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[BKARTS] Chela Metzger Lecture and Workshop in the 2008 Brodsky Series for Library Conservation, 11/7-9, Syracuse NY

The 2008 Brodsky Series for Library Conservation


Rare Skills for Rare Books: Book conservation education

A lecture featuring Consuela Metzger, lecturer at the Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record at the University of Texas at Austin 

Friday, November 7, 2008 at 4p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Syracuse University Library


Structure as Decoration: an exploration of early Stationery Bindings made with lacing and ticketing with Chela Metzger

Saturday and Sunday, November 8-9, 2008 10a.m. - 5p.m.
Syracuse University Library, Syracuse, NY

This course is inspired by the varied and beautiful lacing and tacketing found on limp vellum or limp leather 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. 
Biographical Sketch:
Chela Metzger is a librarian, bookbinder and book conservator currently teaching book conservation full-time at the Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record at the University of Texas at Austin.  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.

Tools required:
Awl (3mm at the thickest part near the handle)
Bone folder or Teflon folder
12 inch ruler
Small x-acto knife or scalpel and extra blades
medium or small scissors
90 degree triangle
Small cutting mat or scrap board to cut on and punch into

Japanese screw punch (please bring if you have one)
Spring dividers or compass
Small pliers
6 inch ruler
Any scraps of leather or parchment you would like to use
Portable punching jig

Workshop Details:
Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 8-9, 2008 
Time: 10a.m. - 5p.m.
Location: Syracuse University Library Preservation Department, Bird Library
Registration Fee: $125 + $55 Materials Fee
Lodging: Information can be found at <http://parents.syr.edu/hotels2007.pdf>

Registration Form
More information about the lecture on Friday evening (11/7) and a PDF version of this flyer can be found at <http://library.syr.edu/information/preservation/brodsky/>.

Registration Fee: $125 + $55 Materials Fee

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To register send this page and payment in form of check (payable to Syracuse University Library) or credit card information to:

Peter Verheyen
Head of Preservation and Conservation
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244.

For questions please contact at 315-443-9756 or <pdverhey@xxxxxxx>

Peter D. Verheyen
Head of Preservation and Conservation
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244

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