Plainly Spoken at Minnesota Center for Book Arts with Special Reception

Come see Plainly Spoken at its final venue: the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) in Minneapolis now through April 26, 2015.

This juried traveling exhibit features a range of stunning bindings using Julia Miller’s book Books Will Speak Plain by Midwest chapter members. Plan your trip to see this wonderful selection of bindings!

 There will be a special reception for the show on Friday, February 6; from 6-9pm, with a gallery talk at 7:30 by Karen Hanmer and Jana Pullman. It is free and open to the public.

 For more information about the exhibit at the MCBA and a workshop opportunity with Karen Hanmer February 7-8, please visit: http://www.mnbookarts.org/plainlyspoken/

MCBA exhibitions page: http://www.mnbookarts.org/exhibitions/

Mary Uthuppuru
Programs Chair/Vice President

Karen Hanmer Workshop at MCBA

When: Saturday and Sunday, February 7-8, 2015; 10am-5pm
What: Gilding and Colored Edge Decoration Techniques
Who: Karen Hanmer, book artist and fine binder from Chicago, IL

In conjunction with the Midwest Chapter Plainly Spoken exhibit opening at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Karen Hanmer will be teaching a workshop on Gilding and Colored Edge Decoration Techniques. For more information and to register, visit the MCBA website.

Plainly Spoken at MCBA

The traveling Midwest Chapter exhibition Plainly Spoken will be at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts from February 6, 2015 through April 26, 2015.  There will be an opening reception on Friday, February 6; 6-9pm, with a gallery talk at 7:30 by featured artists Karen Hanmer and Jana Pullman. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information see <http://www.mnbookarts.org/plainlyspoken/>

Paper in Three Dimensions – A workshop with Helen Hiebert

Hosted by the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, IN

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Helen Hiebert – Flexible Book Structure

August 10-11, 2013
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $215, Materials $25 (to be paid the first day of the workshop)

In this class, we will investigate papermaking, paper folding, model making and other techniques to create a sampling of small sculptural forms that expand and collapse, open and close, fold and unfold. These techniques will be utilized to make inflatable paper balls, book structures, lamps, lanterns and other sculptural adaptations.

Helen Hiebert is the author of four how-to books about paper: Playing With Paper, Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Paper Illuminated. Helen has appeared on Sesame Street, has produced of two films, and writes a weekly blog about all things paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally, often involving the community in her installation projects such as her Mother Tree Project. Her next installation, The Wish, involves dandelions… stay tuned! Helen is the vice president of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and a regular contributor to Hand Papermaking Newsletter. She lives and works near Vail, Colorado.

To register, please contact Mary Uthuppuru, at mary@springleafpress.com

Announcement: a Midwest Traveling Set-Book Exhibit!

We mentioned at last year’s annual meeting that there will be an opportunity to be a part of a Midwest traveling exhibit. This will be a juried set book exhibit using Julia Miller’s “Books Will Speak Plain.” There is still much to be decided, but details for entry will be available soon.

Since the book came out some time ago, the copies that are in sheets are limited. However, if you know you want to submit an entry, you can buy them at Hollander’s. (under “Bookbinding Supplies,” then “Text Blocks”) or rebind a bound copy.

Stay tuned to the Midwest website and your inboxes. I think it will be a great show!

Mary Uthuppuru
Programs Chair
Guild of Book Workers
Midwest Chapter

Introduction to Traditional Leather Binding with Sam Ellenport

Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is proud to announce:

An Introduction to Traditional Leather Binding with Sam Ellenport
Where: Milner Library at Illinois State University in Normal, IL
When: August 10-12, 2012
Capacity: 8-10
Workshop Fee: $135 (Midwest Chapter Members); $160 (Non Members)
Materials Fee: $60

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 8, 2012

There will be a lecture on Friday evening (details to be announced).

The 2 day workshop is an introduction to traditional leather bookbinding.  Participants will prepare pre-sewn texts for leather binding.  They will learn how to cut and pare leather, mix paste, and how to cover books.  There will also be instruction in the formation of headcaps, working with raised bands, and preparing and attaching corners.  All methods are traditional, techniques are reversible, and materials are archival.

Sam Ellenport, educated at Amherst, Brown University, and Oxford, is a highly accomplished binder and the President of Harcourt Bindery. He has been instrumental in the establishment of the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and was Chair of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers stimulating the development of the chapter. Sam also collects, lectures, and writes about the history of bookbinding. Website at www.harcourtbindery.com

To register for either workshop and save your spot, please contact the Midwest Programs chair, Mary Uthuppuru (mary@springleafpress.com).

Leather Bookbinding Workshop with Sam Ellenport

An Introduction To Traditional Leather Binding With Sam Ellenport
Where:     Milner Library at Illinois State University in Normal, IL
When:    date to be announced
Workshop Fee:     to be announced

This 2 day workshop is an introduction to traditional leather bookbinding.  Participants will prepare pre-sewn texts for leather binding.  They will learn how to cut and pare leather, mix paste, and how to cover books.  There will also be instruction in the formation of headcaps, working with raised bands, and preparing and attaching corners.  All methods are traditional, techniques are reversible, and materials are archival.

Sam Ellenport, educated at Amherst, Brown University, and Oxford, is a highly accomplished binder and the owner of Harcourt Bindery. He has been instrumental in the establishment of the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and was Chair of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers stimulating the development of the chapter. Sam also collects, lectures, and writes about the history of bookbinding. Website at www.harcourtbindery.com

For more information and to register, please email the Midwest Programs Chair, Mary Uthuppuru at mary@springleafpress.com.