2014 – 15 // Geographies

Geographies
March 3 through May 31, 2014
Rhode Island School of Design – Fleet Library
Providence, RI

June 16 through August 22
University of Southern Maine – Wishcamper Center
Portland, ME

September 8 through December 12
University of Vermont – Bailey/Howe Library
Burlington, VT

January 12 through March 20, 2015
Williams College Library
Williamstown, MA

April 6 through August 21
Dartmouth College Library
Hanover, NH

September 16 through October 9
Creative Arts Workshop
New Haven, CT
Exhibit Catalog – Geographies Catalog

Participants:
Cathy Adelman, Susan Bonthron, Marianna Brotherton, Patty Bruce, Bexx Caswell, Elizabeth Curran, Eric Drzewianowski, Penelope Hall, Karen Hanmer, Barbara Adams Hebard, Deborah Howe, Nancy Leavitt, Anne McLain, Nancy H. Nitzberg, John Nove, Jan Owen, Graham Patten, Todd Pattison, Lindsley Elisa Hand Rice, Sarah M. Smith, Pamela Spitzmueller, Julie B. Stackpole, Gerritt Vanderwerker, Laurie Whitehill Chong, Rutherford Witthus, Stephanie Wolff

The Guild of Book Workers is a national organization founded in 1906 that brings together people involved in all the book arts, including bookbinding, book conservation, calligraphy, decorative paper, papermaking, and printing. The GBW publishes a newsletter and a peer-reviewed journal, hosts an annual Standards of Excellence Seminar, mounts a triennial juried exhibition, and maintains a library open to members. The New England Chapter, one of ten regional chapters with 180 members, organizes programs within the region, such as lectures, workshops, and exhibitions.

Open to all, the Guild of Book Workers includes anyone interested in the book: students, master bookbinders, artist bookmakers, calligraphers, printers, librarians, collectors, hobbyists, and professionals. By welcoming book workers at every level, providing programs to advance our knowledge and skills, and creating a community of support for sharing of historic techniques and new methods, our members and the profession all benefit.

This exhibition displays a wide range of work from our chapter members, who come from all the New England states and beyond. Members were asked to submit work on the exhibition’s theme of New England, with entrants interpreting that theme as they wished. Works range from historic to modern, and include those with a broad view of the New England region to ones with a closer look at flora, fauna, or other facets of these six states. The 26 works in this exhibition span a range of contemporary book work — fine and design bindings, traditional and creative bookbinding, artist books and calligraphic manuscripts, and incorporate a variety of materials and production methods. Some members have created both the content and structure, while others have used an existing text as the basis for their work. There are pieces bound by members with long experience in the field, as well as books bound by students currently studying within a bookbinding program or on their own. From either end of the spectrum these books show a rich selection of creative bookwork from our members, and we are delighted to exhibit them in all the New England states.

Many thanks to the other members of the NEGBW Executive Committee: Erin Fletcher, Athena Moore, Sharon Pattison and Lauren Telepak for their help with this exhibition. Thanks also to Karen Hanmer, Deborah Howe, Linda Lembke, Laurie Whitehill Chong, the six exhibition venues and their staffs, all the exhibitors, and the many chapter volunteers.

Stephanie Wolff, NEGBW Exhibitions Coordinator
Todd Pattison, NEGBW Chapter Chair