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GBW Standards Conference



For those of you who weren't able to Attend the Standards Seminar in
Alabama, here are some of the impressions I came away with. The
conference will be fully covered in the Guild of Book Workers
Newsletter, and the Journal.

The Conference was well-organized and full of activities. The campus at
the University of Alabama is charming. The library, which houses the
Book Arts Program, and all of the buildings where events were held were
within easy walking distance from the hotel, although shuttle service
was provided.

The Book Arts Program facilities were open on Thursday, Friday,
Saturday. My impression is of a comfortable and friendly space, that has
what you need to create good book projects. "DECADE: Celebrating the
Master of Fine Arts Program in the Book Arts" was on exhibit at the
entrance to the Facilities. There was a letterpress printing
demonstration on Thursday night.

A second exhibit: "With This Book: A Regional Invitational Exhibition
Featuring Southeastern Artists of the Book" was at the Sarah Moody
Gallery of Art (located across from the Book Arts Program facilities.)

On Thursday, the opening reception was at  the Gorgas House, a
beautifully maintained example of Southern Architecture.The keynote
speaker was Colin Franklin, who spoke amusingly about the titling of
books, and the difficulty of making titles that work, given the tall
narrow space provided by most book formats.

The food was great. The weather was good.

The Friday night Banquet was fun, and followed by a sing-along of such
soon-to-be-classics as "Amazing Paste"( to the tune of Amazing Grace).
Everyone participated.  On Saturday night Bill Minter demonstrated
adjustments to the Jacques board shear on. Activities continued on
Sunday with tours of historic Tuscaloosa, a visit to the Kentuck Craft
Center, a potluck supper, and who know's what else.

And a good time was had by all!

The sessions were held in the Bryant Convention Center, which was
adjacent to the hotel.

Mindy Dubansky- Mindy's was a slide lecture enumerating various forms
of edition binding, including velobind, brass fasteners, rubber bands,
with commercial forms of edition binding.

Priscilla Spitler- Priscilla continued the presentation on edition
bindings with an explanation of the use of jigs. The session provided
insight into not only what kinds of jigs are used commonly by edition
binders, but the problems commonly encountered when binding multiple
copies. Definitely a useful session.

Elaine Schlefer- Elaine demonstrated techniques used in the
Conservation Lab at the Academy of Medicine. Some of these had been
used for years at Carolyn Horton's Bindery. She demonstrated solutions
to some very common problems, including a pamphlet binding, which,
though simple and efficient, is also elegant; a post-binding which looks
like a book (instead of a postbinding); a method of hinging large sheets
together; and a very straightforward method of pulp-mending which
yields sophisticated results.

John Mitchell-speaking of skill, it was a real treat to watch John
Mitchell guild the foredge of a textblock. He also gauffered the edge.
This was an intensive session which focussed on Mr. Mitchell's
expertise. Not much more to say...you had to be there. Does anyone know
where to get dry laundry starch? The liquid stuff won't work.

John Hiltoft- The milimeter binding explained. This session described
the covering of the milimeter binding. The textblocks had been prepared,
and the focus was on the way the leather should be attached. His many
samples of bindings, covered with his original papers were evidence of
the elegant nature of this type of binding, and the possibilities...

Next year the conference will be in Pasadena. See you there!

Pamela Barrios
Conservation Laboratory
HBLL Brigham Young University
Provo, UT


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