Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 99
April 1995

Calendar & Exhibitions

Call for Entries

"Boxed In: Book boxes and box objects by members of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild." The exhibition Uncommon Objects, Harbourfront, Toronto will be held in October. Entries due May 1st. Contact: Susan Corrigan, CBBAG, 35 McCaul St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1V7. (416) 920-9412.

Arbor Studio Press invites calligraphers and lettering artists across Canada to contribute to a collection of alphabets and calligraphic artwork that will represent the art of handwritten letters in the country today. Publication will also include a directory of calligraphers and a listing of Canadian Calligraphy societies. Deadline for entries is June 30th. Contact: Arbor Studio Press, Box 81091, Lake Bonavista Promenade, Calgary, AB T2J 7C9. (403) 271-1731; Fax: 278-4327.

The Hungarian Multicultural Center is hosting an International Book Art/Works on Paper Competition and exhibition which will travel to Hungary and the Czech Republic in Spring 1996. Entry deadline May 15. Fee $25/3 slides. Contact: HMC, 4851 Cedar Springs #276, Dallas, TX 75219. Ph/Fax (214) 521-2380.

Lettering artists and calligraphers worldwide are invited to take part in the first KGH juried competition "Facination Brush Calligraphy," a competition to honor Karlgeorg Hoefer, founder & head of the Schrieb-werkstatt Kingspor Offenbach. Deadline for submission May 31st. Contact: Schriebwerkstatt Klingspor Offenbach, Archiv, Kaiserstrasse 11, 63065 Offenbach/Main, Germany.

The Oleander Press is inviting designer bookbinders to contribute to a new, illustrated directory, Contemporary Designer Bookbinders, for publication in 1995. Contact: Philip Ward, The Oleander Press, 17 Stansgate Ave, Cambridge, CB2 2QZ England. (01223) 244688. "Crossed Structure Binding," is a new approach to binding conceived by Italian binder Carmencho Arregui, and introduced at the the New Horizons Conference by Sün Evrard. An exhibition of bindings developed from this technique is being planned for Spring 1996 in Paris. There will be an int'l jury to select the 40 entries. A bilingual catalogue will be published. Contact: Claude Blaizot, Librairie Blaizot, 164 rue du Fg. St.-Honore, 75006 Paris, France.

Call for Papers

The Instituto Centrale per la Patologia del Libro is organizing a 6-day meeting on the conservation and restoration of books & documents to by held at International Centre of Scientific Culture in Erice, Italy. Papers must be unpublished works based on original research. Deadline for submission December 1995. Contact: C. Federici, ICPL, Via Milano 76, 00184 Rome, Italy. 011-39-6-48291235; Fax: 6-4814968.

Traveling Exhibitions

The Virginia Center for the Craft Arts Hand Workshop's exhibition, "Milliseconds to Millennia: The Art of Time," includes artists' books and related sculptural objects which deal with the theme of time -- calendars, diaries, journals, histories, datebooks, timelines and clocks.
Contact: (804) 353-0094. Mar - Apr: Boston, MA: Monserrat College of Art
Summer 1995: Winston-Salem, NC: Sawtooth Center for the Arts

Tregaskis Centenary Exhibition in England:
Apr 1 - 29: Bayntuns, Manvers St, Bath

The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild's traveling exhibition "Two Centuries of Bookbinding: Materials and Techniques, 1700-1900," explains materials, processes, and structures used in inexpensive and fine binding, in the context of the book trade as a whole. Cat. US $7, plus $5 p&h. Contact: Exhibition Committee, Suite 220, 35 McCaul St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1V7.
Apr 1 - Jun 30: Waterloo, Ont: University of Waterloo, The Library

Turtle Island Press of Philadelphia/Telluride is celebrating its Twentieth Anniversary in 1995. Proprietors Daniel Tucker and Claire Owen specialize in the production of limited edition visual artists books. Apr 3 - 28: Philadelphia, PA: Design Arts Gallery, Nesbitt College of fashion and Visual Studies, Drexel University May 1 - 26: Rochester, NY: Melbert B Cary Collection, Wallace Library, Rochester Institute of Technology

Other Exhibitions

Feb 23 - Apr 30: Palo Alto, CA: "Windows to the Mind: Selected Books from Stanford Special Collections," an exhibition of an extraordinary collection in the book arts. Palo Alto Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303. (415) 329-2366.

Feb 23 - Apr 30: Northampton, MA: "The History & Technology of Papermaking," an exhibition at Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA 01063.

Apr 3 - 23: Oakland, CA: "Sas Colby: Twenty Years of Book Thinking." Mills College, Antonio Prieto Gallery. Contact: Sas Colby (505) 751-3667 or Kathy Walkup, Mills College (510) 430-2001.

Apr 15 - May 28: Santa Cruz, CA: "Dressing the Text: The Fine Press Artists' Book," a national, juried competition and exhibition sponsored by the Printers' Chapel of Santa Cruz and The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County. Exhibition may travel. Art Museum, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. (408) 429-1964.

Apr 15 - Jun 15: Toronto, Ont: "Fine Printing: The Private Press in Canada," a CBBAG exhibition opening at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. Contact: CBBAG at (416) 581-1071.

Apr 26 - Jun 9: Tokyo, Japan: "Contemporary Canadian Bookworks" will be shown at the Canadian Embassy. The Show has been organized by the CBBAG.

May 2 - 30: Cambridge, MA: "Peter Koch, Printer: Recent Work 1989-1994", at the Widener Library, Harvard University.

May 4 - 28: Paris: Exhibition of Sün Evrard's bindings at the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, 22 rue Mahler, 75004 Paris.

May 18 - Jul 1: Allentown, PA: "Outside In: A Collection of Nature Images," a contemporary crafts exhibition, at the Open Space Gallery. Opening reception May 20th 2-4pm. Open Space Gallery, 913 Hamilton Mall, Allentown, PA 18101. (610) 432-3091.

Workshops, Lectures and Other Events

Continuing: Baltimore, MD: A series of ongoing (until February 1996) conservation workshops presented by Johns Hopkins Library, and funded by NEH: Basic Workshop, Advanced Enclosures, Advanced Book Repair, Treatment of Older Collections, Disaster Recovery, Exhibits Preparation. Fee: $100-200. Contact: Stuart Ittner (410) 516-8326.

Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild offers many spring/summer workshops in bookbinding, paper decorating, boxmaking, tunnel & carousel books, etc. Contact: CBBAG, 35 McCaul St, Ste 220, Toronto, Ont. M5T 1V7.

Apr - May: Santa Cruz, CA: A series of lectures, workshops, & tours, held in conjuction with the exhibition (see Exhibitions above). A two-day book structures workshop with Claire Van Vliet will also be offered through UC Extension. Contact: Linda Maxwell, Art & Humanities Dept, UC Ext'n, 740 Front St, Ste 155, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. (480) 427-6620.

Apr 1 - 2: Ann Arbor, MI: "Knife Sharpening with Japanese waterstones," a workshop by Tom Conroy. Contact: Shannon Zachary, University of Michigan Library Conservation & Book Repair Lab, 837 Greene St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Fee $90/$100.

Apr 7 - Jun 17: New York, NY: "The International Library," an ongoing book project by German artist Helmut Lohr, in which a network of artists communicate through the exchange of book objects. Each artist receives two altered books from Mr. Lohr which the participant then further alters to express his or her individual aesthetic response. Opening reception: Apr 7, 6-8 pm Center for Book Arts, 626 Broadway, NY, NY 10012. (212) 460-9768.

Apr 13: Northampton, MA: "Drawn to Blue: The History of Artists' Blue Papers," lecture by Roy Perkinson, Conservator of Prints & Drawings, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Will be held at 7:00 pm, Smith College, Hillyer Hall 117, Northampton, MA 01063.

Apr 15: San Francisco, CA: John Demerritt and Dominic Riley will present a seminar, "Victorian Trade Binding," 1-4pm at the SF Public Library. Focus is on the Libraries Special Collections and how craft techniques succombed to the interventions of Mechanization. Call: John Demerritt (510) 548-2313; Dominic Riley (510) 525-5614; or Andrea Grimes (415) 557-4560. Admission is free.

Apr 19: New York, NY: "The Collector & Bookseller: Fellowship of the Book," a one day conference sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Chapter of Antiquarian Booksellers' Assoc. of America. Will be held at The Grolier Club, fee $325. Includes sessions on Music, Prints, Fine Printing, Maps, Binding, Photography. Contact: ABAA, 50 Rockefeller Plz, NY 10020. (212) 757-9395; Fax: 459-0307.

Apr 29: Lexington, KY: Annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. The meeting will be held in conjuntion with the Lexington Book Arts Weekend. Free lecture the evening of Apr 28th, and workshop on Apr 29th.

May 7: Oakland, CA: PCBA presents "Book Art Evenings & Weekends," informal, salon-like gatherings to share work and meet other members. Contact: Marylee Bytheriver, 7925 Winthrope St, Oakland. (510) 569-7999.

May 11 - 13, 1995: Aurora, NY: "Bookbinding and Book Arts," a symposium at Wells College. Speakers include Terry Belanger, Sidney Berger, Michele Cloonan, Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Don Etherington, Deborah Evetts, Monique Lallier, Joseph Newman, and W Thomas Taylor. An exhibition of designer bindings and artist's books from Jane Pearce's collection will be featured; also bookbindings suppliers/book dealers, and optional tours to Cornell University's Rare Book Library or Bixler's Press. Contact: Barbara E. Kretzmann, Binder-in-Residence, Wells College Book Arts Center, Wells College, Aurora, NY 13026. (315) 364-3420.

May 17 - 27: Penland, NC: "Paper and Book Intensive" to be held this year at Penland School of Crafts. Instructors include: Tim Barrett, Jim Croft, Robert Espinosa, Mark Esser, Richard Flavin, Rick Hungerford, Susan King, Nell Meldahl, Steve Miller, Dolph Smith, Claire Van Vliet, Mark Van Stone, Sarah Van Keuren. Tuition, room and board is $925. Half tuition scholarships are available. Contact: Pam Spitzmueller, UI Center for the Book, Main Library, U of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.

May 28 - Sep 1: Penland, NC: Classes offered in bookbinding, boxmaking, papermaking, and printing. For complete schedule contact: Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC 28765. (704) 765-2359; Fax: 765-7389.

May 31: New York, NY: David Pankow, Curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and editor of the APHA journal Printing History, lectures on the formation, 100-year life, and demise of America's largest typefounding conglomerate. Hosted by the American Printing History Assoc NY chapter at The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th St, NY 10276. Lectures are at 6pm, and are free. For further information contact: Lowell Bodger (212) 777-0841.

May 31 - Jun 3: Hereford, England: "The Bible as Book: The Manuscript Tradition," a conference that will examine and celebrate the form and role of the biblical text as it inspired and impacted cultures and communities throughout history. Contact: The Scriptorium, Center for Christian Antiquities, 926 Robbins Rd, Suite 183, Grand Haven, MI 49417. (800) 333-8373; Fax: (616) 847-7220.

Jun - Aug: Portland, OR: Oregon School of Arts & Crafts announces summer classes in the Book Arts. Contact: OSAC, 8245 SW Barnes Rd, Portland OR 97225. (503) 297-5544; Fax: 297-9651.

Jun 5 - Jul 14: Telluride, CO: Summer classes at The American Academy of Bookbinding on leather and vellum binding, edge and paper decoration, gilding and onlay, taught by Tini and Einen Miura and Hans Peter Frolich. M-F, 9-5. Fee: $525 per week. Contact: AAB, Box 1590, Telluride, CO 81435. (303) 728-3886; Fax: 728-9709.

Jun 6 - 10: St Paul, MN: AIC 23rd annual meeting. The topic will be: "Ethics in Conservation." Contact: AIC, 1717 K St, NW, Ste 301, Washington, DC 20006. (202) 452-9545; Fax: 452-9545.

Jun 9 - 11: Oakland, CA: Tim Ely will conduct a workshop "The Painted Book," at Mills College. Fee $125. Contact: The Hand Bookbinders of CA, PO Box 103216, San Francisco, CA 94119.

Jun 16 - 18: Manchester, England: Society of Bookbinders 1995 Conference. Speakers/demonstrators include: Bernard Middleton, Sün Evrard, Jeff Clements, Angela James, David Esslemont, Paul Johnson, Paul Delrue, Claire Maziarczyk, and John Mitchell. Also, there will be trips to area libraries and a trade fair. All delegates to the conference will be sent the unbound sheets of an anthology of bookbinding, which is being printed in a special limited edition by the Incline Press. All are invited to bind this before coming to Manchester. Bindings will be displayed, and prizes may be given. Contact: Betty Taylor, 49 Chester Road, Poynton, Stockport, SK12 1HA.

Jun 17 - 18: Ann Arbor, MI: "Artist's Books: Incorporating Found Objects & Recycled Materials," workshop by Jean Buescher. At Hollander's, 407 North Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. (313) 741-7531.

Jun 22 - 24: Portland, OR: "Focus on Structure Conference," hosted by the Oregon Book Arts Guild. Workshops, lectures, trade show. Wide scope: accordion fold books, watercolor marbling, gestural handwriting, wax tablets, etc. Contact: Debra Glanz, 2607 SW Custer, Portland, OR 97219. (503) 244-0726.

Jun 24 - 29: Chicago, IL: ALA annual conference.

Jul: Taos, NM: Two six-day workshops "Artists' Books and the Creative Edge" by Sas Colby. Tuition $850 includes food and lodging. Contact: Sas Colby, Box 6129 ndcbu, Taos, NM 87571. (505) 751-3667.

Jul 3 - 7: Rosendale, NY: "Incorporating Found Objects & Recycled Materials Into an Artist's Book," workshop by Jean Buescher. At The Women's Studio Workshop, PO Box 489, Rosendale, NY 12472. (914) 658-9133.

Jul 8 - Aug 7: Taos, NM: A variety of marbling workshops will be given by Polly Fox. For info contact: Mountain Marbling, Box 1469, Taos, NM 87571. (505) 586-1607.

Jul 10 - 12: Livonia, NY: Leather rebacking workshop with Bernard Middleton at the studio of Fred Jordan. Fee $300 includes materials. Contact: Fred Jordan (716) 229-2144.

Jul 10 - Aug 11: Charlottesville, VA: Rare Book School offers a collection of five-day workshops. Tuition $550. Contact: Rare Book School, 114 Alderman Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2498. (804) 924-8851; Fax: 924-8824.

Jul 17 - Aug 4: Haliburton, Ontario: Several classes will be given on bookbinding, boxmaking and gold tooling. Contact: Sir Sandford Fleming College, Box 839, Haliburton, Ontario K0M 1S0. (705) 457-1680; Fax: 457-2255.

Jul 22 - 29: Washington, DC: "Letter Forum," the 15th annual int'l conference of lettering artists. $100 deposit may be sent now. Contact: Judy Hoyle, Dir, 15212 Redgate Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20905.

Aug 11 - 13: Baltimore, MD: International Marblers' Gathering to be held at Historic Savage Mill. Will include: lectures, demonstrations, juried exhibition and sale of materials. Fee $175. Contact: 3rd Marblers' Gathering, 9613 C Harford Rd, Suite 230, Baltimore, MD 21234.

Aug 13 - 20: Bruges, Belgium: "Retreat to Bruges," a week of calligraphy in the heart of medieval Bruges. Contact: Marcia Friedman, 1126 Fourth St, Studio Six, Novato, CA 94945. Ph/Fax: (415) 892-1273.

Sep 19 - 23: Tubingen, Germany: IADA Congress. Theme: "Preservation - Passive Conservation: Books, Records, Art on Paper and Other Information Supports." Papers are invited. Contact: Mogens Koch, Conservatorskolen, Esplanaden 34, DK-1263 Kopenhagen, Denmark. Previously published papers not accepted.

Sep 22 - 23: Austin, TX: APHA 1995 Lieberman lecture by Claire Badaracco on "The Memorable Text: The Printed Good in Library Design 1920 - 1940." At the University of Texas at Austin.

Oct 13 - 15: Charlottesville, VA: APHA 1995 conference at the University of Virginia. Program chairs are Terry Belanger and Evan Moore.