Look, A Book! California chapter member exhibit opens Sept. 9


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


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 gbwcaliforniachapter.wordpress.com.

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

Contact: Jean Gillingwators

jgwators@me.com   (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. 

For information, contact www.centralbookingnyc.com and/or www.maddyrosenberg.net
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 http://handbookbinders.org/.

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Submission to Chapter exhibition now open

California Chapter Guild of Book Workers

Member Exhibition

September 6, 2016 – October 16, 2016

Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego

Members in good standing with the Guild of Book Workers California Chapter who submitted an Intent to Enter Form by November 15, 2015, are now invited to submit up to three (3) works in any of the following categories: finely printed/limited editions, fine bindings, artist books, and boxes.  Follow the link for all exhibition information.
Marlyn Bonaventure
GBW, CA Chapter President

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Single Section Staple Binding in Stone

Single Section Staple Binding in Stone

Workshop taught by Coleen Curry

July 29-31, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00

Orange, CA

This three-day class will explore binding structures using real stone veneer in the techniques created by Sün Evrard. You will construct a modified historical structure with conservation principles in mind, using the stone veneer, wood and wire. The single-section staple binding is simple but is executed with a lot of care and attention to detail. The binding is sewn pamphlet style and then attached to the boards using copper wire, wood and parchment tackets as secondary sewing. We will decorate the bindings by cutting into the stone and painting with acrylic. Students will create one binding, and if time allows, we will explore uses of the stone as a decorative element for bindings or boxes.

Coleen Curry bound her first book in 2003 in Colorado. She then became a student of Monique Lallier at the American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB) and graduated in 2009 with a diploma in Fine Binding. Coleen has studied with Eleanore Ramsey, Dominic Riley and Hélène Jolis. Coleen teaches at AAB and is also an assistant to Don Glaister. She is a Board member of the San Francisco Center for the Book and a past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California. Coleen has exhibited internationally and her work is held in private collections.

Workshop Fees:

GBW CA Chapter member $280.00, Non-member $325.00. Additional $40. material fee paid to the instructor atthe workshop.

To Register:

Make checks payable to Guild of Book Workers. Mail payment and contact info (name, address phone numberand email address) to Barbara Wood, 3530 Mountain View, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Registration deadline is July 1, 2016

Cancellation: fees refunded in full if cancelled before July 1, 2016

For questions contact Marlyn Bonaventure at california@guildofbookworkers.org

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Edelpapband or Millimeter Binding workshop

Edelpappband: The Fine Paper Binding, a workshop taught by Andrew Huot

June 11-12, 2016, 9:00-5:00

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach CA 90803


The Millimeter Binding or Edelpappband is German in origin and makes a simple, elegant binding. With thin boards, edges of leather and decorated papers for the covers, it creates graceful detail on thin printed or blank books. The book is sewn, glued, and boards are attached to the text block. Then edges or corners are reinforced with leather before final covering in paper. Students will complete one Edelpappband binding during the class.

Andrew Huot, a bookbinder, conservator and book artist, is the proprietor of Big River Bindery in Davenport, Iowa. He exhibits his artwork widely, has worked as a Conservator at several institutions, including the Folger Shakespeare library, and teaches Conservation, Preservation and Bookbinding at the Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign.

Workshop fees:

GBW CA Chapter member $225, non-members $250. Additional $30 material fee paid to the instructor at the workshop.

To Register:

Make checks payable to Guild of Book Workers. Mail payment and contact info (name, address phone number and email address) to Barbara Wood, 3530 Mountain View, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Registration deadline is May 7, 2016

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Denison Library Tour

Join us on Saturday, May 21
for the
Denison Library Tour, Claremont, CA,  11:00-1:00  
Visit Scripps College Denison Library Special Collections. Librarian Judy Harvey Sahak will be our host. Judy retires  July 1, so our visit may be the last time we can see and handle (!) books from the Denison book collection. 
If you’d like to stay for a picnic on the grounds bring a brown bag lunch.
1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

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Edible Book Fest at Otis April 13


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