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[BKARTS] American Academy of Bookbinding Graduates Fourth Student



For Immediate Release

Contact: Linda Spinner, 970-728-3886
      American Academy of Bookbinding


American Academy of Bookbinding Graduates Fourth Student


The art and craft of fine bookbinding in the United States is once again
enhanced with the graduation of the fourth student from the American Academy
of Bookbinding (AAB), located in Telluride, Colorado. Mark Kirchner
completed the formal five-year course of study and received his Diploma in
Professional Bookbinding. Over twenty bindings and a research paper on Edge
Gilding 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 Mowery. Mark works out of his studio, Silver Works, in
Newport Beach, California.

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 Monique
Lallier, Hans-Peter Frölich, Louise Genest, Frank Mowery, and Eleanore
Ramsey. Classes are limited and students must apply for acceptance into the
program.

For additional information:

Phone: 970-728-3886.
Email: staff@xxxxxxxxx
WWW: <http://www.ahhaa.org/AAB.html>

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