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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S/NO-CAL Weekend February 3-4, 2018

The Northern California Hand Bookbinders Club will host GBW Southern California friends for a weekend book extravaganza!

Saturday, February 3 – Hands-on Projects

• Gazelle and Goat Studio will host a day of projects organized around:

• Woven and Interlocking Book Structures based on Claire Van Vliet’s book

• Paste Papers Tools and Techniques will be provided to create a variety of papers to take home

• Washing: HBC members will demonstrate how to wash, de-acidify, re-size, and line one item.

• Send your ideas for a fourth activity to GBWCalifornia

Sunday, February 4 – Tour Day

• Morning: San Francisco Public Library view highlights from the Robert Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing and the Development of the Book. Works from the 1400s to the present, includes printing masterpieces, experiments, and even mistakes. More information: Alastair Johnston’s excellent essay on the Grabhorn Collection on the SFPL website at

• Lunch: SF Moma: See the Walker Evans’ exhibit.

• Afternoon: Tour East Bay printers and binders’ studios. Details TBA.

• “Closing Party” at the home of Vanessa Hardy.

RSVP to and include your name and mailing address.

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California Chapter on Facebook

Join the Guild of Book Workers, CA Chapter Facebook Group. Join the group on Facebook: Guild of Book Workers, CA Chapter. You can post pictures and information about your work! Be part of this book community! You don’t have to be a member of Guild of Book Workers, but it would be nice

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The Great 2017 LA WAYZGOOSE July 20th to 23rd, 2017

This July 20th to 23rd, The International Printing Museum is hosting the APA (Amalgamated Printers Association) LETTERPRESS WAYZGOOSE conference. This amazing celebration of all things letterpress is a very full weekend of printing, typecasting, presentations, networking with fellow printers, and the first Los Angeles screening of the new film, “PRESSING ON: THE LETTERPRESS FILM” on Friday night.
There is a full slate of workshops on Thursday, finishing up with a reception at Kevin Bradley’s Church of Type in Santa Monica; presentations and demonstrations all day Friday leading up to the screening of the film (complete with printing antique large letterpress movie posters, LA Taco Truck and more!); letterpress swap meet and auction on Saturday with an evening banquet, celebrating “LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Printing Presses on the Silver Screen.”
The LETTERPRESS WAYZGOOSE is open to everyone, whether you are an APA member or not, but attendance is limited. If you just want to attend the MOVIE NIGHT on Friday, you can purchase tickets for that as well.
If you are considering attending this year’s APA Wayzgoose, here is some important information:

• All WAYZGOOSE INFO is available at:

This includes general information, schedule of events, HOTEL information, 
WORKSHOP information, and registration

• THE APA WAYZGOOSE IS OPEN TO ALL, members or not. 

Please spread the word about the event to the letterpress community you are connected to so we can build attendance. Just use the link to

• There are great WORKSHOPS on Thursday that are very affordable.

From typecasting, Windmill and Platen Press Techinques, to Jen Ferrell & Printing with Ornaments, Kevin Bradley, and more: 

• Individual movie/taco dinner tickets for FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHT are available.

The film producer and letterpress artist, Erin Beckloff, will be here to intro her film

PRESSING ON: The Letterpress Film.


• IMPORTANT: Discount Hotel Rate of $155 Expires June 20th. Book Now!!

The rate is $165/night inclusive, which is a very good rate for the height of the tourist season in LA in this area. Our special block of rooms is only held until JUNE 20th which is this weekend. If you are even considering attending and will need a room, GET YOUR RESERVATION NOW as they will not be able to hold the rooms at this rate after June 10th.

We list other lodging location in the area on the Wayzgoose website as well.


Please give me a call with any questions, difficulties in registering or getting lodging, or thoughts. We are looking forward to a very wonderful weekend full of letterpress, printing, typecasting, movies, and fellowship among many friends who share a passion for letterpress!
In the service of Gutenberg,
Mark Barbour, APA 662
International Printing Museum
315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson CA 90745
714-529-1832     310-515-7166

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