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Re: Motivation, cont'd

Thank you Betty!

I needed the boost.  I started my bookbinding "career" four years ago at
age 48.  (some still think me crazy) after many years as a newspaper
woman.  I too had a person for inspiration.  Bill Streeter, my teacher,
who started his bookbinding practice  later in life, in Northampton, Ma
when others felt he should be planning retirement not yet another
career.  But, alas, Bill's constant encouragement (and continued
encouragement) have given me the stamina to start my own bookbindery.

Many times when I am hesitant to continue my studies, he is always ready
with the push I need and is living proof that even those of us  who
never considered ourselves artists can embark on a journey into the book

We do often commiserate how envious we are those young ones among us who
found  book arts at an early age.  So many more opportunities and the
ability to move around from book program to book program.

But, no I am not complaining, I give thanks daily for my later in life
career find.


Kathy Parulski
Bristol, CT

Betty Storz wrote:

> Last January, we had a fascinating thread on which work of art had the
> most
> influence on, or had most motivated list members to become involved in
> some
> aspect of the book arts. I didn't participate in the discussion
> because,
> not being graphics oriented, my inspiration had been a person, not a
> work
> of art.
> Then, that song from the musical, "Hair", kept going around in my
> head:
> "What a piece of work is man..." and I realized Shakespeare had said
> it in
> Hamlet: man is a work of art!
> About a dozen years ago, after having been away from the craft for
> many
> years, seeing the need for good techniques in the repair department of
> the
> volunteer library in my new community, I volunteered. I had just
> joined The
> Hand Bookbinders of California and received the membership list, when
> I
> bought a copy of GIFTS OF AGE: portraits and essays of 32 remarkable
> women,
> by Charlotte Painter. On page 80, I found my inspiration: Stella
> Nicole
> Patri, bookbinder, born on Nov. 1, 1896, no date of death. And there
> she
> was, in the HBC membership book, a founding member of the
> organization.
> Stella Patri first became interested in bookbinding when her former
> husband, Giocomo Patri, a well-known artist, was working on a book on
> linoleum cuts, illustrations for a story. In order to bind the book,
> she
> took lessons from Ocatavia Holden, then later, in 1938, whe worked
> with
> another well-known woman, bookmaker Peter (Edna) Fahay.
> She was sixty-three when she started her own bookbinding business. She
> went
> to Rome in 1960, where she studied paper restoration for the Italian
> government, then to Framce for lessons in finishing, and to England to
> study book restoration. In 1966, at the time of the great flood in
> Florence, she was among the first volunteers for CRIA, the Committee
> to
> Rescue Italian Art in the Bibliotequa Nacionale. She traveled to Japan
> several times, studying papermaking, conservation and binding. Her
> work in
> San Francisco included restoring books for UCSF Medical Center Library
> and
> private commissions.
> She continued her private practice in San Francisco until, in her
> mid-eighties, arthritis in her hands slowed her down.
> My inspiration will be 103 on Nov. 1. Her eyes are dim but her mind is
> still sharp. Long may she live!
> Who inspired you?
> Betty
> Betty Storz   storz@mcn.org

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