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[BKARTS] Diploma Granted in Book Conservation

October 27, 2008
First Student Receives Diploma in Book Conservation
>From the American Academy of Bookbinding
Brenda Parsons of Thomasville, NC is the first student to successfully
complete her Diploma requirements in Conservation from the American Academy
of Bookbinding. After four years of practical course work at the Academy,
independent work at home and completing a final Diploma Project, Brenda
presented her work to a jury of expert conservators for review. The jury met
at the GBW Conference in Toronto, October 16-19, 2008. Juror members
included Betsy Palmer Eldridge, William Minter, and J. Franklin Mowery.
Monique Lallier is the Director of the American Academy of Bookbinding.
Brenda¹s instructor while studying at the Academy was Don Etherington.
Founded in 1993, the American Academy of Bookbinding offers a program that
gives serious bookbinding and book conservation students an opportunity to
initiate and improve their skills in a generous and supportive learning
environment. The Academy is unique in the United States in its ability to
offer a comprehensive Diploma granting program in the study of bookbinding
and book conservation, taught by some of the most experienced and highly
regarded book artists and conservators in the world. To date six students
have received Diplomas in Fine Binding: Cathy Adelman, Malibu, CA; Jeffrey
Altepeter, Somerville, MA; Cynthia Fields-Bélanger, Belmont, MA; Mark
Kirchner, Newport Beach, CA; C. Lang Ingalls, Crested Butte, CO; and Sabina
Nies, Ashland, OR. Brenda is the first student to receive a Diploma in Book
Requirements for a Diploma in Conservation include completing at least eight
weeks of conservation classes over a four-five year period; completion of a
number of bindings produced independently at home during those years; a
written research paper; a final Diploma Project that includes a treated
textblock with boards attached, a full-leather binding and clamshell box
with tooling and titling, a cloth case restoration; a leather hinge repair;
sample sheets repaired with Japanese paper and heat-set tissue, and
additional elective courses. Upon completion of these requirements, the
student¹s work is then presented to a jury for review. A Diploma from the
American Academy of Bookbinding signifies that the recipient has
successfully completed a rigorous course of study, both in class and at
The 2009 schedule of classes for the American Academy of Bookbinding is now
available on line at www.ahhaa.org/AAB_web/AA#1AD5FC
<http://www.ahhaa.org/AAB_web/AAB_courses.html> . For more information on
the AAB¹s Diploma Requirements, upcoming classes and instructor biographies,
please visit the AAB website or contact administrative director, Judy Kohin,
at aab@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:aab@xxxxxxxxx> , or 970.728.8649.


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