Pictorial Webster’s Exhibition

Updated Call for Entries

Highlights:

  • Copies of set book still available
  • Intent to Enter due December 31, 2010
  • Digital Images and Entry Forms due February 1, 2011
  • Selected bindings due March 1, 2011

The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is pleased to finally publish our updated Call for Entries.  As announced previously, Johnny Carrera’s Pictorial Webster’s has been selected as the set book for this juried exhibition. The book was originally letterpress printed by the artist and the current trade edition is printed by Chronicle Books.

Pictorial Webster’s: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities is 6 1/8 x 8 inches (trim size is 5 11/16 x 7 ¼ inches). 16 sections. Printed on Cougar Opaque paper.

Unbound sheets (a version of the trade edition) remain available directly from Mr. Carrera at Quercus Press.  Binders are limited to the purchase of a single copy only.  Supplies are limited.  For purchase details and international shipping rates please contact cquercus@ix.netcom.com.  Please note that since the original Call for Entries, Quercus Press has moved. Currently, to purchase a text block, please send complete contact details, including your email address, and a check made payable to Quercus Press for $38 ($35 text block plus $3 shipping and handling) to:

Johnny Carrera
Quercus Press
2722 Thurston Rd.
Frederick, MD 21704

Please visit www.quercuspress.com for more information on the Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary.

Entry Information
Membership in the Guild of Book Workers is required for entrance.  This is an exhibition of the bookbinding work of GBW members.  Please visit http://www.guildofbookworkers.org/ for national membership details.  Current members of the New England Chapter of GBW (as of the membership list on November 1st, 2010) will qualify for a discounted entry fee (see below).

Jurors will select bindings from digital image entries submitted by the due date of February 1, 2011.  A single entry is permitted, but you are welcome to submit up to a maximum of 3 images of your binding for consideration.  We suggest one full view (both boards and spine), and one or two detail shots that help the judges ascertain the quality of the workmanship as well as the design (a close up of head cap or titling, for example).  Images must be in jpg file format and a minimum 640 x 480 pixels @ 72dpi.  Images must be named as “binders name-1.jpg” (e.g. smith-1.jpg, smith-2.jpg, etc.).

An entry form will be sent to all those who submit an intent to enter by December 31, 2010.  Your intent to enter is a simple email message providing your contact information sent to pwexhibition@yahoo.com.

Entry Fee
The Pictorial Webster’s Exhibition is open to members of the Guild of Book Workers.  The entrance fee is $45.00 ($30 for New England Chapter members as of November 1, 2010).  This fee will cover the cost of return shipping as well as insured shipping between venues.  Entry fees will also be applied to other exhibition costs, including the production of a printed exhibition catalog.

Exhibition Plans
Selected bindings will be included in a traveling exhibition as well as a printed catalog.  The exhibit will be on view in at least two venues, with the potential for additional venues based on fundraising results and availability.  The exhibition will open in Boston and will be on view during the Guild of Book Worker’s Standards of Excellence Seminar in October 2011.  The selected bindings will be requested by March 1, 2011 so they can be photographed for the catalog.  We request your flexibility on the return date (we are working on the potential schedule for additional venues) but the exhibit will not travel beyond 2012.

Questions? Email pwexhibition@yahoo.com.

Recap:

  • Purchase your copy of the set book if you haven’t already done so.
  • Send an email containing your complete contact info, ASAP but no later than 12/31/10, to pwexhibition@yahoo.com to state your “intent to enter.”
  • Design and bind the book and prepare digital images according to the instructions above.  When you receive your entry form and instructions please submit accordingly by 2/1/11.

Marking Time in New England

Thanks to the generous support of Dartmouth College Library and the Dartmouth Book Arts Program, New Hampshire is the next stop on the national tour of The Guild of Book Workers member exhibition, Marking Time.

Marking Time
Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
November 5, 2010 – March 20, 2011

Opening Reception
Friday, November 12, 2010, 4-6 PM
Berry Library Main Street

Sponsored by The New England Chapter of the GBW

Please join us for the opening reception when you will have the opportunity to see an additional special exhibition in the Baker Library Main Hall– The Book Unbound & The Book Arts at Dartmouth (this exhibition runs until November 29, 2010).  Tours of the Conservation Lab and the Book Arts Workshop will also be offered.  This event is free and open to the public.  For directions see http://www.dartmouth.edu/~maps/

The Guild of Book Workers organizes national exhibitions of member work every three years.  Marking Time opened at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in May of 2009 and concludes it’s tour at Dartmouth College this winter.  For more information about the exhibition please see guildofbookworkers.org

Other Exhibit News

We apologize for the delay in publishing more information about the upcoming New England Chapter exhibition.  The most desired news seems to be the exact due date for entries… February 1, 2011.  Complete entry details are nearly ready and will be posted on the chapter blog as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience… please get to work on those bindings!

Upcoming in New England

We want to bring your attention to a few upcoming events in the neighborhood that may be of interest to chapter members.

From The Ticknor Society:

Katherine Wolff discusses Boston’s Early Bibliophiles & Their Athenæum

Boston Room, Johnson Building, Boston Public Library, Copley Square.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 6:30 P.M.

Enter from Boylston Street entrance and turn left. The Boston Room will be on your left. http://www.bpl.org/central/plan.htm

For our inaugural Fall event, Katherine Wolff, author of Culture Club: The Curious History of the Boston Athenæum, will discuss “Boston’s Early Bibliophiles & Their Athenæum.” The Boston Athenaeum’s founders–many of them devoted book collectors–worked hard to build a community of like-minded amateur intellectuals. In the early decades of the nineteenth century, these gentlemen looked to Great Britain for their cultural heroes. A careful reading of Athenaeum documents reveals passion, anxiety, and veiled assumptions about class. Indeed, the values of the nascent institution became a kind of scaffolding for one notion of American culture. Our society’s namesake, George Ticknor, was among the bibliophiles whose taste and motivation helped solidify the early Athenaeum. Katherine Wolff is an independent scholar, who received her doctorate in American literature and history from Boston University.

From the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University:

The Charles H. Watts II History and Culture of the Book Program
Thursday, September 30, 2010.  5:30 pm, JCB Library
Bookbinding through Five Centuries: Bottlenecks and Breakthroughs
A Lecture by Sam Ellenport

Free and Open to the public.  A founding member of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, Sam Ellenport is a hand bookbinder and historian of the craft.

From the Art Gallery at Bunker Hill Community College:

The Art of Discovery and Boston Book Art
until October 29, 2010
Reception on Thursday, October 7. 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk on Thursday, October 14. 1:30-2:30 p.m.

This exhibition combines a photo exhibit and essay by Eva Timothy, “Lost in Learning: The Art of Discovery,” with a group exhibition showcasing local book artists.  Includes work by GBW president, James Reid-Cunningham, and other chapter members.

New England Chapter News

A few items to share…

The Upcoming Chapter Exhibition:

Sales of the set book for the upcoming exhibition have apparently been steady.  Don’t wait to order your copy from the limited run available for this binding competition!  Johnny Carrera has set up a PayPal account to accept payments for the Pictorial Webster’s.  You can make your payments to his account at cquercus@ix.netcom.comMassachusetts residents must add sales tax!  Refer to the original post for more information, but sales information is copied here:

To purchase a text block, please send complete contact details, including your email address, and a check made payable to Quercus Press for $38 ($35 text block plus $3 shipping and handling) to:

Johnny Carrera
Quercus Press
144 Moody Street, Bldg. 18
Waltham, MA  02453

Please contact Johnny with questions regarding overseas shipping and payment options, at cquercus@ix.netcom.com, (cell) 617-458-6395. For all other questions, email pwexhibition@yahoo.com.

Additional information about the submission process, jury, exhibition venues, etc. forthcoming!

Chapter committee Elections and Annual Meeting:

The annual meeting will be a potluck social gathering in late June, exact dates and times will be posted very shortly but we had to make some changes in plans so are re-working the event accordingly.

2010 is our regional chapter’s year for elections!  Most of the current committee has agreed to serve another term– in fact we feel some obligation as we have already accepted the challenges of hosting GBW Standards in Boston in 2011 and undertaken a binding competition!  Of course we welcome any challengers, nominations, and additional volunteers!

Amanda Nelsen is not able to continue as our exhibitions chair since she is relocating a little to the south of New England to work for Rare Book School.  We owe her great thanks for getting the bookbinding competition off the ground!  And congratulations on the new job, Amanda!  After inquiring among the membership we have found a volunteer, Amelia Sorensen, to run for this post in spite of the need to step into the current project mid-stream.

The current list of candidates are:

Jeffrey Altepeter, Chapter Chair
Christina Amato, Events Chair
Lori Foley, Secretary
Amelia Sorensen, Exhibitions Chair

Again, we welcome any other nominations which should be sent to the secretary, Lori Foley at LFoley @ nedcc.org or you may contact the chair, Jeff Altepeter at jeff @ handbookbinding.com.  Please send nominations as soon as possible.  Nominations from the floor at the annual meeting will be accepted only if the nominee has agreed to serve, in writing, prior to the meeting.

Ballots will be mailed out soon and can be returned by mail or you may vote in person at the annual meeting.

GBW Standards in Boston 2011

As you know by now, the annual conference will be in New England in 2011.  Mary Patrick Bogan has been appointed as the chair of the local organizing committee (local host).  MP is well underway in forming the rest of her committee and will be looking for additional volunteers to help make this an outstanding conference.  Please let us know if you want to be added to the growing (but never full) list.  You can reach MP at mpbogan @ comcast.net.

NBSS Student Exhibition

North Bennet Street School’s annual student exhibition is on view until May 28 at the site of the Old Corner Bookstore, corner of Washington and School Street (Downtown Crossing) in Boston.

The New England Chapter will sponsor an informal gallery talk on Monday May 24, 2010 at 6:00pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  Bookbinding Department Head (and New England Chapter Chair) Jeff Altepeter will speak briefly about the bookbinding program and the exhibit, and introduce some of the student binders.  Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with some up and coming binders (and GBW members!) about their work.

While there is wonderful work from first and second year students on display in the bookbinding cases, the focal point of the bookbinding exhibition is the set book fine binding project.  The second year students have all bound copies of an exceptionally appropriate imprint from Incline Press.

Cuts of Craftworkers by Jost Amman reproduces fifty-seven cuts from Amman’s Standbüch or Book of Trades of 1568. Book binders, paper makers, bakers, musical instrument makers, tailors and pin makers are only a few of the craft workers depicted in Amman’s lively and realistic woodcuts.  The paper is 140 gsm Magnani; Berthold Wolpe’s Hyperion is used for the captions; and the introduction written by the historian Veronica Speedwell.

 In addition to the many bindings we have crowded into our display cases there are examples of student work from most of the other programs at North Bennet Street School on exhibit.  You can shield your eyes from those items and focus on the books… or feel free to enjoy the entire show!

The exhibition hours are varied.  Please contact Jason Gregoricus at NBSS to confirm specific times before visiting at 617-227-0155 or studentservices@nbss.org.

New England Chapter Bookbinding Competition

CALL FOR ENTRIES

The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is proud to announce a call for entries for a bookbinding competition. Johnny Carrera’s Pictorial Webster’s has been selected as the set book for this juried exhibition. The book was originally letterpress printed by the artist and the current trade edition is printed by Chronicle Books.

As the artist writes on his Quercus Press website:

The Pictorial Webster’s is, in simplest terms, an artistic visual reference of what was important to 19th Century America. The 400 plus page volume is printed with the original wood engravings and copper electrotypes of the Merriam-Webster dictionaries of the 19th Century; namely, the 1859 American Dictionary of the English Language (the 1st illustrated dictionary in America), the 1864 edition of that same Dictionary, and the 1890 International Dictionary. The Engravings are arranged alphabetically, a system of organization long shunned by lexicographers because alphabetical order grants no intrinsic meaning to any given grouping of words, but it is perfect for a book that creates its own immersive experience in imagery of a time gone by.

Membership in the Guild of Book Workers is required for entrance. Please visit http://www.guildofbookworkers.org/ for national membership details. Jurors will select bindings from digital image entries submitted in January 2011. Selected bindings will be included in a traveling exhibition and a printed catalog. The jury and the exhibition schedule will be announced later this year, along with more detailed information about entering this competition. We hope to secure exhibition venues befitting the history of this project and its inspiration. An exhibition in the Boston area will coincide with the Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence Seminar in October 2011.

Pictorial Webster’s: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities is 6 1/8 x 8 inches (trim size is 5 11/16 x 7 ¼ inches). 16 sections. Printed on Cougar Opaque paper. 200 unbound copies of this book are available; binders are limited to a single copy. Books are available now on a first-come, first-served basis, so act quickly.

To purchase a text block, please send complete contact details, including your email address, and a check made payable to Quercus Press for $38 ($35 text block plus $3 shipping and handling) to:

Johnny Carrera
Quercus Press
144 Moody Street, Bldg. 18
Waltham, MA  02453

Please contact Johnny with questions regarding overseas shipping and payment options, at cquercus@ix.netcom.com, (cell) 617-458-6395. For all other questions, email pwexhibition@yahoo.com.

Of twenty additional fine press text blocks made available to those who helped in the production of this project, five remain. These five are available for $600 each. Contact Johnny for more information and availability.

The New England Chapter Exhibitions Committee will distribute information about entry procedures and other details at a later date and will communicate directly with all those who purchase the set book. The entrance fee will include shipping between venues and will be commensurate with the costs of a traveling exhibition. New England Chapter membership is encouraged as members will receive a $15 discount off the entry fee.      If you are interested in New England Chapter membership – just $10 – please contact the chair of the Membership Committee at membership@guildofbookworkers.org. If you have further questions about the exhibition, please email pwexhibition@yahoo.com.

We hope you find our selection of Pictorial Webster’s as exciting as we do! It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase a New England printer and book artist, and the book offers fertile content to inspire our unique binding styles. 

Sincerely,

Amanda Nelsen
NE GBW Exhibitions Chair
pwexhibition@yahoo.com

Bertha Stuart Exhibit

Barbara Hebard says, “You all are cordially invited to the gallery talk on October 15 at 6:00 pm.”

 
A Fixed Rule of Design: the Book Art of Bertha Stuart
Boston Public Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Department
October 5 – December 31, 2009
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
For directions to the BPL go to:
http://www.bpl.org/general/directions.htm

Bertha Stuart (1869-1953), an Oregon artist, trained at the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, moved to NYC in 1900, and studied at Cooper Union and the Art Students League while creating more than 175 book cover designs, numerous page decorations, and illustrations for major NYC publishers between 1902 and 1912. Bertha, an award-winning artist, also designed bookplates. In 1912 she returned to Oregon, was a trustee of the Society of Arts and Crafts of Portland, and pursued a career in interior design. This exhibition of books with covers and interior pages designed by Stuart also includes bookplates and items from her interior decorating career. The curator, Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator of the John J. Burns Library, Boston College, will give a gallery talk on October 15, at 6:00 pm.

Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College, is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program.  Ms. Hebard is a member of the National Guild of Book Workers and the Ticknor Society. She is a Professional member of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, a Fellow of The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and Board Member of New England Conservation Association. She is proud to be an Overseer of North Bennet Street School. She frequently exhibits books of her own design nationally and internationally. Ms. Hebard also enjoys writing articles on book related topics.

Exhibits at the Boston Public Library

We want to draw your attention to a couple of the upcoming exhibitions at the Boston Public Library.

Bindings from the Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition, “Water” will be on display from September 18- December 13, 2009.

Exhibitor, and current president of the Guild of Book Workers, James Reid-Cunningham will lead a gallery tour on September 26 for New England GBW members and guests.  Event details will be announced here soon.

Another exhibit of interest at the BPL this fall was curated by New England Chapter member Barbara Adams Hebard. 

A Fixed Rule of Design: the Book Art of Bertha Stuart

Boston Public Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Department
October 5 – December 31, 2009
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm 

Bertha Stuart (1869-1953), an Oregon artist, trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, moved to NYC in 1900, and studied at Cooper Union and the Art Students League while creating more than 175 book cover designs, numerous page decorations, and illustrations for major NYC publishers between 1902 and 1912. Bertha, an award-winning artist, also designed bookplates. In 1912 she returned to Oregon, was a trustee of the Society of Arts and Crafts of Portland, and pursued a career in interior design. This exhibition of books with covers and interior pages designed by Stuart also includes bookplates and items from her interior decorating career. The curator, Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator of the John J. Burns Library, Boston College, will give a gallery talk on October 15, at 6:00 pm.

Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College, is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program.  Ms. Hebard is a member of the National Guild of Book Workers and the Ticknor Society. She is a Professional member of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, a Fellow of The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and Board Member of New England Conservation Association. She is proud to be an Overseer of North Bennet Street School. She frequently exhibits books of her own design nationally and internationally. Ms. Hebard also enjoys writing articles on book related topics.

Pastepaper Quilts

Claire Maziarczyk has been creating her line of decorative papers known as PASTEPAPER PATTERNS since 1982.  As a member of the Guild of Book Workers, she has given talks and workshops on her work all over the United States, Canada and England.  All Claire’s standard patterns can be seen at her website, http://www.pastepaperpatterns.com

An exhibit featuring Claire Maziarczyk’s Pastepaper Quilts is showing from March 3- April 30, 2009.

The Robert and Dorothy Ludwig
Schenectady Jewish Community Center
2565 Balltown Road
Niskayuna, New York 12309
Directions available here

Artist’s reception and talk Sunday, March 15, 2009, 3:00 pm -5:30 pm.

Sorry for the short notice regarding the reception, but Claire has just extended the following invitation to you all:

Artist’s Open Studio and Sale
Plus a Gallery Tour with Claire
Saturday, April 25, 2009

Open Studio 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Gallery Tour with Claire at the nearby SJCC at 3:00 pm

For open studio and gallery tour RSVP via pastepaper@aol.com

pastepaper quilts

Inspired Design

Inspired Design: The Mentoring Stamp
August 10 through December 20, 2008

Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library
Smith College
Northampton, MA

EXHIBIT CLOSES DECEMBER 20, 2008.  Last chance to see the set book exhibition based on Lance Hidy’s Designing the Mentoring Stamp, published by Kat Ran Press and bound by members of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. Complemented by an exhibition of designs and progressive proofs of stamps by Lance Hidy.

The show was curated by Barbara B. Blumenthal and Barbara Adams Hebard, and has been well received by all.  Articles on the exhibit have appeared in a number of publications helping the work to reach a very wide audience.  Several books from the show have sold, adding yet another measure of a successful exhibit. 

 

A beautiful catalog is available from Smith College’s Mortimer Rare Book Room.
Please contact:
Barbara Blumenthal
bblument@email.smith.edu

For more information see http://www.smith.edu/library/fyi/521.htm