Monday, October 25, 2010

Flag Books: Interplay of Image and Text with Karen Hanmer

Nov 20-21 2010, 9-4 p.m.
Woodruff Library, Emory University, Decatur GASponsored by The Southeast Guild of Book Works and Emory University$135 tuition
Enrollment total: 15. This workshop is appropriate for adults of all skill levels.

In this two day workshop, students will make two different styles of flag book. The foundation of Hedi Kyle's deceptively small and simple "flag book" structure is an accordion folded spine. Flaps attached to both sides of each of the spine’s “mountain” folds allow the artist to fragment and layer a number of complementary or contrasting images and narratives. When the flag book spine is pulled fully open, the fragmented images on the flaps come together to create a large, panoramic image. This transformation is accompanied by a delightful flapping sound. The spine and covers provide opportunities for additional imagery.
The class will discuss the effects of different spine and page dimensions, direction of motion, and which images will be most successful for different book styles. Students will learn a tidy, non-adhesive method of covering boards and use a jig to facilitate quicker, more precise assembly. Students will experiment with complementary and contrasting text and images. While this is not a computer class, digital printing and setting up Photoshop templates for pages, covers and spines will be demonstrated.

How to register:
To register, email with your name, address and telephone. Then, mail a check for the full tuition made out to The Guild of Book Workers to
Ann Frellsen
221 Chelsea Drive
Decatur, GA 30030

Your space in the class is only guaranteed upon receipt of full payment, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Make checks out to The Guild of Book Workers.

We look forward to seeing you in this class!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bookbinding Tool making workshop with Randy J. Arnold

A few spaces still remaining - sign up today!

Southeast Guild member Randy J. Arnold will be teaching a tool making workshop October 20 – 21st

during the Friends of Dard Hunter conference.

The workshop will be located on the campus of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Participants should leave with three simple but essential tools crafted during the workshop.

Registration is now open.

For more information, please visit the Friends of Dard Hunter.

Tool Making

Using simple tools such as a bone folder or a nipping press is essential for bookbinding. Learning to design and build these tools can have a great impact on the ease and quality of the work produced. The class will include an introduction to hand tools: saws, rasps, hand drills, chisels, and sandpaper; how to build a simple jig that will help us create the book binding tools; making a wooden “bone” folder custom shaped to your hand; building a simple nipping press; and building a punching cradle that will be functional and beautiful. I will bring my personal tools to share with the class. For those interested in purchasing hand tools for the class, or bringing their own tools, we will be using a crosscut carcass saw, a hand drill, various rasps, and assorted chisels (or carving knives). This workshop is intended as a connection between the worlds of bookbinding and woodworking, and to take some of the mystery out of woodworking, ultimately empowering the bookbinder with the necessary skills to create any tool they might need. The building process will focus primarily on hand tool use, and no experience with woodworking is required.

Randy J. Arnold is a luthier living in Northport, Alabama, and the third generation in his family to work with wood. In addition to musical instruments, Randy also creates handcrafted bookbinders’ tools. Randy works in the wood shop that his grandfather built in the early 1940’s, using many of his grandfather’s tools.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Call for Reviews

The Southeast GBW is seeking a volunteer to submit a review of the Twinrocker Exhibition for posting to a new blog the national organization is starting. The review could be from 200-800 words, and preferably would include a few photos of the displays as well. (Details about the exhibition are in the previous post on this blog.)

This is a great way to share this important exhibition with book workers across the country who won't be able to attend. If you are attending the exhibition, would like to get published, and are willing to write a casual review, please respond to

Thanks for your help!

Emily Tipps, Chair SEGBW

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Twinrocker: Forty Years of Hand Papermaking

Kathryn Clark with Paper mould.

Exhibition Dates:
September 23, 2010 through December 17, 2010

Reception: Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM

The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia is proud to present Twinrocker: Forty Years of Hand Papermaking September 23, 2010 through December 17, 2010.

The opening reception will be at the Museum on Thursday evening, September 23, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Twinrocker Paper Mill founders Kathryn and Howard Clark will attend. Parking is ample, free, and secure.

When we think of great moments in history, we think of big events: the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first moon landing, the discovery of Penicillin. There are many more great moments, however, that are unknown to most of the world, yet they quietly change certain industries and even the way we live. Such was the founding of Twinrocker paper mill near Brookston, Indiana in 1971. The impact that Twinrocker's founders, Kathryn and Howard Clark, have had on hand papermaking in the United States and the process of creating Fine Arts Books over the past four decades will be celebrated in a 40th anniversary exhibit at the Museum. Twinrocker: Forty Years of Hand Papermaking will mark the first time this collection has ever been on public view.

Over the years, Twinrocker papers have appeared in the portfolios of some of American's most important artists and fine limited edition book publishers. The exhibit will include a number of these first edition fine art books, each a work of art in itself. Among the artists represented in the exhibit are Robert Rauschenberg, Sally Mann, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning and Larry Rivers and others. A number of photos of the papermakers at work throughout the history of Twinrocker will be included.

Twinrocker: Forty Years of Hand Papermaking will trace the evolution of Twinrocker from the early years to the present. It's the story of rediscovering an almost-lost American craft, as well as the story of an enduring partnership and a small Midwestern business that triumphed through the Clarks' hard work, tenacity and talent.

Text and image above are from the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum website.

For more information, visit the museum website.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Friends of Dard Hunter Annual Meeting at Arrowmont School of Crafts in Tennessee

The Friends of Dard Hunter, hand papermakers, invites you to their annual meeting October 18-24 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. This year we have added three days of classes before our conference. Our website has the complete listing of workshops, presenters, and demonstrations. Of particular interest to book artists are these classes:

Randy Arnold, a third generation woodworker, will send his students home with three wonderful bookmaking tools: a bone folder that conforms to your hand; a simple nipping press; and a punching cradle. You can see Randy's work on and

Jim Croft will teach tool making using bone and antler to make bonefolders, clasps, and buttons, and clasps for books. This podcast with Steve Miller will give you an idea of what Jim will do:

We are honored to have Tim Barrett, who was the first president of the Friends of Dard Hunter, come and talk at our conference. Tim Barrett got the McArthur Genius award in 2009 for his work making conservation papers. He will be at Arrowmont giving a lecture, and he is coming with his friend Jacques Brejoux, who has just finished building a medieval stamper in France
to create the best possible papers for conservators and artists.

Tim Barrett talks with Steve Miller in 2009 in another podcast:

Our website has information about the other classes: making a Hollander beater using materials from the hardware store; pulp painting; using Hanji to make wearable art; itajime for paper decorating, pulp spraying; making clay molds for paper casting, making a book with a photographic narrative, and miniature books.

Jill Littlewood
President, Friends of Dard Hunter, Inc.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Pop-Ups for Beginners with book artist Shawn Sheehy
September 11, 2010, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

In this beginner's pop-up workshop, participants will learn basic techniques in paper engineering by building a variety of versatile forms and lifts. Throughout the workshop, books of professional pop-up engineers will be examined. Participants will take home a collection of samples that can be used for further study and practice.

Enrollment is limited to 10 participants, so sign up today!

$70 includes materials - $60 student rate.

To register, email with your name, address and telephone.

Shawn Sheehy merges his skills in paper engineering with an interest in themes of biological and cultural evolution to produce sculptural pop-up books. Shawn has taught workshops at PBI, Penland, and the Center for Book Arts in New York, and serves as designer for the poetry broadside series published by Oneiros Press. He earned a MFA in Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago.

Sponsored by The Southeast Guild of Book Workers

For more info about book artist and paper engineer Shawn Sheehy, check out his website at

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Register now for the GBW Standards of Excellence Seminar!

The Guild of Bookworkers' annual Standards of Excellence Seminar convenes this year in Tucson, Arizona, October 14 to 16. This year's program promises to be enlightening and stimulating, with a full slate of excellent presenters (Michael Burke, Nancy Ruth Leavitt, Martha Little and Jeff Peachey), and tours of the beautiful San Xavier Mission, the Titan Missile Museum, the UA Center for Creative Photography, Arizona State Museum's conservation lab, and UA's School of Art.

You can find information about travel and lodging, a schedule of events and presenter biographies here. Space is limited, so be sure to register soon here!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Work in Progress, an advanced workshop with Susan E. King

October 22 – 24
Berea, Kentucky

This advanced critique workshop is for experienced book artists involved in on-going projects. Emphasis will be on creative problem solving and developing a realistic plan of work.

· Expand your current artist book project
· Receive feedback and critique in a supportive environment
· Develop a plan for completion of a long term project
· Develop a realistic workflow for the next six months

Enjoy a fall weekend in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains in
scenic Berea, the Folk Arts and Crafts capital of Kentucky

Lunches and early Sunday supper will be catered and included in
workshop fee

· Friday. October 22: evening get together and talk by Susan King
· Saturday, October 23: 9 to 5 (lunch provided)
· Sunday, October 24 9 to 4 (brunch provided)
· Sunday at 4 p.m., (early supper provided)

Place: Berea Kentucky is 35 miles south of Lexington, Kentucky, just
off Interstate 75. The closest airport is Bluegrass Field (LEX) in

The workshop space is centrally located, on College Square, near a
coffee shop, three restaurants and several shops that focus on
Kentucky crafts.

Transportation, lodging and some meals are the responsibility of the
participant. See for lodging and more information

Susan is internationally known for her artist’s books that combine
form and content. Her work can be seen at

Fee: $300 until September 1st, $350 after September 1st

$150 non-refundable registration holds your place in the workshop.

Enrollment is Extremely Limited!

Pre-requisite: former workshop with Susan King or consent of the
instructor. See More

Monday, August 2, 2010

Calligraphy Exhibits at Emory University, Decatur, Georgia

At the Carlos Museum at on the campus of Emory University, preparations are under way to present two exhibitions on Islamic calligraphy and the Qur’an. Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600–1900 and Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur’an open Aug. 28. These complementary exhibitions — on view through Dec. 5 — examine the artistry of calligraphy, folios from the Qur’an, and the tools used to create these works of art, while exploring the social significance associated with calligraphy. For more information, see the Emory website here.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Decatur Book Festival * September 3-5, 2010

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book an annual, free book festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in Decatur, Georgia at several venues located in and around the downtown Decatur Square...Launched in 2006, the festival brings more than 300 authors
to Decatur for the holiday weekend. The authors give readings, talks, and panel discussions. The event is free and open to the public.

One of the most enjoyable activities for festival goers is our ‘Book Market Street Fair’- a gathering of hundreds of publishers large and small, hundreds of local artisans, merchants, and food vendors who set up in tents on the festival grounds. As an exhibitor, your organization will have a chance to reach the tens of thousands of attendees on the Square during the AJC Decatur Book Festival.”


If you would like to sell your work at the festival, please send:
* your work
* a filled-out inventory sheet of items (find this inventory sheet email with attached PDF sent to SEGBW members)
* a $10 check made out to the Guild of Book Workers
* return postage (We recommend pre-paid Priority Mail stamps.)

to our Events Coordinator:
Jessica Peterson
PO BOX 132
Gordo, AL 35466


The check will help us cover the cost of the table at the festival. Any profits made from work you send will be mailed to you, along with any unsold work, after the event. We will handle your items with care, and do our best to make sure customers do as well. However, due to the nature of such festivals, consider inserting your work into clear bags, or other protective enclosures.

Please use the inventory form sent to you by email. This will help us keep track of your sales. The “item code” should be your initials, followed by a number. For example, Jane Doe’s first item would be JD1, and its description might be “blue paste paper case binding.” Her next item would be JD2, etc.

Questions? Email Want to join us at the festival? Great! Email us and we will let you know how to get there, and where we’ll be.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

October 14-16, 2010
Radisson Suites Tucson
Tucson, Arizona

Online Registration is now open!

The Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding is the annual Guild of Book Workers conference. Held annually at a different location in the country, participants attend presentations by leading experts in the fields related to the book and paper arts. Tours of binderies, conservation facilities, rare book libraries and papermaking establishments are regularly arranged in conjunction with the event. Seminar presentations are videotaped and made available to members. The Guilds Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with the seminar.

Registration is limited to 140 people. Deadline to register is September 14, 2010.

For information on this year's events including presentations, tours, vendor room and banquet, visit the Standards of Excellence Seminar page of the Guild's website.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, South Carolina: September 10–11, 2010

Indie Craft Parade is seeking the most creative and talented artists in the southeast region to participate in the upcoming festival of handmade art. Please let any students, colleagues and members know about the first annual Indie Craft Parade: a juried art market catering to independent artisans. Applications will be accepted until midnight EST June 18, 2010. All crafters and artisans are encouraged to submit their work for consideration.

For more details visit The Indie Craft Parade website at or contact them at

Thank you!

Indie Craft Parade
September 10-11, 2010
Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm
Huguenot Mill
Greenville, SC

Monday, May 3, 2010

Book Arts Workshops in May 2010 at The University of Alabama

Announcing three PUBLIC BOOK ARTS WORKSHOPS in letterpress printing, papermaking and bookbinding in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. These workshops are open to the public, and require no previous experience. They are sponsored by the MFA in the Book Arts Program and the School of LIbrary and Information Sciences, University of Alabama and the Southeast Guild of Bookworkers.

To register, email to, or call 973-886-1760. Registration ends three days prior to the start of the class.

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Less is More: Introduction to Letterpress Printing
We will explore the theory that less is more by designing and letterpress printing editioned broadsides using a small amount of text and image. Participants will set a haiku poem that they have authored in metal type and print their words on the amazing and easy-to-use Vandercook printing press. We will also experiment with methods of adding color, image and texture such as sandograph, pressure printing and stenciling.

Saturday, May 15, 9-6 p.m. & Sunday, May 16, 1-6 p.m.
Instructor: Jessica Peterson
Printshop, Gorgas Library, University of Alabama
$75, $70 for students & Guild members

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Papermaking 101: Turn Your Bed Sheets into Paper
In this workshop, we will explore the wonder of handmade paper. Students will be introduced to the components of a traditional papermaking in a professional papermill: from beating cotton bed sheets into paper pulp using a Hollander beater, to pulling sheets of paper from a vat using a traditional mould and deckle, to restraint drying.

Friday and Saturday, May 28 & 29, 9-5 p.m.
Instructor: Jessica Peterson
Lost Arch Papermill, University of Alabama
$70, $65 students & Guild members

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Introduction to Bookbinding: Pamphlet, Accordion and Paste Paper
In this workshop, participants will learn three of the foundations of bookbinding: paste paper, the soft cover pamphlet structure and the accordion structure. Paste paper is a versatile and easy-to-learn method of making decorative paper using wheat starch and paint. Participants will use the decorative paste paper they make in the workshop for the covers of their accordion and pamphlet book structures.

May 17 & 18, 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Jessica Peterson
Bindery, Gorgas Library, University of Alabama
$45, $40 students & Guild members

Monday, April 19, 2010

2010 Alabama Book Festival

The April 17, 2010 Alabama Book Festival was a great opportunity to travel to Montgomery and see work by University of Alabama Book Arts students! The free public event is the state’s premier book festival—with more than 4,000 people from around the state converging in the capital to meet with and hear from their favorite authors and scholars.

Pictured left to right Kerri Harding, Stephanie Jacobs, Lauren Faulkenberry, Mary McManus, Professor Anna Embree, and Erin Morris. (Sarah Parkel was there but is not in the photo.)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Officer Candidates for the SEGBW

It is voting time for the Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. Ballots are in the mail to you and should be completed and returned as soon as possible. PLEASE VOTE!

The slate for GBW officer candidates:

Emily Tipps, Chair
Jessica Peterson, Events Coordinator
Ellen Knudson, Newsletter editor
Kerri Harding, Treasurer
Amy LeePard, Secretary

Biographies of the candidates:

Emily Tipps lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she teaches Book Arts and Creativity at the University of Alabama's New College. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and and MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily is the founder of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in limited-edition, handmade artist's books. She has served as the Southeast Chapter's treasurer since 2007.

Jessica Peterson is a book artist and letterpress printer, who is currently artist-in-residence in the town of Gordo, Alabama. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Purchase College, The University of Bridgeport and The University of Alabama, and has lead workshops and lectured at Printmaking Council of New Jersey, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Center for Book Arts in New York. She graduated with an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama in 2009. Her artists books are included in academic and private library collections around the country. For more information, visit her website at

Ellen Knudson is a book artist and designer originally from North Carolina. She is currently a book arts curator and design/letterpress instructor at The University of Florida. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama and produces handmade books under the imprint Crooked Letter Press. Her work is collected and exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Kerri Harding is a bookmaker living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is a student at The University of Alabama in the MFA in the Book Arts program. Her work includes artist's books, journals, and ephemera. She is in the planning stages of her thesis, which will be an exploration of various binding styles.

Amy C. LeePard is a book artist and letterpress printer in Northport, Alabama. With a background in photography, Amy began, in 2007, working independently with book artists and printers to learn binding, case construction, papermaking, and letterpress printing. An Alabama native, Amy is the daughter of a graphic artist and a printer. Through her love of the book arts, she discovered her parent’s imprint of aesthetic and craftsmanship. Amy continues her exploration of the book arts through workshops, residencies, and conferences across the U.S.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Spring Classes at BookWorks

BookWorks in Asheville, North Carolina

It's Spring! Celebrate and renew your creative spirit. At Asheville BookWorks our spring schedule is full of inspiring classes to put new life into your artistic endeavors. Along with our series of Pulp to Paper and Letterpress classes we are featuring some exciting new workshops. Also listed are those "back by popular demand" classes that everyone loves. Our instructors are all excellent artists with innumerable skills to share with their students.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Atlanta Printmakers Studio and American Print Alliance

Looking for a class or workshop to learn a new printmaking technique or a different book structure? Need a creativity infusion? The American Print Alliance is launching a new page on The Atlanta Printmakers Studio website to help you find exactly what you want. APS's new list, free for everyone to use, concentrates on printmaking, papermaking and book arts classes, with other related media plus travel that includes art instruction. Whether you're looking for an evening etching class to ease you from Winter into Spring, or saving for that perfect Summer studio get-away, you can easily search our List of Classes & Workshops and then click to get complete information and registration forms. Go to, or use the link on the APS homepage (there's a direct link in the news item, or go to the Library section and select Classes & Workshops).

Watch Your Mailboxes for SEGBW Chapter Election Ballots!

It's voting time again! Members of the Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers should be on the lookout for voting ballots to arrive in your mailboxes within the next few weeks. After voting, please return them ASAP! Thanks, everyone!

61st Annual IAMPETH Convention

August 9-14, 2010. Hilton at the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) is an international, non-profit association dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing, and fine penmanship.

The IAMPETH Annual Convention offers a selection of half-day and full-day classes taught by expert instructors. Digital projectors are used so that you can see the instructor’s hand at work even from the back of the room. The convention is held in a hotel. The modest conference fee covers the instruction only. You make your own arrangements for lodging and meals. See the website for info on the $111 night rooms at the hotel (these rooms are limited; make your reservation with the hotel early). The $111 room rate is $99 plus approx taxes. Some classes may have a materials fee. There are classes on both pointed pen and broad-edged pen alphabets and on illumination.

For full details, a list of instructors, and registrations forms:

Until June 1: $210 regular, $195 senior/full-time student (includes IAMPETH membership)
After June 1: $230 & $215

Monday, January 18, 2010

ARTBOUND: First Annual Juried Student Book Arts Competition at the University of Florida Libraries

Call for Entries:
Students (graduate or undergraduate) making books in book arts and/or fine arts programs across the United States are invited to participate in ARTBOUND by submitting work to a juried artists’ book exhibition and permanent collection at The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries!

Entrants are to submit handmade, artists’ books printed in edition. Books printed with letterpress, intaglio, inkjet, and/or screenprint techniques will be considered. We will also consider one-of-a-kind handmade books created in other mediums. We are looking for high quality, original work.

Books selected by the jurors will be purchased for the qualifying award amount, exhibited during the ARTBOUND exhibition, and permanently added to the University of Florida Smathers Libraries’ Special Collections in Book Arts.

Students whose work is selected will be required to provide proof of enrollment. All entries must be original work completed by a book arts student (graduate or undergraduate) enrolled between Fall 2008 and Spring 2010.

Postmark deadline for submissions: March 12, 2010

For further details and to download an entry form go to:
Scroll down the page to find the ARTBOUND icon and link to the entry form.