Felt & Wire, deFINEd BINDINGS


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/



deFINEd BINDINGS: 26 bindings of the Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary

October 5-29, 2011

The New England Chapter exhibition opened at the Bromfield Gallery last Friday evening in conjunction with the Guild of Book Worker’s annual conference.  The opening was well attended… which is quite an understatement as those in attendance can attest.  We hope you all can make it over to see the exhibit before it closes on October 29, but there are two other options.  The bindings will travel to San Francisco this winter to be displayed at Chronicle Books (specific details will be posted on the chapter blog, of course).  And whether or not you see the exhibit at one of the exhibits you will want to purchase a copy of the catalog!  The catalog is available from blurb.com for $32.

We would also like to announce the prizes awarded for a few of the bindings.  We had hoped to award these at the opening reception but the crowd was overwhelming.  The prizes were sponsored by Chronicle Books and North Bennet Street School.  Chronicle offered three awards for design: 1st prize to Patty Bruce, 2nd prize to George Sargent, and 3rd prize to Deborah Howe.  North Bennet awarded Mark Esser a prize for “exquisite craftsmanship” and offered a prize to Sonya Sheats for “best binding structure.”  The North Bennet Street School awards were beautiful handcrafted candle boxes which should make nice tool boxes for the winning binders.  The Chronicle awards were generous gift certificates for Chronicle Books.  Congratulations to the winning binders and all those in the exhibit, the feedback about your work has been phenomenal.  And we would like to once again thank all of the binders who submitted work for consideration.  Space limitations forced the jury to eliminate many wonderful bindings and we hope to see many of those exhibited elsewhere in the future.

Book + Art

News from chapter member Dorothy Simpson Krause:


Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books
by Dorothy Simpson Krause, has just been published by North Light.

Focusing on content and suggesting simple and elegant ways of
presenting it in book form, it covers:

• An introduction to bookmaking tools and materials
• The basics of selecting paper and other substrates
• Traditional and digital ways to incorporate images and words
• Blank books and altered books
• Handmade book structures including multiple examples of single sheet, glued and sewn books
• Covers
• Alternative presentations including unbound collections, boxes and sculptural forms.

With Examples chosen from more than 50 books produced in the last decade, Projects, Tips and Creative Explorations, Book + Art contains a wealth of information designed to provide inspiration for many bookmaking sessions.

Additional information about the contents and double page spreads from the book can be seen on the Viewpoint Editions website. <http://www.ViewpointEditions.com/>  It will be available at the Monday Editions table at the Hybrid Book Conference in Philadelphia, June 4-6.

On Amazon you can “look inside this book” and order Book + Art for $16.49 but through July 31st Book + Art can be ordered for $15 using the code BOOKART from North Light’s MyCraftivityStore.

You can see more at: <http://www.DotKrause.com>

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