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Pressing Matter

The Publication of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers

February, 2012

2011...What a Year. Now on with 2012! - Jennifer Rosner The Page Illuminates: Book Highlights from the Internet - Valeria Kremser Two Members / Six Questions - Meet DVC Members Members Participate in Exhibitions Eileen Wallace to Teach Workshop - Italian Accounting Books

In This Issue:

From our Chair: JenniFer rosner


What a Year! The Delaware Valley Chapter had another banner year. Shall we review 2011? In January 2011, we held a materials exchange. Everyone brought stuff that they were willing to trade for something else. Surprisingly, it didnt turn into a free-for-all and everyone left happy. In March we held our Annual Meeting and had a very good turnout. After our meeting we played a memorybase drawing game. It was very entertaining and everyone went home with a small accordion book. In April, Graham Watson taught a workshop on wire-edged binding, a technique he has truly perfected. In late May, DVC member Todd Pattison gave his talk, How do you Bind 3,000 Books in a Day? Benjamin Bradley and the Art of Publishers Cloth Bindings, which was co-sponsored with the Library Company of Philadelphia. Then only a few days later we had the opening for our members exhibition Philadelphia Artists Books Travel to Venice at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Thirty members participated and the books went on to Venice in October. After organizing two great exhibits for our chapter, Alice agreed to be our Exhibitions Chair. Looks like we will be having more exhibitions! Later in June, ten DVC members toured the book conservation department at Winterthur, hosted by DVC member Chela Metzger. Around this same time, Valeria Kremser agreed to oversee our online presence. She set up a Facebook account and began managing our website. She also designed a really great logo for our chapter. After a quiet summer things got busy again in September. We had a great turnout for our first ever binding-bee. Fifteen members came and bound 75 catalogs for the Philadelphia Artists Books Travel to Venice exhibit. The bonefolders were flying! In November we were excited to have Pam Spitzmueller teach her workshop Large Paper into Small Spaces: Constructing Books with Foldout Plates/Maps. In December we had a fun social gathering and button-making workshop during which Hedi Kyle taught us how to make an attractive button presentation folder. Also, this past year we sent out three excellent newsletters. Whew! Busy year! We are an entirely volunteer organization, so my hearty thanks go out to everyone who helped with all these endeavors. Now on with 2012!

Leslie and Tara look on as Pam Spitzmueller explains different ways to attach a folded sheet.

Maria and Rebecca enjoy the binding bee!

Delaware Valley Chapter oFFiCers


Jennifer Rosner - President Alice Austin - Secretary, Treasurer, Exhibitions Hedi Kyle - Workshops Denise Carbone - Workshops Sharon Hildebrand -Newsletter Valeria Kremser - Web dvcgbw@verizon.net amaustin@mac.com hedikyle@comcast.net dcarbone@amphilsoc.org shildebrand@mac.com boxturtlepress@gmail.com

The Page IllumInaTes: book

highlights From the internet

The beginning of 2012 brings our internet adventures to the end of 365: Make a Book a Day. http://make-a-book-a-day.blogspot.com is the bookbinding blog of Donna Meyer of Chloride, Arizona. This blog journals her daily attempts, to make a book a day for a year, to stretch my imagination, creativity, skills and discipline. Inspired by Skull-a-Day, Donna has taken the idea of making something everyday, and has made a wide variety of books. She has allowed her self a broad interpretation of the word book, and has used a wide variety of materials form cereal boxes to animal hides. Besides experimenting with materials, she has also utilized a variety of binding structures. Personally, it has been inspiring to see someone stick with a project for this long. Many others have taken up the task of making something everyday including bears, masks, and even paper mustaches. Could you make something every day for a year? Maybe in 2013. You can find more information out about a Skull-a-Day at: http://skulladay.blogspot.com. Valeria Kremser Box Turtle Press http://www.boxturtlepress.com

Photographs from make-a-book-a-day.blogspot.com

Top: Day 1; Bottom: Day 365

Delaware Valley Chapter news annual meeTIng 2012


March 13, 2012 5:30-7 p.m. The Library Company of Philadelphia 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA, 19107 5:30 - 6:00 Wine and Cheese 6:00 - 6:30 Meeting 6:30 - 7:00 Fun Project We hope you can make it! You can RSVP by email or phone: dvcgbw@verizon.net or 215-546-3181 - ask to speak to Jennifer

DVC members exhIbIT TheIr Work


Claire Owen and Nancy Nitzberg are represented in the national juried exhibition, The Decorated Book, at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Exhibit ends March 9. For more information visit: www.philaathenaeum.org Nancy also has a book in the New England Chapter juried show, Defined Bindings, exhibited in Boston and California, and one in the Lone Star Chapter exhibition, The Thread that Binds, exhibited at SMUs DeGolyer Library in Dallas, and The Museum of Printing History in Houston. The Rome Project by Alice Austin Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO February 17 - April 7th 2012 abecedariangallery.com The Rome Series is the result of research done while Alice was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Her project was to study the 1748 Giambattista Nolli map of Rome, and synthesize the character of the historic map with modern Rome. She recorded the patterns, geometry and textures of the Nolli map sites through photos, drawings and paintings made at prominent sites from the map.

WelCome neW members:


Bruce Bumbarger, Pottstown, PA Jon Sweitzer-Lamme, Haverford, PA Reed Apostol, Malvern, PA

Two Members / Six Questions - Jamie Kamph & Carrie McNeal


1. How long have you been a member of the GBW? J.K. 30 years or more. 2. Where are you from originally? J.K. I was born in Princeton, NJ and now live on a farm in Lambertville, NJ. 3. When did you realize you wanted to learn bookbinding? J.K. I began collecting 17th-c. books in college; needless to say the books I could afford to buy were in poor condition. When I did invest in repairs, Id have to send them to England, which would take forever. So I began to think about learning bookbinding. Then later when I had a publishing company in NYC, I was asked to write an article about hand bookbinding. In the course of researching the piece, I asked about possible teachers and decided to give this a try. 4. What is your favorite book structure these days? J.K. Im a stickler for tradition: a 16th-century Swiss binding in the Princeton University Rare Books Collection is my model for a tight-spine, full-leather binding sewn on tapes or cords. 5. What are you working on right now? J.K. Im gold-tooling a book to submit for the Guilds Horizons show; Im washing and rebinding a 17th-century copy of Evelyns discourse on trees, Im patching the endpapers in a first edition David Copperfield, and sewing an early English edition of Don Quixote. 6. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us. J.K. I play the harpsichord, drive an old Porsche (when its working), manage an organic farm (which I own), love to garden, collect old master drawings and books about bookbinding. Which doesnt leave me much time to be surprising.
Photos: Courtesy of Jamie Kamph

1. How long have you been a member of the GBW? C.M. I joined the Guild last summer (2011). I was a little slow on the uptake- I have been working with books since 2009! 2. Where are you from originally? C.M. I grew up in Iowa, and went to high school and college near St. Louis. 3. When did you realize you wanted to learn bookbinding? C.M. While doing an internship in the objects lab at the Missouri History Museum with Linda Landry, I joined her to bring one of the museums books to Richard Baker for conservation work. After meeting Richard and discovering Photo: Courtesy of Carrie McNeal that he taught weekend bookbinding classes, I was hooked!

4. What is your favorite book structure these days? C.M. I recently made a model of a 15th century Gothic structure in a class taught by Chela Metzger at the North Bennett Street School in Boston over the summer. I was very excited about my first chance to make shaped wooden boards. Currently, I would like to try the Islamic structure presented by Katherine Beaty at the recent GBW Standards Seminar in Boston, but havent had time yet. 5. What are you working on right now? C.M. Right now, I am in my second year in the Wintethur/ University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. I am a library and archives major under the supervision of Chela Metzger. I also have an additional concentration in the conservation of paper objects, which is supervised jointly by Chela, Joan Irving, and Jae Gutierrez. My current projects include resewing and rebinding an eighteenth century childrens hieroglyphick Bible and a technical investigation of an 18th century German painted parchment binding (called a Peasants Binding or Bauern Einbande.) 6. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us. C.M. I havent bought a real book since the end of summer, when I got an ereader. I feel like a traitor when I use it, but when you are a student who has to relocate every Photos: Courtesy of Carrie McNeal year, it is nice not to have to move boxes full of books!

uPComIng WorkshoP & leCTure Laced and Tacketed Italian Account Books A workshop with Eileen Wallace*
Account books are important historical artifacts, providing a rare glimpse into daily life from our recent and distant past. This workshop will look at historical examples of record keeping and account books and apply these traditional techniques to complete a model of a laced and tacketed account book structure modeled on examples found in the regional archives of Cortona, Italy and typical of Tuscan Italian ledger books from the 16th to 19th century. A Survey of Italian Ledger Bindings Free Lecture and Reception Friday March 2 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Cassatt House 1320 Locust Street This event is co-sponsored with the Library Company of Philadelphia To RSVP online: http://www.librarycompany.org/events/ledgerbindings.htm

*this workshop is currently full with a wait list.

Photos: Courtesy of Eileen Wallace