Introduction to Japanese Bookbinding
Using historical models as our guide, participants will create a stab-sewn softcover binding in the Japanese tradition. Variations on the stab binding structure, the binding of single sheets, and the selection of tools and materials will also be discussed.
Bexx Caswell-Olson is the Special Collections Conservator for the Michigan State University Libraries. She holds a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School and a Master’s of Library Science from Simmons College. She currently serves as President of the Guild of Book Workers, a national organization dedicated “to all the book arts”.
Inlay and Onlay
In this workshop participants will create small plaquettes demonstrating basic techniques for the inlay and onlay of leather in decorative binding. Materials will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own tool kits.
Jesse Hunt learned bookbinding and conservation from Richard Baker in St.Louis, Missouri and has spent the last five years working for Bridwell Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas.
An Introduction to Wire Edge Binding
Daniel E. Kelm
Wire edge binding utilizes a thin metal rod along the binding edge of each page. The metal wire is exposed at regular intervals creating knotting stations where thread attaches one page to the next. The result is a binding that opens exceptionally well, and gives you the option of producing unusual shapes. During this introduction you will produce both a simplified codex and accordion model.
Daniel E. Kelm is a book artist who is known for his innovative structures and extensive knowledge of materials. Kelm enjoys expanding the concept of the book. He invented a style of bookbinding called “wire edge binding” in the mid-1980s in order to explore the nature of the book as articulated sculpture. His studio in Easthampton, MA, is called the Wide Awake Garage. http://www.danielkelm.com
Maria G. Pisano
A tunnel book is a wonderful structure that allows the viewer to look within and discover a hidden world evolving in accumulated layers via the optical illusion of perspective. Traditionally a tunnel book is accompanied by supporting concertinas sides, which make the work collapsible, portable and easily viewable. The book becomes an extension of the reader who is able to hold it at eye level and marvel at the show.
Maria G. Pisano is a book artist, printmaker, curator and educator. Memory Press works are represented in The Library of Congress, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Lafayette College, Wesleyan University and more. Ms. Pisano contributes to book arts publications and lectures at art organizations including CBAA and ARLIS. http://www.mariagpisano.com.
A Curator’s Choice of Bookbindings from Six Centuries
Bridwell Library’s former Curator of Special Collections will introduce a selection of outstanding bookbindings as evidence of binding history, the book trade, and book ownership since the fifteenth century.
Eric Marshall White, PhD, was Curator of Special Collections at Bridwell Library from 1997 to 2015. Currently Curator of Rare Books at Princeton University Library, he specializes in fifteenth-century printed books.
“Hot Stamping Foils for Modern Book Decoration” – Lunch Presentation
Winner of the Seventh Helen Warren DeGolyer Award for American Bookbinding
Since the 1990s, Priscilla Spitler has experimented with colored heat-transfer foils, normally used to stamp titles on books, for creative surface design on her leather
bindings. A variety of applications for cut and reverse foil stamping technique will be presented in this lecture, including set-ups on a stamping machine for durable flat foil adhesion, which offers a modern alternative to traditional bookbinding design.
Priscilla Spitler received a BFA in Printmaking from the California College of Arts & Crafts, and a Certificate of Craft Bookbinding from the London College of Printing. In 2015, Priscilla was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild of Book Workers and in 2017, she became a Silver Prize recipient for her binding submitted to the Designer Bookbinders’ International Exhibit, Heroic Works, which opened at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Workshop presenters will provide tools and materials. However, participants are encouraged to bring their own basic tools such as bonefolders, scissors, awls, etc.