Books have always been a vessel for storing and spreading information. As bookbinders we can use our skills right now to help disseminate information for the Black Lives Matter movement and introduce all types of people to the facts about police brutality.
Sarah Bryant, Big Jump Press, has shared her book Read This Out Loud as a free downloadable PDF that can be easily bound. On her blog, you can find the link to the PDF, plus some video tutorials for how to bind it.
Read This Out Loud is meant to be distributed for free or if sold, all proceeds should go toward Black Lives Matter or a similar organization.
The book was designed in June 2020 in a response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and includes the names of people who have died by police brutality. Check out Sarah’s blog for more information about the book itself and how this information was compiled.
The following workshop is not sponsored by the New England Chapter, but may interest our members.
Laser Cutting Boot Camp for Printmakers
June 12 – 15, 2020
Laser Cutting Boot Camp for Artist Books
June 26 – 29, 2020
North Adams, MA
Learn how to:
– operate a laser cutter
– make laser-ready files
– test innovative laser cutting & engraving applications
– produce a material sample book
– combine traditional techniques with new technology
– take advantage of tips & tricks
– identify laser safe materials
– recognize problems and solve them
– incorporate best practices and optimize work-flow efficiency
– make the most of connecting with faculty and brainstorming curriculum development
– laser cutting techniques for artists
For more information and to register visit: https://www.freefall-laser.com/workshops
Member Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator at Boston College, has curated the following exhibit that may interest others in our chapter.
Devoted Catholic & Determined Writer: Louise Imogen Guiney in Boston
February 10 – May 29, 2020
John J. Burns Library, Boston College
Louise Imogen Guiney (1861 – 1920), one of only two women represented in Bapst Library’s stained glass portraits of American authors, may have faded from the canon, yet she continues to offer a unique window into the multifaceted literary establishment of late 19th-century Boston. Guiney’s family and friends connected her to Boston’s literary circles where her own drive to write—first poetry, and later, stories and biographical essays—earned her acclaim, if not the financial independence she sought.
Guiney’s choice of subjects was informed by her Catholic beliefs, her admiration for Jesuits, and her sojourns in Ireland and England. This retrospective exhibit focuses on her relationships with Catholic religious leaders, fellow writers, and publishers in Boston. Of special interest to book artists, there are notable book cover designs and printing examples in the exhibit.
Exhibit reception: March 25, 2020, 6:00pm
For visiting information click here.
*This exhibit is not being sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers.
The following workshops at the Sunset Lodge in Maine may interest our members:
Hand Bookbinding with Juliayn Coleman
August 30 – September 5, 2020
Repairing Children’s Books with Juliayn Coleman
September 6 – 12, 2020
The venue for the workshop is on the shore of Lake Damariscotta, Jefferson, Maine (about 2 hours north of Portland). The lodge was once an old fish camp built in the early 1900s. After being renovated it has served as a space for creative writing and bookbinding.
These workshops are not sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers.
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. In 2016, the New England Chapter collaborated with the graduating class at North Bennet Street School to create 7 unique Exquisite Corpse plaquettes.
This year, we are excited to announce a new Exquisite Corpse collaborative project that will be open for all Guild members, from any chapter.
The project will be limited to 24 participants, which will yield 8 unique plaquettes. The final pieces will be auctioned off at the banquet during the Standards of Excellence Seminar in October.
Participants will receive a leather plaquette and be asked to create either the head, body or legs of the figure. Each collaborator is invited to complete their portion using any number of decorative leather techniques, which could include blind or gold tooling, onlays, surface gilding, inlays, painting, or other forms of mark making.
Each collaborator will have approximately 4 weeks to finish their portion during the months of March, April or May. Participants will receive specific instructions on layout and where the plaquette is to be shipped upon completion. We do ask for a small fee of $10 to help supplement the cost of leather, preparing the plaquettes and shipping costs.
To register click here:
When you register please mark which two months you would prefer to receive the plaquette. We will do our best to give everyone their first choice. Please email Chair Erin Fletcher if you have any questions.
We are excited to announce an upcoming workshop with Madeleine Durham. This is a 1-day workshop that will be offered on Saturday, March 23 or Sunday, March 24. Our Secretary, Athena Moore, will be hosting the workshop at her studio space in Somerville. You will find all the information regarding the workshop below, including the link for registration.
Madeleine’s Paste Papers are a unique creation and a brilliant way to add a fresh and original look your creative book art and calligraphy creations. In this workshop you will learn the brush technique that Madeleine has developed over the last many years. You will learn what kind of brushes work best and how to hold them so that you create a variety of lines, shapes, and patterns. You will also learn a couple tricks for blending colors. You will leave the class with a basic knowledge and ability to create straight lines, wavy lines, subtle blending techniques and geometric patterns. Madeleine’s paste paper technique is delightfully spontaneous. Come to class ready to have fun!
Madeleine Durham is a paste paper artist who shows her work in her hometown of Santa Fe, NM and around the country. She travels to many shows including the annual Guild of Book Workers Standards Conference, the International Calligraphy Conference, and Codex. Her papers lend themselves well to many applications including fine book binding, calligraphy, book art, and collage. She’s produced special-edition work for Nawakum Press, Palace Press, Flea Circus Press, and one of the top three social media platforms. Her work has been used in one-of-a-kind books by Don Etherington and Monique Lallier among many others. Her papers can also be found in the collections of the Watson Library at the MET, North Bennet Street School, The American Academy of Bookbinding, and the Morgan Conservatory. In a moment of inspiration years ago she happened upon a way of creating paste paper designs using a brush technique which has evolved into the paste painting which she creates for her wall art. A member of the Santa Fe Society of Artists, she displays and sells her fine wall art, which she calls paste painting, during the warm-month weekends just off the city’s historic downtown plaza. Madeleine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her website at www.madeleinedurham.com
March 23 or 24*
9:00am – 4:00pm
*This is a 1-day workshop. Due to the limitations of our online registration system, you will not be able to choose between the two available days. After you register, please email me with your preferred date.
Washington Street Art Center
321 Washington St.
Somerville, MA 02143
Please feel free to email Chair Erin Fletcher at email@example.com if you have any questions.
In October 2018, Nicky Oliver came to Boston, MA to teach a phenomenal 2-day workshop in leather dying for our members. Here are some photos from that workshop to inspire you to keep an eye on your inbox for our future workshops. Our Chair, Erin Fletcher, has already emailed members about the next workshop, which will be in March, with Madeleine Durham and her special paste paper techniques. Sign up quickly, as spots are limited.
Nicky Oliver had us working with powder dyes and spirit dyes on fair leather scraps of many shades. Nicky demonstrated techniques like marbling, masking, and craquelure, which we practiced before we each prepared a final plaquette. As always, test your materials before moving to a final project! We all came away with big ideas for applying these techniques to our own work.
Todd Pattison on Adhered Boards Construction: The transitional “missing link” between laced on boards and case binding
Wednesday, January 30th from 6:00 – 7:30pm
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Light refreshments will be provided. The talk will begin promptly at 6:30pm.
The development of adhesive case binding was instrumental in the industrialization of bookbinding in the nineteenth century but little has been written about how bookbinding transitioned from laced-on boards to case construction. This talk will examine the history of adhered-boards construction, where the cover boards of bindings were attached with a waste sheet of the endpapers rather than lacing them on, and the role it played in moving to case binding. Examples from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries will be used to show that the structure was widely practiced and that case construction did not occur as early as many bookbinding historians have stated. Finally, several techniques for identifying adhered-boards technique will be discussed to be able to differentiate it from case binding, as both were in common use in the 1830s and 1840s.
Todd Pattison is the Conservator at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, working to preserve and care for the Society’s collection of books, manuscripts and fine art. He has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Nazareth College and an M.L.S. from the University of Alabama. Todd is an active member of the New England chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, a Fellow in the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), and for the past five years has taught the course “American Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1800-1900” for Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.
This lecture is based on an article co-written with Graham Patten for Suave Mechanicals Vol. 5 titled Confusing the Case: Books Bound with Adhered Boards, 1760 – 1860.
Graham Patten is a 2014 graduate of the Buffalo State College master’s program in art conservation, he currently serves as an Assistant Book Conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). He was the 2014–2016 Conservation Fellow at Northwestern University Library and was previously a conservation intern at the Harvard University Weissman Preservation Center. In his artistic pursuits, Graham often focuses on dynamic sculptural and mechanical elements, and enjoys merging these features with innovative book structures.
BOOKBINDING YARD SALE!
Saturday, September 15th
10 – 2
Kwikprint with stand * Workbenches * Finishing press
Sewing frame * Leather * Paper * Melinex 516
Book cloth * Finishing tools
Gold pillow * Pink flex * Endbanding
Books on Bookbinding & Printing
other stuff you can’t live without!
THE BINDERY at Miller street
The three ring binders
11 Miller street
Somerville, MA 02143
[Behind Petsie Pies at 285 Beacon St]
No early birds, please.