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Re: [BKARTS] Book arts in Austin, Texas



Susan,

Here is some very helpful info I received a little over a year ago from
Olivia Primas when I was planning a trip to Austin. Most of the info, if
not all, is probably still current. (Thanks again Olivia!)

Lavinia Adler

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Info (not always the most current) about Austin Book Workers can be found
at
http://members.tripod.com/~austinbookworkers/
I am not sure when the next meeting will be, but Wendy Hale Davis, the
ABW president, <worldbridger@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> will know.

The Ransom Center Conservation Department at the University of Texas has
book, paper, and photo conservation treatment labs.
http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/about/conservation/

There is the preservation & conservation studies program:
The Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record
School of Information
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station D7000
Austin TX 78712-0390
Contact Chela Metzger to find out about activities that are going on
there. http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/kilgarlin/


Print shops in Austin
Bradley Hutchinson's Digital Letter Press print shop ( 512- 478-7632)
He has two Heidelberg presses, old type casting machines, and he also
makes polymer printing plates.
He no longer has a web site that I can find, but googling brings up
projects that he has completed. He is wonderful and he likes his
solitude!

Flat Bed Press  http://www.flatbedpress.com
A large studio with facilities for several types of print making
processes for limited editions. There have a large art exhibition space.
The studio charges for classes, but tours are free of charge.

Slugfest has a gallery and a cooperative workshop that has facilities for
printmaking and paper making "Margie and David" <mmca@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Flatbed and Slugfest are located in east Austin- on MLK Boulevard, across
the street from each other.

This web page lists conservators and binders who live in the Austin area
http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/about/conservation/resources/directory/



Classes in Book Binding
Priscilla Spitler and Wendy Davis give classes in binding.
To contact Priscilla  (512) 237-5960 or by email at
<prispit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> / PO Box 578, Smithville TX 78957;
http://priscilla.bookways.com/
Wendy's classes are listed  at the following URL
http://www.home.earthlink.net/~worldbridger/id28.html  her email is Wendy
Davis
<worldbridger@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>



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If you want to see some artist's books or some livres d'artistes, the
Ransom Center has an impressive collection..... Also the UT Fine Arts
Library has a large collection of contemporary artists books.

Here is an intro, culled from the Ransom Center website, to some of the
book art related collections.
Important printers especially well represented are the Aldines,
Estiennes,
 the Elseviers, Christopher Plantin, John Baskerville, Robert and Andrew
 Foulis, and Giambattista Bodoni. European emblem books of the 16th and
17th
 centuries are a particular strength. The Center's large holdings of
 18th-century English books will be especially useful to scholars
researching
 the history of printing and publishing in this period.

 The Center has extensive holdings of color-plate books from the early
19th
 century and chromolithographic books of the Victorian period. All of the
 major fine presses of the late 19th and 20th century are represented,
with
 nearly complete runs of several, including the Kelmscott, the Doves, the
 Golden Cockerel (as well as its archive), the Grabhorn, and Nonesuch
 presses. Among the most significant individual holdings are copies on
vellum
 of the Kelmscott Chaucer, the Doves Press Bible, and the Golden Cockerel
 Four Gospels. Artwork, type designs, and wood engraving blocks of Eric
Gill
 are located in the Art Collection.

 The Ransom Center has an excellent selection of 20th-century English,
 American, and French artists' books, with particular strengths in the
1970s
 and 1980s. Artists include Rufino Tamayo, Henri Matisse (most notably
his
 Jazz), Jim Dine, Pablo Picasso, and Buckminster Fuller. Related items,
such
 as Robert Rauschenberg's plexiglass book "Shades" may be found in the
Art
 Collection.

 The Center also owns a nearly complete set of the Limited Editions Club
 (LEC) publications, which is complemented by the archive of its
publisher,
 the George Macy Co., as well as the artwork for many of the LEC books.
Other
 noteworthy collections include reference works on printing and
bookbinding,
 historical works on book collecting and the antiquarian book trade,
catalogs
 of important libraries sold at auction, type specimen books, calligraphy
manuals from the 16th through 20th centuries, thousands of pictorial
 dustjackets (1925-1960), and runs of dealer and auction catalogs from
the
 late 19th century to the present. A nearly complete run of the Armed
 Services paperback editions provides insight into the reading habits of
 servicemen during World War II, and the activities of a large and
 influential 20th-century publisher are documented in the Alfred A. Knopf
 Inc. Archive and Library.

You can search the online card catalog for specific titles, artists or
binders at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/

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