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Unless I missed something, I believe your post may have been the catalyst
that sparked Mr. Greens defense of Alabamas program, although you didn't
specifically single out any one program, as Mr. Green feels you may have.
With that in mind I wonder if you could/would elaborate a little bit more
about what you mean when you infer that MFA programs are not, to some
necessary degree, technically sound. How does a traditional binding
experience (and I'm not sure I really understand what that means) differ
from the binding experience offered by people like Hedi Kyle, Paula Gorley
or others teaching in MFA programs.
I don't mean this to challenge what you say, but, to have a clearer
understanding of what you mean.
Thanks in advance
On Tue, 5 Dec 1995, Peter D. Verheyen wrote:
> If you want a good solid foundation in bookbinding go to North Bennet St.
> School. You can always continue to experiment, but at least you'l understand
> how a book functions. It is very sound technically in the traditional sense
> which is something I can't say for most of the MFA programs. You'll also be
> employable as a binder, which is anonther minus of the book arts programs.
> Besides what is an MFA worth anyway? It's an honorable degree, but it
> doesn't offer any great employment opportunities.
> > That said, there is a really nice "crafts" school in Boston, Mass.
> >called the "North Bennet Street School" and one of their programs is a
> >two-year non-degree course in bookbinding. You'll recieve a certificate and
> >diploma upon successful completion but not an Master's Degree. Oh well.
> > Another school I've stumbled upon in my search is the Columbia
> >College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. I don't know much about
> >them but I'm going to send for information to see if they too will consider
> >teaching this disabled veteran the laudable craft of bookbinding.
> >Phone numbers: North Bennet Street School
> > 39 N. Bennet Street, Boston, MA 02113 (617)227-0155
> > Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts
> > 218 S. Wabash Avenue, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-2316
> > (312)431-8612
> >BTW -- The old days of Jeopardy used to feature gifts and prizes from the
> >Speigel Catalogue, and I remember good old Don Pardoe saying: The Spiegel
> >Company, Chicago Illinois 60604!
> >Call me crazy, but I'm a sucker for quirky little nuances like that!
> >(Rather than calling me crazy, I'd prefer to be called Ishmael. (nyuk))
> >Rommel JOhn Miller
> >a wannabee bookbinder and sometime wise-guy
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