2012 Midwest Annual Meeting and Workshops Details

This year’s annual meeting will take place in Minneapolis, MN on April 20-21, 2012. Listed below are all the events taking place that weekend!

Midwest GBW Exhibit
Location: Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) in the Open Book lobby display case
Exhibition dates:  Jan. 27 – April 29, 2012
MCBA Hours: Mon, Wed – Sat: 10am-5pm; Tues: 10am-9pm; Sun: 12-4pm

This exhibit will be on display during the weekend of our Annual Meeting. It has been a wonderful opportunity provided by Jana Pullman and Joanne Price and we are extremely grateful for their facilitating the exhibit! Don’t miss it!

Lecture with Karen Hanmer
Creating / Preserving: Marking Time With The Guild Of Book Workers
Location: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Performance Hall
Date: April 20, 2012
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
The lecture will focus on the history and development of the Guild of Book Workers through the work of Guild members, who represent the broad spectrum of the book arts. Although the Guild’s major focus has been on bookbinding, it appreciates and promotes all of the related book arts as well: hand papermaking and decorating, printing, calligraphy and illumination, and the conservation, preservation, and restoration of older book materials. Initially, the emphasis was on the traditional techniques and skills associated with fine binding. Design binding remains a strong interest in the membership and excellent examples appear in this current exhibition. More recently a strong interest has developed in artist’s books. This broader interpretation and definition of the book has  attracted a new group of devotees.

Workshops
On Saturday, members get to choose between two workshops this year! The workshops run concurrently on Saturday, so it is only possible to participate in one or the other. To register for either workshop and save your spot, please contact the
Midwest Programs chair, Mary Uthuppuru.

Karen Hanmer: Drum Leaf Binding
Date: April 21, 2012
Time: 9:00AM -5:00PM with a break for lunch
Location: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Room #: TBA
Cost: $175
Materials: $30

Example of Karen Hanmer's drumleaf bindings With origins in historical Eastern and Western binding structures, and popularized by Tim Ely, the Drum Leaf Binding has much in common with Gary Frost’s Sewn Boards Binding. The structure is ideal for binding single-sided folios of heavy paper. Imagery can extend across the page fold without interruption by the sewing thread. The book opens flat, with none of the imagery lost in the gutter.

Though the Drum Leaf is an adhesive binding, it is very sturdy – the structure resists the commercial paperback’s tendency to tear itself apart because adjacent folios are joined at both the spine and foredge. Thus the book can never be forced open between folios, breaking the spine. Pages and cover material are “drummed” – glued at the perimeter only, so warping and cockling is minimal.

The book can be made in a sparsely-equipped home studio, with the exception of some equipment or method to trim the book’s edges, necessary if edge decoration is desired. A variety of edge decoration techniques will be covered, including solid color, sprinkling, sponging, graphite and gauffering. In this one day workshop, students will complete one Drum Leaf model from a kit provided by the instructor, and have the opportunity to make a collection of edge decoration samples.

Bridget O’malley: Cave Paper: From Pulp To Paper And Beyond
Date: April 21, 2012
Time: 9:00AM -5:00PM with a break for lunch
Location: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Room #: TBA
Cost: $55
Materials: $25

Example of Bridget O'Malley's paper Special note for participants of this workshop: Due to drying time of the
projects, completed work will be distributed on Sunday morning. Location
and time to be announced.
Handmade paper is so much fun, messy but very fun. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the coloring and dye techniques that are the hallmark of Cave Paper designs. We will explore the use of indigo, walnut and persimmon dyes on flax paper. Additional experiments will include pigment staining of paper, stencil printing of thickened dyes, gelatin sizing and rice paste resists. We’ll make some handmade paper during the workshop, but many of the dye techniques work best on dry paper. Therefore, we’ll have a generous stack of flax paper to play with and experiment on.  Feel free to bring your own papers for trying the techniques.

Bridget is a master papermaker and co-owner of Cave Paper Inc., a handmade paper mill specializing in natural-dyed flax papers. She teaches papermaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and offers book, paper, and print workshops around the country. She studied papermaking with Timothy Barrett at the University of Iowa Center for the Book Research and Production Paper Facilities. While there she completed a 5-year Papermaking Apprenticeship. She also received an MA and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. Her artwork focuses on forms found in nature, and bringing those to life through the interplay of print, paper, and sculpture. (MFA/University of Iowa)

Saturday Dinner and Meeting
Location: TBA
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Travel and Accomodations
Information for accommodations and Friday tour options will be announced soon.

We hope to see you there!

Mary Uthuppuru
Midwest Chapter Programs Chair

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Home of the Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, the national organization for all the book arts. The Midwest Chapter serves members in the greater Midwest region, sponsoring workshops, exhibits and other events in the areas of bookbinding, artists books, printing, papermaking, and all the book arts.

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