INSTRUCTORS    2018 Faculty

Bookbinding for me started out as a whim, grew into a hobby, and thanks to AAB is now my passion… Amazing school, amazing teachers, just amazing…


Coleen Curry

COLEEN CURRY bound her first book in 2003 with Tini Muira; the experience was a game changer. She became a student of Monique Lallier at the American Academy of Bookbinding and graduated in 2009 with a Diploma in Fine Binding. Notably she has studied with Eleanore Ramsey, Dominic Riley, Luigi Catiglioni, and Hélène Jolis. Coleen assists Don Glaister teaching fine binding at AAB and has been teaching in Colorado and California since 2014. She is past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California and a Board member of the San Francisco Center for the Book. She exhibits internationally, won several awards, and her work is held in private and public collections. Coleen’s aim is to craft technically evocative bindings that provide a visual, sensual, and tactile experience. Coleen is Canadian and lives in Muir Beach, California where she crafts design binding, and in her free time, rock climbs.

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gabrielle-headshotGabrielle Fox

GABRIELLE FOX is a bookbinder based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a contemporary fine art binder and book conservator intrigued with miniature bookbinding of both new and old books. Her continuing research into the history of miniature binding structures has become a longterm project since being awarded an Everett Helm Fellowship from the Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana. Gabrielle received a diploma in Bookbinding from Guild- ford Technical College, Surrey, England after completing a BA in English Literature and Writing at the University of Cincinnati. In the 1980’s she taught throughout England and worked from her studio in Sussex before returning to Ohio in 1990. She travels to teach and care for collections and her work is represented in many public and private libraries. Gabrielle’s bindings explore structure, are full of color and invite examination. She has published two books: The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books and more recently Larkspur Press: Forty Years of Making Letterpress Books in a Rural Kentucky Community 1974-2014.

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 Peter Geraty

PETER GERATY began bookbinding in 1975 at Unicorn Press in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he worked as a printer, typesetter and binder for several years. He moved to Boston in 1977 and continued working as a binder at various places including; library binding at the New England Bookbinding Company, conservation at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and over four years at Harcourt Bindery ending his time there as shop manager. In 1984 he began working as an independent binder and in 1985 moved to Easthampton, MA. As owner of Praxis Bindery, he has focused on conservation, fine binding and binding of editions and presentation materials for publishers and artists. Peter is intrigued by the challenge of combining design, structure, and materials to present text or art. The name he chose for his bindery, Praxis, encompasses his ongoing philosophy to continually hone one’s craftsmanship and pursue deeper knowledge.

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Don Glaister

DON GLAISTER is the Director of the Fine Binding Program at the American Academy of Bookbinding. Don is a book artist who lives and works on Vashon Island, Washington, near Seattle. He began his bookbinding career after taking degrees in painting and sculpture from San Jose State College in California, and studying binding privately with Barbara Hiller in San Francisco and Pierre Aufschnieder and Roger Arnoult in Paris. His professional career in design bookbinding, spanning more than thirty years, has centered on the exploration, development and use of unexpected binding materials, visual humor and spontaneous visual expression, while working within the classical framework of the European binding form. Beginning in 2002, Don’s work expanded to include the design and production of editions of artist’s books that include painting, sculpture and poetry that Don has made. Don has taught binding and design privately and as Professor of Book Arts at the University of Alabama. Don’s work appears in major private, public and national collections throughout North America and Europe.

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Lang Ingalls

LANG INGALLS began studying fine bookbinding years ago, taking private instruction with Eleanore Ramsey (San Francisco). Deep interest drove her to seek further instruction at Centro del bel Libro (Ascona), where she studied with Edwin Heim. While there, Lang met Cathy Adelman, a graduate of AAB, who suggested the Academy; Lang enrolled. Lang graduated from the American Academy of Bookbinding in 2007 with a degree in Fine Binding. She studied under both Tini Muira and Monique Lallier. She has also studied with many other teachers at AAB — notably Don Glaister, Hélène Jolis, Don Etherington and Gabrielle Fox — to further hone her skills. More recently, Lang has explored new structures and approaches to design and techniques through her studies with Ana Ruiz Larrea in Paris. She presently works out of her atelier in Crested Butte, making fine bindings year-round and assists Monique Lallier and Peter Geraty as needed in their classes at AAB. In 2016, Lang was invited to join the board of the Ahhaa School of the Arts, the parent organization of the American Academy of Bookbinding. She also sits on the board of the Guild of BookWorkers, acting as Newsletter Editor for the national publication of the Guild and is the exhibition coordinator for AAB’s OPEN SET competition/exhibition. These efforts are an extension of her interest in bringing a larger audience to the binding field. Lang is a member of several international binding groups (ARA Canada, ARA France, ARA Belgique, Society of Bookbinders, Designer Bookbinders, Miniature Book Society) and celebrates with the members of these groups the stimulating and textural aspects of creating a fine binding — with discussion of technique and terminology, and with laughter. Her work shows in the states and abroad regularly, and is found in public and private collections in the US.

Monique Lallier

MONIQUE LALLIER was the Fine Binding Director of AAB from 2005-2009. An internationally recognized bookbinder and book artist, Monique began her studies in the 1960s in Montreal at Cotnoir Cappone School of Fashion and L’art de la Reliure bookbinding school with Simone B. Roy. She continued studies in Paris with Roger Arnoult, at Centro del bel Libro in Ascona with Edwin Heim and in Solothurn, Switzerland with Hugo Peller. Monique’s work may be found in the collections of McGill University, Montreal; St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal for the Pope Jean-Paul II; Louisiana State University; University of North Carolina; as well as many private collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. In Addition, Monique served as chair of the Standards of Excellence for the Guild of BookWorkers for twelve years. Monique teaches privately and practices her craft full-time from her studio in Summerfield, North Carolina. She continues to participate in international exhibitions and recently won the Silver Prize at the Designer Bookbinders competition in the United Kingdom.

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renate-headshotRenate Mesmer

RENATE MESMER is the Head of Conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She also held the position of Assistant Head of Conservation between 2004 and 2011. Renate started working as a bookbinder at the age of sixteen and earned a Masters in Bookbinding from the Chamber of Crafts of Palatinate in Germany. Before moving to the United States, she directed the Book and Paper Conservation Program at the Centro del bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland. As Head of Conservation at the Speyer’s State Archives in Germany she was awarded a grant to study con- servation abroad. Her internships took her to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Renate has enjoyed teaching a great variety of workshops in book and paper conservation for the Guild of BookWorkers Regional Chapters, North Bennett Street School, AIC in the U.S. as well as other organizations in Australia, Canada and Switzerland for many years. She has presented at American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Guild of BookWorkers, and Society of Bookbinders. Her position as president of the International Association of Book and Paper Conservators (IADA) keeps her current on the field of conservation at an international level.

Sol Rébora

SOL RÉBORA first began bookbinding in Buenos Aires in 1996. In 1999, she studied with Betsy Palmer Eldridge in Toronto and Deborah Evetts in New York City, where her studies focused on bookbinding and conservation. In 2000, Sol began specializing in Design Bookbinding through classes with Monique Lallier (North Carolina), with Edwin Heim and Jean-Luc Honegger (Centro del Bel Libro, Ascona), and with Pascal Theron (Paris) for finishing techniques. In 2005, Sol was awarded the Bridwell Library’s “Visiting Artist’s Fellowship”, a one-month scholarship that enabled her to study the designs of 15th century books held in the Library’s extensive collection, as well as to make a design bookbinding for their contemporary collection. Sol participates regularly in many international exhibitions and competitions, and has notably won the following prizes: Society of Bookbinders ‘Case Binding Category’ First Prize (2005), Society of Bookbinders ‘Institute of Bookbinders & Allied Trades’ Award for Craftsmanship (2007), Society of Bookbinders ‘International Competition’ Award for Forwarding (2009), Design Bookbinders’ ‘International Competition’ Silver Award (2013 & 2017), the American Academy of Bookbinding’s own OPEN SET Competition ‘Set Category’ First Prize, as well as ‘Open Category” Distinction for Endband Work. Her work may be found in many public and private collections around the world. Sol currently works in her private studio, Estudio Rébora, in Buenos Aires. She has been teaching private and regular group classes since 2008, and occasionally organizes visiting instructors for specialized knowledge and techniques. The latest of these was a class with Kathy Abbott, who taught “The Tomorrow’s Past Concept”. Sol has been a Guest Instructor in Mexico City, Guatemala City, San Francisco, and London.

Sialia Rieke

SIALIA RIEKE was born in Santa Fe to artists Gail and Zachariah Rieke and has been immersed in art and the book arts her entire life. She began to write and illustrate books at an early age and went on to win a full tuition scholarship to Sarah Lawrence College by submitting one of these books as her entrance essay. She studied writing and illustration for three years on the New York campus and for one year at the campus in Florence, Italy. Returning to Santa Fe after graduating with a BA, Sialia continued her education with workshops on letterpress at the San Francisco Center for the Book and on bookbinding with various binders. Sialia began to self-publish under the imprint Carpe Noctum Press in 2003. In 2006 she found her home at the American Academy of Bookbinding studying with her mentor Monique Lallier, and other superlative instructors. In 2015 she became the ninth person to graduate from the fine binding program at AAB. Sialia’s work can be found in private book collections and special collections libraries around the country. Sialia has been a teacher’s assistant for Gail Rieke’s workshops at Penland, Haystack School of Mountain Crafts, and AAB. She has taught book arts at Santa Fe Community College and Santa Fe University of Art and Design. A balance of tradition and innovation mark her design bindings and she motivates her students to both technical excellence and experimentation.