Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Workshop with Sarah McDermott in Tallahassee, FL, Nov 1-2

The Southeast Guild of Book Workers is pleased to offer the following workshop:

Small Structures, Printed Layers 
taught by Sarah McDermott at FAR's Small Craft Advisory Press at Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
November 1-2, 2014
Cost:  $165 for students and Southeast Guild of Book Workers members, $185 for general

Workshop description: In this combined bookbinding and letterpress printing workshop, participants will exercise both their spontaneous and structured sides. On the first day, we will embrace improvisation on the press as we experiment with various methods of creating layered imagery- using pressure printing, monoprint techniques, and the printshop's collection of large wood type. 

On the second day, image and structure will combine in unanticipated ways as we integrate these printed sheets into several small book structures, paying attention to precision as we learn variations on the pamphlet, folded single sheet, and long stitch bindings. 

Throughout the workshop, we will take note of materials- investigating papers appropriate for both printing and folding. 

No experience is necessary, but some bookbinding or craft experience would be helpful.
How to sign up:  Email Allison Milham at no later than the October 17th deadline. The class fee (including supplies) is $165 for students and Guild of Book Workers members, $185 for general registration. Payment must be made in advance. Space is limited to 10 students. Class time: 9-4 pm both days. 

For any additional questions, contact

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Call for Nominations

The 2014 election of officers for the Southeast Chapter Committee of the Guild of Book Workers (SEGBW) will be held in July.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the following positions:


Our current Chapter Chair and Treasurer will both be retiring from the Southeast Chapter Committee in July.

Please submit nominations as soon as possible and NO LATER THAN JUNE 20 to:

Southeast Chapter Committee
Guild of Book Workers

You do NOT need to contact the person you are nominating, a member of the SEGBW Chapter Committee will make contact.

You are also encouraged to nominate yourself for any of these positions.

You may also suggest yourself or others to serve as members of our recently formed Events Subcommittee and/or Communications Subcommittee. Subcommittee memberships are voluntary and non-elected, providing a way for SEGBW members to familiarize themselves with Chapter Committee business and consider future participation as elected committee members.

Job descriptions for all elected committee positions follow this message.

Thank you for your part in ensuring the future of the Guild of Book Workers.


Southeast Chapter Committee
Guild of Book Workers
Responsible for the smooth and effective running of the chapter
Coordinates the other officers
Communicates with the chapter membership
Represents the chapter at the meetings of the GBW Board of Directors
Quarterly conference call meetings
Standards Conference
Board of Directors annual meeting
Chapter Chairs annual meeting

Receives and handles all mail
Takes minutes of meetings
Writes (or assigns) report of events
Keeps chapter membership lists (names, phone, e-mail)

Creates annual chapter budget with Chair
Oversees all financial activities (events, etc.)
Records all financial transactions
Collects, approves, and forwards all bills for payment

Maintains website and manages social media
Sends announcements to SEGBW members, GBW and other relevant listservs
Manages e-mail account

EVENTS COORDINATOR (with Subcommittee)
Plans meetings and programs
Convenes workshops
Organizes exhibitions
Provides refreshments

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Photos from Ethiopian Bookbinding Workshop

Some photos from the Ethiopian Bookbinding workshop that took place earlier this month at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio. Great to see these folks hard at work!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Exhibition Winner!

We are pleased to announce that our juror, Jessica Peterson, has chosen a winner!  Jessica had a difficult time choosing a winner of this year's show and after much consideration she felt that Marcia Watt's entry, Eating with Chopsticks, best exemplified the theme of the show. I again would like to thank everyone who entered the show this year and we congratulate Marcia on her win!

Friday, January 3, 2014

SEGBW 2013 Exhibition -- Patterns

The notifications of acceptance went out and the books came in. I was excited to see each entry in person. The variety of structures and content that fit our theme of Patterns was awesome. The show is now installed in The University of Alabama’s Gorgas Library on two floors. The second floor cases outside of the Sanford Media Center and the 5th floor, which is the home to the Library and Book Arts programs. Here are a few pictures of the exhibit. I encourage those who live in the greater Tuscaloosa area to come on by and see it in person. The announcement of the winner of this year’s Best in Show will be forthcoming. Look for it soon.

-Sonja Rossow

Friday, December 13, 2013

Letterpress Gig Poster Workshop

The Southeast Guild of Bookworkers is pleased to announce the following workshop in Atlanta:

The Letterpress Gig Poster Workshop
Instructor: Jessica Peterson
Location: Atlanta Printmakers Studio
Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19, 2014
Time: 10:00-4:00 pm

Back in 1830, before Facebook, computers and inkjet printers, one of the only ways to announce a public event was through a letterpress printed broadside (more popularly known today as a gig poster). In this workshop, each participant will design and print an editioned poster announcing an event of their choice. Learn the basics of designing typography with wood and metal type, and how to harness design factors specific to letterpress including transparency, metallic inks, and the layering of text, image and texture. Then, learn how to expertly print handset type using Vandercook printing presses, mightiest of all cylinder presses. The class will also explore the visual history of the broadside/gig-poster over the last 150 years. This workshop is brought to you via a collaboration between Atlanta Printmakers Studio and the Southeast Guild of Bookworkers. The member discount is available to members of either organization.

Jessica Peterson is a letterpress printer and teacher. Her award-winning artists’ books are collected by special collections libraries around the country, including at Yale University, Emory University, Duke University and UCLA. She is the proprietor of The Southern Letterpress, a printshop in Northport Alabama and is an instructor of book arts and let­ter­press at The Uni­ver­sity of Alabama. Her creative work has been recognized by The Windgate Foundation and The College Book Art Association. She is the recipient of the 2014 individual artists grant from the Alabama State Council of the Arts and is a featured demonstrating artist at the 2013 Kentuck Festival of the Arts.

To register for this class or for any questions, please contact Suzanne Sawyer:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Extended Deadline: 2013 Annual Exhibition

A gentle reminder that the Southeast Guild of Book Workers' 2013 Annual Exhibition is just around the corner. Submissions are now due November 8, 2013. Interpreting the theme of Patterns, book artists are encouraged to submit a book that speaks to this topic. How you choose to interpret this theme is entirely up to you.

Juror: Jessica Peterson is a letterpress printer and maker of artists’ books under the imprint Paper Souvenir. She operates The Southern Letterpress in Northport, Alabama and is an instructor of book arts and letterpress at The University of Alabama. She has taught book arts and graphic design at Mississippi University for Women, Purchase College and The University of Bridgeport. She earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Book Arts Program at University of Alabama. Her artists’ books are collected in private and public libraries around the country, including Yale University, Duke University and UCLA. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including the Windgate Fellowship n 2006 and 2008, and a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2013.

Venue: Gorgas Library at The Univeristy of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Best in Show Prize: $100.00

Calendar and Deadlines:
  • Nov 8, 2013: Images, check and entry form is due to SEGBW.
  • Nov 15, 2013: Jury results will be posted on our blog and accepted entrants will be notified.
  • Dec 1, 2013: All books must be in the possession of exhibition chair.
  • Dec 5, 2013: Opening of show. Best in Show announced.
  • Jan 30, 2014: Show closes.  
Non-refundable Entry Fee:
SEGBW members and students: 2 entries for $20.00
Non-members: 2 entries for $30.00
Entry will not be considered until fee has been received.

Make checks payable to:
Send to:
Sonja Rossow, SEGBW Exhibition Chair
710 Ethan Lane
Prattville, AL 36067

Submission requirements:
  • Submissions must have been completed within the past two years.
  • Digital Images, check, and entry form must be received by Friday, November 1, 2013.
  • Up to 3 images may be submitted for each entry to show perspective or detail. We advise that you submit high-quality images that will best represent your work.
  • Submit digital images and entry form to
  • JPEG file must be 300 ppi, approximately 4 x 6 inches in size. JPEG images must precisely portray the original work. Be sure that image is oriented right side, in focus and has accurate color.
  • Label each JPEG image with file entry number (A or B,), last name, first name, and title that corresponds to entry form. (e.g. A. Smith, Julie: Dress Me.jpg)
  • Fill out entry form and send along with check.
Liability of work submitted:
  • No substitutes will be accepted for chosen work.
  • No changes to title, price, etc. will be permitted after delivery of work
  • All reasonable care will be taken with works, but insurance is the responsibility of the artist. The University of Alabama or SEGBW will assume no liability for damages or loss
  • Selected artists agree to allow work to be photographed for media use and use on the SEGBW blog or Ning site.
  • SEGBW is not responsible for work left beyond 30 days after the close of show.
Artists are responsible for all shipping and handling costs to and from the exhibit. Please no styrofoam peanuts.

Send Work To:
Sonja Rossow, SEGBW Exhibition Chair
710 Ethan Lane
Prattville, AL 36067


Artist #_______



City_______________________ ST________ Zip_______



Number of Entries________ Entry Fee Paid ____________

SEGBW members and students 2 entries for $20.00
Non-members 2 entries for $30.00

#A Title_________________________________________


Size: H_____ W_____ Price $_________ or NFS

#B Title_________________________________________


Size: H_____ W_____ Price $_________ or NFS