Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 107
August 1996


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August 16: Austin TX William Morris and His Circle at the Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 4th fl.

August 17: New York, NY: The New York Public Library features an exhibition on the first floor, exploring the technological revolution affecting libraries today by presenting a history of communication, providing hands-on access to the worldwide web, etc., as we approach the 21st Century. <>

August 30: Cambridge, MA: William Morris and Medievalism, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

September 2: New York NY: Being William Morris and Illuminated MSS from Morris's Collection and Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: The Art of the Book and Beyond at the Pierpont Morgan Library, 29-e. 36th St.

September 7: New York, NY: Paper in Disguise, Dieu Donné's First Annual Members' Show which opened August 3. Concurrently, in the Editions Gallery, will be Chirimen-gami: Japanese Crepe Paper, the work of Dan Fletcher. 433 Broome St., contact: 212/226-0573.

September 7: Dallas, TX: The Reformation of the Bible/The Bible of the Reformation, a major exhibition organized by the Library Director of the Bridwell Library, Dr. Valerie Hotchkiss, and curated by Prof. Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. It will travel to Yale, Columbia University (Union Theological Seminary) and Harvard during the course of the year. At the Bridwell Library, po Box 476, Dallas TX 75275-0476, 214/768-4293. Cat.

September 12: Philadelphia, PA: Guild of Book Workers Delaware Valley Chapter Members' Invitational Exhibition. In the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut St. Reception: September 10, 5-7 pm. Contact: Greg Bear, 6121 Wayne Ave., #2, Philadelphia PA 19144, 415/849-9534, e-mail:

Philadelphia Flourishes: The 20th Anniversary Exhibit of the Philadelphia Calligraphers' Society will be on exhibit at the same time in the Kamin Gallery at the Library. The GBW Chapter reception will be a joint event with the Calligraphers' Society.

September 14: Brussels, Belgium: Devotion and Mystique in Flemish Iconography of the 16th & 17th centuries. At the Bibliotheca Wittockiana, 21, rue du Bemel, B-1150 Bruxelles. With catalogue.

September 27: Philadelphia, PA: An African American Miscellany: Selections from a Quarter Century of Collecting, 1970 - 1995 at The Library Company, 1314 Locust Street.

November 11: Washington, DC: Visions of the Spirit, exhibit of winning entries from a juried calligraphy competition of work by artists around the country. In the Washington National Cathedral's Rare Book Library Exhibit Room.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Guild of Book Workers Members' Exhibition: PAPER BOUND:
Opening: September 1 - October 31, 1996: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
November 1 - December 31: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
January 13 - March 30, 1997: Columbia College, Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts, Chicago, IL
April 1 - June 30: Smith College, Northampton, MA
July 1 - September 30: Ohio University, Athens, OH
Virtual online host site: <Guild of Book Workers>

Center for Book Arts, 626 Broadway, 5th fl., 212/460-9768. Until September 14: Mysterious Worlds, contemporary artists' books by CBA artist members demonstrating human efforts to grapple with things unknown or only partially understood.

September 27 -December 7: Paper Art & the Book, artists' books emphasizing the use of evocative or unusual papers that are integral to the ideas conveyed in the book and/or papers utilized in innovative ways.

December 18, 1996 - January 11, 1997: Russell Maret & Kuboaa, the printer and Kuboaa Press bookworks.

January 17 - March 19: The Progress of the Book, books by the students and faculty of the London College of Printing present contemporary interpretations of traditional bookmaking techniques.

Dieu Donné Papermill 1996 Exhibition Schedule. 433 Broome St., New York NY 10013, 212/226-0573.
Until Aug. 24: Members' Show.
Aug. 31 - Oct. 5: Winifred Lutz.
Sept. 28 - Nov. 2: Dieu Donné 20th Anniversary Show. & Joe Wilfer Remembered.
Nov. 16 - Dec. 14: Dieu Donné Silent Auction Show.

GBW Midwest Chapter Members' Exhibition will be on exhibition at the following sites:
July-August 1996: University of Kentucky, Lexington
Sept.-Oct. 1996: Ohio University, Athens
Nov.-December 1996: Indiana University, Bloomington
They hope to end the exhibit at the 1997 Standards Seminar in Ann Arbor.
Contact: Gabrielle Fox, Box 8977, Cincinnati, OH 45208.

East/West Print Exchange Exhibition will be shown September 9 - October 24 at the Norwalk Community Technical College Art Gallery (188 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT); October 31 - November 30 at the 479 Gallery (594 Broadway, #401, New York City); February 1 - March 30 at The Annex Gallery (604 College Ave., Santa Rosa, CA).

September 20 - December 31: Treasures of the Wittockiana, the most beautiful pieces chosen from all the collections , from the bindings commanded in the 16th century by Grolier, Mahieu or Grimaldi to original designs of bindings executed by Henri Vande Velde, as well as manuscripts of Malarmé, objects in gold, etc. The exhibition is to celebrate the opening of the new buildings of the Wittockiana.

October, 1996: Honolulu, Hawaii: Turning the Page, international book arts exhibition at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Linekona Center. Juried by Hedi Kyle. Contact: Honolulu Printmakers, 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu, HI 96814, 808/536-5507.

October 14: San Francisco: Finishing in Hand Bookbinding, an exhibition of bindings of the book by Herbert and Peter Fahey opens at The Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St., # 510. Contact: Eleanore Ramsey, tel: 415/221-5176, fax: 415/776-6669.

October 23 - December 29: Berkeley, CA: Science Imagined, an exhibition proposing the theme of envisioning science as the new millennium approaches in the minds of book artists. At the Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., in Live Oak Park. Contact: BACA, 510/644-6893. Gala Opening: Oct. 27, 2-4 pm.

November 1 - 29: Greeley, CO: Shape-Shifting Transformations in the Art of the Book, an exhibition to introduce a new audience to the wealth of activity in contemporary approaches to the book as art. Contact: Book Arts Exhibit, Dept. of Visual Arts, University of No. Colorado, Greeley, CO 80639.

May 1997: Dallas, TX: The 1997 Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Exhibition & Award for American Bookbinding, at Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. For information, contact Jan Sobota, 214/768-3733.

May 12 - July 4, 1997: Salt Lake City, UT: Members' juried exhibition by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of GBW and the Utah Calligraphy Artists at Vital Arts Gallery in the fhp Hospital. Contact: Pam Barrios, 801/378-2988, or Patty Hammarstedt, 801/576-0070. Reception: May 16.

September 14 - 21, 1997: St-Jean-de-Luz, France: International competition & exhibition for the Prix de l'Union Europeenne sponsored by the Cercle de Reliure d'Art de Ciboure "Lantegia". Contact: G. Dall'ara, Mendi-Arteza, Harismendia, 64122 Urrugne, France. tel: (The theme of the exhibition is a book entitled "St-Jean-de-Luz/Ciboure, City of Corsairs". The history of the corsairs in southwest France, Basque country.)

Workshops, Lectures & Other Events

Hand Bookbinders of California workshops: August 24: Repairing broken leather joints using Japanese paper with Sandra Good (half-day, $35 for members of HBC, $40 non-members); September 7: Making Tools of Wood and Metal with Peggy DeMouthe (full-day, $60 & $80). Contact: John DeMerritt, 510/704-8744.

August 27 - September 1: San Diego, CA: SAA annual meeting.

August 30 - September 5: Leipzig, Germany: 23rd General Meeting and Congress of the International Association of Paper Historians (IPH). "The History of Paper as an Auxiliary Science". This is expected to be of interest to, among others, historians, archivists, book experts, conservators and restorers. Excursions September 3-5 to local sites relating to the history of paper. Contact: 23rd IPH Congress, Congress Secretary, Deutsches Buch-und Schriftmuseum, Deutscher Platz 1, d-04103, Leipzig, Germany.

August 31 - September 2: San Francisco, CA: Miniature Book Society Meeting. Contact: Peter & Donna Thomas, 260 15th Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95062, 406/475-1455.

Autumn Workshops: Toronto, Ont. organized by the Canadian Bookbinders & Book Artists Guild include:
Oct. 26-27: Hedi Kyle -Books-Content, Form , Construction.
Oct. 28-Nov. 2: Repair Intensive, Betsey Palmer Eldridge.
Nov. 18-23: Bookbinding I Intensive, Betsey Palmer Eldridge.
Reg Beatty & Don Taylor will teach Bookbinding I and II, respectively, on Sundays in Sept. and Nov.
Contact CBBAG, 905/851-1554.

September 27-29: Montreal, Que.: Vth Biennial International Forum of Les Amis de la Reliure d'Art, sponsored by L'ARA-Canada. Contact: Paula M. Gourley, 2811 Sixth St., Tuscaloosa al 35401.

October: Mt. Carroll, IL: Conservation Refresher Courses: Treatment of Pressure Sensitive Tapes and Tape Stains; Treatment of Japanese Prints; Inpainting Works of Art on Paper. Most courses 4-5 days. Fees average $500 - $600 incl. room & 2 meals a day. Contact: Campbell Center, 203 E. Seminary, Mt. Carroll, IL 61053; 815/244-1173.

October 4: New Bedford, MA: Workshop on "Cleaning Historic Homes and Museums" sponsored jointly by the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Old Dartmouth Historical Society. Contact Laura at 508/997-0046.

October 5: Allamuchy, NJ: Marbling workshop given by Iris Nevins, in her studio, 10 am to 4 pm. Iris Nevins, 908/813-8617.

October 5 -6: Boston, MA: Betsey Palmer Eldridge workshop on Supported and Unsupported Sewing Variations. Sponsored by the New England Chapter of GBW, contact: Karl Eberth, 802/645-0222.

October 6 - 9: Las Vegas, NV: WAAC Annual Meeting at the Jackie Gaughn's Plaza/Hotel/Casino (800/634-6575 for reservation). Karen Zukor (510/652-7915) is coordinator for Book & Paper presentations.

October 10 - 13: Pasadena, CA: 1996 APHA Annual Conference, "20th Century Fine Printing in California. At the Huntington Library. Contact: APHA, P.O. Box 4922, Grand Central Station, NY 10163-4922.

October 12 -13: Brookfield, CT: Weekend workshops with Jean Buescher on Paper Decoration: Pastepapers and Pochoir for use in book illustrations, covers and endsheets. October 19 - 20: Weekend workshop on Japanese Bindings to house simple texts and illustrated haikus. Contact: The Brookfield Craft Center, po Box 122, Route 24, Brookfield, CT 06804, 203/775-4526.

October 18 - 19: Pasadena, CA: 16th Annual Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding Seminar of the Guild of Book Workers in the Pasadena Hilton Hotel. Tours of Kater-Craft Bindery and the Huntington Library during the day, Wednesday, October 17, will be followed by a reception at Scripps College and a viewing of the GBW/Thomas Exhibition at its first site. Presenters are Louise Genest on Different Techniques in Binding Miniature Books, Jan Sobota on Cuir Ciselé, Terry Buckley on Dyeing Leathers, and Richard Horton on Opening Up Possibilities in Photo Albums. Contact: Monique Lallier, 910/643-0934 or Joanne Page, 310/377-5993.

October 23: New York, NY: Dieu Donné Papermill is hosting a Symposium on Paper and Paper Art. Immediately following, on October 24 - 27 , they will host the three-day 1996 Annual Meeting of the Friends of Dard Hunter. Special Guided Tours will be available. To register for either event, contact: Nita Colgate at Dieu Donné, 433 Broome St., New York NY 10013; 212/226-0573, fax: 212/226-0573, e-mail:

Upcoming Events - 1997

February 14 - 20, 1997: Washington, DC: ALA Midwinter meeting.

February 15 -16: Austin, TX: Lone Star South meeting.

April 6 - 9: London, England: 4th International Conference of the Institute of Paper Conservation at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center. Contact: Conference Secretariat, IPC International Conference, Index Communications Meeting Services, po Box 79, Romsey Hampshire so51 0zh, U.K.; tel: +44 (0)1794 511331/2; fax: +44 (0) 1794 511455.

May 1997: Dallas, TX: First Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Exhibition and Award Conference. Contact: Jan Sobota 214/768-3733.

June 26-29: Durham, England: Society of Bookbinders' biennial conference, with trade fair and seminars. Contact Owen Bradford, Deputy bindery Manager, The Robinson Library, The University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England ne2 4hq, (tel: 44 191-2227622, e-mail:

June 26 to July 3: San Francisco CA: ALA annual conference.

July 3 - 6: Durham, England: Society of Bookbinders biennial conference/ trade fair/seminars. Contact Owen Bradford, Deputy Bindery Manager, The Robinson Library, The University, Newcastle upon Tyne ne2 4hq, U.K.

October 24 - 25: Ann Arbor, MI: 17th Annual Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding Seminar of the Guild of Book Workers.