Please join the Guild of Book Workers, New England Chapter, as we revisit our karaoke-style show and tell format, this time with a special theme!
Janine Vangool, will join us from Calgary, Canada, to talk about publishing Uppercase, a magazine for the creative and curious, and the Encyclopedia of Inspiration, a series of books celebrating creativity, craft, and design. Since the first volume of the Encyclopedia was published in 2016, Janine has generously provided copies in sheets to book artists, who use them to create one-of-a-kind bindings inspired by the contents. This project has been facilitated by Todd Pattison, Conservator for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and an active member of the Guild of Book Workers. He’ll be on hand to speak more about the project, and will introduce us to some of the makers who have participated.
To RSVP, please fill out the following form. Zoom info will be sent closer to the event.
This event will be free and open to the public. Please note that we will be recording this session and uploading it to Vimeo for all Guild members to view. This video will be available only to Guild members and will be password protected. You many turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.
Click on each book to see all the bindings that were made for it!
The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers will host its 2020 Annual Meeting online this year. We hope to maintain the same sense of community and member input that we strive for at every annual meeting.
Please join us for a presentation by Sarah Pike who will be speaking about the various services she offers at FreeFall Laser. We’ve also invited three different makers to speak about how they’ve used laser-cutting in recent projects: Amy Borezo, Andrea Dezsö and Aspen Golann. Please see below for more information on the presenters.
NEGBW Annual Meeting
Wednesday, August 26
7:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
Following the discussion, Chapter Chair Erin Fletcher will give updates on Chapter Business.
RSVP: Please register here if you plan to attend. Zoom info will be sent prior to the meeting. The meeting is open to both members and non-members.
Sarah Pike is a printmaker and owner of FreeFall Laser, a laser-cutting studio specializing in collaborating with artists and artisans to create custom work that combines technical expertise with artistic exploration. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Prior to opening FreeFall Laser, Sarah taught studio arts at the Community College of Vermont and printmaking at Bennington College, where she was the Technical Instructor of Printmaking.
Amy Borezo is an artist working in the book form. She owns and operates Shelter Bookworks, an edition binding studio located in Western Massachusetts. Amy has used laser cutting to assist in decorative techniques for fine press edition binding. This includes laser engraving a plexiglas plate to emboss leather, as well as cutting complex shapes out of book board. Amy has also used laser cutting to create imagery in her own artist’s books.
Andrea Dezsö is a visual artist who works across a broad range of media including drawing, painting, artist’s books, embroidery, cut paper, animation, sculpture, site-specific installation and public art. Dezsö’s permanent public art has been installed in three New York City subway stations, at the United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania and at CUNY BMCC Fiterman Hall in Lower Manhattan. Community Garden, Dezsö’s mosaic in the New York City subway was recognized as Best American Public Art in 2007 by Americans for the Arts. Dezsö worked with FreeFall Laser to produce seven large scale laser-cut tunnel books for her upcoming exhibition From the Murky Banks of Chattahoochee, a site-specific installation at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia.
Aspen Golann is an artist and a 17th & 18th century-style furniture maker from Boston, MA. Of her collaboration with Free Fall Laser, she writes: “I pursued glass enameling because I was looking for a way to integrate my paintings into my furniture practice. Sarah Pike was able to faithfully translate my drawings into vector files and cut my hand drawn lines into clear sticky plastic. From there I was able to apply the cut plastic to shaped glass and remove pieces and apply glass enamels one section at a time. That process is what gives my airbrushed patterns their sharp lines and contrast. From there I pour silvering chemicals by hand to capture the enameled sections within a functional mirror.”
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
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.
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.
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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.
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 email@example.com. 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
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.