Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 103
December 1995


Call for Applications

The University of Iowa Libraries is offering two advanced conservation workshops that will be supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. The first workshop "Atlas Structures" will run Feb 27 - Mar 2, the application deadline Jan 31, 1996. The second workshop "Historical Book Models" will run Jun 25 - 29, the application deadline Apr 30. Both workshops will be taught by Pamela Spitzmueller. Stipend $500. Contact: Pamela Spitzmueller, Conservation Dept, U of IA Libraries, Iowa City, IA 52242.

"Marks of the Makers" a summer book arts study tour through Germany, Holland & Switzerland offered by the University of Alabama. The program will be based at the Fachhochschule Augsburg. The program will also include visits to the Gutenberg Museum, Klingspor Museum, Deutsches Leder Museum, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, and others. Contact: Paula Marie Gourley, University of Alabama.

Call for Entries

The Oregon Book Arts Guild announces the fourth Oregon Book Biennial, May 10 - Jun 28, 1996, a juried show of handmade books. The theme is "Endangered", as in the spotted owl, timber workers, family values, individual freedoms and so on. Submission deadline Mar 18, 1996. Contact: Patricia Grass, 13620 NW Eberly Rd, Banks, OR 97106. (502) 357-7263 or 324-8081.


January: New York, NY: Oak Knoll Books' month-long exhibition of book arts and bookmaking at the Antiquarian Book Arcade, 110 W. 25th St., 9th fl. Artists from the Center for Book Arts will demonstrate bookmaking on January 13 and 14. Contact: Esther Fan, 302/328-7232. (See Noteworthy)

Oct 7 - Jan 20, 1996: Brussels: "Bookbinders & Decorated Bindings in France of the Romantic Age: 1820-1855" exhibition at the Bibliotheca Wittockiana, rue du Bémel 21-23, 1150 Brussels. 02-7705333.

November 20-January 20: Mixed Bag: A collection of recent works by students and faculty in the Book Arts Program. Fifth Floor Book Arts Gallery, Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Dec 6 - Feb 17, 1996: New York, NY: "Poets in a War: British Writers on the Battle Fronts and the Home Fronts of the Second World War," an exhibition presented by the Grolier Club will include manuscripts, first editions, drawings and portraits of 130 British poets of the 1940's. Contact: Nancy Houghton, Grolier Club, 47 East 60th St, NY, NY 10022. (212) 838-6690.

Dec 23 - Jan 27, 1996: New York, NY: "Objets Perdus," an installation by Iain Machell, of handmade paper books formed over various steel objects exhibited on tables constructed of steel frames wrapped with paper. Opening reception and slide lecture Jan 27th 6pm. Contact: Dieu Donné (212) 226-0537.

January 9-March 31: Lewisburg, PA: "Prints by Anne Jope: Wood Engravings & Wood Cuts". Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Contact: Roberta Sims, 717/524-1557.

January 15-February 23: Claremont, CA: "Dressing the Text: The Fine Press Artists' Book, a national juried exhibition sponsored by the Printers' Chappel of Santa Cruz and the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County at the Clark Humanities Museum of Scripps College.

January 20, 1996: Brussels, Belgium: "Relieurs et Reliures decorées en France a l'époque romantique" (Bookbinders and decorated bindings in France during the Romantic Period) at the Bibliotheca Wittockiana, 21, rue de Bemel.

February 5: Claremont, CA: The Hand Bookbinders of California's 23th Annual Members' Exhibition moves Dec. 10 to The Honnold Library, Claremont Colleges. Contact: Kitty Maryatt, 818/703-0257.

February 9-April 12: "études pour une maternité: Twelve Design Bindings". The collection of bindings commissioned on a single book of letterpress-printed drawings by Dutch artist Robert Brandhof of Paris. On exhibition at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands. contact: Paula M. Gourley, 205/348-4990.

April 20: New York, NY: "The Hand of the Poet: 100 Poets in Manuscript" from John Donne to Julia Alvarez (Part I). The first half of this exhibit from the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library is subtitled "Donne to Yeats". At the Center for the Humanities, 5th Ave, & 42nd St.

May 16: Anchorage, AK: "The Mystery of the Magic Box: An Open and Shut Case", an exploration of the box in all its history, form and function. Includes mixed-media works by 35 artists from all over the country. At the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, 121 West 7th Avenue.

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.

The City Lit, London: Bookbinding, Restoration and Calligraphy classes and studio space available. Contact: 6 Bolt Court, London EC4A 3DQ. (0171) 405-2949.

Roehampton Institute, London: Bookbinding and Calligraphy classes available. Contact: Jen Lindsay (0181) 392-3658.

Oct 3 - Mar 5, 1996: London: Designer Bookbinders Tuesday Lecture Series at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Sq, London WC1. Contact: Nesta Davies (0181) 365-1274.

Bridwell Library, Dallas, SMU Campus: Book & Paper Lectures & Workshops. Contact: 214/768-4293. Free & open to the public.

January 27: New York, NY: APHA Annual Meeting in the Trustees Room at the New York Public Library, 2 p.m.

Jan 11 - Feb 22: New York, NY: "The Paper Club," four biweekly classes with Andrea Peterson at Dieu Donné Papermill, 433 Broome St, NY, NY 10013. (212) 226-0573, Fax 226-6088.

Jan 19 - 25: San Antonio, TX: American Library Association midwinter meeting.

Jan 24: New York, NY: Lecture by Mina Takahashi, Executive Director or Dieu Donné, on her travels this fall through India and Japan, at 6pm. Contact: Dieu Donné at (212) 226-0573.

Feb 27 - Apr 6: Iowa City, IA: "Atlas Structures" an advanced conservation workshop taught by Pamela Spitzmueller at the University of Iowa.

Mar 17 - 19: Baltimore, MD: "Restoration 96." For info see Dec 10-12 entry.

April 12-13: Northampton, Mass.: Books Illustrated: Symposium Celebrating the Work of Ruth Mortimer. The symposium will highlight four aspects of her work: collecting, scholarship, teaching and librarianship. Opening address by Barry Moser, G. Thomas Tanselle will be among the featured speakers. At Smith College. Contact: Mary Irwin, Neilson Library, Northampton, 01063. Tel: 413/585-2903, e-mail:

Apr 12 - 14: San Francisco, CA: "Preservation West" at Fort Mason will include booths on book and paper restoration and conservation organized by the Hand Bookbinders of CA and GBW. Displays and demonstrations. Contact: Dominic Riley (510) 525-5614.

Apr 22 - 29: Erice, Italy: "ERICE 96" international conference on conservation and restoration of library and archival materials. For information contact the Segreteria del Convegno, Instituto Centrale per la Patologia del Libro, Via Milano 76, I-10084 Rome, Italy. 6 4829 1235 48291304, fax: 4814968.

Apr 25 - 26: Boston, MA: Conference on environmental control guidelines, sponsored by NEDCC, at the Museum of Fine Arts. Contact NEDCC for information.

May - June: Europe: Summer Book Arts Study Tour in Germany, Holland and Switzerland is being planned by Paula Gourley. For details and preliminary itinerary, contact Paula at 2811 Sixth St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, 205/758-3997.

Jun 20 - 23: Arcata, CA: "Book Ends: Individual Perspectives," a conference at Humboldt State University, jam packed with workshops, exhibitions, & vendor booths. Contact: Kim Shank, 3310 Ribeiro Lane, Arcata, CA 95521. (707) 826-9165.

Jun - Jul: Telluride, CO: Summer classes at the American Academy of Bookbinding include: French Style Leather Binding, Gilding and Onlay, and Long or Chain Stitch with guest instructor John Franklin Mowery. Contact: AAB, Box 1590, Telluride, CO 81435. (970) 728-3886.

Jul 3 - 5: Ljubljana, Slovenia: The Central Laboratory for Conservation and Restoration for Paper and Parchment is organizing an international conference on "Conservation of Books and Paper" to celebrate its own 40th anniversary. Proceedings will be published. Offical languages: English & Slovenian. Contact Ms. Jedert Vodopivec, Arhiv Republike Slovenije, Zvezdarska 1, p.p. 70, 61001 Ljublijana. (386 61) 125 1222, Fax: 216 551.

Jul 4 - 10: New York, NY: American Library Association Annual Conference.

Aug 27 - Sep 1: San Diego, CA: SAA annual meeting.

Oct 1996: New York, NY: Dieu Donné will host the Annual Meeting of the Friends of Dard Hunter.

September 27-29, 1996: 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.

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

Apr 3 - 5, 1997: London: "The Interface Between Science and Conservation," a conference at the British Museum.

Apr 6 - 9, 1997: London: Institute of Paper Conservation 4th International Conference. Contact: Conference Secretariet, IPC Int'l Conf, PO Box 79, Romsey Hampshire SO51 OZH