Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 97
December 1994



Call for Entries

"Dressing the Text: The Fine Press Artists' Book," a national, juried competition and exhibition to be held April 15-May 28, 1995, sponsored by the Printers' Chappel of Santa Cruz and The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County. Books must have been completed in the past ten years, in a minimum edition of ten. Entry fee: $20. Entries must be received by Dec 31, 1994. Contact: The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; (408) 429-1964. Exhibition may travel.

Traveling Exhibitions

Hand Bookbinders of California Annual Members' Exhibition Dec 21 - Feb 17: Claremont, CA: Scripps College, Clark Humanities Museum. Contact: Kitty Maryatt (909)621-8555, x3866.

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, Ont M5T 1V7.
Jan 1 - Feb 28: Hamilton, Ont. McMaster University, Mills Library
Apr 1 - Jun 30: Waterloo, Ont. University of Waterloo, The Librar

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

The Virginia Center for the Craft Arts HandWorkshop'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

Jan - Feb: Arlington, VA: Ellipse Art Center
Mar - Apr: Boston, MA: Monserrat College of Art
Summer 1995: Winston-Salem, NC: Sawtooth Center for the Arts

Other Exhibitions

Until Dec 30: New York, NY: "Broken Rules & Double Crosses: Ken Campbell's Artists Books," New York Public Library, 5th Ave & 42nd St. Contact: (212) 221-7676.

Dec 30 - Jan 28: London: The Tregaskis Centenary Exhibition. Designer Bookbinders and the Folio Society are celebrating the centenary by inviting international bookbinders to bind Andrew Marvell's The Garden and other Poems. Sotheran's Bookshop, 2 Sackville St.

Until Dec 31: San Francisco, CA: "Book Works," The 7th Biennial PCBA Members' Exhibition. San Francisco Public Library, Civic Center. Phelan and South Halls, 3rd fl. Contact: (415) 227-0828.

Jan 13 - Mar 25: New York, NY. "Latin American Book Arts," an exhibition of contemporary works by book artists from Latin America and Latin American

Until Jan 15: San Marino, CA: "William Blake's Illuminated Prints," the largest selection of his illuminated books and prints ever shown in the US. The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108. (818) 405-2141.

Jan 20th onwards: New Zealand "Bookwards 1995," a contemporary book making exhibition held by The Book Arts Society of New Zealand. Cat. Contact: BAS, PO Box 958, Wellington, New Zealand.

Until Jan 22: London: Exhibition of the 1994 bookbinding competition sponsored by Designer Bookbinders and the Folio Society. British Museum, King's Library. Also on display will be DB bindings of the Booker Prize nominations and work shown at the New Horizons conference.

Feb 10 - Mar 19: Oakland, CA: "Dobbin Books: The First Three Years," a collaboration of artist's bookworks. Mills College, Prieto Gallery. Contact Robbin Ami Silverberg at (718) 388-9631.

Feb 23 - Mar 17: Philadelphia, PA: "Sas Colby: Twenty Years of Book Thinking." Over 50 art works including one-of-a-kind books, related paintings and prints, proposals for printed books, and books for the wall. University of the Arts, Laurie Wagman Hall. Contact Sas Colby at (505) 751-3667 or Mary Phelan at Univ of the Arts at (215) 875-1119.

Until Mar 24: Philadelphia, PA: "William Mackenzie: America's First Rare Book Collector." The Library Company of Phila., 1314 Locust St; (215) 546-3181.

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

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

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.

Workshops, Lectures and Other Events

Call for Papers

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

Other Events

Designer Bookbinders Tuesday Lectures 1994/95. 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.

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.

PCBA presents "Book Art Evenings & Weekends," informal, salon-like gatherings to share work and meet other members. Contact: Alisa Golden (510) 524-5947.
Jan 8: Berkeley, CA: Betsy Davids, 1729 Ninth St, Berkeley. (510) 527-3845.
Mar 7: San Francisco, CA: Chuck Hobson, 3015 Pacific, SF (415) 929-0435.
May 7: Oakland, CA: Marylee Bytheriver, 7925 Winthrope St, Oakland (510) 569-7999.

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

Library Company of Philadelphia lecture program: Philadelphia PA: Jan 18: Karen Nipps, Library Company Asst Curator of Printed Books, on "William Mackenzie's 15th-century Books."
Feb 3: Paul Needham, Dir of Books & Mss at Sotheby's, on "The Circulation of Early Printed Books prior to William Mackenzie's Collecting."
Mar 16: Lilian Armstrong, Art History Dept Chair, Wellesley College, on "The Hand-Illuminated Printed Book in Renaissance Venice."
Library Co of Phila, 1314 Locust St; (215) 546-3181.

Garage Annex School winter classes:
Easthampton, MA: taught by Daniel E. Kelm.
Jan 7-8: "Gold Tooling on Leather"
Jan 28-29: "The Book Restructured: Innovative Hinging"
Feb 18-19: "Leather Onlay and Inlay"
Mar 4: "Stick It! Adhesives"
Mar 18: "Gilding"
Garage Annex School, PO Box 449, Easthampton, MA 01027; (413) 527-8044.

Jan 22: Toronto, Ont: Rick Cavasin will present slides about vellum's manufacture, and have different kinds of vellum available for sale. 1:30-4:30p.m. Metro Toronto Reference Library, Elizabeth Beeton Rm. West, 789 Yonge St, Toronto.

Jan 28: Claremont, CA: Eleanor Ramsey, Designer Binder, will give the Frederic W. Goudy Lecture. Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Contact: Kitty Maryatt (909) 621-8555, x3866.

Feb 3 - 9: Philadelphia, PA: ALA Midwinter Meeting.

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. Contact: (510) 525-5614.

Feb 26 - 28, 1995: Boston, MA. "Restoration '95," exhibition and conference. Theme: "Affordable Preservation: Practical Strategies for the 90's." Emphasis is on architectural preservation, books and paper is one of 53 topics covered. Contact: Andrew Burrell (617) 933-9699 for exhibition, or (617) 933-9055 for all other info; fax: 933-8744.

Apr 7: Columbus, OH: "Creepies, Crawlies and Bloomers: Environmental Management for Libraries, Archives and Historical Societies" at the Ohio Historical Society. A day-long program organized by the Ohio Preservation Council and Society of Ohio Archivists. Contact Clara Ireland, State Lib of Ohio, (614) 644-1972; fax: 466-3584.

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

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.

May 11 - 13, 1995: Aurora, NY: "Bookbinding and Book Arts," a symposium at Wells College. Contrary to information in the last Calendar, registration forms and detailed information will be mailed to all GBW and CBBAG members around the end of Jan. 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.

June 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 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.

Jun 22 - 25: Portland, OR: "Focus on Structure Conference," 2nd biennial hosted by the Oregon Book Arts Guild. Workshops, lectures, trade show, etc. Contact: Debra Glanz, 2607 SW Custer, Portland, OR 97219. (503) 244-0726.

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

July 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.

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.