Save the Date: Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting 2012

Mark your calendars!

The 2012 annual meeting will be April 20-21, 2012 in MinneapolisMN hosted by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA).

This meeting is going to be unique! We will be treated to a talk Friday evening given by Karen Hanmer on The History & Development of the Guild of Book Workers. Saturday, members will have TWO workshops to choose from! Karen Hanmer will be teaching the Drum Leaf Binding AND Bridget O’Malley will be teaching “From Pulp to Paper and Beyond” an introduction to the coloring and dyeing techniques used at Cave Paper.

More information will follow soon. There will be much to see in Minneapolis so we really hope to see many Midwest Chapter members at the meeting!

Mary Uthuppuru
Programs Chair
Midwest Chapter, Guild of Book Workers


Introduction to Surface Design, a workshop with Gabrielle Fox-Butler

Gabrielle Fox-Butler Workshop
Introduction to Surface Decoration

Date: February 25-26, 2012
Time: Saturday 1-5pm, Sunday 9am-1pm
Location: King Library Press Pressroom, University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY
Cost: Members $150, Non-members $175
Materials: $50

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The Making of the Stone Eye Catalog

Stone Eye was the Midwest Chapter’s 2002 Traveling Exhibition. The catalog was an ambitious multi-media publication combining a printed catalog and a CD with readings from Stone Eye by poet Richard Taylor.

You can read about how the catalog was created in an article by Pam Rups, designer of the Stone Eye catalog.

If you would like to purchase the catalog, you can do so at the GBW online order form. The cost is $22, which includes shipping.

Stone Eye Exhibition Opening

King Library, University of Kentucky
March 10, 2002
by Gabrielle Fox

Sunday afternoon, March 10, 2002, at King Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY we officially opened the first exhibition site of the Stone Eye Exhibition. The afternoon’s events were opened by Dr. Paul Holbrook, Director of King Library Press, and followed by some back ground information given by myself, Gabrielle Fox. I then introduced Gray Zeitz (on right in picture), the proprietor of Larkspur Press and printer of Stone Eye, who gave the introduction to our guest speaker, Richard Taylor (on left in picture) and author of Stone Eye.

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About Midwest Chapter Annual Meetings

The chapter annual meeting takes place in the spring of every year (April or May) and gives the opportunity for chapter members to meet and exchange ideas and socialize in a book-ish setting. This is especially important since the Midwest Chapter is spread out over such a large territory; without this meeting we might never get to know our fellow members.

The meeting is accompanied by a workshop or two, as well as smaller impromptu demonstrations which are bound to happen when more than one bookbinder gathers together. Workshop topics include all aspects of the book arts from fine binding, conservation treatments, marbling, calligraphy, etc. The meetings and workshops are held at universities or binderies, so along with a workshop, there is usually a tour of our local host’s venue.

Another important aspect of the gathering is the chapter business meeting. While perhaps not the highlight of the event, this is important to conduct chapter administrative tasks and get feedback and discussion from the chapter members. Even though these sound quite dry, they are usually fun-filled affairs and sometimes even quite spirited!

And of course any gathering of book workers would not be complete without some socializing. Whether gathering with just a couple close friends or joining the entire group for a gourmet meal at a local eatery, the annual meeting is one way to meet new fellow book artists, catch up with old friends, and get to know a new city in the midwest.