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Re: [BKARTS] Other book arts communities?

Thanks Peter,
I have Ikegami's Japanese BookBinding and Paola Rosari's Bookbinding basics
I will definately keep and eye out for/order Books, Boxes, and Portfolios.

Unfortunatley (or fortunatley depending on perspective) I live in Sydney,
Australia and it would be a big move for me to attend any of the fine
schools you have listed.

As far as I have been able to find there are no bookbinding courses offered
by any of the fine arts colleges here in Australia, there is a one year
full-time course at TAFE (community college) but as I said I'd been warned
away from that one by two different people (one a student and one a
proffesional binder) Plus by boyfriend is a toy designer/illustrator and we
might be moving interstate with his work in the next two months so I'm not
so much looking into tuition right now as looking for a support network.

The book-arts yahoo group is looking good and of course I will remain
subsribed to this wonderful list so I can learn from the proffesionals as

Kindest regards,
Jen Hook

From: "Peter D. Verheyen" <verheyen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: Book_Arts-L <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Other book arts communities?
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 18:33:38 -0400

I would suggest getting some good books. While there is a good bit of sound
how-to information on the web, the best is still in print form only,
especially  traditional binding. My favorite is "Books, Boxes, and
Portfolios" by Zeier. Amazon (and others) carry it. I have a pretty
comprehensive bibliography online at
<http://www.philobiblon.com/bibliography-bookbinding.htm> in which I've
included abstracts of the contents, as well as some judgmental comments as
to target audience. Many are "historic" in nature, but many are not. Take a

If you want to do bookbinding as a career, I would suggest looking at the
North Bennet Street School in Boston, or at some of the MFA programs such
as Iowa and Alabama. There are also others. Check out
<http://www.philobiblon.com/programs.htm>. Classes at a community college
can help determine if this is something you're interested in, tell you
something about your aptitude, and you'll learn something. Classes depend
on the instructor. You many also want to look into private instruction. The
Guild of Book Workers has a "Study Opportunities List" at
<http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/gbw/studyopp.shtml>. They're a
"professional" organization which organizes exhibitions, an annual
conference, and publishes a very useful Journal and bi-monthly Newsletter.
Check them out. The "Study Opportunities List" is very helpful. They also
have a members-only listserv.

Where are you located?


>The reason I ask is I feel a little out of my depth, I want to pursue
>bookbinding as a possible career but at this stage I'm still working on
>basic skills, I've been warned away from the community college course in
>area  by a proffesional binder whose work I respect.


Peter D. Verheyen
Bookbinder & Conservator
The Book Arts Web & Book_Arts-L Listserv

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