New England Print and Paper Exchange

Join us for our first annual New England Chapter Print and Paper Exchange! Each participant will be asked to create an edition of up to 10 to 12 prints to send to other participating members. In return, you will receive the same number of unique prints from fellow members.

We can’t wait to start sharing and swapping your incredible creations this year – to participate, just sign up using the form below. Please note: you must be a NEGBW member to participate in this exchange.

Deadline for sign-up is FEBRUARY 12, 2017. Your list of recipients and their addresses will be emailed out before the end of February. You are responsible for covering the cost of creating your edition and for postage. We ask that you create something that can be sent successfully through the mail. Your editions should be postmarked no later than March 21, 2017.

–Optional Theme: Spring Equinox, but make anything that moves you

–Any method of creating is welcome! Just remember, you must be able to make an edition of the design.

–Please make sure your mailing address is up to date throughout the exchange so that you will be sure to receive the prints you exchanged for.

–Once you have completed your entry, please send a jpeg of 300dpi+ to to be included in an online exhibit to go up on the New England Chapter website.

And remember, please drop your edition off in the mail no later then March 21, 2017.

If the form below does not work for you, sign up for the exchange here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Levy at or Erin Fletcher at

Erin Fletcher
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New England Chapter Chair

Reminder: Rabelais Open House

Hello everyone,

I just want to remind everyone that there is still open seating for the Open House at Rabelais Books. Please read below for more about the event and where to RSVP.

Open House at Rabelais Books
Biddeford, Maine
Saturday, January 14, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 pm

and subsequent opportunities for light refreshment throughout the North Dam Mill and Downtown Biddeford.

See the original invitation here.

See you there!

Volunteers wanted

Volunteers Wanted: Help Girl Scouts Earn Their Book Artist Badge

The New England chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers for our Girl Scout event this year. Once again we will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. offering programs for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge while also offering a program for younger scouts.

The events will be held Saturday March 25th at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA. We will run a three-hour program for Cadettes in the morning from 9:00-12:00 and then have a two-hour program for younger girls from 1:00-3:00. You can volunteer for just one program or make a day out of it and do both!

For the Cadettes we will do an introduction and then five stations that the girls will rotate through which may include printing, accordion folds, a pamphlet, origami book, a scroll, decorating paper or a collaborative book, depending on the interests of the volunteers. Each rotation will last for about 30 minutes. For the younger girls we will do some similar programming in a shorter time frame with only four rotations.

If you have a book arts technique or project that you’d like to see done with the girl scouts please make some suggestions.

You do not need to be a member of the NEGBW to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Todd Pattison at

Rabelais Books Open House

New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers invites one and all to an

Open House at Rabelais Books
Biddeford, Maine
Saturday, January 14, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 pm

and subsequent opportunities for light refreshment throughout the North Dam Mill and Downtown Biddeford


Please join us for an afternoon of book and culinary history at Rabelais Books. Owner Don Lindgren will discuss his collection and his catalogue of antiquarian cookbooks, and books from related fields. Don will provide examples of books which illustrate various shifts and trends in the display of information, in the use of materials and print technologies, and other unusual physical aspects of the cookbook.

Our visit will include time for questions & answers, and time to browse this phenomenal collection, as well as current titles from the culinary world. Consider it a ripe opportunity to add to your own cookbook collection.

Rabelais is located at the North Dam Mill, Building 18, 2 Main Street, in downtown Biddeford, Maine. By car it will take approximately 1 hour 45 minutes to get there from the Boston area.

Consider taking the Downeaster Amtrak train from Boston; the Saco Station stop is a 5 minute walk from the North Dam Mill Building, and includes a new pedestrian bridge that spans the Saco River. Train leaves Boston 10:20am, arrives Saco 12:25pm Trains returns to Boston from Saco at 3:52pm and 7:17pm [Note: Amtrak is having a $15 one-way fare sale in January.]

Attendance is not limited in number, but please RSVP to so that we can know how many to expect. Those who RSVP will be contacted in the interim with information on post-Rabelais social opportunities in the North Dam Mill Building and surrounding area.

North Dam Mill, Building 18
2 Main Street
Biddeford, Maine 04005

Phone: (207) 602-6246

Year-end appeal matching grant


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

Join us at the 2nd Annual Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair!

When: This Friday and Saturday, December 2nd (5-9pm) and 3rd (10am-5pm)
Where: Smith College Campus Center
           100 Elm Street (Route 9)
Vendors at the fair include NEGBW members Colin Urbina of Low Mountain Bindery, Erin Fletcher of Herringbone Bindery, Melanie Mowinski of 29 Press, Carol Blinn of Warwick Press, and the North Bennet Street School.
For more information about the event and to view the events schedule, please visit the website here.

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