Bound to Amaze: Gallery talks! Nov 7 & 14

Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career is on view until November 25 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. This exhibition celebrates the vision of Krystyna Wasserman, curator emerita, who assembled NMWA’s collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books over a thirty-year period. Look for a review of these amazing books by Elizabeth Curren in the next Potomac Chapter newsletter! Meanwhile, two half-hour gallery talks, and a public lecture are scheduled for this exhibit, starting at noon Wednesday, November 7 and again on Wednesday, November 14, followed by BOOK ARTS LECTURE: AT THE TABLE—POETRY, ARTISTS’ BOOKS, AND BOOK OBJECTS from 3:30 PM TO 5:00 PM featuring Carol Todaro in the fourth annual lecture devoted to artists’ books and their creators.

More information at . The exhibit closes November 25.


Artist talk – The Amazing Race: The Atlantic Slave Trade Through the Pages of Book Art by Martha Edgerton, March 11.

In the form of traditional and contemporary bookmaking, box making and paper crafting, this exhibition chronicles certain aspects of the transatlantic slave trade experience from its beginnings in Africa to its early years in the Americas. It serves as both a contemporary art display and as an educational tool. The exhibit will be open to the public from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join us at 1 p.m. for an artist talk and Q&A session with Martha Edgerton. Some items, including catalog and hand-made book art, will be available for sale during the exhibition.

Library: Woodlawn Branch

1811 Woodlawn Drive  
Woodlawn, Maryland 21207-4074
Location: * Woodlawn Meeting Room

*See member email for ride-share options.

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.

An evening with Yuri Long, photographer, book artist and Librarian of the National Gallery of Art (but at PyAtl!)

Please join us for a talk by Yuri Long on developing photobooks.  Yuri will present several approaches to printing photographs for books. He will first share his method for printing at home with an inkjet printer for simple hand made books. Then he will identify a few online photobook printing services, and finally provide some basic tips for working with a local printer and setting up digital files for them.

Socializing and snacks begin at 6:00 pm. Yuri’s presentation will begin at 6:30 pm.

$5 suggested donation to cover the cost of refreshments.

When:  Thursday, May 5 at 6:00 PM

Where:  Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD

RSVP:   Please let us know if you will be able to attend at GBWPotomacchapter AT