The Rocky Mountain Chapter was organized to represent the Guild of Book Workers in the Mountain West. We invite all members of the Guild of Book Workers to join our chapter, although our membership focuses on residents of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon.
The Book Arts Roundup is our quarterly newsletter, founded in 1994 by Martha Little. We encourage you to send newsworthy information to the editor.
New Oriental Binding
A workshop with Monique Lallier
July 12-14, 9:00 - 5:00
Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Workshop fee: $275 for Guild of Book Workers members; $325 for non-members
*Co-sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers Rocky Mountain Chapter and the Book Arts Program.
With its non-adhesive flat spine, and separate front and back boards, the new oriental binding recalls the traditional Japanese stab binding. In this radical twist on an old favorite, individual signatures are sewn along the spine to tyvek strips. Each strip is reversed and filled with board to equal the signature’s thickness. The boards are then joined to consolidate the spine, leaving the signatures themselves adhesive-free. The result is an elegant book that opens smoothly and whose pages lie flat. Covers—which can be covered in paper, cloth, or leather—are made individually and attached to the textblock at the end of the process. Participants in this three-day workshop learn and produce this structure under the instruction of a master fine binder. Those who wish to use leather should have prior experience with it, and come prepared with leather split to 0.6 or 0.7 mm.
Monique Lallier was Director of the American Academy of Bookbinding from 2005-2009, and currently teaches classes there. An internationally recognized binder and artist, years of experience in French binding make her an ideal choice for director and instructor in the AAB’s French technique-based bookbinding program. Monique began her studies in the 1960s in Montreal at Cotnoir Cappone School of Fashion and L’art de la Reliure bookbinding school with Simone B. Roy. She continued in Paris with Roger Arnoult; at Centro del bel Libro in Ascona with Edwin Heim; and in Solothurn, Switzerland with Hugo Peller. Monique’s work is held in the collections of McGill University, Montreal; St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal for the Pope Jean-Paul II; Louisiana State University; University of North Carolina; as well as many private collections in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Monique practices her craft full time from her studio in Summerfield, North Carolina.
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Fantasy & Nonsense is the delightful union of the work of James Whitcomb Riley, 19th century Ameri- can master of verse in dialect, and Berrot Hubrecht (aka Robert Buchert), whose whimsical wood en- gravings recall classic children’s illustrations of the late Victorian era.
Ninety copies in sheets are available at a reduced price of $90 for this competition. To see the book, visit the Tryst Press website. To order at the reduced price, please contact Tryst Press, and write GBW competition in the memo of your check.
Submissions must be received by July 1, 2012.
For more information see the PDF announcement.
Our first members exhibit opened in Salt Lake City in 1996. The Nurtured Spirit, was co-sponsored by the Utah Calligraphic Artists. A second exhibit, entitled Pens and Needles was co-sponsored by the Denver Calligraphic Artists in 1998. The third was held in conjunction with the GBW Standards convention in Salt Lake in the fall of 2000.
Chapter members are invited to exhibit book works at Norlin Library during the entire summer “Book Craft” event, May 19th through September 8th. This is a non–juried, open exhibition. Our goal is to feature as many members as possible to a diverse CU Boulder community, in an effort to raise awareness of fine art and craft of bookbinding.
Eligible are any book works done since 2000 -– fine binding, sculptural, art object, altered and broadside (calligraphy/paper/fine letter press). Members may submit up to two pieces. Depending on the number of entries and space available, one or both may be accepted. We will accept the first 40 pieces, which is based on the available display space (space for oversized items are limited), but the final entry number may vary slightly.
A juried exhibit of contemporary book works by members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is on display October 5 December 18, 2008 at the Denver Central Library, Denver, CO. It will be exhibited at the Hayden Library on the Arizona State University campus, Tempe, January - March 2009, and the Salt Lake City Public Library March - April 30, 2009.
See the Rocky Mountain Chapter newsletter or the GBW Calendar Page for current events.