Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fall Featured Member, Building Connections

Check out our first fall featured member! Kerri Harding of Charleston, South Carolina.

Kerri Harding

In June of last year Kerri Harding moved to South Carolina to take a position at the Charleston Library Society as the Director of the Bindery and Conservation Studio. At CLS, Kerri spends most of her time on Special Collections conservation and creating full leather presentation bindings. These are given as a token of appreciation for guest speakers, including authors Julian Fellows, David McCullough, and Bernard Cornwell. Kerri joined the staff at an opportune time; the CLS will be celebrating the release of its first publication, Rare, Prized, and Valuable: The Charleston Library Society’s Favorite Fifty from the Collections, in the fall. During production, the bindery was transformed into a photo studio to provide the images for.

Q Is there anything in bookbinding that interests you most?
I'm a bit of a generalist. Though, I love the materials. I could stare at sample books all day. I also enjoy working with my hands and find it really satisfying to have tangible results at the end of the day.

Q Before moving to the SEGBW were you involved with other GBW chapters?
I served as the Midwest Chapter Programs Chair for a year. I worked with Mary Uthupparu on the 2016 annual meeting, and then passed of the duties since I had left the region.

Q What are some of the current binding or conservation projects your working on?
I have several conservation projects on my bench at the moment, including An Account of the Pelew Islands by Captain Henry Wilson published in 1788. It's a tightback leather binding with absolutely lovely gold tooling on the spine. The boards were detached and a crack runs the full length of the spine. It has been and interesting challenge to reattach the boards and provide structural support without intruding on the gold tooling. It is a slow moving project, but I've leaned a great deal from working on it.

Q Is there another skill that you’d like to learn?
Everything! I want to learn everything! I'll paraphrase Chaucer, who paraphrased the Greeks; Life is short and the craft so long to learn. I spend a lot of time on research and experimentation. I have also been brushing up on fine binding and finishing techniques.  I recently took a Gold Tooling workshop at the Well Summer Institute taught by Sam Feinstein. I am eager to get more practice in. I would also like to learn more about edge decorating techniques. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Building Connections Within SEGBW

Hello SEGBW,

The Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers is unique in that we are a relatively small number of people spread over a wide geographical area. Let’s get to know each other! In an effort to build connection and community we are planning to feature our members in a series of blog posts. We hope that through these articles we’ll learn more about each other and build stronger book working bonds within the southeast. We’re kicking it off by introducing our new Chapter chair, Sarah Bryant, currently living and working in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. If you would like to be featured, or would like to suggest that we feature another member, please reach out!

Warmest regards,
Kyle Clark, Communications Chair, SEGBW

Sarah Bryant

Sarah Bryant is an instructor and studio manager for the MFA in the Book Arts Program at The University of Alabama. Sarah started Big Jump Press in 2005, and since then has been producing artist books in small editions under that name. She often looks to reference material and analytical imagery when producing her work. Her books can be found in dozens of libraries and private collections in the United States and abroad, including The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, The Darling Bio-medical Library at UCLA, and The Yale Arts Library. In 2011, Bryant won the prestigious MCBA Prize, an international award given every two years to a single artist book. Bryant frequently collaborates with other artists as well as people working in other fields.

Sarah studied book arts at The University of Alabama MFA in the Book Arts program from 2005-2008, and has been making books ever since.

Q Can you tell us a little bit about a recent project?
My last big project was an artist book called Figure Study, a collaboration with a Biology professor at Middlebury College named Dave Allen. We created human forms out of population data and printed them on drafting film so that they could be layered and interpreted on a grid. It was a fun project, but the binding was much more complicated than my other projects, and I almost lost my mind!

Q What are you working on now?
I’m at the beginnings of a new artist book project that I think is turning into something about urban planning. I never really know where I am going to end up when I start a project, and this one has me doing some pretty serious reading about 20th century architecture. We will see what happens! Right now it is still a primordial soup kind of thing.

Q Is there a skill you’d like to learn?
I am a letterpress printer, but I’d like to branch out further into printmaking and learn some non-relief techniques. I’ve started doing some skill sharing with collaborators that I work with, a really great way to pick up new tricks and move in a new direction.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SCAP and SEGBW Host Letterpress Workshop in Tallahassee

South East Guild of Book Workers and Small Craft Advisory Press co-hosted a letterpress workshop taught by book artist and printer Eileen Wallace of Mile Wide Press over the February 25-26 weekend in Tallahassee, FL. This fascinating workshop highlighted creating and printing experimental matrices on flatbed printing presses, and drew an energetic crowd of FSU graduate students, and professors from FSU, Tallahassee Community College, and University of Florida. Using materials such as wood veneer and wire mounted onto a magnetic base, workshop participants were encouraged to try many different iterations of their compositions, capitalizing on the ease of setup of these modular printable forms. Each participant completed the weekend-long class with a suite of their own prints, a set of printable plates, and a copy of the collaborative class print.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Workshop Opportunity in Tallahassee, FL

Eileen Wallace of the University of Georgia and Mile Wide Press will be teaching a letterpress workshop in Tallahassee, FL on February the 25th-26th. This event is co-sponsored by SEGBW and SCAP and should be a fantastic workshop. 

To register contact AB Gorham at 

Hope to see you all there! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Guild of Book Workers Year End Fundraiser

As the end of the year approaches please consider donating to the Guild of Book Workers as a part of your year end giving. This is a great opportunity to show your support for our organization and to make a difference in it's future. The goal for this fund drive is $15,000 by January 15th. All donors will be acknowledged in an upcoming newsletter and will be able to choose from a variety of thank you gifts. Please follow the link below for more information on how to contribute. 

Guild of Book Workers Year End Fundraiser

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Lang Ingalls, the newly elected GBW Newsletter Editor, has added a new column , Member News, as a way to recognize any GBW member who has won an award, published, lectured, or accomplished anything outstanding in their area of expertise.

If you, or anyone you know of in the Southeast Chapter wishing to have an accomplishment highlighted in the national newsletter, please send that information to The deadline for the December issue is only a few days away, Sunday, Oct. 30.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

“Adhesives for Book and Paper Conservation” with Cathleen A. Baker


The Southeast Chapter of the GBW is sponsoring this all-day workshop for book and paper conservators, focused on several water-based adhesives, including wheat-starch paste, and two cellulose ethers, methylcellulose and the not- yet-common sodium carboxymethylcellulose. A short introduction to the properties of these adhesives will be followed by slides, demonstrations, and hands-on activities including preparing these adhesives, making pre-coated papers for repairs and overall linings, treating cloth-lined varnished maps, removing old adhesives and guards, and surface cleaning.

This one day workshop is ideal for conservators and non-conservators alike--anyone who uses adhesives for whatever reason and at any level.

Cathleen A. Baker, FAIC, has been teaching adhesives (and other) workshops for more than 3 decades. She is an AIC-recognized teacher of book and paper conservation, and in 2010 she wrote the award-winning reference book, From the Hand to the Machine. Nineteenth-Century American Paper and Mediums: Technologies, Materials, and Conservation. She recently retired from the University of Michigan Library where she was Conservation Librarian. She is now concentrating on her successful publishing business, The Legacy Press (, which issues Books about the Printing, Paper, and Bookbinding Arts.

Charleston Library Society
164 King St.
Charleston, SC 29401

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

$100 – Members of GBW
$150 – Non-members
Minimum 10, maximum 16.
Registration deadline August 6, 2016

Follow this link for online registration

All questions regarding registration should be directed to Jim Stovall, SEGBW Events Chair