Standards of Excellence 2022

 

The Standards of Excellence Seminar in Hand Bookbinding is the annual Guild of Book Workers conference. Held annually at a different location around the country, participants attend presentations by leading experts in the fields related to the book and paper arts. Tours of binderies, conservation facilities, rare book libraries and papermaking establishments are regularly arranged in conjunction with the event. A list of past presentations is available on the History of Standards page. Additionally, many Seminar presentations are videotaped and made available to members and for purchase. The Guild's Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with the seminar. Many well known Vendors also attend the conference and offer high quality tools and supplies for sale throughout the event. The vendor room is open to the public.


Why should you attend?
Hear what our members have to say about the value of the conference in this video.

 

Registration


The Standards of Excellence Seminar will take place October 20-22, 2022 and is open to all regardless of membership status. Registration opens June 1, 2022 and closes September 15, 2022. Registration is limited to 150 people—a wait list will be created if registration passes 150. Online registration is available and encouraged.

All questions regarding registration payments should be directed to Larry Houston, GBW Treasurer (treasurer@ guildofbookworkers.org). Other questions regarding the Seminar should be directed to Jennifer Pellecchia, Standards Chair  (standards@guildofbookworkers.org).

All events will occur at the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory Hotel, except the Area Tours and the Opening Reception.

 

Attendees Registration Now Open

Vendors Registration Now Open

Registration Rates:

Member(Early Rate)June 1 - July 31$325
  Aug. 1 - Sept. 15$395
Non-Member(Early Rate)June 1 - July 31$405
  Aug. 1 - Sept. 15$475
Student (with ID)  $255

All questions regarding registration should be directed to Lawrence Houston, Treasurer. All fees listed on the registration form are in US dollars. There is a cancellation fee of 10% of the Registration Fee up to 30 days before the Seminar. No refunds are given for cancellations made within the 30 days prior to the conference. Cancellation fees do not apply to scholarship applicants who do not receive an award and are unable to attend without financial assistance. Registrations may not be shared and are non-transferable.

 

Scholarships


Scholarships are available to attend the Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding Seminar. Scholarships are available for both student and regular members. Non-members may apply, but are required to become a member prior to attending the Seminar. The scholarship consists of a waiver of registration fees, lodging costs for four nights at the conference hotel, and the cost of the Saturday evening banquet dinner. The lodging costs covered do not include hotel parking, phone calls, movie rentals, or any other room services. Tour costs are not covered by the scholarship. The GBW Treasurer will reserve a room for each recipient at the conference hotel. Recipients are responsible for making their own travel plans. Please direct questions to Henry Hebert at vicepresident@guildofbookworkers.org. Recipients may be asked to help with newsletter coverage and/or assist with other tasks during the Seminar.

Applications must be received by Monday, July 11, 2022.
The Scholarship Committee will inform applicants of their decision before the early bird registration deadline on July 31.


Applications Closed

 

Schedule


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19

3:30PM - 8:00PM Registration and Information:: outside Decatur Ballroom ~Ground Floor
4:00PM - 6:00PM Chapter Chair Meeting :: Mary Gay D ~ Ground Floor
6:00PM - 8:00PM Board Meeting & Dinner::: Mary Gay D~ Ground Floor

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20

8:00AM - 5:00PM Registration and Information :: outside Decatur Ballroom ~Ground Floor
10:00AM - 6:00PM Vendor Room :: Henry Oliver & Mary Gay ~ Ground Floor

TOURS :: Pre-registration is required. Meet in the hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to departure. (All tours $20)
9:00AM - 12:30PM Tour #1 :: Emory Libraries
8:45AM - 12:45PM Tour #2 :: The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking (MORNING)
1:30PM - 5:30PM Tour #3 :: The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking (AFTERNOON)
2:00PM - 5:00PM Tour #4 :: Center for Puppetry Arts
5:30PM - 7:30PM OPENING RECEPTION :: The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21

8:00AM - 5:00PM Registration and Information :: outside Decatur Ballroom~ Ground Floor
10:00AM - 6:00PM Vendor Room :: Henry Oliver & Mary Gay

9:00AM - 12:00PM  Béatrice Coron  • Art in 1000 cuts: The Path of the Blade::Decatur A
12:00PM - 2:00PM Lunch on your own
2:00PM - 5:00PM Erin Fletcher• Stitching Through History - Embroidered Bindings from 14th c. to Today::Decatur A
5:15PM - 6:15PM GBW Annual Business Meeting :: Decatur A
6:15PM Mentor ~ Protege Meeting ::Decatur A

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22

8:00AM - 12:00PM Registration and Information :: outside Decatur Ballroom ~Ground Floor
10:00AM - 3:00PM Vendor Room :: Henry Oliver & Mary Gay ~ Ground Floor

9:00AM - 12:00PM Dr. Cathleen Baker• Adhesives for Book Artists and Conservators :: Decatur A
12:00PM - 2:00PM Lunch on your own
2:00PM - 5:00PM Monique Lallier • Fifty years of creativity, challenges, experimentations, frustrations and pure joy...my life as a bookbinder.:: Decatur A
3:00PM - 6:30PM Silent Auction :: outside Decatur Ballroom ~Ground Floor
6:00PM - 7:00PM Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar) ::outside Decatur Ballroom ~Ground Floor
7:00PM - 8:30PM Banquet Dinner :: Decatur A ~ Ground Floor
8:30PM - 10:00PM Live Auction :: Decatur A ~Ground Floor


 

 

Tours


TOUR 1: 

Emory Libraries at Emory University— Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, andRare Book Library Special Collections, and Emory Libraries Conservation Lab, and the Pitts Theology Library exhibition 

9:00AM to 12:30PM, $20 (tour limited to 40) 

Emory University was founded in 1836 and opened its Atlanta campus in 1915. It boasts a library system of nine libraries, including the Pitts Theology Library and the Robert W.Woodruff Library, main library on campus and home to Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archive, and Rare Book Library. Three locations will be included in this tour! Tour participants will visit Rose Library with approximately 150,000 cataloged volumes and over 1,350 archival collections. Collections focus on Southern History and Culture, African American History, English Language Poetry and Literature, and Rare Books. The library holdings include more than 1200 artists’ books and the entire Nexus Press Archive. Participants will have the opportunity to view an exhibit of the newly-acquired Sam Ellenport Collection, view a selection of Rose Library bound materials, and hear a presentation from Sam Ellenport. The Emory Libraries Conservation Lab provides treatment and physical care of all special collections material and general circulating collections. Conservation Lab staff members provide public education, training, preventative care, and a broad range of conservation services. They will open their doors to showcase their work! The group will also tour the exhibition area and special collections area of Pitts Theology Library, home to 145,000 volumes of rare books focused on Reformation history, Methodism and Wesleyana, hymnody and psalmody, English Religious history, Sub-Saharan Africa, Haggadot, and historical editions of the Bible. Please note: A 15-minute walk between Pitts Theology Library and the Conservation Lab/Rose Library is required.

TOUR 2 : 

The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking (MORNING)

8:45am to 12:45pm, $20 (tour limited to 23)

Founded by Dard Hunter at MIT in the 1930s and now part of Georgia Tech, the mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, increase and disseminate knowledge about papermaking — past, present and future. It features collections on the history of paper and paper technology and a remarkable collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts. In addition, the rare book library at the Museum includes thousands of books on paper-related subjects, such as the use of wasps, dyes, printing, and fibers. Museum staff will guide attendees through the Museum exhibits as well as the Dard Hunter Rare Book Room and the Archives space. Time will be allowed to visit permanent and rotating exhibitions, including A Community of Artists: African American Works on Paper from the Cochran Collection.

Please note: Tours 2 and 3 are the same tour, offered at different times.
 

TOUR 3: 

The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking (AFTERNOON)

1:30PM to 5:30PM, $20 (tour limited to 23)

Founded by Dard Hunter at MIT in the 1930s and now part of Georgia Tech, the mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, increase and disseminate knowledge about papermaking — past, present and future. It features collections on the history of paper and paper technology and a remarkable collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts. In addition, the rare book library at the Museum includes thousands of books on paper-related subjects, such as the use of wasps, dyes, printing, and fibers. Museum staff will guide attendees through the Museum exhibits as well as the Dard Hunter Rare Book Room and the Archives space. Time will be allowed to visit permanent and rotating exhibitions, including A Community of Artists: African American Works on Paper from the Cochran Collection.

Please note: Tours 2 and 3 are the same tour, offered at different times.

TOUR 4: 

Center for Puppetry Arts 

2:00am to 5:00pm, $20 (tour limited to 40)

The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest organization dedicated to the art form of puppetry in the United States. With a collection of more than 5,000 puppets and artifacts, this magical museum is for everyone. Its creative programs and collections educate all ages. The Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT) is a workshop/ performance forum of new works for adults and home to a recent exhibition of the Dark Crystal characters. Museum staff will guide us on a behind-the-scenes tour, visiting the puppet building and repair workshop, the props and scene shop, the Distance Learning studio, and more. There will be time to explore additional areas of the Center, such as the Global Collection, the Jim Henson collection, and other special exhibits.


 

Presentations and Presenters

 

Béatrice Coron will introduce the many facets of contemporary paper cutting, as well as their historical roots. From a panorama of international artists and her own work, she will demonstrate the endless possibilities and applications of this simple media. Recently a renaissance of these techniques can be seen in paper theaters, artist books, decors, costumes, animations and installations; papercutting is in a full renaissance! Ms. Coron explores visual silhouette storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art to create stunning works of art. During her lecture, she will elaborate on how she creates these intricate and playful worlds.

BÉATRICE CORON collects many stories. Born and raised in France, she was a city dweller, a shepherdess and truck driver among others, then she worked in tourism and lived in Egypt and Mexico for one year each and two years in China. She moved to New York where she launched her career as an artist in 1984. All these places left their mark on her thoughts and her art. She explores visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Rather than leaving an expression for another, her work makes artist books for the viewer to step in, or fine arts with theatrical methods. Coron favors an expression that would englobe all her creative instincts rather than separate. She creates environments for words and thoughts inviting the public to wonder, ponder, and discover a poetic vision.

 

Embroidery as a decorative technique for bookbinding may not be considered common, but its use has been found on bindings from the 14th century to today. This presentation will focus on both the past and present of embroidered bindings by showcasing an overview of historical examples from across Europe as well as contemporary work from binders located in Europe and North America. Many historical embroidered bindings were produced on canvas, velvet, silk or satin. Today binders making embroidered bindings are using the same fabrics, but also experimenting on other materials such as leather, paper, veneer and suede. Embroidery as a technique for bookbinding has seen a revival in all manner of binding styles, but particularly with design bindings. Erin will show a range of techniques to demonstrate how embroidery is incorporated into her own binding work with a particular focus given to working on leather and using embroidery alongside other decorative techniques.

ERIN FLETCHER is the owner of Herringbone Bindery, where she crafts one-of-a-kind fine bindings and small editions for various clients and institutions. Her work is regularly exhibited throughout the US and abroad. Her work has been collected by The Grolier Club, the Boston Athenaeum, UCLA and the University of Virginia as well as several private collectors. She first discovered a love for bookbinding while studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This experience ultimately brought her to study bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston where she graduated in 2012. She works as an instructor at NBSS for the Continuing Education department and prior to 2020, for the Middle School Book Arts program. She also regularly teaches book arts workshops at other institutions around the county. She has been a member of the Guild of Book Workers since 2011 and recently stepped down as Chair for the New England Chapter.

 

This presentation focuses on water-based adhesives, including wheat- and rice-starch pastes and two cellulose ethers, methylcellulose and sodium carboxymethylcellulose. An introduction to the properties of these adhesives will be followed by preparing them, using them as adhesives and as “water delivery systems” to aid in the removal of old adhesives and guards, and making pre-coated papers for making repairs and for other creative uses. The session will conclude with answering questions from the audience, as well as a few submitted in advance to the speaker by emailing her at: cathleenbaker45@gmail.com; deadline for submission of questions is October 1, 2022.

DR. CATHLEEN A. BAKER began her career as paper conservator at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, during the 1970s, and taught paper conservation at the SUNY Cooperstown, now Buffalo, graduate conservation program from 1978–1993. She is author of numerous articles and books including By His Own Labor: The Biography of Dard Hunter (2000) and the award-winning From the Hand to the Machine. Nineteenth-Century American Paper and Mediums: Technologies, Materials, and Conservation (2010). She holds an MA in Art History from Syracuse University, and an MFA in Books Arts and a PhD in Communication Studies, both from the University of Alabama. She worked at the University of Michigan Library conservation department from 2005 - 2016 as paper and book conservator and later, conservation exhibition coordinator. Since “retiring,” she has been concentrating on her publishing business, The Legacy Press (www.thelegacypress.com), and her research of the first western-made wove paper, used in John Baskerville’s 1757 “Virgil”.

 

It is a humbling and rewarding experience to show and talk about what I have done in so many years. With examples of my bindings of the last 50 years I will try to show how I came up with a specific design, the choice of materials and colors, when I was happy or frustrated, how a design evolves from the first draft and all the emotions that come with creativity.

MONIQUE LALLIER began her career in fashion design in the 1960s in Montreal at Cotnoir Cappone School. In 1972, she studied at L’art de la Reliure bookbinding school with Simone B. Roy. She continued studies in Paris with Roger Arnoult, at Centro del bel Libro in Ascona with Edwin Heim and in Solothurn, Switzerland with Hugo Peller. An internationally recognized bookbinder and book artist, Monique’s work may be found in the collections of McGill University, Montreal; St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal for Pope Jean Paul II; Louisiana State University; University of North Carolina, Guilford College in Greensboro, and the Morgan Library in New York City; as well as many private collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. In addition, Monique served as chair of the Standards of Excellence for the Guild of BookWorkers for twelve years. She received the Laura Young Award for service to the Guild in 2008. Monique was the Fine Binding Director of the American Academy of Bookbinding from 2005 to 2009, and currently teaches privately and practices her craft full-time from her studio in Greensboro, North Carolina. She continues to participate in international exhibitions and recently won the Silver Prize at the Designer Bookbinders competition in the United Kingdom.

 

 

Hotel and Travel Information

The conference hotel is the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory

  • 130 Clairemont Avenue (Map)
  • Decatur, Georgia 30030
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  • (404) 371-0204

 

Reservations must be made by Wednesday, September 28, 2022, in order to receive the Seminar room rate, available until the GBW room block is filled. All rooms are subject to applicable state and local taxes of 16%, as well as a Georgia Hotel Fee of $5 per night. Parking is available at the hotel for $10.

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