The Crucible Page: A Workshop with Timothy C. Ely

Day 1: Wednesday, October 26, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Day 2: Thursday, October 27, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Museum Studios, Getty Center

Join book artist Timothy C. Ely for a special, two-day workshop investigating creative materials and methods for producing a contemporary manuscript page. Inspired by alchemical laboratories, cathedral architecture and medieval manuscripts, participants explore notions of illumination and concealment while employing traditional and invented symbols and codes for a modern take on a historical practice.  Course fee $155 (includes materials and Day 1 lunch). Complimentary parking.

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Artist-at-Work: All That Glitters is Gold (or Is It?)

Friday, October 28, from 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Museum Studios, Getty Center

Join book artist Daniel Kelm in an exploration of the use of gold in Medieval manuscripts. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of chemistry and alchemy, Kelm investigates the philosophical underpinnings of alchemy and how gold relates to the Humors and other alchemical concepts as he demonstrates techniques for working with gold, including gold leaf on paper and leather and making powdered gold for paint.  Free, drop-in program.

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The Alchemy of the Handmade Book

Thursday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

Artists Daniel Kelm and Timothy Ely, who engage with themes of alchemy, chemistry, and the hermetic tradition in their handmade books, discuss the relevance of alchemy for contemporary artistic practice.  Free; advance reservation suggested.

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The Art of Alchemy at the Getty

The Art of Alchemy at the Los Angeles Getty. GBW member Nancy Turner is conservator of manuscripts and curator of the exhibit Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts. She will give a talk on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Daniel Kelm and Timothy Ely will speak on the themes of alchemy, chemistry and hermatic tradition on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 PM. Both presentations are free, but tickets are required. On Friday, October 28, Daniel Kelm will demonstrate techniques for working with gold leaf on paper and leather and making powdered gold for paint. Free. !:00 to 3:00 PM, drop in.

To learn more and plan a visit, go to http://www. Choose the Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts and go to the “Learn more about the exhibition” link.

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American Printing History Association Conference



The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, California ♠ October 7-9, 2016


We will be on hand at the Book Fair on Friday October, 7.


For centuries, the ancient traditions of craft guilds and trade secrets made the discovery and study of printing, papermaking, and the allied arts illusive, even quasi-mystical, inviting evocative terms into the lexicon like the black art, blackletter, printer’s devil, printing chappel, hell box, and coffin. These associations were with us from the start. In the opening preface to the 1677 edition of Mechanick Exercises: or, The Doctrine of Handy-works, author and printer Joseph Moxon noted, “handy-craft signifies cunning or sleight, or craft of the hand, which cannot be taught by Words, but is only gain’d by Practice and exercise.” Moxon is referring to all the handy-crafts, but devotes a full volume to the history and practice of printing because there is so much to learn. APHA invites you to join us as we explore printing history through the lens of magic, mysticism, secrecy, alchemy, curiosity, and wonder.

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Look, A Book! California chapter member exhibit opening reception, Saturday, September 10 from 3 to 5 PM, free and open to the public


“Look, A Book!” celebrates the book arts with an exhibition opening September 6 at the University of California, San Diego

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The California Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers presents “Look, A Book!” exhibition of fine press books, limited edition books, fine bindings, and one-of-a-kind artist books at the Geisel Library on the campus of the University of California, San Diego from September 6 through October 16, 2016. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, September 10 from 3 to 5 PM and is free and open to the public. Twenty-four members of the California Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers are participating from California and nine other states nationwide. The exhibition includes a variety of book structures, letterpress printing, fine and design binding, and unique artist books in a wide variety of media including photography, walnut ink, handmade sunflower paper, paste papers, and stone veneer. Topics are just as varied and include such titles as News Delivery Systems: A Condensed History, Where Stucco meets Chaparral, On Rooks, Curried Book, The Lone Ranger, and The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain. Both traditional book arts and 21st century innovative interpretations of books are evident in the nearly 50 works in the exhibition. A fully illustrated catalogue is available.

“I’m delighted that we are able to host this year’s California Chapter Guild of Book Workers exhibition in the Geisel Library,” said Brian E C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “Collaborations like this which showcase and celebrate the book arts, are especially meaningful to us. The UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections and Archives has a long history of supporting and presenting a wide range of materials crafted by book artists, and has an outstanding collection of artists’ books and limited edition fine press books. The “Look, A Book!” exhibition reflects our continuing interest in partnering with groups like the Guild to engage the campus and local communities and to support book artists and their distinctive works of art.”

The Guild of Book Workers is a national organization dedicated to promoting interest in and awareness of the traditions of the book and paper arts. Members include hand bookbinders, conservators, calligraphers, private press printers, papermakers, and artist bookmakers, as well as librarians and collectors. The California Chapter is one of ten regional chapters located throughout the United States. The Chapter has over 100 members and offers activities that include workshops, lectures, exhibitions, collection tours, and social events. For more information about membership and programs, please visit

The Geisel Library is located on the campus at 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA. For directions and Library hours, please visit

Contact: Jean Gillingwators   (909) 560-0429

Photographs available upon request.

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Buy the Book Fair 2016, NY

Buy the Book Fair 2016, NY
Maddy Rosenberg of Central Booking gallery in NYC has invited Chapter Members to participate in the “Buy the Book Fair 2016.” (This is by invitation only.) Preview is Friday, November 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.. The Fair is November 5 and 6 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Reservations and payment are due by MAY 15. Payment of $550 by check, or $570 with credit card of paypal for a 6-foot table and wall space behind the table. Coffee and snacks, wifi for your credit card sales, and help with table-sitting for breaks will be provided. Set up will be Friday November 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. to be ready for the 6 p.m. opening. A fulll ist of contributors will be publicized all summer on the International Fine Print Dealers and Central Booking web sites. 

Buy the Book Fair is the only artist book fair on the Lower East Side’s booming gallery district in Manhattan. The fair is held at Central Booking in conjunction with New York FineArt Print Week organized by the International Fine Print Dealers Association. 

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Note the very close registration deadline date.

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The Hand Bookbinders of California 44th Annual Members Exhibition

The Hand Bookbinders of California 44th Annual Members Exhibition 
at the San Francisco Public Library

June 18 through August 21, 2016
Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor
Main Library, Civic Center

The Hand Bookbinders of California celebrate their 44th Annual Members’ Exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library with an opening reception on Saturday, June 18th, at 2pm, in the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library. The exhibition continues through August 21st.

This year’s non-juried exhibition includes the work of over forty of its members and presents a broad spectrum of both traditional and innovative approaches to the concept, structure, and construction of the book.  The objects displayed range in scale from the minuscule to the mammoth, and in structure from gold-tooled leather bindings and boxes.  There will be two docent-led tours of the exhibition at 10 a.m. on Thursdays, June 23rdand July 7th.

The Hand Bookbinders of California (HBC) was founded in 1972 by a group of Bay Area bookbinders and collectors to provide a forum in which to share and promote their interest in books and bookbinding.  Over the last 44 years, the group has continued to create a venue for the exchange of ideas and techniques, to foster public appreciation of the art of design binding, to exhibit the work of its members, and to encourage students in order to perpetuate a Bay Area tradition of fine binding dating back to the nineteenth century.  Since its foundation, the membership of the HBC has grown to nearly 200 book lovers and artists from all over the country and the group’s scope has expanded to include professionals, amateurs, and students of conservation, box making, fine printing, artist’s books, papermaking and decoration, calligraphy, printmaking, and writing.  Membership in the Hand Bookbinders of California is open to anyone.

The Hand Bookbinders of California meets monthly. The group sponsors bookbinding workshops and classes, and publishes The Gold Leaf, a biannual newsletter.

For more information, please see

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