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Nature as Muse

Join us for Nature as Muse, a panel discussion presented by The American Bookbinders Museum with panalists Elizabeth Curren, Sara Press (Deeply Game Publications), and Rebecca Chamlee (Pie in the Sky Press). We’ll discuss nature’s influence in practice and as model on Saturday, June 15th at 11:00 am PST. Whether its using organic materials, or fashioning patterns to mimic nature, we’ll explore the intersection of nature as material and muse.

Gain valuable insights and practical tips as these talented craftswomen share their journey from early sketches to the final binding, showcasing how they incorporate elements of the natural world into their work. The panel will share how they integrate natural materials into their bindings, and how they use design elements based on models from the  natural world. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore nature’s influence on bookbinding.

Cost: $10
Webinars are recorded and available to all registered attendees after the webinar.


About the Panelists:

Elizabeth Curran, fascinated by craft and history, trained in traditional hand bookbinding in the two-year full time program at North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA where she discovered her love of book conservation. Lizzie was the Conservation Intern at Dartmouth College and a Mellon Fellow at the University of Washington, then a Conservation Technician at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA following graduation from NBSS. Lizzie is currently on hiatus from her position as Assistant Conservator at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH while pursuing further conservation education at City & Guilds of London Art School but remains actively involved in the New England bookbinding and conservation community.

Rebecca Chamlee is a book artist, printer, writer, and bookbinder who has published innovatively designed, letterpress printed, limited-edition fine press, and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1986. Her work is in prominent special and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely. As a self-taught naturalist and citizen scientist, Rebecca’s artist’s books examine the intersection of her artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world. Rebecca retired in 2023 as an associate professor at Otis College of Art and Design where she taught bookbinding, letterpress printing, and artist’s book classes and headed the Book Arts minor program for over 20 years. She now holds workshops at her studio and book arts centers throughout the country.

Sara L. Press, Photographer, Printmaker, Book Artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under her imprint Deeply Game Publications, she has published sixteen book works in editions that range in size from 3 to 100 copies. Her works focus of the overlap between nature and culture. She has receive numerous honors and awards, and her work is part of many prestigious permanent collections.



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