Impression of Nature: The Art of Nature Printing workshop November 17 & 18, 2018


impressions of nature: the art of nature printing

Rebecca Chamlee, instructor

November 17 & 18, 9:30-4:30

Occidental College, Weingart Building

1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, California 90041

Directly printing forms found in the natural world has been used for centuries by scientists, naturalists and artists to preserve the ephemeral beauty of nature. This weekend workshop explores a variety of processes to create prints on paper with fresh and pressed plant materials provided by the instructor, collected during walks around the local area or brought by students from home. Students will learn traditional Japanese nature printing of fresh specimens on washi papers and other hand printing techniques, botanical contact eco prints and monoprints printed with the etching press. The results will be used to create a several books with plenty left over for students’ personal projects.

Workshop Fee: $165.00 for GBW members and $200.00 for non-members

Materials fee payable to instructor at beginning of workshop: $40.00, includes paper, ink, plates, supplies, use of shared tools and equipment. Students may be asked to bring other materials and tools.

Intended Students: Fine artists, designers, painters, printmakers, book artists and non-artists with interests in the natural world.

Skill level: All levels

Rebecca Chamlee is a book artist, printer, writer and bookbinder who has published letterpress printed, limited-edition fine press and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1986. Her work is in prominent special and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely. 

Rebecca is an associate professor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles where she teaches bookbinding, letterpress printing and artists’ book classes and heads the Book Arts minor program. She also holds workshops at her studio and book arts centers throughout the country.

To Register: Make checks payable to Guild of Book Workers.  

Mail payment and your contact info (name, address, phone number
and email address) to:
Barbara Wood, 3530 Mountain View, Los Angeles, CA 90066




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Intent to Enter: The Artful Book California Chapter Member Exhibit


The California Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers 

invites members to participate in The Artful Book exhibition.

October 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA


All entrants must be members in good standing of the Guild of Book Workers and the California Chapter at the time of submission and carry a current membership throughout the entire run of the exhibition. Membership can be obtained through the national GBW website Entrants may submit up to three (3) works that were not shown in the previous chapter exhibtion. Finely printed/limited edition, fine binding, artist books, framed broadsides, and boxes may be submitted. Entry fee is $30 for one, two, or three works. Additional information will be sent with entry form after the Intent to Enter deadline October 31, 2018.

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Chapter Members’ 2019 Exhibition The Artful Book

Chapter Members’ 2019 Exhibition
The Artful Book
Plans have begun for our second GBW, California Chapter exhibition which will take place in October 2019 at the Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, CA.  Look for announcements on our website, in the newsletter and an email which will include the formal Intent to Enter along with exhibition details.  We will keep you posted but start planning your entry soon.

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GBW, CA Chapter Board Members Election

A request for new board member nominations for this next term was included in the last chapter newsletter.  No new nominations were received.  The current board members have agreed to run for another term with one small change.

Proposed board:

Chapter Co-chairs:  Marlyn Bonaventure and Rebecca Chamlee

Secretary:  Sue Ann Robinson

Treasurer:  Barbara Wood

Technology/webmaster:  Rebecca Chamlee

Newsletter Editor:  Jean Gillingwators

Programs:  open

Chapter members  will receive an email ballot, please reply with your vote for the proposed slate so it can be ratified at the next open meeting in August.

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The Casual Naturalist: the artist’s books of Rebecca Chamlee

July 6, 2018­ – September 28, 2018

opening reception:Saturday, July 14, 2018, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

artist talks:July 14, 2018, 3:00 pm & Sept. 8, 2018, 2:00 pm

Arboretum Library
LA County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia CA 91007
626.821.3213 |

Exhibition included in Arboretum admission

Rebecca Chamlee’s work examines the intersection of her artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world around her. She is motivated to record, interpret and celebrate nature.

The exhibition will include letterpress printed, hand-bound artist’s book editions and detailed letterpress prints of native plant and animal specimens. In addition, process materials such as project journals, printing tests, book binding dummies and research notes will be on display alongside the final work.

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Members’ Retreat February 3 – 4, 2018

The Northern California HBC members will host our Southern California friends for a weekend book extravaganza!
Please come to some or all of the events you are interested in. You can RSVP for just one part or the entire weekend. If you have questions do not hesitate to ask the RSVP email and someone will get back to you.

To RSVP: email, please state if you need transportation.

Attendees can move around according to their interests. Coffee and breakfast snack provided, lunch on your own. See link for local options.
LOCATION: 1890 Bryant Street, San Francisco CA 94110

• Woven and Interlocking Book Structures: Instructions will be provided and attendees will have the chance to make these elegant yet playful structures.
• Paste Papers: We will offer tools and techniques to help you create a variety of papers to take home.
• Washing: We will demonstrate how to wash, deacidify, resize and line an item. This process takes several hours, but it’s intermittent. We’ll have some discussion of the materials used, and people will see how to make up solutions of calcium hydroxide for deacidification and gelatin for resizing.

We will shuttle folks to the San Francisco Public Library to take part in this annual tradition.Pull a Valentine Print on a Hand Press.
LOCATION: Meet on the 6th Floor lobby, 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

To RSVP: email, please state if you need transportation.
Before the library opens, we will visit the San Francisco Public Library to look at some highlights from the Robert Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing and the Development of the Book. The collection ranges from the 1400’s to the present day, and contains not only masterpieces of printing, but also experiments and even mistakes. You’ll find Alastair Johnston’s excellent essay on the collection on the SFPL website.
LOCATION: Meet on Front steps of the building, or 6th floor once the tour has begun. 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Please state if you need transportation for this tour so we can mach you up with other members.

JOHN DEMERRITT owns and operates John DeMerritt Bookbinding, in Emeryville, CA. His studio produces books and portfolios for artists, galleries, fine press publishers and institutions. John has taught and lectured at The SF Center for the Book, The Kala Institute, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, Visual Studies Workshop, Oregon College or Arts and Craft, The Guild of Bookworkers and Mills College. From 2000 to 2013, he taught in the Photography Department of the San Francisco Art Institute, combining the use of digital imaging and book structure with his co-teacher, Michael Creedon. John and his wife, Nora Pauwels, publish collaborative projects with artists under their imprint DeMerritt | Pauwels Editions.
LOCATION: John DeMerritt Bookbinding 1420 45th Street ~ # 21 Emeryville, CA 94608

NORMAN MCKNIGHT Printer, photographer and collector of antiquities, Norman McKnight was born in West Hollywood and grew up traversing California and Oregon. Norman attended the University of Oregon when it was a small school of four thousand students with an amazing library. For the last thirty years, Norman has owned and operated Philoxenia Press a private letterpress studio in Berkeley, California, specializing in photography and finely printed books and broadsides. The press draws on a very large library of printing types and has two hand presses.
LOCATION: Philoxenia Press 1533 Francisco Street Berkeley, California 94703-2288

MARY RISALA LAIRD has her MFA in printmaking from UW Madison, Wisconsin. She has published letterpress books since 1969 as Quelquefois Press. She partnered in Perishable Press Limited from 1969-84. Ms. Laird loves teaching letterpress. Her ricochets include San Francisco State University, Kala Institute in Berkeley, Naropa University, and the San Francisco Center for the Book; the latter, where rumor has it, for twenty years, editions of chapbooks were cobbled together and printed in a day with six itinerant printer’s devils. Currently, she teaches in her studio in Berkeley. She uses a Vandercook Universal I for all the letterpress. Poetry, jazz, painting, drawing, the mystics of all traditions and participating in long silent retreats all over the country lend meaning to her life and inspiration to her work. Her books may be found in many collections across the country and in London. She has three grown children and lives in Berkeley with her husband.
LOCATION: Quelquefois Press 638 Peralta Avenue Berkeley, CA 94707

FRED & BARBARA VOLTMER Havilah Press is small, independently owned letterpress company located in Emeryville, California which specializes in printing limited edition books with original content of cultural or historical interest.  It also serves as a resource for institutions, which own hand presses by providing assistance with restoration, maintenance, and printing techniques. The press is named after the gold mining town that was the first county seat of Kern County in the Sierra Nevada above what is now Bakersfield. The town of Havilah was founded by Asbury Harpending, a land speculator, who led the rush to the promising gold deposits on Clear Creek in 1984. Havilah Press operated from 1971-1978 as a publishing and book distribution business in Richardson, Texas. Barbara and Fred Voltmer were honored last year by APHA NorCal and numerous other Bay Area organizations for their dedication and knowledge of letterpress printing. Together they have single-handedly repaired and-or renovated twenty-one different hand printing presses in Northern California.
LOCATION: Havilah Press 4300 Horton Street Unit 4 Emeryville, CA 94608

To RSVP: email, please state if you need transportation.

The day will end with a casual get together at Vanessa Hardy’s house in Berkeley. Guests and members are encouraged to come even if they are not attending other events.
TIME: 5:30PM
LOCATION: Please RSVP or Email Vanessa at  for address location.


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USC Special Collections Visit

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10:00 AM

Limited to fifteen participants, a visit to the University of Southern California Special Collections of the Doheny Memorial Library will include artist books, historic illustrated books, and books with rare bindings. Our docent hosts will be Melinda Hayes, Katherine Kapisdelis, and Susan Luftschein. We will meet at the library at 10:00 AM. To reserve a place and receive detailed information about parking and lunch, email your name and contact information

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Catching the Light :: Bookworks from Southern California

Catching the Light offers examples of the mature work of selected book artists from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Charting a rigorous course – the braiding of intuition, craft and art.

Curator :: Carolee Campbell

Exhibition Run Dates :: February 2 – April 30, 2018

Location :: San Francisco Center for the Book

Admission is free.

Catching the Light offers examples of the mature work of selected book artists from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Charting a rigorous course – the braiding of intuition, craft and art.

Opening Reception :: February 2, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm. Admission is free. R.S.V.P. here…(link is external)

Book Talk :: Friday :: March 23, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Admission is free. (link is external)R.S.V.P. here…

Exhibition Catalog

A fully illustrated catalog of this exhibition may be purchased from San Francisco Center for the Book

A companion exhibition of broadsides will be on display concurretnly at the Book Club of California


Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli(link is external) (Silver Lake)

The Bieler Press(link is external) (Marina del Rey)
Gerald Lange

Blackbird Press(link is external) (Upland)
Jean Gillingwators

Brighton Press (link is external)(San Diego)
Bill Kelly and Michele Burgess

Druckwerk(link is external) (Los Angeles)
Johanna Drucker

Genie Shenk(link is external) (Solana Beach)

Ninja Press(link is external) (Sherman Oaks)
Carolee Campbell

Pie In The Sky Press(link is external) (Simi Valley)
Rebecca Chamlee

Pressious Jade Press(link is external) (Los Angeles)
Katherine Ng

Sibyl Rubottom(link is external) (San Diego)

simplemente maria press (link is external)(Santa Barbara)
Mary Heebner

Turkey Press/Edition Reese(link is external) (Isla Vista)
Harry Reese and Sandra Liddell Reese

Two Hands Press(link is external) (Marina del Rey)
Kitty Maryatt

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