Artist Kore Loy McWhirter Stopped By The Center

Self-taught artist Kore Loy stopped by the book arts center to share her work and experiences with the bookbinding and calligraphy students.  Loy from North Carolina is a poet, letterpress printer, and an intaglio printer.  She creates many layers and goes through many stages before a piece becomes complete. She showed the students a portfolio of 13 prints and poems all contained in a handmade clamshell box.

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Wells Book Arts Summer Institute for 2015!

SAVE THE DATE!

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We are pleased to announce the dates for the Book Arts Summer Institute of 2015!  Excitement is building here at the Center! We recently decided to add a 3rd  week.

Week 1 July 12th – 18th

Week 2 July 19th – 25th

Week 3 July 26th – August 1st

We are currently finalizing our classes and instructors so keep an eye out for the updates.


New Director Search is Open!

Wells College seeks a director for its Book Arts Center (BAC). The director is responsible for the management of the Book Arts Center including budget and curriculum; arranging for one visiting lecture each semester; working with the BAC Board of Advisors; organizing and running the yearly Summer Institute; training and supervising student workers; designing and printing certificates, broadsides and chapbooks; printing diplomas; ordering and maintaining all supplies; and maintaining and seeing to the repairs of BAC equipment. The director has the opportunity to teach one class per semester and reports directly to the Provost and Dean of the College. Applicants for the position should have a minimum of a master’s degree; excellent skills in binding, letterpress printing and/or printmaking; good interpersonal skills; successful teaching experience in both workshops and semester-long courses; a record of meeting deadlines; and a collaborative spirit. Possibilities exist depending on experience to make additional contributions to the Visual Arts Program through management of the String Room Gallery or involvement with the Graphic Design and Museum Studies minors.

Wells College, located on the shore of Cayuga Lake, was established as a women’s college in 1868 and became coeducational in 2005. The College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Wells College seeks to promote diversity in all of its hires; members of under-represented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the final candidate is selected. Candidates should send a complete CV, including education, teaching and workshop experience, books and publications, exhibitions, and collections that hold their work; 15 images of their work and up to 10 images of student work; a statement of teaching philosophy; and a vision statement for the Book Arts Center to wellsjobs@wells.edu with BAC Director Search in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Book Arts Holiday Sale

The holiday season is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with handmade prints and books!? Our students have been working diligently throughout the semester to prepare gifts for those on your list.

 

On December 6th and 7th we will host a holiday sale and card-printing workshop in Morgan Hall! The events will be held from 1-5 pm on both days. The cost is $10 to print 6 cards, and we will have a variety of designs set in the presses, ready to print.

 

Here are some of the cards from our collection. They are for sale in Morgan Hall Monday-Friday, 9-5 pm, and will be available at the workshop!

Sanding in the Sun

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Bookbinders sanding boardsToday our Bookbinding I class began the Ethiopian Binding. This book structure dating from Late Antiquity is a beautiful book with wooden boards as covers and exposed sewing at the spine. We started by sanding wooden boards outside on this gorgeous day in Aurora! (we fear that our warm days are numbered)

You can see these students focused and hard at work, perfecting their covers. We drilled holes along the spine of the covers and some students are applying stain to the wood. Next week we will be on to sewing!

Nicolas Barker at Wells College

Nicolas Barker visited Wells College last Thursday where he visited the Book Arts Center and gave a brilliant talk to the community. The lecture was attended by book arts board members, faculty, students, and friends. Barker discussed his connection to Printing and the Mind of Man, a book that was published in 1967 and based on an exhibition of books at the British Museum. The books chosen were based on an intellectual contribution through fine printing. Stanley Morison, John Carter, and Percy H. Muir were three very important figures in curating the exhibition and producing the catalogue.  We walked away with a deeper understanding of curatorial work and collaboration in relation to the production of fine press books.

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Nicolas Barker at the Bixler Press & Letterfoundry; photo taken by Winnie Bixler

The following day, Barker made a trip to Skaneateles to visit Michael and Winnie Bixler at their letterfoundry. Michael and Winnie showed Barker their collection of beautiful molds for casting metal type as well as their current book projects. All of the Bixlers’ type specimens of type can be viewed here at the their website.

We thank Nicolas Barker for making his journey to Wells, and all those who made the event possible. We will be sharing a video of his talk soon if you missed it!

Yellow-Back

Yellow-back:

Books from Ward and Lock publishers

Books from Ward and Lock publishers

‘The nickname given to the particular type of cheap edition evolved in the middle of the 19th century for display and sale on railway bookstalls. It was usually (but not always) a cheap edition of fiction; it usually (but not always) cost two shillings; its basic coloring was usually (but not always) yellow’ (Michael Sadleir)

These books are featured on the British Library website, here.

-from John Carter and Nicolas Barker’s ABC for Book Collectors.

Barker will be here at Wells this Tomorrow, Thursday!

Holiday Card Workshop at Wells

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Our annual Holiday Card Workshop is approaching! The event will be held on the 6th and 7th of December, both days from 1-5 pm. The cost is $10.00 and will be hosted by faculty and students in the Book Arts Center.

Participants will letterpress print 6 holiday-themed cards on our Vandercook presses. We will have cookies, hot chocolate, and holiday music for a festive atmosphere! We will also hold a holiday sale including blank books, prints, and additional cards.

 

We’d love for you to join us in Morgan Hall on the first floor. Please indicate your interest or any questions by sending a contact form below.

Deckle-Fetishism

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Deckle-Fetishism:

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Handmade Flax Paper by Laura Rowley at the University of Alabama

The over-zealous, undiscriminating (and often very expensive) passion for uncut edges in books which were intended to have their edges cut.

-from John Carter and Nicolas Barker’s ABC for Book Collectors.

 

Barker will be here at Wells this Thursday!