Spring workshop springs up! Animated Structures with Thomas Parker Williams, June 16

an overhead shot of a star or flower shaped 3 dimensional paper structure
Thomas Parker Williams, still shot of animated paper structure

No actual springs are promised, but wait to see what pops up at Thomas Parker Williams‘ workshop next month. Volvelles! Sliding windows!

Shannon, our new events coordinator, invited this maker of most interesting and unusual movable structures to teach, and what’s more, found us a host in a brand new location (to us)!  Sign-ups need to be reserved by May 31 for this workshop to run. are requested through June 5. Please see the current workshops page for further details.


Support the Guild that supports you!

Dear members;

The Potomac board supports the national fundraising campaign towards the Guild’s strategic reserve. It is important for not-for-profits to maintain a healthy financial reserve to bolster against unpredicted events beyond forecasted budget expenses. Won’t you consider the GBW in your year-end giving?  (It is also a strategic way to get your hands on GBW swag for last-minute gifts for your benchmates, spreading the love two ways!)  The website is easy to click through, and doesn’t add a fee, unless you choose to donate to the giving platform!

Please check out the President’s message from your members’ email, or below.

Dear Members,

We hope that you will consider the Guild of Book Workers in your year-end  giving.  Your support will ensure the continued success of our organization, while helping to build and strengthen our existing membership benefits.  Donors can choose from a variety of thank you gifts, and all donors will be thanked on our website and in an upcoming issue off the Newsletter.  We hope to raise $15,000 by the end of the fundraiser on January 15, 2017.  

For more information or to donate now, go to:  Year-End Giving

(Or by https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/guild-of-book-workers-year-end-fundraiser)


[This survey closed on November 30 and we are currently reviewing the data. Thank you for your responses!]

Hello! How are you? How are we doing? We would honestly like to know. So we have designed a brief survey. This is open for members and friends!

Please take a moment or two to respond to the survey, which may be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HPLWPNG

In no more than 10 questions, we are looking for feedback about the events and programming we have and will continue to offer. Our chapter is as good as we, the membership, make it. And if you are not a member, we would like to know what would encourage you to be one, or participate as an occasional guest non-member, which is sometimes a better option for individuals for various reasons.

In addition to your national membership, benefits of chapter membership include preferential notice of ticketed events, and access to behind-the-scenes events with limitations of capacity.

(Did you know that some of us are even members of multiple chapters due to desire to attend other chapters’ workshops and events, and to stay in better touch? You can check out other regional chapters’ activity by looking at the blogroll sidebar of websites on our very own website, linked below.)


Book arts workshop getaway in Ireland

Sudden summer heat getting to you and wishing for a cool contemplative vacation? Check out GBW member Alice Austin’s upcoming workshop opportunity, BUILDING BOOKS & IMAGERY WITH ALICE AUSTIN at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, on the wild west coast of Ireland, September 2 to 10, 2016.

In this artist book workshop, the class will create a variety of book structures, emphasizing the sculptural possibilities of the book. We will start by making paste papers (painted decorative papers) to use as covers for a paper-bound journal. We will continue with the woven flexagon, the flower fold (or endless origami), and then move on to the map fold, with variations on all these forms. The panorama concertina, an accordion book with cut floating panels will be the final book. Short writing exercises will help to create content for our books. To add imagery, we will carve our own rubber stamps, learn line transfer drawing, and create mono prints. Each participant will have the opportunity to discuss their artist books as needed and will leave with the knowledge and techniques to create many more.

For further details, including some very enticing pictures, please proceed to Alice’s website linked above.


2016 Calendar

Potomac Chapter Exhibit:  Life Along the Potomac

Exhibition Catalog Now Online

The Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers’ exhibition, Life Along the Potomac, opened on December 3rd, 2015 at the Bethesda Library, Bethesda, MD.   On January 4th it traveled to the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, MD where it is on display through February, 2016.The exhibit features a wide variety of binding styles and highlights different artistic interpretations of the Potomac theme. It includes examples of traditional bindings, contemporary design bindings, and an array of artist books. Photos of the fifteen books on display, along with descriptions of the designs and materials used are provided in the link below:



2015 Calendar

Exhibition Guided Tour – “Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print”

Thursday, January 15, 6:30 pm

Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201

We’re pleased to announce our first event for 2015: An after-hours guided tour of the Pen to Press exhibition at the Walters Art Museum.

Please rsvp to GBWPotomacChapter@gmail.com if you would like to attend.  Also, if you are driving from the DC area and are willing to give another Potomac Chapter member a ride, please mention that in your response.  Or if you would like to attend and need a ride, let us know.  With a little coordination we should be able to get everyone who wants to attend to the event.

For more about the exhibition, see the description below provided by the Walters Art Museum.

Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print

This exhibition explores that moment of tension, beginning with the publication of Gutenberg’s Bible in 1455, when printing was a new, experimental medium. The result was a fascinating interplay of formats that led to hybrid works, failed experiments, and entirely new forms of books. This story is especially pertinent now, as we are experiencing our own technological revolution, moving from printed book to digital publishing.


Gothic Book Furniture Workshop, with Erin Hammeke

Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 29, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, 8230 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD

The Potomac Chapter is excited to announce a Gothic Book Furniture Workshop, led by Erin Hammeke.  In this 1.5 day workshop, students will learn about metal book furniture manufacture during the Gothic period, including center- and corner-pieces, bosses, edge guards, and fastenings. Results from a survey of furniture on incunabula will be shared along with many visual examples of Gothic book furniture. Students will learn how to fabricate and attach a set of brass clasps typical of the Gothic period and will learn various metalworking techniques such as cutting, forging, filing, engraving, drilling, punching and riveting. Supplies will be provided to produce two clasps, with the option to make additional furniture. Students are highly encouraged to bring a Gothic quarter or full leather/tawed skin binding model with wooden boards on which to attach their clasps and furniture. A mockup wooden boards binding can be substituted if you are unable to bring a Gothic model. Instructions for making the mockup will be provided prior to class.  Please feel free to contact the instructor if you have any questions.

Cost:  $150 for members, $175 for non-members.  There will be a materials fee paid directly to the instructor.

For more information, or to reserve a spot in the class, please rsvp to GBWPotomacChapter@gmail.com.

About the Instructor:  Erin Hammeke is a Senior Conservator for Special Collections at Duke University Libraries. She has an MLIS and CAS in Conservation from the Kilgarlin Center at UT Austin, as well as a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art with an emphasis on Metalworking from UW Madison. She has held internships at the Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University and at the Pinos y Serriera Archives, Vilassar de Dalt, Spain. She has a special interest in metal attachments to bookbindings, and recently co-instructed a PBI course on American Anabaptist bindings.


Presentation by Dan Essig, Book Artist

Thursday, April 23, 3:00 pm

Rosenwald Room, L J 205, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

Come join us to hear Dan give a presentation on his amazing wood-covered artist books and book-based sculptures.  Co-hosted by the Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division.


Special Tour of “In the Library: The Robert L. Feller and Ruth M. Johnston Feller Collection”

Friday, May 22, Noon

National Gallery of Art

Highlights of this exhibition include Feller’s notebook on samples taken in Florence where he worked with conservators responding to the flood of 1966, several examples of hand painted color samples, and a series of several editions of important artist manuals and instruction books.  Meet outside the Study Center on the ground floor of the NGA East Building, just past the large staircase.  To facilitate access to this area of the museum please RSVP to GBWPotomacChapter@gmail.com so we can provide a list of attendees in advance of the event.


Presentation by Vicky and Bill Stewart, Booksellers

Tuesday, June 2, Wine and cheese at 6:00 pm; presentation at 6:30 pm

Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD

Vicky and Bill Stewart of Vamp and Tramp Booksellers present, “Artist Books: When the Goblet Becomes the Wine.”  Hear Vicky and Bill talk about the business of selling contemporary fine press and artist’s books and have a rare opportunity to look closely at and handle a selection of the books they offer.  They say they sell the books they love-the ones that haunt and comfort them.  Come to see and peruse some of those inspirational titles, imprints, and bindings.

Please rsvp to GBWPotomacChapter@gmail.com if you would like to attend.


Guild of Book Workers Potomac Chapter Exhibition

The Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers invites its members to participate in an exhibition scheduled to open at the end of 2015.  The theme of the exhibition is Life Along the Potomac.  Members are encouraged to interpret this theme broadly to encompass such things as the history of the region, local geography, and contemporary Washington.


Eligibility:  All entrants must be members in good standing of the Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers at the time of submission and carry a current membership throughout the duration of the exhibition.  Entrants may submit one work, which must have been created since 2013.

Fees, Shipping, and Insurance: There is a $35 entry fee.  All submissions must be sent in protective enclosures.  The submissions will be returned to the owners at no additional cost, including insurance up to $500.  The Potomac Chapter will not provide any other insurance coverage beyond what may already exist at the exhibiting venues.

Size and Space Limitations:  Books may not be larger than 14 inches high x 10 inches wide when closed.  Should we receive more submissions than can be accommodated by the participating venues, the Board of the Potomac Chapter reserves the right to select those considered most in keeping with the theme of the exhibit.

Exhibition Duration:  The show will open in December of 2015 at the Bethesda Library, Bethesda, MD and travel to at least one additional location in early 2016.  Once a work is selected it must remain in the show for the full duration.

Catalog:  The Potomac Chapter plans to produce an online catalog with photographs and descriptions of each work, as well as biographies of the artists.

Intent to Enter:  Please indicate your intent to enter in an email to: GBWPotomacchapter@gmail.com  Include your name, address, email address, and phone number.  All Intents to Enter must be received by June 15, 2015.

Submission Date:  All entries must be received by November 2, 2015.

Questions:  Please contact the Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers at: GBWPotomacchapter@gmail.com


Tunnel Book Workshop, with Alice Austen

Saturday, June 13, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Folger Shakespeare Library, Werner Gundersheimer Conservation Laboratory

The Potomac Chapter is excited to announce our next workshop, The Tunnel Book, taught by Alice Austen.  The tunnel book sets a stage by enticing the viewer to look through expanding layers or scenes. In this one day class students will make two models to explore and understand the physical expansion of the concertina side panels. We will also construct a cover to attach to one of our books. Materials will be provided for the books but students should bring postcards, drawings, prints, photographs or other collage material that they would like to cut up and incorporate in their books. We will make our own rubber stamp from an eraser but bring a few of your favorite art supplies to personalize your books.

Cost:  $100 for members, $125 for non-members, plus a materials fee paid directly to the instructor.

For more information, or to reserve a spot in the class, please rsvp to GBWPotomacChapter@gmail.com.

About the Instructor:  Alice Austin is a Philadelphia printmaker and book artist. She has worked as a book conservator since 1999 at the Library Company of Philadelphia, a rare book library founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin. She is a lecturer at the University of the Arts, teaching book structures, and also teaches workshops at the Center for Book Arts, NYC, Cullowhee Mountain Arts, in Western North Carolina, and other locations. She earned a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and has been an active member, heading many local committees, of the Guild of Book Workers since 1998. 
She has been awarded many artist residencies in Europe, some of which involve teaching and exhibiting. Her work is widely held in private, public and special collections worldwide and you can listen to a podcast about her work from the University of Alabama. Her art work is also featured in “500 Handmade Books,” “Magic Books and Paper Toys,” “1000 Artists’ Books” and “Making Handmade Books.” Her artist books have been reviewed in Fine Books magazine and on-line in the New Yorker book bench blog.


Presentation by Alice Austin

Thursday, June 11, 3:00 pm

Rosenwald Room, L J 205, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

Alice Austin will present, “Structural Books: Book Structures from the Medieval to the Modern.”  Alice will discuss her exploration of different book structures, both historic and modern.  Her unique books satisfy a curiosity of book binding history, while her editions celebrate pattern and color.


Summer Party

Saturday, August 29, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

8911 Alton Parkway, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Chill out and reconnect with old friends.  Drinks provided; bring a dish to share.  We’re a 15-minute walk from the Silver Spring red line.  If you drive, watch for “No Parking” signs close to the house.

Please rsvp directly to Linda by email at capella8911@yahoo.com, or by phone at 301-585-0758.

We hope to see you there!


Special Tour of Betty and Edgar Sweren Home and Artist Book Collection

Saturday, September 19, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

77 Seminary Farm Road, Timonium, MD 21093

Back by popular demand is a special tour of Betty and Edgar Sweren’s home and collection of artist books. This tour was a highlight of events connected with GBW Standards when it was held in Washington, DC in 2013. Members who missed it have repeatedly requested that we schedule another opportunity to see this impressive collection and hear from Betty and Edgar about it. The Swerens have graciously agreed to host us again and to show us the many fabulous artist books and other pieces of art, which they have acquired. This is a unique chance to see an amazing selection of outstanding artist books in the beautiful setting of the Sweren’s home.

Because space is limited, please RSVP to GBWPotomacchapter@gmail.com.

If you are driving and can take a passenger or if you are in need of a ride, please let us know and we will try to help coordinate transportation.


Exhibit Announcement

Thursday, December 3, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, opening reception at Bethesda Library, Bethesda, MD.  On view through December.

Monday, January 4, exhibit goes on view at Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD

Life Along the Potomac, an exhibit of artist books and design bindings by members of the Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, will open in December at the Bethesda Library, Bethesda, Maryland.   An opening reception will be held on December 3rd from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The exhibit features a wide variety of binding styles and highlights different artistic interpretations of the Potomac theme. The exhibit will be on display at the Bethesda Library through December, when it will travel to the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, Maryland and go on view there on January 4th, 2016.

If you would like to attend the opening, please RSVP to GBWPotomacchapter@gmail.com.


Inks, Drinks, and Merriment

The Potomac Chapter invites you to our annual holiday party, Thursday Dec 10th.   This year we will be celebrating with food, drinks, and letterpress printing!   We have reserved the studio space at Pyramid Atlantic and will be set up so that party goers can take a turn at printing their own holiday cards. Pyramid member and printer James Quigley will be on hand to assist, offer pointers, and generally supervise our inky endeavor. You, the party guest, will have the chance to meet with friends, enjoy some light refreshments, and take home some handmade holiday cards. Send them to friends and family to spread holiday cheer and for instant artistic credibility!

What:   Holiday Party and Card Making (and extremely brief annual meeting)

When: Thursday, December 10th, 6:00 pm -8:00 pm

Where:   Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring. There is parking available out front and on the side streets. Pyramid is also less than a 5 minute walk from the metro if you follow the path next to the bus hub, walking up hill.

What you need to do: Just RSVP to GBWPotomacchapter@gmail.com, and show up on the 10th ready to print. Feel free to bring a guest, just let us know if you plan to do so. There will be a basket for donations (a few bucks per person should cover it) to help defray the cost of the cards, ink, and James’ expertise.

Hope to see you there!


2014 Calendar

The Potomac Chapter will be sponsoring several great programs over the next few months that we would like to bring to your attention so you can mark your calendars now.   We will send out announcements in advance of events with more specifics on logistics, but want to alert you to the activities we have in store.


Workshop on Book Arts for Girl Scout Troop

Saturday, February 8, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD

We are delighted to work with a local Girl Scout troop, and help the girls earn their Book Arts badges!

The girls will tour the Maryland State Archives, learn basic book structure, and will each create two books of their own.


Movie Night – “Between the Folds”

Tuesday, February 18, 5:30pm

Folger Shakespeare Library

Wine, cheese, and popcorn @ 5:30pm in the Tea Room; movie to start @ 6:00pm in the Board Room

A viewing of the highly acclaimed PBS documentary “Between the Folds” that chronicles the stories of 10 master paper folders.   If you’d like to get a preview of what you will see go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE4lqYzS2m0.

Please rsvp if you plan to attend.  There is no charge, but we will put out a donation basket to help cover the cost of snacks.  We hope to see you there.


Exhibit Tour – “Book Binding from the Gilded Age”

Saturday, March 8, 11:00am

Walters Museum in Baltimore

We have arranged for a special tour with Diane Bockrath, curator of the exhibit “Book Binding from the Gilded Age.”  The exhibit highlights a golden age of fine book binding from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, influenced by the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.  For more information about the exhibit, go to: http://thewalters.org/events/eventdetails.aspx?e=2738

This will be a unique opportunity to hear about this great exhibit from the perspective of the curator.  Space will be very limited, so please rsvp to GBWPotomacChapter@gmail.com if you would like to attend.  Also, please indicate if you will need a ride from the DC area.


Lecture by David Kent – “A Life in Books: A Publisher’s Thoughts on the Past and Future of the Book”

Monday, March 10, 8:00pm

Goucher College, in the Batza Room of Goucher’s Athenaeum, Towson, MD

David Kent, CEO of HarperCollins Canada, will reflect on his 40 years in the publishing industry, how publishing has changed, what has remained the same, and where it may be headed. HarperCollins Canada, publishes fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, as well as religious and reference books.
The lecture, which will inaugurate Goucher’s new interdisciplinary Book Studies program (http://www.goucher.edu/academics/book-studies), will take place in the Batza Room of Goucher’s Athenaeum at 8:00pm on Monday, March 10th.
Tickets for this event are free and can be reserved at www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333.


Workshop on Bone Tool Making, with Shanna Leino

Saturday, April 12, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD

We are delighted to have Shanna Leino give this one day session on “Bone Tool Making” where we will be introduced to the tools and techniques needed to form and finish bone folders of our own design. Simple methods of adding adornment to your tools will also be demonstrated. No previous experience is necessary.

Cost is $100 for members; $125 for non-members

Materials fee, TBD, paid directly to the instructor

Reply to GBWPotomacChapter@gmail.com to request additional information or to reserve your spot.


Potomac Chapter Happy Hour

June 20, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Bar 201, appropriately located at 201 Mass Ave NE.  It’s at the corner of  2nd, D, and Mass Ave.  About 2 blocks from Union Station.

Feeling like the week is dragging on?  Need something to look forward to?  Mark your calendar for the next Potomac Chapter Happy Hour.  We will get together on Friday, June 20th.  Come  meet up with other bookish types and enjoy a drink and an appetizer.   As if you needed more incentive, the first drink and the appetizers are on us while supplies last or until 7:30, whichever comes first.  Seriously.   The Potomac Chapter will spring for a limited number of happy hour priced drinks.  When those are gone it will be the usual cash bar.  Feel free to bring a guest, but due to the limited number of pre-paid beverages, we ask that only PC members partake of the free libations.  In other words, you’ll have to buy your non-Potomac chapter friends a drink.  But you can use the occasion to extol the virtues of membership in GBW.

Please rsvp to GBWPotomacChapter@gmail.com if you plan to attend.  Thanks!


Summer Party

July 19, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

8911 Alton Parkway, Silver Spring, MD 20910

It’s time for the Potomac Chapter Summer Party!  We’ll be meeting at the home of our esteemed treasurer, Linda, on Saturday, July 19th.  Come spend some time with your friends from the Potomac Chapter, enjoy a cool drink, and have a bite to eat.  Summer Pot Luck – bring a dish to share.  Beer, wine, and soft drinks furnished.

Please rsvp directly to Linda by email at capella8911@gmail.com, or by giving her a call (H 301.585.0758 ; M 301.237.2861).

Hope to see you there!


Girdle Book Workshop, with Renate Mesmer

August 1, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

August 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

August 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Folger Shakespeare Library Conservation Lab, Washington, DC

The Potomac Chapter is pleased to announce a Girdle Book workshop with Renate Mesmer of the Folger Shakespeare Library.  The traditional medieval girdle book has an extended covering of soft leather often ending with a Turk’s head knot.  The book was bound in this way so the knot could be tucked under a girdle or belt and the book swung up for reading.  The presentation will start with a brief introduction into the history and variations of the girdle book.  The demonstration will include: how to prepare a texblock for this binding, sewing endbands, preparing and attaching the wooden boards, paring the skin for covering, making the Turk’s Head knot as a finish on the extended covering and attaching a pair of simple brass clasps.

Participants will need to bring a prepared textblock to the class.  The textblock should be 4.5-5cm thick, 4-5 folios per section.  The wooden boards will be pre-cut to the exact size, so participants will be provided with height and width dimensions in advance of the class as well as recommendations for paper to be used to form the textblock.  Your textblock should be sewn on double raised supports, rounded, and with sewn back bead endbands.   We will be having open studio time in the Folger lab prior to the class at a date TBD for participants to bring in their text blocks if they have questions or need instruction in any of these areas.

Cost is $250 for members; $300 for non-members

Materials fee of $30 to be paid directly to the instructor

Please rsvp to GBWPotomacChapter@gmail.com to reserve a spot in the class.


Images from our recent Girdle Book workshop can be viewed on the Web site of Potomac Chapter member, and class participant, Alice Austin at the following link:  http://www.amaustin.com/girdle_book/index.html


Workshop – “Raised Cord Sewing Meets Wire Edge Binding,” with Daniel Kelm of The Wide Awake Garage

September 12, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

September 13, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

September 14, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Folger Shakespeare Library, Conservation Lab, Washington, DC

We are delighted to announce that Daniel Kelm will be presenting a 2-1/2 day workshop.  Learn how to make one of Daniel’s unique bindings using a structure that has a non-adhesive spine system that combines exposed sewing on raised cords with an interior wire along the inside fold (gutter) of each section of pages.  A significant advantage of the gutter wire is that it allows you to eliminate the kettle stitch—an inherently weak feature when not supported by spine linings. This binding—even without spine linings—yields a very strong, flexible book.  Another characteristic of this structure is that the use of raised cords helps us achieve a very successful connection from text block to covers (without the need for a material such as leather bridging spine to boards).  You will create your text block by folding paper and collating the folios into sections.  Then, you’ll punch the sections for sewing; set up the text block on a sewing frame; and attach one section to the next by sewing around the interior wire and the cords.  Daniel will show you how to make your own simple sewing frame from items you can readily purchase.  You will construct the covers of your book with wire rods along the spine edge of the boards.  The raised cords of the text block will be anchored to the wire rods in the covers to complete the binding.

You can expect to have an engaging conversation about the challenges of integrating materials to create a structure that manifests a desired dynamic.

Cost is $250 for members; $300 for non-members

Materials fee of $45 to be paid directly to the instructor

Please rsvp to GBWPotomacChapter@gmail.com to reserve a spot in the class.


Tips and Tricks Session, with Sarah McDermott

Tuesday, October 7, 6:00 pm

Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD.

Socializing and snacks begin at 6:00 pm.

We are pleased to welcome Sarah McDermott to lead our Tips and Tricks Session. Sarah will demonstrate structures used in artist’s books and techniques she has learned through study and teaching. Sarah is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Alabama.  She is currently an instructor in the Corcoran/GW Art and the Book Program.

Please RSVP to GBWPotomacChapter@gmail.com to reserve a spot in this session.

$5 suggested donation to cover the cost of refreshments.


Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding Seminar

October 9-11

Las Vegas, Nevada

The annual Guild of Book Workers conference where participants attend presentations by leading experts in the fields related to book and paper arts. Tours of binderies, conservation facilities, rare book libraries and papermaking establishments are arranged in conjunction with the event.


Holiday Party


More good times and good eats.

Details to be determined.


Stay tuned for more details and additional activities throughout the year.  We hope you’ll be able to join us!

A New Year and New Officers!

Please join the GBW Potomac Chapter in welcoming our newly elected officers!

Chair  —  Dan Paterson

Secretary  —  Jane Bortnick Griffith

Events Coordinator  —  Dorothy Haldeman

We’re looking forward to a great year.  Check back here for updates on what’s coming up next!

Dan Paterson

Chair of the Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers.

2013 Calendar

Guild of Bookworkers Potomac Chapter

2013 Events


Tips and Tricks Evening Session with Linda Rollins

February 28 – 5:30 PM

Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD

Linda will share a range of techniques and insights acquired through her many years of teaching and independent bookbinding.

Linda Rollins is the Resident Bookbinder at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD.

Workshop on Calendar Books by Pamela Spitzmueller

March 9-10,  9:00am – 5:00pm both days

Folger Shakespeare Library Conservation Lab, Washington, DC

This workshop will focus on the creation of small and portable historic calendars including vade mecums (ready reference books).

Pamela Spitzmueller is the former Chief Conservator for Special Collections at Harvard University Libraries where she headed the Weissman Preservation Center Conservation Lab. She specializes in the history of book materials and book structures. She makes historical models based on historical book features as well as one-of-a-kind artists’ books influenced by her research and conservation work.

Tour National Gallery of Art Exhibit “Pre-Raphaelites and The Book”

April 19  Noon; Meeting location is the 6th Street entrance to the West Building of the National Gallery of Art

Many artists of the Pre-Raphaelite circle not only involved themselves in book design and illustration but were also highly regarded poets in their own right. Organized to complement Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848–1900, this installation includes books of poetry by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris, wood-engraved illustrations by several Pre-Raphaelite artists, and material related to the Kelmscott Press (established by Morris in 1891). Beautifully illustrated books from this press are displayed alongside Morris’ elaborate ornament designs and his own manuscript illumination inspired by medieval tomes.

Presented by Yuri Long, Curator and rare books specialist in the NGA library.

Tour of the Betty and Edgar Sweren Collection of Artist Books

May 4, 11:00 am

77 Seminary Farm Road

Timonium, Maryland 21093

Betty Sweren is a well known book artist, collector & teacher.  She and her husband Edgar have acquired an impressive collection of artist books, which will be available to Guild members to see.

Workshop on Compartmentalized Boxes by Bob Muens

June 15-16, 9:00 am-5:00 pm both days

Folger Shakespeare Library, Werner Gundersheimer Conservation Lab

We’re pleased to announce our next workshop, Compartmentalized Boxes, taught by instructor Bob Muens.

This workshop will focus on a variety of methods used to construct compartmentalized boxes utilizing a hinged lid.  The principals used in this class could be applied to jewelry boxes, portfolios, box customization and artifact housing.

Each student will make their own box using a variety of materials while investigating archival considerations and exploring choices for closure mechanisms.

Cost:  $200 for members, $250 for non-members plus a $20 materials fee paid to the instructor

Annual Summer Pot-Luck Gathering

August 24, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hosted by Linda Rollins

Location:  8911 Alton Parkway, Silver Spring, MD  (15 min walk SS metro)

Beer, wine & soft drinks provided.  Bring a dish to share and catch up with fellow Potomac Chapter members and friends.  Please RSVP to Linda Rollins capella8911@yahoo.com

Standards Preparation


Come join in helping to compile materials for the 2013 Standards in Excellence Conference hosted by the Potomac Chapter

2013 GBW Standards in Excellence Conference

October 24-26

Liaison Hotel, Washington, DC

Exhibition Tour


We are working to put together a special exhibit tour.  Stay tuned for details.

Annual Meeting and Party

December 12, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD