STAFF & INSTRUCTORS 2020
DIRECTOR, FINE BINDING
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 near Seattle on Vashon Island, Washington. 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.
Visit Don’s website at http://foolsgoldstudio.com/
DIRECTOR, INTEGRATED STUDIES
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.
Visit Peter’s website at https://www.praxisbindery.com/
AAB MANAGING DIRECTOR
KATY BAUM has been pursuing her love of bookbinding since 2001 when she made her first handbound book. Originally from Durango, CO her love of bookbinding has led her on a wonderful path ranging from Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, to graduate school in Chicago where she earned a Master’s degree in Library Science and completed an internship in Book Conservation at the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the AAB team, Katy was managing the Bessenberg Bindery outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan and serving as Secretary for the Guild of Bookworkers.
COLEEN CURRY is a contemporary design binder. Since she bound her first book in 2003, Coleen’s aim is to craft technically evocative bindings that provide a visual, sensual, and tactile experience. In 2009, Coleen received her Diploma in Fine Binding from the American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB). In addition to teaching at AAB, Coleen has led workshops in leather and stone bindings as well as leather dying and surface treatments since 2014 in the US and Australia. She is past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California and current Vice Chair of the San Francisco Center for the Book. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally and has won several awards. Coleen’s work is held in private and public collections, such as the Bancroft Library, Boston Athenaeum and Bainbridge Museum of Art. Coleen is Canadian and lives on the California coast where she crafts design bindings.
Visit Coleen’s website at http://www.coleencurry.com/
GABRIELLE FOX is a bookbinder based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the 1980s she taught throughout England and worked from her studio in Sussex before returning to Ohio in 1990. She still travels regularly to care for collections and to teach. Her work is represented in many public, private and academic libraries. Her continuing research into the history of miniature binding structure was first supported with an Everett Helm Fellowship from the Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana. She has been presented with two awards from the Miniature Book Society: the Glasgow Cup and more recently the Norman Forgue Award for “ongoing work as a conservator, bookbinder, and education facilitator, as well as an ongoing professional example as a member of the world of the miniature book.” Gabrielle has had three books published: The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books, LARKSPUR PRESS: Forty Years of Making Letterpress Books in a Rural Kentucky Community, The Flowing Spine: A Bookbinding Project Book and she has produced ten titles in miniature. Gabrielle’s bindings explore structure, are full of color and invite examination.
Visit Gabrielle’s website at https://gabriellefox.com/
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 Miura and Monique Lallier. She has also studied with many other teachers at AAB — notably Don Glaister, Hélène Jolis, Gabrielle Fox, and Don Etherington — 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.
Lang is a member of the boards of directors for the Ah Haa School of the Arts and the Guild of BookWorkers, acting as Newsletter Editor for the national publication of the Guild. She is exhibition coordinator for AAB’s OPEN • SET competition/exhibition. 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 — Her work shows in the states and abroad, and is found in public and private collections.
Visit Lang’s website at http://langingalls.com/
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.
Monique has most recently prepared a retrospective exhibition and biography of her life-long bookbinding career that opens in November 2018 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Visit Monique’s website at http://moniquelallier.com/
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 conservation 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.
JULIA MILLER is a retired book conservator who is happily engaged in researching the history of bookbinding. She was awarded a Conservation Publication Fellowship in 2008 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) to write Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for the Identification and Description of Historical Bindings, published in 2010 by The Legacy Press. Julia has taught and lectured all over the United States and internationally. She received a Mellon Fellowship in 2009 from The Library Company to research early American bindings, she received the Laura Young Award for service from the Guild of Book Workers (GBW) in 2014, and she is presenting at GBW Standards in October 2019 on the challenges of making models of early codex bindings. Julia serves as series editor for Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding, also published by The Legacy Press, with Volume 6 due out early in 2020. Her second book, Meeting by Accident: Selected Historical Bindings, was published by the Press in 2018. Currently she is working on a third book, Tradition and Individuality: Bindings from the University of Michigan Greek Manuscript Collection, with publication expected in 2020.
SUZANNE MOORE is a lettering artist who combines contemporary vision with traditional scribal techniques in contemporary manuscript books. Born to a family of gifted inventor/engineers, raised in post-Sputnik middle America, with aptitudes in math and science, she was channelled into those fields at an early age . She made her way into the world of art at 20-something, and earned a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing (1973). Moore says: “Letters and letterforms as the subject of drawing, painting, printmaking and lettering are the focus of my work as a book artist. The physical, sensual, and architectural aspects of books and the musical – rhythmic, sequential, unfolding narratives of bookworks – are a multi-dimensional parallel to the way letterforms move on the page. I see books as interactive places: portable spaces created to engage and offer readers new perspectives.” Recent work has included creation of books on the concept, the tumultuous history and the mystery of Zero and the Void and a pair of large-format manuscript books with monotype imagery presenting Bob Dylan songs lyrics.