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Re: Cigar Mag Article and Bookbinders
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- Subject: Re: Cigar Mag Article and Bookbinders
- From: Jane M Brown <brownjm@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 11 Mar 1996 08:46:56 -0500
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Well put, Peter! Thanks. I like and agree with your assessment.
On Sun, 10 Mar 1996, Peter D. Verheyen wrote:
> went out and got the magazine today. Lifestyles of the rich and infamous is
> right, yikes. Anyway, read the article and put in the same catagory as most
> other articles about books, such as the one published in Art and Antiques.
> It was s amll sidebar for a book fair in San Francisico, showing a Glaister
> binding, claiming it was the first modern jeweled binding... Set them
> straight, letter published with rebuttle by the dealer who put me back in my
> The problem here is two-fold.
> A) Re. GBW in the article. I agree with Richard Miller, and others regarding
> the "does not necessarily recommend its members." I didn't think it was
> worded as negatively as some may have thought. I think it was meant for
> people with too much cash and in need of something for the coffee table,
> such as a "Nuremberg Chronicle, the worlds 1st coffee-table book." I will
> give the firm of Weitz, Weitz, and Coleman (they were featured in the
> article) kudos for marketting themselves well. It is something many of us
> could learn, not that we want to be like that either.
> B) GBW (still) refuses to consider itself a professional organization and
> even attempt to tackle the issue of some form of accreditation. The GBW also
> needs to market / promote itself much more agressively outside it's own
> circle of related crafts, letting the rest of the world know about the wide
> range of 1st rate book binders and artists at work today. This is something
> which is happening now, but slowly.
> Accreditation was once proposed (1988 I believe) by Don and Pam Rash. It
> went nowhere. I (like Charles Mohr) served a traditional apprenticeship in
> Germany. In that kind of system there are strict regulations as to what is
> expected of journeymen binders. While it does not guarantee first rate work,
> it sets at least a minimum standard of workmanship, and who gets teaches god
> tooling well enough and has the time to practice to get the kind of results
> they showed in the article. How does one impose such a system, which would
> allow for some form of recommendation when, there is no effective governing
> body to the craft/trade, when there are no uniform minimum compentencies
> required of formal system of training. MFA/MLS programs certainly aren't the
> ones to even think about it, and taking a workshop here and there won't
> produce the desired results. Whose standards anyhow (I don't want to get
> into the national conflicts)? None of these means that there aren't any
> superb self-taught or wretched apprenticeship trained binders out there. It
> doesn't in any system. One of the problems I have had with the GBW, and many
> others, is that it _was_ historically a group of independently wealthy
> doyennes based in New York City with little representation by actual
> practicing binders. It was considered a genteel art that one went to study
> over the Summer with Sangorski & Sutcliffe, Cockerell, ..., not that I
> wouldn't mind doing that either.
> Well, that's my Sunday sermon. Back to my books and that lit review of
> "intellectual property issues in preservation."
> >Worse: It starts off the sidebar note by mentioning that there are lots of
> >part-time and amateur binders in the U.S., try the Guild, which doesn't
> >necessarily recommend its members... I have drafted a letter to the editor
> >mentioning not only a few of the historical and factual errors in the
> >article, but also commenting that the Guild is the home of the most talented
> >binders the country.
> >It reminded me that I let my own membership lapse last year, and having
> >yet made up for the gaff...
> Peter D. Verheyen <wk> 315.443.9937
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