Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 108
October 1996


Call for Entries

The Utah Calligraphic Artists and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers announce a juried exhibit of members' work to be held at the Vital Arts Gallery located in the new FHP Hospital in Salt Lake City, May 12-July 4, 1997. The gallery will provide advertising in Utah, and a reception to be held May 16 in conjunction with the annual "Gallery Stroll". Items can be offered for sale. The Nurtured Spirit is the tentative theme that has been adopted by the planning committee. Contact Pam Barrios at 801/377-7015, or Patty Hammarstedt at 801/576-0070 for more information. Timeline (tentative): Intent to Enter forms due: November 15, 1996.

The Art of the Book '98, a juried exhibition of work of the members of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild to celebrate their 15th anniversary, will open in March 1998 at the OCC Craft Gallery, Toronto, and travel for two years. Jurors: Carol Barton, Robert Jekyll and Michael Wilcox. The exhibition will be juried in two stages: Stage One jurying will be from slides; Stage Two from the work itself. Contact: Art of the Book '98, CBBAG, 35 McCaul St., Suite 221, Toronto, ON M5T 1V7, Canada. Tel: 416/581-1071. Deadline for submissions of slides for stage one jurying: May 1, 1997 - entry forms will be sent to members with the November 1996 issue of the CBBAG Newsletter.

The Center for Book Arts invites submissions to its 1997 Poetry Chapbook Competition. The winning manuscript will be announced in April, 1997 and will be awarded with the publication of a letterpressed, limited-edition chapbook designed, printed and bound by artists at the Center, as well as a cash award of $500, and a $500 honorarium for a reading which will be held at the Center for Book Arts in New York City during 1997. The chapbook edition will be limited to 100 signed and numbered copies. Ten copies of the edition will be reserved for the poet, the remaining copies will be offered for sale through the Center for Book Arts. The judges for the 1997 competition will be poets Mark Doty and Sharon Dolin. For complete guidelines call the Center for Book Arts at 212/460-9768. Entries must be postmarked by December 31, 1996.

The Fourth Biennial of European Union of Art Bookbinding in the Basque Country endowed with the "Prize of European Art Bookbinding" created by the Cercle de Reliure d'Art de Ciboure, and sponsored by the European Parliament and the Ministry of French Culture, is this year inviting professional and amateur binders in the United States to enter. The exhibition will be held at St-Jean-de-Luz, in southern France, September 14-21, 1997. The book to be bound is "St-Jean-de-Luz/Ciboure: City of Corsairs", a history of the Basque fishermen who took part in struggles against the English, Dutch and Spanish, as well as, with Lafayette, in the American Revolution. For information and rules, write to: G. Dall'ara, Mendi-Artzea, Harismendia, 64122 Urrugne, France. Tel:



October 27: Parsippany, NJ: "William Morris and the Printed Page: English Inþuence on American Book Design", at Craftsman Farms, on Route 10-West. Call 201/540-1165. (See Noteworthy, this issue for further information).

November 6: Philadelphia, PA: "From Bibles to Bibelot, Book Ownership and Collection from the 14th c. to the 20th c." at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Dept., 1900 Vine St., Mon.-Fri. 9am - 5pm. Special Sunday hours Oct. 20 - 1-5 pm.

November 11: San Francisco, CA: "Kelmscott and Beyond" William Morris and Modern Fine Printing" at the New Main Library, Book Arts & Special Collections Center, 6th þ., Civic Center. Contact: Eleanor Shapiro at 415/557-4277.

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.

December: New Bedford, MA: "Taking Care: Preservation of the Collection", an exhibit examining various aspects of museum conservation at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Contact: Public Affairs Oªce, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740, 508/997-0046.

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.

Upcoming exhibitions:

Guild of Book Workers Members' Exhibition: Peter & Donna Thomas' book PAPER:

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 hostsite: Syracuse University Library: <>

Center for Book Arts, 626 Broadway, 5th þ., 212/460-9768.

Until 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 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:

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

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).

Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts, 218 So. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60604, 312/431-8612:

Until November 1: "Narrative Flow", a multi-media exhibition of art that tells stories and includes performances.

Jan. 10 - Feb. 21: GBW exhibition "Paper". Feb. 24 - 28: "Paper Plates", the Center's fund raiser and silent auction.

October 14 - December 1: 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, 415/221-5176, FAX: 415/776-6669.

October 23 - November 22: New York, NY: "Dard Hunter and the Art of the Handmade Book" at HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd St. An exhibit showcasing Dard Hunter's private press books on the history and technique of hand papermaking; curated by Cathleen Baker and Dard Hunter III.

October 23 - December 29: Berkeley, CA: "Science Imagined", an exhibition proposing the theme of envisioning science in the minds of book artists as the new millennium approaches . 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.

November 15 - January 26, 1997: Minneapolis, MN: "An Exhibition of 20th Century Calligraphy" at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota.

November 16 - February 22: Minneapolis, MN: "Collaboration and Community: Artists in Residence at MCBA", an exhibition of the work of 15 binders, printers and papermakers, both recent work and collaborations drawn from MCBA archives. For information, call 612/338-3634. Opening reception November 23, 1-4 pm.

December 6 - February 13: London: Designer Bookbinders' Bookbinding Competition 1996 Exhibition at the British Museum, Russell Square. The set book is Ovid's "Metamorphoses", in the prose translation by Mary Innes, with illus. by Richard Shirley Smith, published by The Folio Society.

December 11 - February 15,1997: New York, NY: "William Morris: The Collector as Creator" at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th St. "If I were further asked to name the production next in importance and the thing next to be longed for, I should answer, A beautiful Book." W. M.


March 6 - April 23: Cambridge, MA; "No Boundaries, A Collection of Artists' Books", at the Cambridge Artists Cooperative, 59A Church St.

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

Late 1996 / 1997

Minnesota Center for Book Arts Fall 1996 Schedule of classes is now available. Contact them at: 24 North Third St., Minneapolis, MN 55401-1612, 612/338-3634.

Urchfont Manor College Bookbinding Courses 1996/97, given by Maureen Duke will be held mid-week Nov. 4-7, 1996 and Feb. 17-21, 1997. For information: The Secretary, Urchfont Manor College, Urchfont, Devizes, SN10 4RG, England. Tel: 01380-840495.

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 teachBookbinding I and II, respectively, on Sundays in Sept. and Nov. Contact CBBAG, 905/851-1554.

Center for Book Arts Schedule for Fall 1996/Early 1997 is available. Register for classes in bookmaking now. Lecture and Seminar series include: Artist Meg Belichick on Sept. 12; Mark D. Tomasko on Dec. 3 speaking on "The Fine Art of Finance: Security Engraving and Printing"; and Russell Maret, of Kuboaa Press, on Jan. 7 speaking on his work which will be on exhibit at the Center Dec. 18 - Jan. 11. The Center's Annual Open House & Holiday Sale will take place on Sat., Dec. 14. 626 Broadway, 5th þ., 212/460-9768.

October 5 - 6: New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll annual fine Press Book Fair. 414 Delaware St. Ph: 302/328-7232.

October 12 - 13: San Francisco, CA: Louise Genest will give a workshop on Cross-Structure Binding at the San Francisco Center for the Book, 300 DeHaro St. Fee: $125. Contact: Gillian Boal, 510/848-7710 or Eleanore Ramsey, 415/221-5176. Sponsored by the Hand Bookbinders of California, PO Box 193216, San Francisco, CA 94119..

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 26 - 27: Olympia, WA: Workshop with Louise Genest on Sewn-in Boards Binding and Cross-Structure Binding, at Colophon Book Arts Supply. $150 + $10.80 materials fee. Contact: Don Guyot, 360/459-2940; Fax: 2945. Limited to 12.

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:

Designer Bookbinders Tuesday Lectures: November 5 - "Why, How and for Whom?" by Sün Evrard; December 10 - Marbled Paper: Splashes of Colour for Posterity by Ann Muir; January 14 - Recent Work by Sue Doggett, Peter Jones, Romilly-Saumarez Smith; February 4 - Shaping the Word by Ron Costley (Book Designer, Faber & Faber); March 4 - Recollections of a Life in Bookbinding by Bernard Middleton. At the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1. Open to all, (£2) 7 pm. Contact Nesta Davies, 0181 365 1274.


February 5 - 9: Bennington, VT: 3rd Biennial North Country Studio Conference at Bennington College. Four days of arts and crafts workshops, including bookmaking with Claire Van Vliet. Contact: NCSC, PO Box 875, Hanover, NH 03755, 603/795-2889.

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

February 21 - 23: San Francisco, CA: 30th California International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Concourse, 8th & Brannan, sponsored by the Northern California ABAA, for information, contact, Winslow & Associates, ph: 415/695-1449; fax: 695-8748; e-mail:

April 6 - 9: London, England: 4th International Conference of the Institute of Paper Conservation at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. 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.

April 17 -20: New York, NY: New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Seventh Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th St., sponsored by ABAA. Contact: 212/777-5218: fax: 477-6490.

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

May 12 - June 2: in China: Tour of ancient papermaking villages in China, guided by Elaine Koretsky. Includes visit to Shanghai and the ancient papermaking villages Zhejiang, Shaanxi and Yunnan; also the site (near the terra-cotta warriors excavated near Xi'an) where very old paper, preceding the time of Ts'ai Lun, has been discovered, and the tiny Bei Zhang village where paper is believed to have been invented over 2,100 years ago. Contact Elaine Koretsky at the Carriage House, 8 Evans Rd., Brookline, MA 02146, 617/232-1636; fax 617/277-7719.

June 1 - 8: Istanbul, Turkey: Fifth International Marblers' Gathering. Contact Hikmet Barutcugil, Ishakpasa Cad. 8, Sultanahmet 34400, Istanbul, Turkey; tel: 90 212 5176841; fax: 90 212 5162944, or Signa Houghteling, 737 Bay St., San Francisco, CA 94109; 415/771-1743. (See also, July 2 - 15 Calligraphers meeting in Istanbul.)

June 9 - 15: San Diego, CA: AIC 25th Annual Meeting, at the Town & Country Hotel, will examine "Compensation for Loss". A workshop on Museum Exhibit Lighting will precede the meeting, on June 9 - 10. Contact: AIC. 1717 K Street, NW, Ste. 301, Washington, DC 20006; 202/452-9545; fax: 202/452-9328.

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 2 - 15: Istanbul, Turkey: "Crossroads: A Calligraphic Symposium" , organized by Marcia Friedman and Barry Morentz. Thomas Ingmire, Brody Neuenschwander and Suzanne Moore will offer 3-day classes on calligraphy and book arts. In addition, Hikmet Barutcugil, the well-known Turkish marbler, will be part of the faculty. There will be lectures and demonstrations by local calligraphers and artists, tours of famous sites & more. Limited to 60 participants (15 per class). Non-participant companions may come for 1 or 2 weeks. For a brochure, contact: Marcia Friedman, 1126 Fourth St., Studio Six, Novato, CA 94945; e-mail: <>.

July 4 - 7: Cambridge, England: Fifth annual conference of SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing). Contact: The Acting Secretary , SHARP Conference Programme Committee, 51 Sherlock Close, Cambridge CB3 0HP, UK.

July 19 - 24: British Columbia: "Lettermania '97" calligraphy conference at Oakanagan University College in Kelowna, hosted by the Kelowna Calligraphers Guild. The conference will feature one and two-day classes and include socials, slide shows, scribe store and Galleria. Contact: Kathy Guthrie, KCB, 233 Dalgliesh Ct., Kelowna, BC V1X 7A4, Canada. Ph/fax: 604/862-2641.

July-August: Horn & Vienna, Austria: ICCROM's 2-month International Course on Paper Conservation, in collaboration with various Austrian institutions. (In English). Application deadline: November 15, 1996. Maximum 15 participants. $600, payable on acceptance for the course. Observers may attend for 2-week periods for a fee. Contact ICCROM - Paper Conservation Course 1997, 13, Via di San Michele, I-00153 Rome RM, Italy.

July 26 - August 2: St. Louis, MO: "Conþuence", the 17th annual international conference of calligraphy & the lettering arts, will be held at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis. You may mail a deposit of $100 to: Patricia Dresler, Conþuence Director, 4248 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108-2906. Ph:/fax: 314/535-5515; e-mail:> Checks or money orders must be made payable to Conþuence in US dollars drawn on US banks. Inquiries and requests for brochure may be directed to Patricia Dresler at the above address.

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