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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  
involved  in  managing  this  kind  of  project.    
     Speaking  of  projects,  we  are  already  on  to  our  
next  one!    The  Scott  Memorial  Library  at  Thomas  
Madeline Lambelet and Ruth Scott
Blackson, exhibition co-chairs, working on
Jefferson  University  has  offered  the  DVC  some  
the Atlas Imagined exhibit.
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.  
Members  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  
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  forward!    
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  
Exhibit opening at the Athenaeum
photo credit Jon Snyder

 
IN THIS ISSUE
Six questions
Pages 2-3
Bowling
Page 4
Clasp Workshop
Page 4-5
Notable News
Page 5-6
Gerri Black
Page 7
Upcoming workshop
Page 8
DELAWARE VALLEY
CHAPTER OFFICERS
Jennifer Rosner
Chapter Chair
Alice Austin
Vice Chair, Treasurer
Rosae Reeder
Secretary
Denise Carbone
Programs Coordinator
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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2  

   
   How  long  have  you  been  a  member  of  the  GBW?  
         2  years  

 

Where  are  you  from    
 originally?  
I  was  an  Army  brat  so      
                   my  early  years  were  spent  in    
                   Austria,  then  I  grew  up  in    
                   Levittown.  
 

3  

When  did  you  realize  you    
 wanted  to  learn    
 bookbinding?  
                   I  was  taking  printmaking  at        
                   Moore  when  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  
 

4  
5  

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

 

6  

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!  

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6  Questions  –  Eriko  Takahashi        
       

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

1  
 

 
 
   
   
   
 

2  

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?  
 
                                 Pop-­‐up  
                               (    Thanks  
       
to      
                             Alice's  workshop)  
 
         
           

5
6

What  are  you  working  on  right    
 now?  
Cleaning  my  studio!  

 
                 
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.    

 
 
       

 
 

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Bookbinders,  Beer  and  Bowling  
By  Jennifer  Rosner  
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  second  
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!  

T  

 
Bowling  scores  
Val  Kremser    
150  
Jennifer  Rosner  
106  
Karen  Lightner  
78  
Andrea  Krupp  
102  
Alice  Austin    
60  
Erin  Malkowski  
110  
Eriko  Takahashi  
94  
Frances  Osugi    
99  
Ruth  Scot  Blackson   65  
Amanda  Bock    
67  (lefty  bowling  righty)  
Sharon  Hildebrand   65  (righty  bowling  lefty)  
James  Engelbart  
74  

 
 
     

Clasp  Workshop  with  Jeff  Altepeter  

A  

By  Madeline  Lambelet  

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  they  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  17th,  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  

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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.  For  example,  brass  is  readily  available  but  is  not  always  the  easiest  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  start  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  shape  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  correctly  
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  surface  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.  From  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  Gratz  College  
in  Melrose  Park,  PA,  Nancy  is  
also  preparing  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  scheduled  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  
hands-­‐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  

 
 

Alice  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!
Trace!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!culminate!in!a!permanent!
public!artwork!in!Terminal!E!in!2016.!!
!

!!!!!!

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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!book!will!be!
inspired!by!the!university’s!unique!and!
abundant!Florida!Citrus!Label!Collection.!
During!the!sixVweek!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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Spring 2015

Alicia%Bailey’s!work!is!included!the!
Cascais!International!Book!Art!
Exhibition!opening!on!June!26!and!
on!view!through!July!10!in!Cascais,!
Portugal.!She!is!one!of!four!artists!
selected!to!represent!contemporary!
book!works!by!United!States!artists.!!
!!!!!Alicia’s!piece!Extinct/Extant!was!
one!selected!for!2015!Sheffield!
international!Artist’s!Book!Prize.!
!

A!rendering!of!Ruth’s!installation!in!Terminal!
E,!“Reflections+of+Hog+Island.”+
+

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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.!!
Who+Gets+To+Say!by!Emily!Martin!
If!you!have!any!suggestions!contact!
!
Lisa!at!lgscarpello@yahoo.com.!!!
!
!
!
Selected!works!of!four!New!Jersey!
Valeria%Kresmer!was!accepted!to!and! women!artists,!including!DVC!member!
will!be!attending!the!course!Historic!
Maria%Pisano,!are!featured!in!a!special!
Book!Structures!for!Conservators:!
invitational!exhibit!entitled!“Crossing+the+
Bound!Books!1450V1850!this!July!at!
Delaware:+New+Jersey+Women+of+the+Book+
the!Winterthur!Museum!in!
at+Lafayette+College”!through!this!
Wilmington,!DE.!!The!course,!
summer!in!Skillman!Library!at!Lafayette!
instructed!by!Jeff!Peachy,!will!teach!
College.!!!
the!theory,!making!and!history!of!
!!!!!Her!book!Colors!of!Memory!was!
bookbindings,!focusing!on!western!inV chosen!as!part!of!the!exhibit:!Readers+
boards!binding!ca.!1450V1850.!!!
Art:+Concealed,+Confined+and+Collected!V!
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May!8V!July!26,2015!at!the!Minnesota!
Member!Sabrena%Johnson!has!taken!
Center!for!Book!Arts!(Minneapolis,!MN)!
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!
sabrenajohnson7@gmail.com.!

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Colors+of+Memory!by!Maria!Pisano!

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Extinct/Extant!by!Alicia!Bailey!
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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!19thV
century!manuscript!texts!in!search!
of!voices!from!the!past!that!are!
descriptive!of!place!and!experience!
in!the!midVnineteenth!century.!

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Have you given a talk, published a paper, participated in an exhibit, or just bound a really great book? Or
maybe you had a baby, got married, adopted a dog, or done absolutely anything else you want to share?
We want to hear about it! If you have news to share please send it to: Becky Koch at blyne80@gmail.com

 

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PRESSING MATTERS

Spring 2015

     

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,  she  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  for  the  Arts.  
 
 
 

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PRESSING MATTERS

Spring 2015

Delaware Valley Chapter Workshop

Historical Bindings in Paper
A workshop with Bill Hanscom
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 decoration, 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.
Bill Hanscom graduated from the Book Arts/
Printmaking MFA program at the University
of the Arts in 2008 after earning his BFA in
Graphic Design. He is currently a conservation technician for special collections at the
Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard
Library, and coordinator and adjunct instructor for the Book Arts program at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. His
essay on traditional Ethiopian bookbinding
practices and techniques will be published by
The Legacy Press in 2016.
July 25-26
9am to 4:30pm
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust St. Philadelphia PA 19107
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