Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 106
June 1996


Delaware Valley Chapter: The Chapter held its Spring Meeting at the Tockington Paper Studio, where Bobbie Lippman displayed her unique decorative papers and Mary Phelan of Irish Pig Press and director of theGraduate Book Arts Program at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, showed some outstanding samples from the graduate program. The Chapter is asking their members to submit designs for a logo for the newsletter they plan to begin in the fall and for the invitations to their exhibition which opens July 19 in the Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lone Star Chapter: The Chapter is looking for a replacement for President Pat Clark who has had to resign for personal obligations.

Midwest Chapter: The Chapter's Annual Meeting took place over the weekend of May 31- June 1 in a round-robin tour of the University of Iowa Center for the Book. It included a half-day of hands-on paper production with Tim Barrett, a panel presentation on making a living in the book arts, a tour of the library, a swap meet and the business meeting. The Chapter is planning its next Members' Exhibition which will begin in July-August 1996 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, travel to Ohio University, Athens in September-October, then on to Indiana University, Bloomington inNovember-December. They are looking for more sites.

New England Chapter: The Chapter elections take place at their meeting in the fall. The new Chapter President James Reid-Cunningham will take over from Joseph Newman, however, in June; the new Treasurer, Michele Waters will take that position in September. Other positions will be: Karl Eberth, Workshops Chairman; Luisa Granitto, Secretary and Newsletter Editor; Dorothy Africa and Rebekah Gardiner, Programs Committee. On March 30th the Chapter held a meeting on Ethics and Standards, which is reported on in this issue.

New York Chapter: The New York group has had a busy spring: an Open House held for them at Dieu Donné Papermill on April 10; Ursula Mitra presented the final slide lecture at the Grolier Club on April 25; Tina Miura taught a Leather Onlay workshop at the NY Academy of Medicine on May 17-18; on May 6 they had another Open House at the NY Historical Society, where they toured the current exhibit, Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York, and the Library Reading Room.

The group also visited the loft of the edge-gilders, R. Marchetti & Bros. and watched a demonstration of edge-gilding. The building that houses this business is being converted into luxury housing, threatening the only practicing trade gilding business in the city. Two film-makers from the Center for New Art Activities were in attendance at the demonstration to document Nick Marchetti's craft and, in addition, they were documenting Marchetti's role in the industrial graphic arts in an attempt to deter eviction and loss of his company's services in lower Manhattan. The Guild is partly funding the effort and will be able to offer tapes of the demonstration to members at an affordable price. More later.

Potomac Chapter: The Chapter has worked all year on a project of making and binding a book of fables by Leonardo da Vinci. They have had a series of problems and delays but the book is nearing completion. They have planned an edition of fifty, 16 of those remained unsold as of April. A more complete description of the book can be gotten by contacting Martha-Lucia Sierra, Chapter president, or Frank Mowery at the Folger Library. The price is $75 plus $7.50 s&h. Checks to Guild of Book Workers Potomac Chapter, sent to the Folger Shakespeare Library Conservation Office, 201 E. Capitol St., SE, Washington DC 20003. (210)675-0332.

The Chapter's business meeting was held on April 10, followed by a "Show & Tell". The final meeting of the season was held May 8 with an end of the year social and 'Fables' wrap-up.