Introduction to Water Gilding

Introduction to Water Gilding Course
At the studio of Sarah Pringle
http://cinchonline.com/courses/workshops/

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.

Level:
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.

Date:
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 http://cinchonline.com/courses/workshops/

S. Pringle Introduction to Water Gilding Course Description

 

11 Miller Street Open House

AFTER DARK:
FRI > MARCH 31, 5:30 –9 PM
IN THE DAYLIGHT:
SAT > APRIL 1, 12–5 PM
SUN > APRIL 2, 12–5 PM
Check out the work of binders and printers McKey Berkman, Barbara Halporn, John O’Regan, Amy Lapidow, Sarah Hulsey and Kate Rich at the Miller Street Artist Open Studios. The studio will also be putting on a bookbinder yardsale: cloth, paper, melinax, a machinist’s toolbox, plus more!
Brochure:
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Year-end appeal matching grant

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Dear Members and Book-Lovers,

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to the Guild of Book Workers year-end fundraiser.  So far, we have raised about 40% of our goal.  With less than a month before the fundraiser ends, we still have a long way to go.

Our President, Bexx Caswell, has made an exciting announcement: an anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations made from now until January 15th, up to $5,000!!!!

If you haven’t already done so, please consider making a donation to help support the Guild.  You can donate online here.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season,

Erin Fletcher
New England Chapter Chair, Guild of Book Workers

Year end giving

Dear Book Lovers,

We hope that you will consider the Guild of Book Workers in your year-end  giving.  Your support will ensure the continued success of our organization, while helping to build and strengthen our existing membership benefits.  Donors can choose from a variety of thank you gifts, and all donors will be thanked on our website and in an upcoming issue off the Newsletter.  We hope to raise $15,000 by the end of the fundraiser on January 15, 2017.

For more information or to donate now, go to:  Year-End Giving

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”

Bindery Equipment for Sale

Andrea Lok, current proprietor of the Silver Maple Bindery in Greenfield, MA is hoping to sell all her bindery equipment, tools and supplies AS A SINGLE LOT. Most were originally acquired by Bill Streeter who began Silver Maple in Northampton and then retired in 2008 after nearly thirty years of business and teaching.

All the large items are pictured at the site she created for the sale, as is contact information.
https://sites.google.com/site/binderyitemsforsale

Annual Meeting and Elections

New England Chapter Annual Meeting
The Independent in Union Square (Somerville, MA)
June 26, 2012.  6pm

The New England Chapter will hold an important annual meeting on Tuesday, June 26th, at 6pm. This meeting is open to all current chapter members, but RSVP to Jeffrey Altepeter (bookbinding@nbss.org).  The Independent is at 75 Union Square in Somerville.

Our primary item of business is the election of an entirely new chapter committee.  A special thanks to our nominating committee which was headed by M.P. Bogan, right on the tail of her heroic work as chair of the Local Host Committee for the GBW Standards Seminar.  And a huge thanks to the following members for stepping forward to revitalize our chapter.  The following were nominated and agreed to stand for election to this committee:

Todd Pattison, Chapter Chair
Athena Moore, Secretary
Erin Fletcher and Katherine Westermann Gray, Chapter Programs Coordinators
Stephanie Wolff, Exhibitions Coordinator
Maryanne Grebenstein, Communications Coordinator
Sharon Pattison, Web Binder

The presumptive committee members will be happy to speak with members about ideas for upcoming chapter activities.  Outgoing Chapter Chair, Jeffrey Altepeter, will give one last annual report.

The nomination period has closed, making this an uncontested election.  You may vote at the annual meeting to approve the above slate or vote online in the forthcoming survey (this will be via SurveyMonkey and take place between now and the annual meeting). Short biographies of the candidates will appear here on the blog when the election survey is announced.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to vote in the national GBW election.  You should have received a specific email invitation for that survey, which is linked to your membership email.  If you did not get an invitation please contact Eric Alstrom.

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/