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[BKARTS] For Immediate Release :: American Academy of Bookbinding Graduates Third Student

For Immediate Release


Linda Spinner
American Academy of Bookbinding
Email: <linda@xxxxxxxxx>
Phone: 970-728-3886
Web: <http://www.ahhaa.org/AAB.html>

American Academy of Bookbinding Graduates Third Student

Taking another step toward strengthening the art and craft of fine
bookbinding in the United States, the American Academy of Bookbinding,
located in Telluride, Colorado, graduated a third student after completion
of a five-year course of study. On October 24, 2003, Cynthia Fields-Bélanger
from Somerville, Massachusetts, completed the formal process toward
receiving her Diploma in Professional Bookbinding. Cynthia satisfied five
years of course requirements, including completion of over twenty bindings,
both in class and independently, and a research paper, all of which were
judged by a juried panel of highly respected fine binders with over 200
years of collective experience in the art of bookbinding. The jury consisted
of Tini Miura, Einen Miura, and Daniel Tucker, all founders and faculty of
the AAB, plus independent jurors Eleanore Ramsey, Monique Lallier, and Frank

The AAB was founded in 1993 to fill the gap of both academic and
apprenticeship tradition in the U.S. which would give professional as well
as amateur bookbinders the opportunity to refine their skills by receiving
top level instruction without having to study abroad. The goal of the
Academy is to graduate professional binders who have the knowledge and
skills to produce fine leather bindings of the highest quality and to pass
on these skills to the next generation. Guest faculty has included
Hans-Peter Frölich, Louise Genest, Frank Mowery, and Eleanore Ramsey.
Classes are limited and students must apply for acceptance into the program.

For a complete description of the program, course listings, information on
instructors, and more see the American Academy of Bookbinding Website at
<http://www.ahhaa.org/AAB.html>. The American Academy of Bookbinding is
located in Telluride, Colorado.

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