Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Guild of Bookworkers: Charleston South Carolina

Being a book conservator and binder I am afforded the opportunity to belong to a great group of people and one of the yearly venues to get together is the Guild of Bookworkers Standard of Excellence Conference, held in different cities.  This year I was able to attend in Charleston, SC.  This was my first time there and I came away ready to return.  I attended the four presentations which make up the bulk of the conference, which links are listed below.

Cheryl Jacobsen: Calligraphy

Chela Metzger Erin Hammeke: Pennsylvania Liturgical Bindings

Becky Palmer Eldridge: Conservation Treatments Revisited 

Deborah Evetts: Herrnhuter Paste Papers

Some of the highlights outside of the presentation were the reception, which was held in the foyer of Charleston Society Library and an impromptu visit to a historical house which contains offices for the University but still retains its beauty as seen below. 

Chandelier in historical house.
I was able to go on a tour of the Special Collections of the University, where they had many of the unique items on display...

A popup book from the Special Collections of the University.
...and get some good walking time in exploring this beautiful city.

A street view of a church.
An arch on campus square.
 The presentation as always, were informative and interesting.

Chela and Erin presenting on Pennsylvania Liturgical Bindings.
Weaving a strap with a simply made device.
Betsy giving some tips on paper repair.

An example of paste paper made by Deborah Evetts.

Pasting out a sheet of paper ready for a design.

Examples of Herrnhuter paste papers by Deborah Evetts.

Written by Deborah Howe

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