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Re: Motivation, cont'd


You are inspiring. Thank you.


>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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