Two Members / Six Questions - Jamie Kamph & Carrie McNeal
1. How long have you been a member o the GBW?J.K.
30 years or more.
2. Where are you rom originally?J.K.
I was born in Princeton, NJ and now live on a arm inLambertville, NJ.
3. When did you realize you wanted to learn bookbinding? J.K.
I began collecting 17th-c. books in college; needless to say the books I could aord to buy were in poor condition.When I did invest in repairs, I’d have to send them toEngland, which would take orever. So I began to think about learning bookbinding. Ten later when I had a publishing company in NYC, I was asked to write an article about hand bookbinding. In the course o researching the piece, I asked about possible teachers and decided to give this a try.
4. What is your avorite book structure these days?J.K.
I’m a stickler or tradition: a 16th-century Swiss binding in the Princeton University Rare Books Collection is my model or a tight-spine, ull-leather binding sewn on tapes or cords.
5. What are you working on right now?J.K.
I’m gold-tooling a book to submit or the Guild’s Horizons show; I’m washing and rebinding a 17th-century copy o Evelyn’s discourse on trees, I’m patching the endpapers in a frst edition David Copperfeld, and sewing an early English edition o Don Quixote.
6. ell us something about yoursel that might surprise us.J.K.
I play the harpsichord, drive an old Porsche (whenit’s working), manage an organic arm (which I own), love to garden, collect old master drawings and books about bookbinding. Which doesn’t leave me much time to be surprising….
1. How long have you been a member o the GBW?C.M.
I joined the Guild last summer (2011). I was alittle slow on the uptake- I have been working with books since 2009!
2. Where are you rom originally?C.M.
I grew up in Iowa, and went to high school and college near St. Louis.
3. When did you realize you wanted to learn bookbinding?C.M.
While doing an internship in the objects lab at the Missouri History Museum with Linda Landry, I joined her to bring one o the museum’s books to Richard Baker or conservation work. Ater meeting Richard and discovering that he taught weekend bookbinding classes, I was hooked!
Photo: Courtesy of Carrie McNealPhotos: Courtesy of Jamie Kamph