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[BKARTS] DeGolyer Exhibition and Award for American Bookbinding and 2006 DeGolyer Conference, June 1-3, 2006, Dallas, TX.
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April 18, 2006
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The Helen Warren DeGolyer Exhibition and Award for American Bookbinding
and 2006 DeGolyer Conference
Bridwell Library of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist
University announces the 2006 DeGolyer Conference in association with The
Fourth Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Exhibition and Award for American
Bookbinding. This conference and awards presentation will take place at
Bridwell Library, June 1-3, 2006.
The exhibition is a juried show drawn from a competition to design a
binding for a book in Bridwell.s Special Collections. The book for the
fourth triennial competition is Jorge Luis Borges.s Ficciones, printed in
a limited edition of forty-two at the Argentine fine press Ediciones Dos
Amigos. First published in 1944, Ficciones includes seventeen short prose
pieces designed to challenge a reader.s sense of certainty. Largely
because of this work, Borges is considered one of the greatest writers of
the twentieth century.
The 2006 exhibition consists of both completed example bindings and the
proposed designs for Ficciones chosen from competition entries for
inclusion by the jury. Bridwell Library will also publish a full-color
catalog of the exhibition. The exhibition itself will be free and open to
the public from June 2 through July 21, 2006.
During the last half of the twentieth century, Helen Warren DeGolyer was a
well-known supporter of education and the arts in Dallas. She was also an
artist herself, particularly skilled at the art of bookbinding. In 1996,
the brother of Mrs. DeGolyer, Joseph Warren, and Mrs. DeGolyer.s children,
Everett Lee DeGolyer and Edith DeGolyer, fulfilled her testamentary
wishes, and established an endowment to support the Helen Warren DeGolyer
Triennial at Bridwell Library. They also donated Mrs. DeGolyer.s
collection of fine bindings to Bridwell Library, including over
twenty-five of her own design bindings.
Workshops, Demonstrations, and Presentations
Jamie Kamph, bookbinder, conservator, and proprietor of the Stonehouse
Bindery. "Freewheeling Gold Tooling" . how to make gold-tooling a more
accessible and integral part of a bookbinder's repertoire (without going
William Minter, bookbinder and book conservator, proprietor of William
Minter Bookbinding. .Two Conservation Sewing Techniques.. Book
conservators encounter all types of challenges and we continue to say that
every book is different. This presentation will show two recent challenges
that were unique and required a special treatment. One book with brittle
paper and loose inner sheets had to be re-sewn without disbinding. The
second was a wildly deformed over-stuffed club record book that also
required a special sewing technique. The workshop includes a
Jan Sobota, award winning artist and design bookbinder from Loket, Czech
Republic. .Wall Board Binding.. This technique, which originated in the
Middle Ages, permits the creation of unusual and interesting designs.
Among its many great advantages, the technique protects a book.s edges.
Wall board binding also provides a starting point for learning the basics
for all sculptural bindings.
Peter Thomas, book artist, papermaker, and letterpress printer. .The
Nested Accordion Pop-up-fold Book.. Participants will make a non-adhesive
miniature accordion book with an accordion structure developed by Peter
and Donna Thomas. This structure, "the nested pop-up-fold accordion book"
has a second accordion layered on top of the first that appears to weave
in and out of the structure. If time allows, the instructor will discuss
what exactly a miniature book is, and show participants examples of types
of miniature books made from the late 1700s through the late 1900s.
Please note that workshop participants will be responsible for providing
their own tools and materials. Presenters will provide a list of necessary
materials, which Bridwell Library will then distribute to registrants. The
materials lists will also be available on the website.
Eric Marshall White, PhD, Curator of Special Collections, Bridwell
.Bookbinding Treasures from the Bridwell Vault..
Conference Details & Registration
Registration: A conference fee of $75 per registrant is required. Included
in this fee are the costs of the conference and opening reception. Please
note that workshop participants will be responsible for providing their
own tools and materials. Presenters will provide a list of necessary
materials, which Bridwell Library will then distribute to registrants
before the conference. The materials lists will also be available on the
website. The Saturday evening banquet is an additional $35 per person
(three course meal, with two glasses of wine or beer). Please register by
fax or mail by May 1, 2006, using the registration form attached, or
online at http://www.smu.edu/bridwell/DeGolyer/DeGolyerRegistration.htm
James A. McMillin
Perkins School of Theology
Southern Methodist University
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