Members in action and in the news

Barbara Adams Hebard sent along the following press release of likely interest:

Announcement of upcoming O’Neill Library exhibit and related events at the Burns Library

“Precious Poems in Precious Packaging: Irish Poems Printed and Bound by the Traffic Street Press” exhibit will be on display March 1- April 30, 2012 on Level Three in the Thomas P. O’Neill Library at Boston College. The Traffic Street Press Irish Poetry series, a collaborative project with Dr. Thomas Dillon Redshaw of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, includes selections of poetry by well-known Irish poets. The books were printed and bound by Paulette Myers-Rich at The Traffic Street Press.

During March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the John J. Burns Library will host two related events.  Anna Shepard and Heather Stevik, North Bennet Street School bookbinding students, will present a slideshow about their hand paper-making internship at Cave Paper, and will show examples of their work in the Irish Room at the John J. Burns

Library on March 6 at 4:00 pm.  The second event, on March 16 at 11:00 am, will feature Fionnuala Gerrity, a graduate of the North Bennet Street School Bookbinding Program, who will give a presentation about her artist books, as well as her conservation internship at the Burns Library; the talk will also take place in the Irish Room. The exhibit and events are free of charge and open to the public. Space for the events is limited; please RSVP one week prior to them. Directions to the Chestnut Hill Campus can be found at this link:


Kathleen Williams, Irish Studies Librarian, and Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator

John J. Burns Library website:

Traffic Street Press website:

Cave Paper website:

North Bennet Street School website:

Other member news…

Sam Ellenport and Harcourt Bindery were featured in an article in the Monitor.

Check it out here:

Focus on Book Arts Conference

Several GBW members are presenters at the FOBA Conference in Oregon in June.  Sam Ellenport of Harcourt Bindery, a past New England Chapter chair, will present on the topic of traditional leather binding and gold tooling.  Also on the list we see Karen Hanmer, a juror for our current bookbinding exhibition; and Andrew Huot, our GBW president.  Apologies if we are missing any other New England Chapter members in our quick glance at the list of presenters.

The press release…

The tenth bienniel Focus on Book Arts Conference will be held June 22-26, 2011 in Forest Grove, Oregon. This conference offers four days of classes in the book arts – bookbinding, printing, printmaking, paper decoration, artists books, and journals – at all skill levels from beginner to advanced. You can pick and choose your classes, coming for only a day or the whole conference. The conference will again be held on the beautiful campus of Pacific University, located in Forest Grove, Oregon, about 25 miles west of Portland, Oregon. We hope you can join us in this celebration of the book arts.

Along with 29 classes the conference offers the following events which are also open to the public: The Artists’ Shop featuring hand bound books, cards, paper crafts, and other handmade book arts items; The Market where you will find vendors specializing in tools and supplies for the book arts as well as hand made book arts related items; an evening lecture entitled “Marketing 101 for Book Artists” by Laura Russell, owner of 23 Sandy Gallery; and the Faculty-Staff Show at the Library, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR.  If you would like to participate in the Artists’ Shop or the Market you will find contact information and application forms on our web page,

The course catalog is now available either in a printed form or on our web page. It’s filled with class descriptions, financial information and a registration form. All this information can also be found on our web page along with a downloadable registration form, and a PDF version of the printed catalog.
If you would like a printed version of the catalog contact us at:
FOBA • 1928 21st Ave. • Forest Grove, OR 97116 • 503-357-7263

Linked-Spine Bindings

A Bookbinding Anomaly:
Linked-Spine Bindings
An Illustrated Lecture by Sam Ellenport

March 18th  6:00 pm  at the Schlesinger Library
Radcliffe/Harvard University, Cambridge MA

Sam Ellenport of the Harcourt Bindery will present “A Bookbinding Anomaly: Linked-Spine Bindings.”  This illustrated talk will explore a little known aspect of bookbinding decoration, used on sets of books.  The binder makes use of the entire rectangle comprised of all the spines as a canvas on which to produce an overall design, whether representational or abstract.  This talk is free and open to the public.
Sam Ellenport, a past Chair of the New England Chapter of GBW, has been binding since 1970 and is a student of binding history.

Book Arts Market

More on the supply market coming up next Sunday:

We have confirmed more vendors for the event.  The list currently includes:
Jeff Peachey with knives and other tools.
Pergamena with leather and parchment
Chena River Marblers with marbled paper
Keith Uram with wooden bookbinding equipment
Harcourt Bindery with bookbinding supplies and equipment
Valerie Wells with decorated paper
Shanna Leino with more tools

We will have an information table for flyers and brochures regarding New England book arts events, workshops, organizations, etc.  Please feel free to bring items for that table to the event.

The event is open to the public.  Please invite your friends!

Bookbinding: A Romp through 600 years of History

Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex Street
Salem, MA

February 24, 2009.  7PM.

New England Chapter member Sam Ellenport of the Harcourt Bindery will give a talk at the Salem Athenaeum on February 24, 2009 at 7PM.  The lecture will be illustrated by good slides and, Sam promises, “There is some meat to the story as well.”  The event is free and open to the public.