New (& Old!) bookbinding workshops at Pyramid Atlantic

Have you seen the new list of workshops at Pyramid Atlantic for mid-Winter & Spring?  There will be a visiting artist in residence teaching a number of interesting structures, both historic and artistic. Remember, Pyramid members also get discounts on classes and access to Book Happy Hour to finish what you started…



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

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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:

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.)


Luigi Castiglione – Reception and Happy Hour Lecture, Oct. 28

The Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers invites members [ETA: and their guests !] to a Reception and Happy Hour Lecture with Luigi Castiglione at the Folger Library on Friday, October 28th. Details are found to the left in the Google calendar (and can be added to your own Google or ics calendar!). Your RSVP as requested in the members’ email announcement to gbwpotomacchapter at gmail dot com will help our planning.



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Luigi Castiglioni will share with participants the process of binding an important “livre de peinture” in the French tradition.

Using images from his recent project creating a binding for a copy of Jaime Sabartès’ Dans l’Atelier de Picasso, with 6 original lithographs of Pablo Picasso and 30 reproductions, the presentation will cover the full process from the design stage through the final finishing techniques.

This talk is not a tutorial.  The intent, rather, is to let the audience witness and enjoy the making of an original creation.  It is only by knowing every aspect of the work that one can fully take pleasure in a binding from the great French tradition.

Castiglioni began bookbinding at the age of 19 and hasn’t stopped since. He completed the program in 2006 at Centro del Bel Libro in Switzerland under the Master Bookbinder Edwin Heim. Later he studied with Jean-Luc Honegger, where he perfected binding in box calf. He returned to Italy to study gold tooling at the Atelier of Hélène Jolis, and later traveled to England to master edge gilding working under Julian Thomas. Since 1999 Castiglioni has lived in Rimini, working out of his atelier, Anonima Amanvensis. In 2005 he exhibited 30 bindings at the Antiquarian bookseller Fata Libelli in Paris. For the past ten years he has worked exclusively for collectors, while continuing to research and develop innovative techniques. Castiglioni is considered one of the premier fine binders working in Europe. His  bindings are characterized by a fusion of traditional crafts with contemporary technologies and electronic media. His process blends the pure spirit of an artisan-craftsman, with the working habits of an efficient binder. Castiglioni’s recent work includes non-traditional bindings, sculptural books, and collaborative projects with engravers and painters.  His website:

Book, Print, and Paper Gathering @ Pyramid Atlantic

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in their new location will be hosting a Book, Print, and Paper Gathering in their new location, featuring presentations from:
  • The Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers
  • American Printing History Association, Chesapeake Chapter
  • Washington Rare Book Group
  • Corcoran Book Arts
  • Handpapermaking
4318 Gallatin Street. Hyattsville, MD 20781
October 6, 2016,  6:30-9:30 p.m.
Come for a gathering of Artisans and Artists, Book Lovers, Type Geeks, etc. for an evening of networking and fun.
Enjoy a tour of PAAC’s new home and hear about the 15th Annual Book Arts Fair coming in November, 2017.
Soft drinks, light snacks provided, but feel free to supplement with BYOB!

Sept. 22: DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous feat. Matt Shlian

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is a monthly discussion forum on art science projects providing a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region and fostering interdisciplinary networking. This month, DASER explores the theme of SciArt Research, including the presentation The Future of Paper Engineering or Saving the World with Folding by Matthew Shlian, Artist, Paper Engineer, and Visiting Research Scholar, Material Science Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

Registration available online at or you may access the live webcast. It will begin streaming at 5:30 p.m. EST.

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.


**RESCHEDULED** Tour of the Betty and Edgar Sweren Collection of Artist Books

UPDATE 5/12/16:  Due to board and host consensus, this opportunity will be rescheduled for another date, to be determined.

The Potomac Chapter is very pleased to announce a return visit to the home of Betty and Edgar Sweren.  Betty is a well known book artist, collector, and teacher.  She and Edgar have acquired an extensive collection of artist books and the Guild was privileged to see part of the collection last year.  We have been invited back this year to see more of their collection including a new acquisition, a book by Susan Allix.

While there, Guild members will also be able to see other collections, such as hand crafts, contemporary furniture by George Nakashima and Robert Erickson, and glass by Dale Chihuly, Martin Blank, and Stephen Powell.  The tour will take approximately 2 plus hours.

Rides can be provided. Please let us know if you would like a ride when you RSVP.
As this takes place in a private residence, please check your member email for directions or request same in your RSVP.

When:  Saturday, May 14 at 1:00 PM

RSVP:  GBWPotomacchapter AT