Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 96
October 1994



Call for Entries

The Printers' Chappel of Santa Cruz and The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County announce "Dressing the Text: The Fine Press Artists' Book," a national, juried competition. Limited to books completed in 1985 or later, in a minimum edition of ten. Deadline for entry: December 31, 1994. Cat. Send SASE to: Dressing the Text: The Fine Press Artists' Book, The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; (408) 429-1964.

Traveling Exhibitions

Until Oct 30: Dallas, TX

"Études pour une maternité: Twelve Design Bindings", a collection of bindings published by Pelegaya Press in Tuscaloosa and moving from London to Southern Methodist University. This will coincide with the GBW Standards Seminar. Contact: P.M. Gourley, Box 870252, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0252.

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.
Until Nov 10:
St. John, New Brunswick, New Brunswick Museum.
Jan 1 - Feb 28, 1995: Hamilton, Ont, Mills Library, McMaster University.
Apr 1 - Jun 30: Waterloo, Ont, The Library, University of Waterloo.
Cat. US $7, plus $5 p&h. Contact: Exhibition Committee, Suite #220, 35 McCaul St, Toronto, Ont M5T 1V7.

The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild's major exhibition "The Art of the Book '93," celebrating the Guild's 10th anniversary continues:
Nov 17 - Dec 31: Calgary, Alberta, Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts, City Hall, 800 MacLeod Trail SE.
Jan 21 - Feb 26, 1995: Pointe Claire, QUE, Stewart Hall Art Gallery, 176 Bord du lac.

The Virginia Center for the Craft Arts HandWorkshop's exhibit,"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. It travels as follows:
through Nov 1994: Dallas, TX, Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist Univ
Jan - Feb 1995: Arlington, VA, Ellipse Art Center
Mar - Apr 1995: Boston, MA, Monserrat College of Art
Summer 1995: Winston-Salem, NC, Sawtooth Center for the Arts.
Contact (804) 353-0094.

Other Exhibitions

Until Oct 15: New York, NY

"Cultural Autobiography," an exhibition of artist's books created by high school students who attended a week-long, tuition-free course taught by Cheryl Shacklton at the Center for Book Arts. On view simultaneously with "The Works of edition balance: Contemporary Book Arts from the new Germany." This will be followed by "Soviet and Subversive Books from Russia," Oct 28-Dec 14. M-F:10-6; Sat:10-4. Center for Book Arts, 626 Broadway, 5th Fl, NY, NY 10012; (212) 460-9768.

Until Oct 23: Baltimore, MD

"Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts," the first major exhibition of Armenian illuminated mss. in North America. 88 works from over 30 private and public collections, covering 10th-18th centuries. The Walters Art Gallery.Illus. Cat.

Until Oct 28: New York, NY

"Dobbin Books: The First Three Years," the first exhibition of Dobbin Books, consisting of 13 collaborations of book and paper artist Robbin Ami Silverberg with sculptor Louise McCagg and Hungarian artist Andras Borocz. M-F: 8-6. HarperCollins exhibition space, 10 E 53rd St, NY, NY 10022-5299. Contact Donna Slawsky, Exhibitions Curator, (212) 207-7132.

Until Oct 30: Portland, OR

"Earth, Fire and Water," works of handmade paper by Native Americans. Artists include Rick Bartow, Joe Cantrell, Harry Fonseca, Edna Jackson, Marie Laws, Tanis Matthews, Lillian Pitt, Naoaki Sakamoto, Gail Tremblay, and Elizabeth Woody. Tue-Thurs, 11-7; Fri-Sun, 10-5. Hoffman Gallery, Oregon School of Arts & Crafts, 8245 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225; (503) 297-5544; fax: 297-9651.

Until Oct 31: San Francisco, CA

"The 22nd Annual Hand Bookbinders of California Members' Exhibition," at the San Francisco Main Public Library. Contact John Demerritt, (510) 548-2313.

Until Oct 31: Madison, NJ

An exhibition devoted to Arthur Rushmore and the Golden Hind Press. Contact Nancy S. Vernon, Dir., The Free Public Library of the Borough of Madison, 39 Keep St, Madison, NJ 07940; (201) 377-0722.
Nov 5 - Dec 31: San Francisco, CA PCBA Members Exhibition. San Francisco Public Library, Civic Center.
Reception: Nov 15.
Contact SFPL, (415) 557-4565.

Until Nov 13: Pasadena, CA

"'This Faire Paper, the Most Goodly Book,' The Advent of Printing and the Creation of a Reading Public," an exhibition of late medieval and early modern books and mss.

Until Jan 15:

"William Blake's Illuminated Prints," the largest selection of his illuminated books and prints ever shown in the US. Contact 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108; (818) 405-2141.

Until Nov 26:

New York, NY "Jonathan Hammer: The Books, Read 'em and Weep." Matthew Marks Gallery, 1018 Madison Ave, 5th Fl, NY, NY 10021; (212) 861-945 fax 861-9382.

Nov 30 - Jan 22, 1995:

London Exhibition of the 1994 bookbinding competition sponsored by Designer Bookbinders and the Folio Society. King's Library, British Museum. Also on display will be DB bindings of Booker Prize nominations and work shown at the New Horizons conference. Dec 2 - Feb 17: Claremont, CA The 22nd Annual Handbookbinders of California Members' Exhibition at Humanities Museum of Scripps College. Contact Kitty Maryatt, (818) 991-2942 or 703-0257.

Until Dec 16: Dallas, TX

"I am your affectionate brother JWesley," an exhibition of manuscript letters by John Wesley. Bridwell Library, The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275. Contact Roberta Cox, (214) 768-4293. Cat. Dec 30 - Jan 28: London The Tregaskis Centenary Exhibition. Designer Bookbinders and the Folio Society are celebrating the centenary by inviting int'l bookbinders to bind Andrew Marvell's The Garden and other Poems. Sotheran's Bookshop, 2 Sackville St.

Jan 20, 1995 onwards:

New Zealand "Bookwards 1995," a contemporary book making exhibition held by The Book Arts Society of N.Z. Cat. Contact: BAS, PO Box 958, Wellington, New Zealand.

Workshops, Lectures and Other Events

Call for Papers

SHARP 1995 Edinburgh Conference. The third annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing will meet July 15-17, 1995 at the University of Edinburgh. SHARP welcomes proposals for papers dealing with the creation, diffusion, or reception of the written word in any historical period. Conference proceedings will be in English, but papers may deal with any national literature. Proposals (one pg max), and inquiries should be directed to Dr. Bill Bell, Dept. of English Literature, Univ of Edinburgh, 5 Buccleuch Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9JX, Scotland. Deadline for proposals: November 1, 1994.

The Library Fellows of the National Museum of Women in the Arts invites women artists to submit proposals for new artist's books. For guidelines, send a SASE to the Library & Research Center, Nat'l Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20005.

Chicago Center for Paper & Book Arts (formerly Artists Book Works and Paper Press) has issued a new brochure detailing many day and night classes (6-9) and weekend workshops in bookbinding, letterpress, papermaking, printmaking, pop-up structures, calligraphy, etc. A special Sunday on "Permanence of Handmade Papers," with Tim Barrett, Nov 6, 1:30 - 5. Columbia College offers fall classes on "The Book as Structure," "Letterpress Design & Image," and "The Art of Paper," for credit. Contact CCPBA, 218 Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60604-2316; (312) 986-8237. For information about a Master's degree with special emphasis in Book & Paper Arts, contact Columbia College's Interdisciplinary Arts Office, (312) 663-1600, x.669.

Designer Bookbinders Tuesday Lectures 1994/95.

Nov 1: "Making Artist's Books," Ron King, Artist-Printer, The Circle Press.
Dec 6: "In Search of Lilliput," Ian Macdonald, Miniature Book Printer.

Jan 10:

"Leathers that Last--A Guide to Archival Leather," Roy Thompson, The Leather Conservation Centre, Northampton.

Feb 7:

"Paper from a Different Perspective," Chris Laver, Griffen Paper Mill.

Mar 7:

Elizabeth Greenhill, with Marianne Tidcombe, will show slides of and talk about her bindings. The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1, 7 pm. Contact Nesta Davies, (081) 365-1274.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

offers several new classes this fall on the art of making books, including:
Oct 28 - Dec 1: "Paper Decorating Medley."
Nov 2 - Dec 7: "Design for Letterpress Printing."
Nov 7 - Dec 12: "Alternative Binding Structures," including an Islamic binding and a metal rod hinged structure developed by Daniel Kelm, and many others.

Contact MCBA, 24 North 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401; (612) 338- 3634. series of ongoing 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. Workshops will continue until February 1996. Fee: $100-200. Contact Stuart Ittner, (410) 516-8326.

Oct 17 - 21:

Toronto, ONT "Beginners' Bookbinding Intensive," workshop taught by Betsy Eldridge. 10-5 pm. Fee: $250 members CBBAG; $285 non-members, (includes membership). $25 materials fee payable to instructor. Limited to 6 students. 24 Castle Frank Crescent. Contact CBBAG, 35 McCaul St, Ste 20, Toronto, Ont M5T 1V7.

Oct 18 - 20:

Amsterdam "Restoration '94," The Restoration and Conservation Trade Fair. Contact Mrs. N. Duisenberg, Project Mgr, Amsterdam RAI, Int'l Exhibition & Congress Centre, Europaplein, NL - 1078, GZ Amsterdam. Oct 22: Oxford, England Oxford Guild of Printers Fine Press Book Fair - private & small presses, booksellers, demonstrations, trade stands. 11-5 pm. Exeter Hall, Kidlington. Contact Tom Colverson, 116 Mill St, Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 2EF England.

Oct 22 - 23:

Boston, MA "Pest, Insect, & Fungus Management: Non-Toxic Fumigation & Alternative Control Techniques for Preserving Cultural/Historic Properties & Collections," an international meeting. 8:15-6:30. Basic fee: $290, including materials, two luncheons, coffee breaks, & an opening reception at the Boston Athenaeum. Special Sat evening program with dinner at the Union Club: $45. Contact: Susan E. Schur, Technology & Conservation, One Emerson Pl, 16M, Boston, MA 02114; (617) 227-8581.

Oct 23, 30; Nov 6, 13, 20: Toronto, ONT

"Alternative Book Structures," workshop taught by Reg Beatty. 10-5 pm. Fee: $225 CBBAG members, $260 non-members, includes membership. $25 materials fee payable to instructor. 176 John St, Studio 511. Contact CBBAG, 35 McCaul St, Ste 220, Toronto, Ont M5T 1V7.

Oct 27 - 30: Dallas, TX

The 14th Annual Guild of Book Workers Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding will be held at Southern Methodist University. Presenters are: Eleanore Ramsey on "In Search of Elegance: Board Edges Revisited," Tim Ely on Design, Robert Espinosa on Limp Vellum Bindings, and Frank Mowery on Vellum Repair. Banquet speaker will be Decherd Turner on "Books and Some Bindings." Contact Monique Lallier, through the Guild's address, or call (910) 282-0624.

Oct 31: Toronto, ONT

"Decorated Paper," a lecture by Linda Prussick. Meeting Rm D, W, Metro Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, (1 block north of Bloor). 7:30 pm. Free to CBBAG members, $2 non- members.

Oct - Dec and Feb - Apr: San Francisco, CA

"Book Structures," a 6-part study group series led by Dominic Riley, with participants putting together one of the sessions. A keepsake pamphlet will be produced from each meeting, available for a small fee. Meetings held in the S.F. Public Library. Call (510) 525-5614.

Nov 4 & 5: Boston, MA

North Bennet Street School Open House. Nov 4: 10 am - 2 pm; Nov 5: 10 am - 3 pm. Free. 39 North Bennet St, Boston, MA 02113; (617) 227-0155.

Nov 19 - 24: Chichester, UK

"Using Edge Tools for Conservators," short course for book conservation interns. Instructors: Bruce Lockhurst, Bernard Allen, Douglas Lincoln. Fee covers tuition, room & board: £396, single room; £282, day student; £7, materials. Contact: West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ. Tel: Singleton (0243 63) 301; fax: Singleton (0243 63) 343.

Nov 26 & 27: Toronto, ONT:

"Long and Link Stitch Bindings," taught by Pamela Spitzmueller. Fee: $120 CBBAG members, $155 non-members. 10-4:30. 35 McCaul St, Toronto, Ont M5T 1V7. On Nov 28 Pamela Spitzmueller will give a lecture on"Book Conservation and Book Artists," Meeting Rm D, W.Metro Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St (1 block north of Bloor). 7:30 pm.

Dec 3-4; 10-11: San Francisco, CA

"1994 Celebration of Craftswomen," a juried womens' craft fair.
Womens' Building, #8, 3543 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Dec 7: New York, NY

Sale by Sotheby's Book Dept of the library of the late Arnold and Mimi Elkind, containing jewelled bindings, fine bindings (Philip Smith, Michael Wilcox, Denise Lubett, B. & D. Alterman, et al), contemporary fine printing (Pennyroyal Press, Cheloniidae, Red Ozier, Sarah Chamberlain, Arion Press, and others) and reference books about books. Contact Kimball Higgs, Sotheby's; (212) 606-7385; fax 606-7041.

Dec 17: New York, NY

Center for Book Arts' Annual Holiday Open House and Sale. 11-6. In addition to the plentiful, one-of-a-kind handmade items, there will be demonstrations in letterpress printing, bookbinding, paper marbling, papermaking, and calligraphy. Plus a raffle! Contact CBA, 626 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; (212) 460-9768.

Feb 3 - 9, 1995: Philadelphia, PA

ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Feb 26 - 28, 1995: Boston, MA

Restoration '95, exhibition and conference. Contact: Andrew Burrell at (617) 933-9699 for exhibition, or (617) 933-9055 for all other info; fax: 933-8744.

May 11 - 13, 1995: Aurora, NY

"Bookbinding and Book Arts," Wells College Book Arts Center's 2nd annual Symposium, with lecturers examining some of our traditions, such as long neglected fine binders, the development of book arts programs, French and German techniques and traditions, and the relationship between fine binders and fine printers, both in England and America. A detailed mailing with information about the program, registration,accommodations, travel arrangements, and all fees, will be mailed to all GBW and CBBAG members in mid-October and outlined in future newsletters. Contact Barbara E. Kretzmann, Binder-in-Residence, Wells College Book Arts Center, Wells College, Aurora, NY 13026; (315) 364-3420.

June 6 - 10, 1995: St Paul, MN

AIC 23rd Annual Meeting. The topic will be: "Ethics in Conservation." There is a call for papers. Deadline for receipt of abstracts was October 3, 1994. Contact AIC, 1717 K St, NW, Ste 301, Washington, DC 20006; (202) 452-9545; fax: 452-9545.

June 24 - 29, 1995: Chicago, IL

ALA annual conference.

July 22 - 29, 1995: Washington, DC

"Letter Forum," the 15th annual int'l conference of lettering artists. $100 deposit may be sent after July 25, 1994. Contact: Judy Hoyle, Dir, 15212 Redgate Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20905.

Sep 19 - 23, 1995: 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.