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Two bookbinders from Australia will visit the U.S.A. later this year. They
are John and Joy Tonkin from Canberra, the nation's capital. They will
visit from August to November and will be available to give workshops,
demonstrations or lectures.

John is a full time designer binder. This all consuming passion started as
a hobby in the seventies when he attended night classes and then progressed
to a year studying in Ascona, Switzerland and six months at Le Vesinet,
Paris. He exhibits extensively both in Australia and internationally.
Recent international exhibitions include: Tregaskis Centenary Exhibition,
Etudes Pour Une Maternite, Recollections, L'Infinito and You Can Judge a
Book by its Cover. His work has been acquired by the Bibliotheque Nationale
de Paris and various Australian public institutions.

Joy is a professional conservator in private practice, specializing in
books and works of art on paper. Prior to doing her conservation training
at University of Canberra she was director of a craft organization and was
responsible for curating and promoting craft/art exhibitions. Joy also
employs her fine binding skills to designer bindings and exhibits
nationally and internationally.

Both are experienced teachers and offer a range of instruction in the book
arts. Both are passionate about their profession and thoroughly enjoy
imparting their knowledge to others.

The workshop they will be conducting is the making of a miniature French
binding in half leather, conducted over two days. It is a recently
developed style and known as the "Simplified Binding", which is somewhat of
a misnomer. Although it is less complex and has fewer steps than the
traditional French binding, it is nevertheless a fine binding. The boards
are covered separately from the back which allows a wide range of colors,
materials and decorating techniques to be used. The style is ideal for
contemporary design bindings and is also a useful complement to one's
repertoire for restoration. The book to be bound would be a miniature.

Their schedule in the U.S. so far:
Sept. 2 - 4    A slide lecture at the Miniature Book Society Conclave in
                    IN THE OUTBACK
Oct. 5 - 8     Attending Guild of Book Workers Seminar on Standards
of  Excellence in Salt Lake City.
Oct. 14 - 15  Conducting workshop in San Francisco, FRENCH SIMPLIFIED
Oct. 20 - 21  Conducting workshop in Los Angeles, FRENCH SIMPLIFIED BINDING
Nov. 1         Opening of Exhibition in Atlanta. One of John's bindings
will be exhibited.

John & Joy Tonkin
Manuka PO Box 3640
Canberra, Australia 2603
Phone: 011 61 2 6295-6786
Fax:     011 61 2 6295 9252
Joy's Email <jtonkin@nla.gov.au>

Or you may contact Mel Kavin
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders
4860 Gregg Road
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Phone (562)692-9665
Fax    (562)692-7920
Email <katercrafts@earthlink.net>

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