June 4, 2018

An NWGBW artifact from the not-so-distant past!


I was doing some “döstädning” in my studio, organizing inventory for possible use in a workshop. I found a copy of an Northwest chapter newsletter produced in the Spring/Summer 2004 in a limited edition copy of 90! I have # 54. It was the second issue of the NWGBW News when Andrew Huot was the Chapter Chair, Paula Jull the Treasurer, Jana Brubaker the Website Director, and Roberta Lavadour the Newsletter Editor.

As one of my outgoing activities, I thought I would share this with you all!

By the way, the Ballot for the Chapter Elections is online and active! The link is:

Don’t forget to vote. You have until July 31, 2018.

Elsi




April 5, 2018

Global Book Exhibit at Western Washington University


WWU Libraries hosts Global Book Exhibit

Until August 31, 2018
Monday through Friday, 11 to 4 (closed weekends and holidays)
Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor)
Free and open to the public






Western Libraries Heritage Resources at Western Washington University hosts a new exhibition entitled “The Global Book,” which invites viewers to consider books as one point of departure for exploring our shared global heritage.
How do books’ physical attributes reveal cross-cultural influences? Have the same creative impulses emerged in places hundreds of years and thousands of miles apart? Can juxtaposing one book with another tell us something about each that we cannot get by looking at just one? These are some of the questions that the exhibition raises.


Among the materials on display are examples of manuscript illumination from medieval Europe and the Middle East; a selection of illustrated bindings produced in Japan, Europe, and the United States; a Quranic writing board; a Roman wax tablet; two Buddhist sutras; an original palm leaf manuscript; and several highlights from Western Libraries’ prominent Mongolian Studies collection.


For more information about the exhibition, please contact Michael Taylor, Special Collections Librarian, Michael.Taylor@wwu.edu, (360) 650-3097.



March 13, 2018

Valentine Print Exchange












In retirement I seem to fall behind on my "To Do" list more so than I did when working full time. This time I am not quite a full month behind on my list, but I am cutting it close with this post.

The GBW Standards Chapter Chair Board meeting held October in Tacoma was an opportunity for chairs to share activities, and it seemed that Everyone is doing it! so I thought why don’t we? (To be honest, not everyone in the Guild of Book Workers is doing it but it was clear that this activity was encouraged as a simple way to foster activity in a chapter.) What is it? It is a print exchange.

In November 2017 an email call went out for participation in the first Valentine Print Exchange for the Northwest Chapter. Yes, it is a busy time of the year with two major holidays just around the corner from each other. But sometimes when there is much to do, a little distraction is a good thing. And as I have learned, any project even with very few rules but with a quick turnaround makes for decisive decision-making. (Sometimes when there is a great deal of time to ponder a project, making a decision is not easy! I speak from experience.)  I looked at the exchange as one way to use up some of the materials in the studio that have been calling out to be used rather than gathering dust. My Valentine’s card paper was purchased in 1995!!!

Here are the results of the Valentine Print Exchange call.

Mary Ashton

















Mare Blocker




























Arini Easary


Paula Jull




































Kate Leonard




Marilyn Mohr




Elsi Vassdal Ellis




I am thinking a Halloween Print Exchange might be another theme for an exchange. What do you think?














January 20, 2016

Upcoming workshop: Basic Book Care and Book Repair with Sophia S.W. Bogle

The Guild of Book Workers Northwest Chapter and The Book Club of Washington present

BASIC BOOK CARE AND BOOK REPAIR
with Sophia S.W. Bogle

Saturday,  9 April 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
School of  Visual Concepts
2300 Seventh Avenue, Seattle WA 98121

This one day workshop will provide an opportunity to learn simple, archival repairs
including cleaning, corner repair, touch-up, joint and hinge repair, &c.
The focus will be on case bound, cloth covered books
with time spent covering some issues specific to leather books as well.

$100 for GBW/BCW members, $125 for non-members
 plus $10 materials fee
No experience or equipment necessary.
Participants will be provided with reading materials and videos to watch before the class.

The workshop fee includes a one-year membership to Save Your Books ($50 value)
with access to over 30 on-line tutorials on book repair.

SOPHIA S.W. BOGLE has over 25 years of experience restoring books
and a diploma in Book Conservation from the American Academy of Bookbinding.
She provides services in book restoration and repair
as well as on-line tutorials through her business, Save Your Books.
For more information, visit www.saveyourbooks.com

To enroll, contact
Bonnie Thompson Norman

April 17, 2015

Peter Geraty (Praxis Bindery) lecture, Thursday April 30, 2015 7-9pm

(Cross-posted from the Book Arts Guild)

The Book Arts Guild, UW Libraries, and Guild of Book Workers Northwest
Chapter present

I Can’t get the Darn Stuff to Stick - or How We Learn
a lecture by  Peter Geraty

Thursday April 30, 2015 7-9pm
Maps/Special Collections Classroom B69
Suzzallo Library, University of Washington

Fine binder Peter Geraty will talk about a way to approach binding that
may be outside of one’s comfort zone but possibly more rewarding, as well
as share some of the work produced at his Praxis Bindery. This talk is in
conjunction with Peter’s visit to Seattle to teach a parchment binding
workshop sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers Northwest Chapter.

Peter Geraty began bookbinding in 1975 at Unicorn Press in Greensboro, NC
where he worked as a printer, typesetter and binder for several years.  He
moved to Boston, in 1977 and continued working as a binder at various
places including; library binding at the New England Bookbinding Company,
conservation at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University
and over four years at Harcourt Bindery ending his time there as shop
manager.  In 1984 he began working as an independent binder and in 1985
moved to Easthampton, MA.  As owner of Praxis Bindery, he has focused on
conservation, fine binding and binding of editions and presentation
materials for publishers and artists.  Peter is intrigued by the challenge
of combining design, structure, and materials to present text or art. The
name he chose for his bindery, Praxis, encompasses his ongoing philosophy
to continually hone one’s craftsmanship and pursue deeper knowledge.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  To request disability accommodations for this
event, contact the Office of ADA Coordinator at least 10 days in advance
of any event by calling 206-543-6450 (voice); 2-6-543-6452 (TDD);
206-685-3885 (FAX); access@uw.edu (e-mail).

April 8, 2015

Reminder: Parchment Binding workshop with Peter Geraty, sponsored by GBWNW

Just a quick reminder that the parchment binding workshop with Peter Geraty is less than a month away! The workshop is being held May 1-3, and sign ups are still open. Be sure to take part in this fantastic opportunity to learn from an excellent instructor and renowned bookbinder. Further details regarding workshop details and sign up here. For any questions, contact Bonnie Thompson Norman (inkdart [at] gmail [dot] com).


January 12, 2015

Parchment Binding workshop with Peter Geraty, sponsored by GBWNW


Parchment Binding workshop with Peter Geraty
May 1-3, The Windowpane Press Studio in Seattle, Washington.
Contact: Bonnie Thompson Norman (inkdart@gmail.com)
Cost: $350 for GBW members, $395 for non-GBW members
Space is limited to eight participants

Workshop Description - Parchment has a mystique and a mind of its own. The mystique we admire, the mind we must work with! The hygroscopic nature of this wonderful material allows it to expand and contract as the environment changes, but the strength and durability of parchment make it an ideal material for bookbinding. Its successful use is a valuable addition to your skill set.

During this workshop you will create a parchment binding over boards, which will accentuate the beauty of material and compensate for its tendency to wander. You will construct a Dutch style (laced-on case with a groove) parchment binding.
There is an expectation of intermediate bookbinding skills for this class.



Peter Geraty began bookbinding in 1975 at Unicorn Press in Greensboro, NC where he worked as a printer, typesetter and binder for several years.  He moved to Boston, in 1977 and continued working as a binder at various places including; library binding at the New England Bookbinding Company, conservation at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and over four years at Harcourt Bindery ending his time there as shop manager.  In 1984 he began working as an independent binder and in 1985 moved to Easthampton, MA.  As owner of Praxis Bindery, he has focused on conservation, fine binding and binding of editions and presentation materials for publishers and artists.  Peter is intrigued by the challenge of combining design, structure, and materials to present text or art. The name he chose for his bindery, Praxis, encompasses his ongoing philosophy to continually hone one’s craftsmanship and pursue deeper knowledge.
Visit Peter’s website at https://www.praxisbindery.com.

October 8, 2014

GBWNW Chapter Meeting Minutes

Northwest Chapter
Guild of Book Workers
Chapter Meeting
October 4, 2014

The meeting was held at the Casa Del Matador just a few blocks from 23 Sandy Gallery after the opening of the Members Show at the gallery.

Members in attendance:
Sophia Bogle - sophia [at] bookrestoration [dot] org
Sue Collard - smcollard [at] gmail [dot] com
Elsi Vassdal Ellis - elsi.vassdal-ellis [at] wwu [dot] edu
Jodee Fenton - jfenton67 [at] comcast [dot] net
Patricia Grass - pagrass [at] aol [dot] com
Ealasaid Haas - roadi [at] thebookroadie [dot] com
Monica Holtsclaw - monica [at] boomboxbindery [dot] com
Bonnie Thompson Norman - InkdArt [at] gmail [dot] com
Randi Parkhurst - randi [at] parkhurstpaperarts [dot] com
Laura Russell - simply booksltd [at] gmail [dot] com

Guests:
Artemis BonaDea - 63goodriver [at] gmail [dot] com
Elise Guidoux - equidoux [at] comcast [dot] net
Karen Koshagarian - twokandoux [at] comcast [dot] net
Jeff Parkhurst - randi [at] parkhurstpaperarts [dot] com

Bonnie Thompson Norman opened the meeting with a general introduction and quick recap of the past year. Challenges of the large territory covered by the Chapter were identified.

Agenda items were:

Discussion of activities for members. Members indicated they would like
workshops. Members liked the idea of coordinating “hospitality opportunities” for
overnight accommodations at members’ homes. For example, if a workshop were being held in Seattle, the Seattle members would invite out of town members to stay with them. Having a survey of the Chapter members would also help the board plan relevant events. Ealasaid volunteered to set up a Survey Monkey to see what kind of workshops are of interest to members.

Hosting the annual GBW Standards of Excellence Conference in Seattle. Several members volunteered to form an exploratory committee. Bonnie, Elsi and Jodee may form the core of this group. Others are welcome to join regardless of distance from Seattle.

Communication among members. In the past the Chapter had a printed newsletter but this became increasingly difficult to produce. There is an on-line newsletter, but members may not be aware of it. It was suggested to look into creating aYahoo group that would be an electronic gathering place for announcements, news, calls, etc. Olivia would be asked if she was interested in starting this with help/support from Sophia.

Membership roster. Members wanted a way to connect with each other and to use the existing resources from GBW to support this. Sorting the national membership directory would be a good beginning. Elsi offered to take a look at this and let us know how to do it.

Everyone was very thankful and appreciative of Laura Russell’s efforts to host the members exhibit. It looked terrific and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to look at the book works and talk to their creators.

Respectfully submitted by
Jodee Fenton

October 6, 2014

September 12, 2014

Board Books and Other Marvels with Susan Collard

(Cross-posted from Book Arts Guild)

the Book Arts Guild and University of Washington Libraries present

Board Books and Other Marvels
with Susan Collard

Thursday September 25, 2014 7-9pm (doors open at 6:45)
Maps/Special Collections Classroom, B69
Suzzallo Library, University of Washington

For this presentation, Susan Collard will focus on book structures made
with wood and other rigid materials. She will explore sewn structures,
mechanical hinges (including slotted hinges), and a whole spectrum of
adhesive bindings. Examples will be drawn from her own work, and that of
other book artists.

Susan Collard is an architect and book artist in Portland, Oregon. She has
been making one-of-a-kind collaged and constructed artists’ books since
1991. Enchanted by the lyricism of obsolete and prosaic objects, she works
from an ever-changing trove of found materials. Susan holds a Bachelor of
Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry
from the University of Arizona. Her work is shown and collected
nationally. For more information visit 
www.susancollard.com

Info also at 
http://bookartsguild.org/event.php?id=251

_____________________________________
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  To request disability accommodations for this
event, contact the Office of ADA Coordinator at least 10 days in advance
of any event by calling 543-6450 (voice); 543-6452 (TDD); 685-3885 (FAX);
access@uw.edu (e-mail).


September 9, 2014

GBWNW Members' Showcase


The Northwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers invites you to celebrate its 11th year with a member exhibition.This exhibition showcases the diversity in the art and craft of the book: historical, traditional, experimental and fine bindings, conservation work, sculptural artists’ books and book objects, miniatures, pop-ups, blank books, and letterpress and digital editions.

Participating artists, front, left to right: Alicia Bailey, Susan Collard, Jodee Fenton, Mari Eckstein Gower, Patricia Grass, Ealasaid Haas, Karen Hanmer, Barbara Hebard, Paula Jull, Joanne Kluba, Bonnie Thompson Norman, Randi Parkhurst, Todd Pattison, Laura Russell, Carole Sauter, Elsi Vassdal Ellis.

Exhibition on view at 23 Sandy Gallery: October 2 - November 1, 2014
Artists Reception: Saturday, October 4, 2014, 4-6:00 p.m.
Annual Members Meeting: Saturday, October 4, 2014, starting at 6:00 p.m.

A full online catalog for this exhibition will be available October 1 at:
www.23sandy.com/works/gbwshowcase16
 
The Guild of Book Workers was founded in 1906 to “establish and maintain a feeling of kinship and mutual interest among workers in the several hand book crafts.” Among its early members are well-known artist-craft workers such as bookbinder Edith Diehl and printers and typographers W.A. Dwiggins and Frederic W. Goudy.

The Guild still believes, as did its founders, that there is a responsibility among civilized people to sustain the crafts involved with the production of fine books. Its members hope to broaden public awareness of the hand book arts, to stimulate commissions of fine bindings, and to stress the need for sound book conservation and restoration. All are welcome to join and explore the work of and learn the craft of the book arts in all its aspects. More information about the Guild may be found at: 
http://www.guildofbookworkers.org.

All current members and interested book workers are invited to a Members Meeting to be held on October 4, 2104 just after the opening of the Showcase Exhibition. We will meet and walk to a nearby restaurant immediately following the gallery reception.


July 31, 2014

Wood Shop Basics for the Book Artist

The Book Arts Guild and Guild of Book Workers Northwest Chapter co-sponsor

Wood Shop Basics for the Book Artist
a workshop taught by  Susan Collard
September 27 & 28, 2014 10:00am-5:00pm
Art Building Room 207
University of Washington Seattle campus

This class provides an introduction to cutting, drilling, and fastening wood using common hand tools. Each student will make a small board book with poplar, oak, and birch aircraft plywood pages, bound with Tyvek and Japanese repair tissue. The books will include enticing features of the “constructed” book: a shadow box with mitered corners, simple magnetic closures, windows, and a fold-down mirrored page. Students will use collage and assemblage to integrate content into their books.

The class is aimed towards artists with little or no woodworking experience who would like to explore the use of wood and other rigid materials in their books. The major goal is to give students confidence in utilizing wood, as well as other unconventional materials such as glass and metal. Tools and materials for the prototype will be provided.

Susan Collard is an architect and book artist in Portland, Oregon. She has been making one-of-a-kind collaged and constructed artists’ books since 1991. Enchanted by the lyricism of obsolete and prosaic objects, she works from an ever-changing trove of found materials. Susan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Arizona. Her work is shown and collected nationally. For more information visit www.susancollard.com
 
Class registration is $155.00 for BAG and GBW NW members; $185.00 for non-members.

Price includes supplies.  The workshop will be limited to 12 participants.  Participants will receive an email confirmation and list of items to bring to the class, location information, etc. Questions? Please contact Kate Leonard (katel@uw.edu).  ETA: Class registration is now full, and a waitlist has been formed.

To register, print and complete the attached PDF form and mail it to Kate Leonard with a check for $155.00 (or $185.00 for non-members).


The workshop will be filled first come, first served based on postmark of mailed registration. If the workshop is filled, a waiting list will be established. You will be notified if you are on the waiting list. If you sign up for the workshop but cannot attend and your place can be filled from the waiting list you will receive a full refund. If there is no waiting list, but you find a replacement for yourself, you will receive a full refund. If your place cannot be filled, your full registration will be retained to help cover the expenses of the workshop. If the class must be canceled, we will notify you and issue a full refund.