Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 116
February 1998

News of GBW Members

Mark Pollei has been appointed Head Conservator of the rare book conservation lab at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Ursula Sternberg's one-of-a-kind artist books were on exhibit in Paris in December 1997 at the gallery "Les filles de Calvaire", in January & February 1998 at the Academy of Cincinnati, and will be at the Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC in June 1998. The Print Center in Philadelphia permanently shows a selection of her books and monoprints.

"Dobbin Books - a selection of collaborations and soloworks by Robbin Ami Silverberg" was on display at HarperCollins Exhibit Space in Manhattan through January.

"Pop Culture", an article in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, December 21st, showed Joanne Page, Program Chair of the California Chapter, and one of her large collection of pop-up books. Joanne specializes in the restoration of pop-up books, a book form for children popular in the 1890's and again today.

Fritz Eberhardt 1917 - 1997

We report with deep regret the death of Fritz Eberhardt, Book Artist, Calligrapher, Teacher, Writer, on December 24, 1997, after a long illness, in Philadelphia.

He is survived by his wife Trudi, Mark and Elizabeth Eberhardt, Ralph and Estelle Eberhardt, Dory and Dan Dedig and his six grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. An obituary will appear in the April issue of this Newsletter. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The Guild of Book Workers, 521 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10175, or Wissahickon Hospice, 8835 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Kathleen Lord Wick 1922 - 1997

Kathleen Wick, bookbinder, teacher and long-time member of the Guild of Book Workers, died after a long illness on November 28, 1997. She was born in Lake Forest, Illinois but spent most of her life in Boston. She married Peter A. Wick in 1947 and they had two children, Pamela and Kathleen. In the 1960's she put the children in school in Paris and studied bookbinding with her friend, Jacqueline Bonvoisin who taught her forwarding. She studied finishing with Jules Fache whose confidence and skill were a life long inspiration for her. When she taught her students gold tooling she would often quote Fache's dictum, "Remain calm!"

Mrs. Wick created idyllic binderies in her Beacon Hill house and in her ocean-front house north of the city. Her students were devoted to her and relished the atmosphere of books, culture and common sense that pervaded her teaching sessions. Mrs. Wick did quite a bit of book restoration but especially enjoyed the creative aspects of design bookbinding. She was in her element when given free rein by a client. She loved to work with colorful leathers and exciting decorated papers. Realistic leather onlays were one of her favored design motifs.

Kathleen Lord Wick was a Trustee of the Boston Athenaeum for many years and particularly devoted to the care of its book collections. She was a benefactor of its Conservation Department and provided equipment and moral support to its staff. She will be greatly missed.

Stanley E. Cushing