Standards History and Handouts

2015 - Cleveland, OH

2014 - Las Vegas, NV

2012 - Salt Lake City, Utah

2009 - San Francisco, California

2008 - Toronto, Ontario

This year's Standards was co-hosted by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG).

2007 - Dallas, Texas

The format of this year's Standards was different from previous years. There was the optional Foundation's session before the Seminar began. There were three presentations which all participants attended. Finally, there were three "Roundup" Sessions, of which everyone picked two.

2006 - New York City, New York

Centennial Celebration

There was no Standards Seminar held in 2006. Rather, the Guild held a celebration honoring our organiziation's 100th birthday. The focus was "The Art of the Book in America" and included a two day conference on the history of the Guild and bookbinding in the United States; the opening of the Guild's 100th Anniversary Members Exhibition and Retrospective Exhibition; a dinner cruise around Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty; and many other exciting events. Pictures and reviews are available in the December 2006 and February 2007 GBW Newsletter.

2005 - Portland, Oregon

Friday Night Forum:

2002 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Friday Night Forum:

1997 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
1991 - Bloomington, Indiana
1989 - Portland, Oregon
1988 - Chicago, Illinois
  • Kay Amert: Letter Forms in Bookbinding Design
  • Cathy Atwood: Japanese Side-Sewn Bindings
  • Silvia Rennie: Gouge-Less French Onlay Techniques
  • Pamela Spitzmueller: Western Through-the-Fold Sewing
1986 - Iowa City, Iowa
  • William Anthony: Doublures, Endpapers, & Leather Hinges
  • Paula Gourley: Paper Marbling on Gouache
  • Scott Kellar: Book Enclosures
  • Michelle Rome-Hyacinthe: French Sewing & Forwarding Techniques
1985 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1984 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Donald Etherington: Paring Leather Covers
  • Hugo Peller: Edge Gilding & Gauffering
  • Heinke Pensky-Adams: Covering with Vellum Over Stiff Boards
  • Michael Wilcox & Donald Glaister: Gold Tooling and Using Gold Leaf
  • Tini Miura & Hugo Peller: Lecturers
1983 - Boston, Massachusetts
1982 - Washington, DC
  • Thomas Albro: Conservation Binding
  • William Anthony: Restoration Binding
  • David Bourbeau: Limited Edition Binding
  • Hedi Kyle: Artists' Books
  • Heinke Pensky-Adams: Designer Binding

Read a review of the first Standards Seminar

1981 - San Francisco, California
  • Gary Frost: Paper Cover Case Construction
  • Silvia Rennie: Half Vellum Over Stiff Boards
  • Michael Wilcox & Gerard Charriere: Gold Tooling Using Gold Leaf
Their planning and organization has resulted in the present format of expert craftspeople teaching and demonstrating to small seminar groups of no more than 35 participants. This highly successful format has inspired many Guild of Book Workers members to pursue the many crafts of book arts in a serious and professional way. We thought you might enjoy reading the report from the Guild of Book Workers Newsletter of the first Seminar on Standards of Excellence, and we've included a roster of all the presentations held to date.
May the next 20 years be equally inspiring."

- Pamela Barrios