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[BKARTS] Tacketed Binding Workshop with Chela Metzger, NYC, May 9-10



Structure as Decoration: an Exploration of Early
Stationery Bindings Made with Lacing and Tacketing
A two-day workshop with Chela Metzger
Friday and Saturday, May 9th and 10th, 2008 9a.m. ?
5p.m. 
at the The New York Academy of Medicine
Sponsored by the NY Chapter of the Guild of Book
Workers

This course is inspired by the varied and beautiful
lacing and tacketing found on account-books, or
stationery bindings in medieval and early modern
Europe. These blank books were created to hold records
of businesses and organizations, and have a different
set of aesthetic and structural practices than the
bindings found on regular scholarly and religious
books. Lacing on these books is somewhat like appliqué
or lacing on western gear and can be as complex as the
Islamic inspired mudejar star patterns found on
stationery books in Spain, or the simpler lines and X
patterns found all over Europe.  Tacketing is a sort
of ?staple?, usually of twisted parchment, which holds
the pages to the cover, or holds the cover together,
and tackets can also take many forms. 
 
Participants will have an opportunity to make their
own parchment tackets, practice lacing and tacketing
techniques off the book, practice making loops and
buttons off the book, and then create at least one
traditional stationery binding, combining techniques
as desired. Prior experience hand sewing books is
useful, but not required. 

Chela Metzger is a librarian, bookbinder and book
conservator currently teaching full-time at the
University of Texas at Austin School of Information. 
She is always curious about new book structures, and
is especially enjoys the varied books folks have used
for record-keeping and accounting historically. Her
work in Latin America has fostered a strong interest
in Spanish/Islamic influenced bindings and her father
was an amateur creator of western style laced and
braided items, so lacing was part of her childhood.

One spot left!

Workshop fee: $170 Members, $220 non-Members,
Materials fee: $40

RSVP: Clare Manias at cmanias@xxxxxxxxx or call (212)
851-5603. 
Location:  The workshop will be held at the Gladys
Brooks Book & Paper Conservation Lab of The New York
Academy of Medicine located at 1216 Fifth Avenue at
the corner of East 103rd Street in Manhattan.

Clare Manias
NY Chapter Co-Chair 
Guild of Book Workers

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