Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Hedi Kyle at Book Paper Scissors

Hedi Kyle will be at the Book Paper Scissors an Artists’ Book Fair on December 1 at the Parkway Central Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library with copies of her new book for sale. 

One of the most celebrated and innovative book artists of our time, Hedi has just published The Art of the Fold with her daughter, Ulla Warchol. She has a strong connection with Philadelphia: She was conservator at the American Philosophical Society, and taught at the University of the Arts for twenty years. Her famous Blizzard book structure was developed while she was at home in Philly during the Blizzard of 1996.

In addition to Hedi, you’ll meet more than twenty other amazing artists. The Guild of Papermakers, Lovely In The Home Press, Purgatory Pie Press, Tyler Book (Making) Club, and the UArts Comics and Print Society will be on hand, plus Second State Press and the Philadelphia Calligraphers’ Society with activity tables. These book artists, paper artists, and printmakers offer unique items for holiday gifts. 

In the meantime, here is a link to Helen Hiebert’s interview with Hedi and Ulla, which gives interesting background on Hedi’s career and the development of the book:

For more on vendors, and information about Book Paper Scissors, visit:

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Job Posting: Conservation Librarian/Conservator, Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania

If you're local, you can skip some of the fluff about the wonderfulness of life in Philly, and possibly even even the hype for U Penn. 


Job Posting

Conservation Librarian/Conservator
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
University of Pennsylvania Libraries  

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seeks a Conservation Librarian/Conservator to join our dynamic new conservation program within a
vibrant and innovative academic library setting.

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. 

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play. The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Penn Libraries serve the world-class faculty and students of Penn's 12 schools. The Libraries' collections comprise more than 7 million volumes, over 100,000 journals, some 2 million digitized images, and extraordinary rare and unique materials that document the intellectual and cultural experience of ancient and modern civilizations. Today, the Libraries play an instrumental role in developing new technologies for information discovery and dissemination and are noted for groundbreaking work in digital library design. To learn more about the Penn Libraries, visit

Position Description

Reporting to the Margy E. Meyerson Head of Conservation and joining a state-of-the-art conservation facility, the Conservator will contribute to the long-term preventive care and conservation treatment of the holdings of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, including but not limited to the collections materials in the
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts ( The Conservator will plan and perform simple to complex structural and aesthetic conservation treatment on a wide range of materials including books, manuscripts, art-on-paper, maps, ephemera, and parchments. The Conservator will be a core member of the Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory staff and will be expected to work closely with senior conservation technicians, curators, librarians, liaisons, reading room staff, catalogers, exhibition designers, art handlers, registrarial staff, student assistants, and other library staff.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and perform simple to complex structural and aesthetic conservation treatment on a wide range of special collections library materials including books, manuscripts, art-on-paper, maps, ephemera, and parchments.
  • Apply knowledge of conservation theory and preventive conservation techniques to safeguard the long-term care of Penn Libraries collection materials.
  • Implement and conduct treatment practices that are in keeping with the AIC Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
  • Contribute to and conduct condition surveys and collection assessments.
  • Analyze and examine collection materials to identify, describe, and document their material composition.
  • Collaborate in exhibition and loan activities including review of facilities reports and environmental specifications; conducting exhibition reviews and on-site installation as needed.
  • Develop and implement new documentation procedures and systems with the Head of Conservation.
  • Participate in and create research, training, and educational outreach to a broad audience within the Penn Libraries and Penn academic community as well as partnering cultural institutions at the regional and national scale.
  • Under direction of Head of Conservation and as required, develop curricula and lead audience-appropriate training and outreach for staff, students, faculty, and researchers.
  • Contribute to departmental efforts to support Penn Libraries social media and communications campaigns.
  • Collaborate with and direct the work of other lab staff, technicians, interns, and student workers.
  • Facilitate general maintenance and organization of the conservation laboratory by contributing to safety procedures, maintaining inventories, and selecting materials and supplies.
  • Be an active member of the conservation and cultural heritage community through active participation, publication, research, and professional service.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Please see the official posting for more information and application instructions.

If you have any questions about the position please contact:

Sarah Reidell
Margy E. Meyerson Head of Conservation
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
3420 Walnut Street, Room 504
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

Monday, April 16, 2018

The 2018 Isaac Anolic Memorial Jewish Book Arts Award

What Is The Award?

The sum of $1,500 will be awarded towards the creation of a unique, one-of-kind, or limited edition work of art in the field of Jewish book arts.
Book Arts refers to works of art that originate from a relationship to the book form, ranging from scrolls, accordion-style, illuminated manuscripts, graphic novels or hand-bound printed sheets, as well as hand-made paper, newspapers, comics, ephemera, deconstructed books, photographs, etc.
Jewish Book Arts refers to a work that relates in some way to the greater world of Jewish writings, religion, Jewish thought, history or culture and how words appear in the Jewish tradition. Possible reference points could include: Prayer books, the mezuzah, the ketubbah, Jewish history, sacred texts, the haggadah, etc.

What is not Eligible?

Previously completed projects, commercially published, including small press limited edition books are not eligible for the award.

Who Is Eligible?

All active, professional Jewish artists who have exhibited within the last five years are eligible to apply.

Who Is Not Eligible?

Student artists studying in a degree granting university or school of art.

How Do I Apply?

Applications are to be submitted online and should be sent to:

Application Requirements:

  • Ten examples of current work in JPEG format

Please label each JPEG as follows: Last name_First name _ Image# (example: Doe_Jane_#1)

The size of your JPEG files should be as follows: 1024 pixels on its longest side and no larger than 3MB each.

  • An image list identifying each work with the image#, title, date, medium and dimensions.

You may also include any other relevant information here (ex: Was the work exhibited? Did it win an award? etc.). Please include your name and contact info at the top of the image list.

  • A one-page proposal expressing your vision/intentions for the work that will be supported by the award.

Your proposal should address the following:

The medium and/or format you will use; how your project relates to Judaism; your expected outcome; how the award will help you realize your vision or goal.

  • A professional resume/CV of no more than two pages           
  • Website address if applicable.

What Else Do I Need To Know? 

The project must be completed within a year of receiving the award. At the end of the award year the artist must provide a brief artist’s statement (no more than 500 words) and visual documentation of the project. The family also stipulates that the Isaac Anolic Jewish Book Arts Award be credited in any exhibition or publication of the completed project.

Application Deadline: 

Friday, June 16th, 2018.

The award will be announced: September 30th, 2018

Further Questions?

Award Administrator: 

Rita Rosen Poley (215) 901-2656

For more information about the Anolic Family Awards:

This award is administered by Hillel of Greater Philadelphia

Friday, April 13, 2018


The Focus on Book Arts (FOBA) conference is looking for instructors for the fourteenth biennial Conference.  Conference dates are Wednesday through Sunday June 26-30, 2019 with a check-in day of Tuesday, June 25, 2019. This event is held at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon about 30 miles west of Portland, Oregon. We are looking for beginning, intermediate and advanced level workshops but would also like to consider master level workshops that may involve critical problem solving or more advanced hands-on work. The format of the conference is in classes of one, two, or three days. All three-day classes will be on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All two-day classes will be on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a limited number of one day classes each day. Instructors may submit proposals for the length of days they think appropriate for their class. They may submit a combination of workshops that cover the entire five days of the conference. Each day would be six contact hours, 9:00 until 4:30 with a 1½ hour lunch break. In addition to the individual workshops, the Conference will host evening activities and receptions, a trade show, a sales store, and a Faculty/Staff exhibit.  

For complete details and an application form visit our web page
You will find the button for proposals in the bar at the top of the home page or under the Save the Date information on the lower right of the home page.
If you have any questions go to Workshop Proposals on the web page and click on at the bottom of the page.


All proposals must be received by MAY 15, 2018.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bookmaking Workshop: Round Robin Books

Saturday, May 5, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
All levels welcome; materials provided
Instructor: Artist Scott McCarney

$20 ($16 members); includes Perelman Building admission
In sports, a round robin tournament is when each contestant is matched in turn against every other contestant. In this workshop, participants will act as the contestants matched in turn with circulating sheets of paper and will contribute using a variety of mark-making techniques (drawing, collage, frottage, tracing, transfers, stamping, etc.). As the papers circulate, we will fold them into sections to define the pages and create our own itineraries through the book. Participants will also bind their single-section books with a choice of simple cover attachments. Everyone will leave with a personalized, one-of-a-kind copy of the collaborative edition.

This workshop also includes a tour of Keith Smith at Home with the show’s curator, Amanda Bock, the Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs.

to register>>>>>>>>

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Mail Art& Letter Writing Social

Our good friends at Second State Press have announced a new program, and have invited us to join in.

Letters are a great way to show someone you care, and February is the perfect month to send a letter!

Join us for this FREE monthly event. BYO supplies and swap materials and tips with other artists... and stick around afterwards to share your creations at our Second Sunday Show & Tell.

Second State Press's Mail Art & Letter Writing Social occurs on the Second Sunday of every month from 3PM - 5PM. The first will be Sunday, Feb. 11.

For details, visit

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