Friday, March 5, 2021

2021 Members' Showcase: Sharon Sharp

 Continuing with the 2021 Members' Showcase, we have member Sharon Sharp!

Sharon Sharp

Sharon A. Sharp (Winston-Salem, NC) writes poetry and creates multifaceted artist’s books. Her work has been recognized in volumes 1–2 of 500 Handmade Books, 1,000 Artists’ Books, the Italian fine-arts journal TECA—Exploring the Book as Art (2013), Bind-O-Rama 2014 (online), and Art & Science Collaborations’ “Featured Member” section (online, June 2014). 

Sharon’s books, represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, are held in numerous universities’ special collections libraries. Drawn to nature-related themes, she has served as an artist-in-residence at two National Parks. Sharon delights in using nontraditional book forms to enliven both written and visual content.

by way of

Interwoven, 2019

Season's Sight, 2014

Friday, February 26, 2021

2021 Members' Showcase: Mary Ann Sampson

Next up in our 2021 Members' Showcase is Mary Ann Sampson, who will also be featured in an upcoming retrospective at the Gadsden Museum of Art!

Mary Ann Sampson

Mary Ann Sampson has been an avid bookmaker since the early 1980s. She received her MFA in the Book Arts at the University of Alabama. She has shown her work both nationally and internationally. Her studio, One Eye Opera Company, is located in Ragland, Alabama. Her passion for drawing as well as crafting books by hand is shown throughout her body of work.

The works shown below are from two books, Eight Drawings and QWERTY.

Eight Drawings, #2 & 3

Eight Drawings, #6 & 7


Friday, February 12, 2021

2021 Members' Showcase: Monique Lallier

The Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is proud to present the 2021 Members' Showcase, a virtual exhibition of work from book artists here in the Southeast!

We received many beautiful submissions from members all around the region. This year, we'll be doing the showcase a little differently by featuring one book artist each week.

First up is Monique Lallier!

Monique Lallier

Bookbinding has been my lifelong career, starting in 1972 and loving it as much as my first day when I walked in the studio of Simone B. Roy with whom I studied for 4 years. I later went to Paris to study gold tooling with Mr Arnoult, Ascona with Edwin Heims, and Solothurn with Hugo Peller. In 1987 I moved to the US to marry Don Etherington. From 1988 to 2000 I was chair of the Standards of Excellence of the Guild of Book Workers. My bindings are in many institutions and private collections.

This is the catalogue of my retrospective exhibition in 2018 at the gallery of Guilford College in Greensboro. I used komihimo for my initials and onlays of different leather. The second binding is Clochemerle illustrated by Dubout. Onlays of lines and rounds, some with tooling to illustrate the atmosphere of the books. French technique of laced-in boards with edge to edge doublures with onlays and suede flyleaves.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Karen Hanmer Workshop

 The Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers invites you to join us for a 3 hour, online workshop with Karen Hamner on Saturday, February 13th from 

9 am to 12 pm CST

10am to 1pm EST.

Cost for members $10
Cost for non-members $20

Register at the following link:

Exposed Sewing with Decorative Guards and Self-locking Wrapper


For centuries paper has served as a quick, elegant, and economical covering material for books. This versatile material can create structures ranging from pocket notebooks to conservation friendly bindings to a case durable enough for a heavily-used manual.

Exposed Sewing with Decorative Guards features colorful link stitch sewing and slivers of decorative paper visible on the spine. The covers are hooked around the first and last signatures before sewing, then sewn normally along with the rest of the text block. A quick-to-construct self-locking flap keeps the text block clean and secure.


 bone or Teflon folder

small cutting mat

 scalpel, Olfa or X-Acto knife and extra blades


12" ruler that can be cut against

small glue brush


curved needle, or straight needle held over a flame and bent with pliers (there will be a demo)


 punching cradle (instructions to make one here:

whatever tools not on this list you always find useful


Students will receive a list of materials after registration.


Karen Hanmer's artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer's work is included in collections ranging from The British Library and the Library of Congress to Stanford University and Graceland. She has served on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, as Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of Book Workers, and as frequent exhibition curator and juror. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in basic binding skills. Hanmer has been a member of GBW SE for more than a decade.

As members of the SEGBW you have been given the chance for early registration. The registration will be open to all in one week. Sign up today, as we expect the class to fill quickly! 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Announcement: New Board Members!

Hello SEGBW,

We would like to announce that the Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers has a new Chapter Chair, Jillian Sico, and Events Coordinator, Kerri Harding! More about each new board member is listed bellow.

Jillian Sico:
Jillian Sico is a printer, papermaker, and bookbinder pursuing an MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama. She received her BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD in 2005 and her MA in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in 2013. Jillian lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and prints artist books under the name Frogsong Press.

Kerri Harding:
Kerri Harding is the Director of Conservation at the Charleston Library Society where she oversees Collections Care and creates presentation bindings for distinguished authors. She graduated from the University of Alabama's Book Arts Program in 2010 and has a passion for handmade paper. Kerri has been a member of the Guild for a decade and served on the local committees for Standards of Excellence in 2015 and 2016.

We look forward to exciting new directions for the SEGBW in the near future.

The Board of the SEGBW

Friday, September 21, 2018


Have a look at an exciting upcoming workshop with the SEGBW!

This class introduces a clever book structure and a versatile image making technique to create content for it. Students will produce pochoir samplers using Hedi Kyle’s pocket-link book design.
We will first cover a variety of ways to make atmospheric, layered images using hand-cut stencils, and put these pochoir techniques to use on translucent paper. During this step, there will be opportunities to collaborate and expand the variety of potential images by swapping stencils with others. The book will then be constructed with built-in pockets to store the stencils themselves, making them part of the visual interest and content of the book.
Hedi Kyle’s unique structural inventions, such as the pocket-link book, have had an enormous impact on the field of book arts, and this project is from her own teaching repertoire. Artists far and wide continue to be inspired by her masterful paper engineering and particular genius for transforming the architecture and action of the book. No previous experience required.

Where and when: Big River Bindery in Norcross, GA on November 10-11.

Cost:  GBW Members, Students w/ ID - $165 + $30 materials fee
Non-members - $190 + $30 materials fee

For more information please go to:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Cause : Effect, A collaborative book project

Action and Reaction. Before and After. Then and Now. Rich
material for artists who work with sequence and pagination. The
Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers invites you to
participate in Cause : Effect, a collaborative book project.


Participants will edition two single sheets inspired by the
concept of cause & effect. Each sheet should have content
on one side only, and be intended to be folded in half. The
method of production is up to you. Potential techniques
include letterpress, digital printing, photocopy, a variable edition
of one of a kind drawings, screen printing. Any other method
of reproduction is welcomed and encouraged.
Completed folios should be shipped to SE Chapter Chair
Sarah Bryant, who will collate and ship all the responses back
to each participant for binding.


Participating members will bind their copy in whatever
method (and whatever order) they choose. Finished books
will be showcased on the SE Guild website. We hope to find
venues for displaying the books themselves if possible. (Get in
touch if you would like to host an exhibition!)


Participation is limited to twenty artists. We are reaching out
to members of the southeast chapter first, then will broaden
our search nationally for any remaining spots. If you are
interested in participating, please fill out the attached intent
to submit form. Cost for participation is $25.


Deadline for intent to enter form September 10, 2018
Deadline for submitting folios December 5, 2018
Deadline for finished bindings March 15, 2019

Entry Form