Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 96
October 1994


Apply for Carolyn Horton Fund Award

The Carolyn Horton Fund Award, administered by the FAIC (the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works), is offered annually to suspport continuing education or training for professional book and paper conservators. The amount of the award will probably be about $500. Deadline for applications is February 1, 1995. For an application, write to: Carolyn Horton Fund, FAIC, 1717 K St, NW, Washington, DC 20006. Rome Prize Competition

There is a call for applications for the 99th Rome Prize Competition. Deadline for applications is November 1, 1994. The American Academy in Rome is an American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the fine arts and humanities. It offers each year, through a national competition, Rome Prize fellowships in 18 disciplines including Conservation, Graphic Design, Historic Preservation, and Visual Arts. Fellowships provide each winner with a stipend, room and board, and work space at the Academy. They are generally for one year.

For application guidelines and further information contact: American Academy in Rome, Fellowships Coordinator, 7 East 60th St, New York, NY 10022-1001; (212) 751-7200. Dieu Donné's New Digs

Dieu Donné Papermill, the not-for-profit handmade paper studio in New York City, is pleased to announce that it will move to a new location in Soho this fall. The new 4,500 square foot space will feature a gallery and retail shop, a reading room which will provide public access to the library, archive and slide registry, and a significantly expanded studio for manufacturing handmade paper, collaborating with artists on making handmade paper art and teaching classes and workshops for artists, students and the general public. The new ground-floor site is at 433 Broome Street, just off Broadway (New York, NY 10013). Telephone and fax numbers remain the same: (212) 226-0573 and fax 226-6088. North Bennet Open House

On Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th, North Bennet Street School will open its doors to the public for a rare glimpse of work in progress within its craftsmanship training programs. With full-time programs in Bookbinding, Cabinet and Furniture Making, Carpentry, Preservation Carpentry, Jewelry Making and Repair, Locksmithing, Piano Technology, and Violin Making and Restoration, the School models its classes after traditional apprenticeship training.

Visitors to the North Bennet Street Open House will observe work in progress and have the opportunity to talk directly with students and instructors. This behind-the-scenes look at an education in craftsmanship is provided to stimulate interest in these trades as well as to appeal to those exploring new career options.

North Bennet Street School has operated since 1881, and was one of the first schools in the U.S. to specialize in vocational educations. It has built a solid reputation for fostering graduates with a commitment to the highest standards of hand craftsmanship. In addition to its regular program, ongoing demand for part-time adaptation has led to the creation of the Short Workshop program, offering classes on Saturdays, evenings, and during the summer. Calligraphy Society Update

The new organization, Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, formed in January of this year, now has over 600 members around the world. Newsletters are published bi-monthly. Information is available from Sue Cavendish, Honorary Secretary, 54 Boileau Rd, London SW13 9BL, England; phone and fax: (081) 741-7886. Air neuf

We mentioned in the last issue of the Newsletter, that an organization had been formed by nine bookbinders and book artists, with the name Air neuf--Association Internationale de Relieurs--intending to serve contemporary bookbinding in new ways. Here's some further information. Founders are: Carmencho Arregui (Italy), Annie Boige (France), Manne Dahlstedt (Sweden), Odette Drapeau (Canada), Sün Evrard (France), A Noir (France), Florent Rousseau (France), Joanne Sonnichsen (USA), and Jacky Vignon (France).

Their manifesto: Art binding or creative binding? Visual or decorative art? Why limit bookbinding within rigid definitions? Why oppose things that are complementary? Why compare things that are different? Bookbinding must find its own expression. Nine of us are already engaged in the sharing of our knowledge, experience and reflexions. Our approach has always been characterized by the exchange inherent in ongoing apprenticeship. We reject hierarchy; we open borders by seeking dialogue. Enriched by the experience of the past, we want to discover new perspectives with all artists and craftspersons who would like to join with us. We work on books, around books and beyond books. For information, write to AIR neuf, 34 rue Ballu, 75009 Paris.