Book Arts Lecture this Thursday by Richard Kegler

Just Who Is Richard Kegler And What Is He Doing At Wells Book Arts Center?

If you are in the Central NY area you can Find out this Thursday at the 38th Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Book Arts Lecture. The lecture is at 5 pm in Stratton Hall Auditorium (rm 209) at Wells College. This is event is free and open to the public so bring all your friends!

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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.


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!

Victor Hammer Fellowship Search Open

Wells College and the Wells Book Arts Center announce a search for the next Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts.

"Are you the next Fellow?"  asks Saint George

“Are you the next Fellow?” asks Saint George

The success­ful candidate will hold the position for two years, fall 2014 through summer 2016, teaching two courses each semester, one of which will be Hand Bookbinding I. The fellowship includes an apprenticeship at the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler in nearby Skaneateles. All applicants must have extensive experience in binding and letterpress printing, experience teach­ing, and a MFA in Book Arts or a certificate in a related field. Applications should include a CV, 15 digital images of the candi­date’s own work, 7 digital images of the candidate’s students’ work, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three recommenda­tions. Since the Fellow will assist in the design and production of poetry broadsides for the Creative Writing Program, as well as announcement posters for book arts events, images of any such work would be helpful to the search committee. Applications are due by January 15, 2014, and are to be submitted electronically via an email to wellsjobs@wells.edu with Victor Hammer Fellow noted in the subject line. No phone calls please.