Maine Archives and Museum Workshop — Conservation Leather Repair

Maine Archives and Museum Workshop — Conservation Leather Repair

Many academic, public, and museum libraries contain leather bound books that are stilled used in research. Many of these books have weak hinges or completed detached boards. Leather re-backing is cost prohibitive, especially for books that are heavily used in research. This style of repair was refined as a conservation technique by Don Etherington in the1980’s using Moriki Japanese tissue paper and is a common repair technique used for circulating and special collections books. Book Conservator, Anastasia Weigle  of IN A BIND STUDIO will offer an on-day intensive on-hands workshop to members and non-members of Maine Archives and Museums. Participants will learn how treat and consolidate leather, repair detached book boards on hollow-back or flat-back leather bindings, what materials and tools needed for the treatment, how to treat Japanese tissue paper to resemble leather. Tools, materials, and books for practice will be provided. Register online:

When: May 16, Wednesday
Time: 9 am (sharp) to 4 pm (1/2 hour lunch). Because this is an intensive class, we suggest that participants bring a bag lunch and arrive on time. For those who wish to stay afterwards for a get together mixer at The Warehouse in Caribou may RSVP here:
Minimum Participants: 4
Maximum Participants: 10
Where: Caribou Public Library Caribou Room, 30 High Street, Caribou, Maine (Central Aroostook County)
MAM MEMBERS FEE: $80 + $20 supply fee
Non MAM MEMBERS FEE: $110 + $20 supply.

NEGBW at the Book Arts Bazaar this Sunday

Join the NEGBW at the Book Arts Bazaar at USM in Portland, ME this weekend! The bazaar is a festival with book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers, and all things related to the book. The event is Sunday, April 8th from 10am to 3 pm at the Wishcamper Center and is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Maine Media Workshops and College

Passing along this announcement from our friends at Maine Media:

Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine, announces a full schedule of Book Arts and Book Design workshops for 2011:
For complete course details and registration information, please visit the school’s website:
Adobe InDesign – From master pages and importing graphics to formatting text, learn the ins and outs of Adobe’s extensive design software.  April 17 – 23 & October 23 – 29, with Peter Koons

Blurb Bookmaking – Using Blurb’s new B3 program, gain greater control over color management workflow. Explore the world of online publication with Blurb. April 24 – 30, with Mat Thorne

Introduction to Book Arts – Gain a broad intro into book arts with handwritten words, bookbinding, printing techniques and traditional equipment. June 19 – 25, Jan Owen; September 11 – 17, with Jan Owen & Walter Tisdale

Introduction to Bookbinding – Experiment with the various materials, tools and techniques used in basic bookbinding structures. June 26 – July 2; September 18 – 24

Introduction to Letterpress Printing – Learn the basics, then design, set, and print a single and two-color letterpress project on rich-textured, 100% rag paper. July 3 – 9; September 25 – October 1

Book Arts & Technology – Blend Adobe Creative Suite with basic bookbinding techniques and create a handmade book that beats any expectation. July 10 – 16, with Tara Law

Introduction to Book Design with Blurb – The goal: create a photo book of distinction. The chances? 100% using Blurb and the expertise gained in this workshop. July 10 – 16, with Susan Hayre Thelwell

Photographic Portfolio Box Making – Preserve, protect, present! Create a clamshell box that not only preserves but also clearly enhances your body of work. July 24 – 30

Book Design – From historic to high-tech, learn the aspects of designing a beautiful book from a renowned expert in this extensive, fascinating, hands-on workshop. July 31 – August 6, with Bruce Kennett

Word & Image: Inkjet & Letterpress – Combine the finest methods for printing images and words to create striking and innovative visual statements. August 14 – 20, with Charles Altschul & Jean Miele 

Advanced Book Design with Blurb – Join ranks with those at the forefront of self-publishing. Blending Adobe InDesign with Blurb, design and create your magnum opus. August 28 – September 3, with Mat Thorne

Tools of the Trade – Expand your creative horizons; go beyond Photoshop and add Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and Bridge to your book design toolkit. September 4 – 10, with Peter Koons

Creating WordPress Websites – Experience not required! Come to this class and learn to design and build a working website. September 18 – 24

Adobe Illustrator – If you are a communications professional, this is the call for you! Learn the attributes of Adobe Illustrator and produce in-demand graphics. October 16 – 22

Maine in August and September

Maine Media Workshops invites you to consider the following workshop sequences in August and September:


Papermaking with Bernie Vinzani, August 9 – 15

Introduction to Letterpress Printing with Elias Roustam, August 16 – 22

Introduction to Bookbinding with Amanda Nelsen, August 23 – 29

Understanding Type with Mark Jamra, August 30 – September 5


Word & Image with Jean Miele & Charles Altschul, September 13 – 19

Vector Graphics with David Allen, September 13 – 19

Books, Art & Technology with Tara Law, September 20 – 26

Book Design September 27 – October 3

For more information see

Submitted by:

Kate Fletcher
Director of Marketing & Development
Maine Media Workshops &
Maine Media College
PO Box 200, 70 Camden Street
Rockport, ME 04856
207-236-8581 x354

Maine Media Workshops

I am forwarding the following information of interest to New England Chapter members:

Maine Media Workshops announces Winter & Spring 2009 classes in Design & Books Arts

Now in its 35th year as an international school for photography, filmmaking, and multimedia, the Workshops, located in the harbor village of Rockport, Maine, has introduced a series of classes for book and related media artists. Our lineup of workshops for the winter and spring season include:

Introduction to Bookbinding with Amanda Nelsen
Jan 25 – 31 and Apr 12 – 18

The Embellished Page with Jan Owen
Feb 1 – 7

Books, Art & Technology with Tara Law
Mar 3 – 14

Lettering in Graphic Design with Lance Hidy
Mar 15 – 21

Word & Image
Mar 22-28

Photographic Portfolio Box Making with Amanda Nelsen
Mar 22 – 28

Introduction to Letterpress Printing with Elias Roustom
Apr 5-11

Letterpress Projects with Elias Roustom
Apr 12-18

Apr 26-May 2

Apr 26 – May 2

For complete course descriptions and registration information, please visit the Book Arts section at:  or email to

Thank you for forwarding this information to artists in your community.

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