters became fodder for an article in The New Yorker in 2009 and then became the backbone of Nothing Daunted. Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and the Smith College Archives

Monday, March 12, 2012, 4:30 p.m. | Neilson Library Browsing Room

Robert Darnton: Books, Libraries, and the Digital Future

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard. Darnton was a pioneer in the study of the history of the book, and today writes and speaks about e-publishing. He is the driving force behind the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) project and was a founder of the Gutenberg-e program, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. From 1968 to 1997, Darnton served on the European History faculty at Princeton. He has written extensively on the literary world of Enlightenment France. Among his honors are a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award and election to the French Legion of Honor. Sponsored by the President’s Office

Monday March 26, 2012, 4:00 p.m. | Neilson Library Browsing Room

Kathy Walkup: Your hands will always be covered with ink! Nuns, widows, mavericks & other passionate printers  

Kathy Walkup directs the Graduate Book Art Program at Mills College in California. Her teaching and writing focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century women printers and the history and practice of typography. This is the annual McGrath Lecture in Book Arts, which honors the memory of local printing legend Harold P. McGrath. A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 4:30 p.m. | Neilson Library Browsing Room

 

Michael Suarez: The Future for Books in the Digital Age

 

Michael Suarez, S.J., is Director of the Rare Book School, Professor of English, University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections, all at the University of Virginia. Suarez is known to be a most engaging speaker, “a world renowned scholar, a dynamic and demanding teacher and an inventive and passionately engaged citizen,” says a colleague at UVA. He is a leading scholar of the history of the book and eighteenth century literature. Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries

EXHIBITIONS

Charles Dickens at 200

Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library, Level 3. January 15-April 15, 2012

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the beloved Victorian novelist, this exhibition features a variety of his works from the Mortimer Rare Book Room.  

Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley

Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, Level 3. January 15-May 30, 2012

An exhibition of decorative papers, the handiwork of some of the Valley’s premier book artists. Paste papers made by 19 book workers are featured in this exhibition and the fall 2011 publication: Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley. With an essay by David Bourbeau (Kat Ran Press & Catawba Press).

For more information about both exhibitions click here.

deFINEd BINDINGS in San Francisco

deFINEd BINDINGS: 26 Bindings of the Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary.

The New England Chapter exhibition, deFINEd BINDINGS, will be on display at Chronicle Books in San Francisco in February.  If you missed seeing it while on view in Boston you have one final chance to view these bindings in person.

The exhibition, you may recall, is a juried selection of bindings on a set book, the Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary.  The book was originally published by Quercus Press.  A trade edition is available from Chronicle Books.

Reception: Thursday, February 23, 2012.  6-8 p.m.

The exhibition runs through February 29, 2012 in the Gallery at
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street
San Francisco, CA

chroniclebooks.com

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