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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAPTER CHAIR Hello Everyone! Spring has finally sprung and we are as

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAPTER CHAIR

Hello Everyone!

Spring has finally sprung and we are as busy as ever! I saw many of you at our opening of The Atlas Imagined at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia on April 10. Didn’t the exhibit look great? It was very exciting for those of us who organized it because packages arrived nearly every day leading up the deadline and every single one was a wonderful surprise! Each participant had their own way of interpreting their atlas and the variety has made for a very interesting exhibit. Many thanks go out to Madeline Lambelet and Ruth Scott Blackson, our Exhibition Co - chairs. They did a lot of organizing with the Athenaeum. And I also want to thank Alice Austin who is always helping me here with the many logistics involv ed in managing this kind of project. Speaking of projects, we are already on to our next one! The Scott Memorial Library at Thomas

on to our next one! The Scott Memorial Library at Thomas Madeline Lambelet and Ruth Scott

Madeline Lambelet and Ruth Scott

Blackson, exhibition co-chairs, working on the Atlas Imagined exhibit.

exhibition co-chairs, working on the Atlas Imagined exhibit. Jefferson University has offered the DVC some deaccessioned

Jefferson University has offered the DVC some deaccessioned bound magazines that DVC members will use to create books and other artwork. The library has also offered to host an exhibit, most likely fall 2015. We have chosen two journals: Hygeia 1920s - 1949 and Scientific American 1950 – 1979. They are filled with all kinds of interesting illustrations and articles. Mem bers can take one or two volumes and start working on their project. We had them at our Annual Meeting and they will be available for pick up at the Library Company. Please email me if you

would like to stop by during work hours to get one. We have a workshop coming up! Please take a

Exhibit opening at the Athenaeum photo credit Jon Snyder

look in this newsletter for the details. And speaking of the newsletter, this one was put together by our new Newsletter Editor Becky Koch.

I asked for help with the newsletter at the Annual Meeting and Becky stepped fo rward!

I want to thank her for taking this on and jumping right in to work on this one so quickly. She will be assisted by Jackie Manni. I also want to thank Jon Snyder for designing the newsletter these past few years. He’s a busy guy and we were lucky to have him!

Jennifer Rosner

Chapter Chair

IN THIS ISSUE

Six questions

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Bowling

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Clasp Workshop

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Notable News

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Gerri Black

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Upcoming workshop Page 8

DELAWARE VALLEY CHAPTER OFFICERS

Jennifer Rosner

Chapter Chair

Alice Austin Vice Chair, Treasurer

Rosae Reeder

Secretary

Denise Carbone Programs Coordinator

Rosae Reeder Secretary Denise Carbone Programs Coordinator Becky Koch Newsletter Editor Jackie Manni Newsletter

Becky Koch

Newsletter Editor

Jackie Manni Newsletter Assistant Editor

Valeria Kremser

Webmaster

Ruth Scott Blackson

Madeline Lambelet Exhibitions Co-chairs

NEW MEMBERS Peter Foster Brookline MA

Jaqueline Manni

Collingswood, NJ

Melissa Tedone

Wilmington, DE

Renee Wolcott

Philadelphia, PA

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6 Questions Dee Collins

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How long have you been a member of the GBW? 2 y ea rs

Where are you from originally?

I was an Army brat so

my early years were spent in

Austria, then I grew up in Levittown.

When did you realize you wanted to learn bookbinding?

I was taking printmaking at

Moore wh en Sue White (a Philadelphia artist) came to our class to demonstrate some basic bookbinding and I was hooked.

What is your favorite book structure these days? Ethiopian binding

your favorite book structure these days? Ethiopian binding What are you working on rig ht now?

What are you working on rig ht now? I am spending some time doing some relief printing with artist books in mind.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.

I went to school for hairdressing in 1975

This November Dee and Eriko attended the Ethiopian Bookbinding workshop. In the evening they sewed their books in their hotel bathrobes!

Dee and Eriko attended the Ethiopian Bookbinding workshop. In the evening they sewed their books in

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6 Quest ions – Eriko Takahashi

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How long have you been a member of the GBW? I cannot remember 2000?

Where are you from originally? Tokyo, Japan

3 When did you realize you wanted to learn bookbinding? During an internship at the Center for Book Arts, New York in 1994.

4 What is your favorite book structure these days? P op - up (Thanks to Alice's workshop)

5 What are you working on right now? C leaning my studio!

6 Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us. In 1985, I worked at KFC Japan and had to sell fresh Sunkist Oranges with fried chickens for a healthy - food(?)campaign.

1985, I worked at KFC Japan and had to sell fresh Sunkist Oranges with fried chickens

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Bookbinders, Beer and Bowling

By Jennifer Rosner T hough it had been cold and snowy in Philadelphia this past January, it did not deter the DVC from gathering for a warm and friendly night of bowling. We had our sec ond

bowling party on January 13 and had a very good turnout. We enjoyed pizza and beer and took over three lanes. It seems that the bowling party is fast becoming The DVC Annual Bowling Party!

party is fast becoming The DVC Annual Bowling Party! Bowling scores Val Kremser 150 Jennifer Rosner

Bowling scores

Val Kremser

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Jennifer Rosner

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Karen Lightner

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Andrea Krupp

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Alice Austin

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Erin Malkowski

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Eriko Takahashi

94

Frances Osugi

99

Ruth Scot Blackson 65

Amanda Bock

67 (lefty bowling righty)

Sharon Hildebrand 65 (righty bowling lefty)

James Engelbart

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Clasp Workshop with Jeff Altepeter

By Madeline Lambelet

A nyone who works with books has come across clasps, and it is a safe bet that anyone who works on old books has encountered the frustrating problem of a book missing

one of those claps. This is a constant headache at the restoration studio where I work . Many of books we get in are old Victorian family bibles, and the majority of these have missing or damaged clasps. It is a bit heartbreaking to have to tell family after family that we can do a lot for their book, but nothing for those beautiful clasps th ey love. Naturally, when we heard that the DVC was hosting a clasp- making workshop at the Library Company, we all jumped on it. A huge perk was who would be teaching it: Jeff Altepeter. I had just gone up to Boston to tour North Bennet Street School and was able to see Jeff in action with his students, so I knew we were in for a fun and informative day. Fueled by only coffee and almonds, Jeff led a fascinating workshop on January 17 th , 2015 that took us from the basics of metalworking to the beginnings of decorating our clasps. We spent most of the morning learning about different metals and methods for working them, as well as watching Jeff demonstrate the first few steps of making our clasps. He gave some valuable

for working them, as well as watching Jeff demonstrate the first few steps of making our

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and interesting tips; such as it is not necessarily the thickness of the metal that is important but the state of the metal. Also, just because a metal is easy to obtain does not mean it will be the easiest to work with. F or example, brass is readily available but is not always the eas iest to work with, although in the correct state even beginners can use it . Interestingly, copper alloy is the most historically appropriate metal for clasp making. Jeff prefers to work with NuGold, which is a jeweler’s brass from Rio Grande. For this kind of clasp-work you will want dead soft brass. Dead soft means the alignment of the crystallized structure makes the metal easy to work with , and then becomes hardened as you work it. With continued work , the structure of the molecules shift, creating a more stable structure (which is great as a finished product, but a nuisance if you are not quite finished yet). As Jeff made sure to emphasize, it is best to be careful to not make any marks that you will have to take out later because of this work- hardening process. For this particular workshop Jeff decided to focus on strap clasps in the Gothic style. This is a relatively easy clasp to start out on, while still demonstrating the essential elements of all styles of clasps. Jeff had us start with a simple, rectangular catch plate with a pin. Normally as a beginner you would want to sta rt out with a large clasp since they are much easier to work with. However, due to the size of the class and the time constraints, we started with clasps about the size of your thumb. Surprisingly, the trickiest part of making our clasps was sawing it to the correct size and shape. This took up most of the workshop for a fair number of us. Holding that tiny clasp on the table clamp, then using a hand saw to slowly sha pe the clasp was much more difficult than Jeff's skilled hands made it seem. Blades broke, thumbs ached, and people swore. We kept at it and after a while we all started to get the hang of it. The lucky ones who managed to get their clasps put together cor rectly were able to move on to the fun part: decorating the clasps. Because the brass was still so soft, it was easy to use a variety of tools to mark the metal in intricate and beautiful designs. While this workshop was only able to scratch the surf ace of clasp making, it was an invigorating introduction. I left feeling a new level of respect for those long - gone bookbinders that spent hours, days even, shaping those gorgeous clasps. As book workers, we know that it takes a village to create a book. F rom leather workers to paper marblers to tool makers, we know every craftsperson is important. But sometimes you need a glimpse into their specialization to truly appreciate how vital every craftsperson is to these books we love so much.

Notable News

Nancy Nitzberg has a book and a book design featured in the SMU DeGolyer exhibit and competition, as well as a book in the New England GBW chapter’s traveling exhibit “Geographies:

New England Book Work.” As her role as Director of Library Services at Gr atz College in Melrose Park, PA, Nancy is also prep aring an exhibit entitled “The Treasure of Provenance: Books from Gratz Family Libraries. What they owned, and what that tells us about them, and the times in which they lived." The exhibition is sch eduled to open this Fall, 2015.

DVC - GBW member Alice Austin gave a presentation about her work at the Library of Congress on June 11, 2015 to a standing - room only crowd. The 20 - minute talk was followed by an informal question and answer session and a ha nds - on opportunity for visitors to see some of Alice's books up close. Alice was invited to speak by Mark Dimunation, the Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and the Potomac Chapter of the GBW .

Photos and article by Jon Snyder

Collections Division and the Potomac Chapter of the GBW . Photos and article by Jon Snyder

Alic e Austin at the LOC

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Ruth%Scott%Blackson !is!currently! showing!an!artist’s! installation!at!the! Eastern!State!Penitentiary!entitled!“No ! Tr ace!Without!Resistance,”! which!will! be!on!display!for!one!year.! ! !!!!Ruth!has!also!been!recently!awarded! a!Percent!For!Art!Commission!at!The! Philadelphia!International!Airport.! This!will!culmina te!in!a!permanent! public!artwork!in!Terminal!E!in!2016. ! !

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DVC!member! Lisa%Scarpello% is! traveling!to!Puerto!Rico!this!August! and!would!appreciate!any!suggestions! about!book!collections,!book!stores,!or! anything!else!book!related!in!San!Juan.!! If!you!have!any!suggestions!contact! Lisa!at! lgscarpello @yahoo.com . !! !

Valeria%Kresmer !was!accepted!to!and! will!be!attending!the!course!Historic! Book!Structures!for!Conservators:! Bound!Books!1450 V 1850!this!July !at! the!Winterthur!Museum!in! Wilmington,!DE .!!The!course,! instructed!by!Jeff!Peachy,!will!teach! the!theory,!making!and!history!of! bookbindings ,!focusing!on!western!in V boards!binding!ca.!1450 V 1850.!! !

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Member! Sabrena%J ohnson !has!taken! miniature!book!making !to!a!new!level! by!putting!miniature!books!in! miniature!bottles.!!If!you’re!interested! in!purchasing!one! for!yourself! you!can! contact !Sabrena!at!

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contact !Sabrena!at! sabrenajohnson7@gmail.com . ! ! DVC!member! Emily%Martin !has!been!

DVC!member! Emily%Martin !has!been! selected!as!the!visiting!artist!for!the! Coffey!Residency!in!Book!Arts!at!the! University!of!Florida!Libraries. ! ! This! year ’ s! theme!of!the!artist’s!bo ok!will!be! inspired!by!the!university’s!unique!and!

abundant!Florida!Citrus!Label!Collection.! book!works!by!United!States!artists.! !

During!the !six V week!summer!residency,! Emily! will!interact!with!librarians,! curators,!faculty,!and!students!across!the! university. ! !!!!! Emily!also!has!her! book +Who+ Gets+to+ Say+ included!in!the!current!exhibit +An+ Ideation+Experience !at!the!Abecedarian! Gallery!in!Denver.! !

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Portugal.!She!is!one!of!four!artists!

selected!to!represent!contemporary!

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Andrea%Krupp !will!return!for!her! third!round!of!visual!arts!residency! in!Iceland.!This!September!she!will! be!Artist!in!Residence! at ! SIM ,! the! Association!of!Icelandic!Visual! Artists,!located!in!downtown! Reykjavik. !! During!the!month!of! October!she!will!be!in!residence! at ! Gilfelagið , !in!the!North!of!Iceland,! in!Akureyri. ! The!first!week!of! September! will!be!spent!doing! research!at!the!National!Library!of! Iceland.! ! With!the!help!of!a!native! speaker,!she!will!examine!19th V century!manuscript!texts!in!search! of!voices!from!the!past!that!are! descriptive!of!place!and!experience! in!the!mid V nineteenth!century . !

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Selected!works!of!four!New!Jersey! women!artists,!including!DVC!member! Maria%Pisano ,!are!featured!in!a!special! invitational!exhibit!entitle d !“ Crossing+the+ Delaware:+New+Jersey+Women+of+the+Book+ at+Lafayette+College ”!through!this! summer!in!Skillman!Library!at!Lafayette! College.!! ! !!!!!Her!book! Colors!of!Memory ! was! chosen!as!part!of!the!exhibit:! Readers+ Art:+Conceale d,+Confined+and+Collected ! V ! May!8 V !July!26,2015!at!the!Minnesota! Center!for!Book!Arts!(Minneapolis,!MN) !

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Gerri Black, A Passing

By Jennifer Rosner DVC member Gerri Black passed away on March 18, 2015 after a long illness. Gerri had been a member of the DVC for a short time and participated in the Atlas project, mailing her box of maps only a few weeks before she died. Below is an excerpt from her obituary:

Born in Alaska in 1952, Gerri moved to Philadelphia as a child. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in Education. During this time, she worked for the university as an assistant to the dean of the College of General Studies, office manager at the Graduate School of Education, and as advertising coordinator for University Relations. She was a DJ for the radio station WXPN, hosting the popular Saturday morning program, "Sleepy Hollow." Upon moving to South Jersey, Gerri taught at Atlantic Cape Community College for over twenty years as a professor of English. During her tenure at the college, sh e served as the advisor of the college's literary magazine Rewrites. She was often recognized for her teaching excellence, receiving the Faculty Pioneer Award, and Teacher of the Year twice. She was awarded a fellowship to Princeton University in 2010 - 2011. In addition to teaching, Gerri was a published poet and accomplished bookmaker. A member of the Great Bay Gallery poets and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, she often had her work exhibited at the Riverfront Renaissance Center fo r the Arts.

of the Guild of Book Workers, she often had her work exhibited at the Riverfront Renaissance

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Delaware Valley Chapter Workshop

Historical Bindings in Paper

A workshop with Bill Hanscom

Historical Bindings in Paper A workshop with Bill Hanscom Investigate the history and use of inexpensive

Investigate the history and use of inexpensive and often temporary paper-covered book structures beginning

at the advent of the printed book in Europe and continuing through the industrial revolution of the nineteenth

century. Participants will create an array of models including wrappers, case binding variations, and the “boards” binding, exploring historically employed sewing techniques and end-sheet constructions. Structure and deco- ration, alongside topics such as chapbooks and vernacular bookbinding, will be examined through images and historical examples from the instructor’s collection and from the Library Company’s collection. All materials will be provided by the instructor.

All materials will be provided by the instructor. July 25-26 9am to 4:30pm The Library Company

July 25-26 9am to 4:30pm The Library Company of Philadelphia 1314 Locust St. Philadelphia PA 19107

Bill Hanscom graduated from the Book Arts/ Printmaking MFA program at the University of the Arts in 2008 a er earning his BFA in Graphic Design. He is currently a conserva- tion technician for special collections at the Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard Library, and coordinator and adjunct in- structor for the Book Arts program at Mont- serrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. His essay on traditional Ethiopian bookbinding practices and techniques will be published by e Legacy Press in 2016.

DVC Members: $200 Non-Members $225

All materials will be provided by the instructor. Materials fee will not exceed $40.

A check will hold your place. Please make your check out to “The Guild of Book Workers.” (Not the DVG)

No refund after July 15th (unless there is someone on the waiting list). Cancellation may be made by either

Name:

Email:

Phone#:

Mail this form and your check to:

Jennifer Rosner, The Library Company, 1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107