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The New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers
announces the following two workshops:

Large Paper into Small Spaces: Creating Books with Foldouts
Instructor: Pamela Spitzmueller
April 26th and 27th, 2002
9:30 to 5:00 Friday and Saturday
New York Academy of Medicine
$110 plus $25 materials fee

Components of the atlas are the inspiration for this workshop on conceiving
and building books with foldout plates. We will explore this challenge
through three means: (1) hands on production of various page make-up
options, 2) examination and discussion of sample bindings from the
instructor's collection, and (3) a slide show of historical atlases
that demonstrate the features of successful structures.

The problems a large, folded sheet (plate) create are solved by applying
sound principles of folding, guarding (adding a strip of paper to the spine
edge of a foldout), and spine compensation (bulking). The importance of
material selection will be emphasized, as each component requires a
different degree of strength, flexibility, and durability. Damaged plates
will be examined for insight on how to build foldouts that exemplify easy
opening and refolding without tearing. Each participant will create a
sample set of folded, guarded and compensated plates that can easily be
bound afterwards if desired.

Pamela Spitzmueller has held her current position, James W. Needham Chief
Conservator for Special Collections in the Harvard University Library and
the Harvard College Library, since 1999. She has studied and worked at
conservation labs including the Library of Congress, Trinity College
Dublin, and Yale University prior to becoming the University
Conservator at the University of Iowa Library where she was also a guest
lecturer for the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She has been
active in book arts and the production of historical binding structures for
many years and has given lectures, workshops and seminars throughout North
America and Europe. She is also a co-director of the Paper and Book Intensive.

Enrollment limited to ten
RSVP: Kristen St.John via email kstjohn@rci.rutgers.edu or by phone


History and Use of Medieval Pigments
Instructor: Cheryl Porter

New York Academy of Medicine
May 13-17, 2002
9 am - 5pm

The New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers will host a five-day
workshop on the History and Use of Medieval Pigments and Inks. The morning
sessions will include discussions of original recipes, methods of
manufacture, trade routes, cost, and iconographic importance. Chemical and
physical properties of pigments and media will also be addressed. Pigments
including earth colors, medieval blues, gold and verdigris; inks including
iron gall, sepia, carbon blacks; media including gum and egg; and dyes and
lakes will be examined. Various methods of identifying pigments will be
discussed. The afternoon laboratory sessions will include preparation of
samples of the colorants discussed in the mornings, as well as the painting
of samples to produce a pigment chart. Appropriate methods for taking
samples from original manuscripts will be demonstrated. Practical methods
for consolidating flaking and friable pigments will be discussed and
demonstrated. The coloring of alum tawed animal skins used for conservation
work will also be given practical consideration.

The workshop will be presented by Cheryl Porter. Ms Porter, following her
conservation studies at Camberwell College of Arts in London, worked at
University College London in the Painting Analysis Unit and in the History
of Art Department analyzing pigments and application techniques used to
illuminate medieval manuscripts. She has worked closely with the University
of Cambridge on the analysis and conservation of pigments and dyes. Ms
Porter lectures and teaches throughout the UK, Europe, and Australia and
has been director of the Montefiascone Library Conservation Project in
Italy since its inception in 1988.

5-day workshop: $270 NY Chapter/GBWmembers, $350 non-members.  Limited to 12.
Morning lecture series only: $40 NYC/GBW members, $60 non-members.

To register: contact Alexis Hagadorn at ah333@columbia.edu.

PLEASE NOTE: The full-day course is full.  Anyone wishing to sign up will
be placed on a waiting list and notified of availability after March 15.
There is space remaining in the morning lecture sessions.

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