DVC Collaborative Project 2014

DVC Collaborative Project 2014

An Atlas. Each participant makes a map of a place real or imagined. This could also be a state of mind.

Each participant will make an edition of maps.  The maps can be of any (reasonable) size and will then be folded to one specified size.  We will exchange the maps with each other after which the participants can either bind the maps as a book, or make a box for them.


1.       The folded measurement is 5.5”w x 8.5”h.  The folded maps should not be any bigger or any smaller than this measurement.  Maps can also be a single sheet, unfolded, but still must be 5.5”w x 8.5”h. You do not need to attach stubs or guards for binding, unless you want to incorporate them in your folding plan.  Participants who decide to bind their copy will in some case have to attach stubs or guards in order to sew the text block.

2.       You must include a cartouche on the map with at least the title of the map and your name. The cartouche can be very simple and it can also contain any other information you would like to include.  To learn more about cartouches: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartouche_%28cartography%29

3.       A digital list of all participants and map titles will be available to make your own title page or box list.

4.       The registration form and your check for $15 are due by April 4.

5.       You will be informed of the edition size on April 7th.

6.       The folded maps will be due on September 12th, and a collation party will likely take place on September 13.

7.       We plan to offer a one-day clamshell box workshop for $100 per member in the fall.

8.       Plans to exhibit this collaborative project are underway.  More to follow.

9.       You must be a member of the Delaware Valley Chapter for the duration of the project.

10.   Questions?  Email Jennifer: dvcgbw@verizon.net


Please write a check for $15 made payable to:

The Guild of Book Workers

Mail the check to:

Alice Austin

The Library Company

1314 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA  19107


FYI concerning shipping: If we have to mail you anything for this collaborative project, we will insure the item to the extent that we can. However, there are complex rules concerning shipping artworks and it seems that the likelihood of getting any money for lost items is very small. Please understand that you assume the risk when we use the mail or a shipping company.




Saturday, April 26 (rain date April 27, or cancelled if inclement weather on both days)
10 am to 5 pm
To be held outdoors at Denise Carbone’s home In Stratford, New Jersey

This class is an intensive one-day introduction to one of the most basic human tool making activities  making and keeping an edge tool sharp without the use of jigs. The specific tools of bookbinders will be examined: paring knives, lifting knives, scissors, hole punches, spokeshaves and board shear blades. A wide variety of sharpening systems will be available for comparison: water stones, ceramic stones, diamond stones, oil stones, natural stones, silicone carbide powder, aluminum oxide powder, diamond paste, abrasive papers and stropping compounds. Some basic principals of tool steels will be explained, and edge geometry investigated. The goal is to free participants from the plethora of misinformation and mystique that surrounds sharpening and to instill confidence in sharpening and resharpening bookbinding knives. Participants should bring any stones and edge tools they have for evaluation. We will make one small knife from a hacksaw blade, and larger blanks with a factory grind will be available for purchase.

Jeffrey S. Peachey has been in private practice for 25 years and specializes in the conservation of books and paper artifacts for institutions and individuals. He makes specialized hand tools and is the inventor of the Peachey Board Slotting Machine, which is used by many institutions worldwide to treat books with detached boards. He was awarded a Sherman Fairchild Conservation Research Fellowship from the Morgan Library & Museum and the 2013 Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography from the Library Company of Philadelphia and a 2014 Research Fellowship from the Winterthur Library and Museum. He is an adjunct at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (Boston), teaching historic book structures for conservators.

There is still room in the gold tooling workshop!

There is still room in the gold tooling workshop!

Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers Workshop
Gold Tooling with Jamie Kamph
November 2-3, 2013
(Saturday and Sunday)
10 am to 5 pm
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
$200 DVC members
$250 non-DVC members
materials fee not to exceed $30

In this gold tooling workshop Jamie Kamph will provide step-by-step instructions in the process of gold tooling and review principles of blind tooling and designing for gold work.  If time permits, she will demonstrate some techniques for repairing and restoring old gold tooling.

Participants should bring
4″ x 6″ sections of book board, covered in leather appropriate for tooling (goatskin is easier to work than calf—instructions to follow) and gold tooling implements, if you have them. We will provide gold in both book and ribbon form, finishing stoves, Fixor, and a selection of tools.

Jamie Kamph is a bookbinder/conservator who lives and works at her farm in Lambertville, NJ.  Her design bindings are in major public and private collections.  She has taught bookbinding workshops at Princeton University, University of Texas at Austin, Mt. Holyoke College, Anderson Ranch, and SMU.  She has published A Collector’s Guide to Bookbinding  and is working on another book, Tricks of the Trade

If you would like to tale this workshop, please email me for more information:
dvcgbw    at    verizon   dot   net  
or you can call me:  Jennifer Rosner, Chapter Chair, DVC:  215-546-3181


Special Joint Hanji Workshop: Korean Paper in Art and Conservation

Aimee Lee and Minah Song, Instructors

June 15 & 16, 2013

University of the Arts
333 S. Broad St.
6th Floor, rm. 632
9 am to 4:30 pm
$300 (includes materials)
In an unprecedented event to raise awareness of hanji, Korean handmade paper, artist Aimee Lee and conservator Minah Song will combine their expertise to teach the use of hanji in both art and conservation. With a history of over 1,500 years, papermaking in Korea was once a celebrated craft, making calligraphy, painting, printmaking, and bookmaking possible. Today, it is a valuable but little-known material in conservation and an incredibly versatile substrate for artists.
Ms. Lee will lead the first day of the workshop, introducing methods of manipulating hanji and the raw materials that constitute it. This includes the production of bark lace and thread, the process of increasing flexibility and fusing separate sheets together with joomchi techniques, making paper yarn, and an advanced  jiseung method of cording two strips of paper into a single rope.
Ms. Song will lead the second day with an overview of theoretical and practical uses of hanji in conservation, including the characteristics of hanji, its history, and comparisons with other Asian papers. Participants will learn about different types of hanji and their applications in paper conservation, as well as the implications for a sheet of paper depending on each step of the papermaking process. The final activity will consist of binding a traditional Korean book in the seonjang technique, a side-stitched binding common in East Asia but with variations unique to Korea. This workshop is ideal for those who wish to gain a holistic view of hanji through scholarly research combined with hands-on experience.

Hanji Workshop: A check will hold your spot. 
Please make it out to: The Guild of Book Workers
Cancellation may be made by either party up to one month in advance due to change in circumstances or insufficient enrollment.
Mail the check to:  Alice Austin, The Library Company, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA  19107

Questions?  Email Jennifer Rosner:  dvcgbw@verizon.net


3rd Annual Edible Book Festival

Philadelphia Center for the Book and the Queen Village Art Center 
are happy to announce the 
Third Annual Edible Book Festival
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 2:00pm until 6:30pm
Queen Village Art Center 
514 Bainbridge Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Kids Book Making 2pm-4pm
Join us in the afternoon to make a variety of books out of paper and food. There will be 3 stations with instructors, so drop by and make a book! All supplies provided. Cocktail Hour and Potluck 4:30pm-6:30pm

Join us for refreshments, crafts, and of course edible books. Bring a book shaped/inspired dish to share. Beverages provided. Come vote for your favorite and then eat it! Categories will included most edible, best structure, and best in show.

Artists’ talks will take place at 5:00 and while the votes are being tallied, the eating of the books will begin.

The International Edible Book Festival is held annually world wide on April 1st, partially to celebrate the birthday of French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 – 1826), and partially to celebrate the fun of eating your own words.

An edible book can be simply defined as an edible object that somehow relates to books. It may integrate text, illustrate literary titles or content, or represent book form. You can read more about edible books at the official website, www.books2eat.com.

For more information, please contact Valeria Kremser at events@philadelphiacenterforthebook.org

Two Jim Croft Workshops in Apr



 You can sign up for one or both of these workshops!
Making Awls, Bone Tools, and Bone Objects with Jim Croft
Saturday, April 6, 2013
University of the Arts, 333 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Room 632. (6th floor bindery)
10am to 4pm
$100 DVC members
$125 Non-members

$15 materials fee, to be collected at the workshop

People have been using bone for so long that they have an almost genetic attraction to it.  In this workshop we will shape and polish elk and deer bone to make tools and/or art. Those who want can make awl handles and then choose a point that Jim will set in the handle. He will teach sharpening if anyone wants.
Bring: Tools you would like to show and light work gloves.

For more information and how to sign up email Jennifer Rosner: dvcgbw@verizon.net

Wooden Board, Textile Spine Longstitch with Jim Croft
Sunday, April 7, 2013
University of the Arts, 333 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, Room 632. (6th floor bindery)
10am to 4pm
$100 DVC members
$125 Non-members
$30 materials fee, to be collected at the workshop
A textile spine is strong, flexible and doesn’t care how many holes you punch into it.  Using wood for covers results in a quickly made, durable book.  To make it, you need only a bone folder, thread, needle, and maybe an awl.  The book can be made with a rounded spine that has a natural shoulder, if desired.
Class will begin by sewing into a pre-made case.  Later, students can make their own case, even splitting their boards.  Or the student can start with covers already cut to size that will only need final shaping.
Copy paper will be provided. Or bring your own 4½ x 5½ sections, approximately one inch thick.
For more information and how to sign up email Jennifer Rosner: dvcgbw@verizon.net

Constructed Narratives – an exhibition

DVC member Donna Globus has an exhibition of her work at the Central Branch of the Free Library on the Parkway, in the Print and Picture Collection Gallery on the second floor.
The exhibition will run from Monday January 14th through March 10th 
Gallery hours:
9 to 6 Monday thru Friday
9 to 5 Saturday
1 to 5 Sunday
There is no admission charge.
Reception: Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. 
Lets all come out and support a fellow DVC member!