30th Anniversary Benefit Auction: William Minter

William Minter

About the Binding:

Everyone who knew Bill Anthony would say he was a gentle Irishman with a love of his country. Since the BOOK OF KELLS is one of the beloved treasures of Ireland, Bill bound his own facsimile copy during my apprenticeship. That binding is one of my favorites, so I followed his example in the binding of his catalog. At the same time, I had observed Bill bind in vellum-over-boards, a style that he used at F.G. Marshalls in England. I had always been reluctant to bind in this manner. With the help of a recent workshop, this book is covered in vellum, in memory of Bill and his wonderful leadership.

The signatures are sewn on four vellum thongs that are exposed through the green leather spine; the sides are covered in vellum-over-boards. The title is gold stamped and the green leather lacework design – inspired from the BOOK OF KELLS – is blind stamped. The head has been colored with acrylic paint; hand-sewn silk endbands; marbled paper endsheets.

Estimated Value: $5,000

Bill Minter

About the Artist:

William “Bill” Minter was recently named senior book conservator by Penn State University in a newly created position. Prior to that appointment Bill was in private practice.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Stout State University, Menomonie, Wisconsin and completed a seven-year book conservation apprenticeship under William Anthony in Chicago, Illinois.  In 1978, he opened his book conservation practice in Chicago and in 1994 relocated it to Woodbury, Pennsylvania. In addition to his work at the conservation bench, he has served the field through (1) leadership in professional organizations including the AIC Book and Paper Group (Chair 1984-86) and Conservators in Private Practice (Chair 1989-91); (2) development of technologies for book and paper conservation, including the ultrasonic welder for polyester film encapsulation with over 200 installations worldwide; (3) participation in academic research as Senior Project Conservator in the Heritage Science for Conservation program, Department of Conservation and Preservation, Johns Hopkins University (2009-2012).

To bid on any of the bindings, please email us at lib-prescons@uiowa.edu. Bids will be accepted until the end of the silent auction, 7 pm CST on Thursday November 13th.

30th Anniversary Benefit Auction: Bill Voss

Bill VossAbout the Binding:

Red leather onlays with gold foil tooling on full green goatskin, with leather hinges and endbands tooled in red and gold.  The design is modeled on a pattern used by Bill Anthony on Hollinshed’s Irish Cronicle.

Estimated Value: $1,000

Bill VossAbout the Artist:

Bill Voss is a Conservation Techncian at the University of Iowa Libraries, where he has worked since 1999.  He has an BA in Russian from Lawrence University, a MA in Slavic Linguistics from The University of Washington and a Certificate in Book Studies from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book.

To bid on any of the bindings, please email us at lib-prescons@uiowa.edu. Bids will be accepted until the end of the silent auction, 7 pm CST on Thursday November 13th.

30th Anniversary Benefit Auction: Caitlin Moore

Caitlin MooreAbout the Binding:

This binding is a paper case made from Zaansch bord, a heavy weight dutch windmill paper. The design was hand stenciled in watercolor using the pochoir technique.

I chose the paper case because it is the book structure I most associate with my time in the UI conservation lab. The design I chose because corn is such an iconic part of the landscape and my favorite view in Iowa.

Estimated Value: $250

Caitlin Moore

About the Artist:

Caitlin Moore holds an undergraduate degree in studio art and art history from Albion College in Albion, MI. She graduated from the UICB program in 2008. She worked at the University of Iowa conservation lab from 2006-2011. She is currently a bookbinder in the conservation lab at Cornell University. She is also the owner/operator of the Black Finch Bindery in Ithaca, NY.

To bid on any of the bindings, please email us at lib-prescons@uiowa.edu. Bids will be accepted until the end of the silent auction, 7 pm CST on Thursday November 13th.

30th Anniversary Benefit Auction: Shanna Leino

Shanna LeinoAbout the Tools:

While working on books, I found myself needing simple but special tools to carry out the work on leather, wood, and bone. That set me on the road to making folders, awls, punches, and hooks. It is satisfying to me to see others making skillful use of the tools I have made.

Tool making itself satisfies a need I have to keep my hands moving. I like the focus it provides.

Make beautiful work with good tools!

Hand-Built Tools by Shanna Leino
– Leather tool roll
– 2 leather polka dot paper weights
– Elk bone awl –for blind tooling leather
– Double ended steel awl – for marking, scribing, hole punching
– Elk bone folder – for general folding and burnishing
– Old stock Japanese snips – etched and dipped by Shanna
– Fine elk bone folder – for tighter, delicate work
– Steel micro-chisel – for punching and chiseling wood, board, and paper
– Elk bone and steel pin awl – for piercing paper
– Kelm stainless steel folder – for heavy duty scoring

Steel Tools: The steel tools are made from high carbon steel and have been heat treated for strength and durability. The steel tools are patterned by hammer blows or embellished with hand-cut steel stamps.

Carved Elk Bone Tools: The shape, size, and feel of the bone tools are in part determined by the bone it comes from. Each is unique. All of the folders I make are from elk bone, an exceptionally dense, white bone that carves wonderfully and polishes well. I receive clean, whole leg bones (an otherwise unused by-product of hunting) and spend a lot of time working it to shape with a band saw, sander and numerous hand tools. The shaped bone is then ornamented with hand carving, either a pattern made up with lines and dots, or carved flower. Hand sanding and buffing polish and complete the tools.

Estimated Value: $425

Shanna Leino

About the Artist:

Shanna grew up in Harrisville, New Hampshire. She returned after completing her BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and spending a number of invaluable years of learning with the good book people in Iowa City, Iowa.

She continues to travel in search of conferences, seminars, and teaching opportunities to continue/enrich her own learning.

To bid on any of the bindings, please email us at lib-prescons@uiowa.edu. Bids will be accepted until the end of the silent auction, 7 pm CST on Thursday November 13th.

30th Anniversary Benefit Auction: Penny McKean

Penny McKean

About the Binding:

I approached the binding of this catalog of William Anthony’s work with great respect and admiration for William Anthony. It was an honor to study with Bill, not only because he was an excellent bookbinder and craftsman. He was generous and kind, warm and funny, a gentleman of the old school. I wanted to create a binding that reflected something of Bill’s character and Bill’s interests. I felt the binding should be understated and thoughtful, and it should have a masculine quality. For me, a visible sewing can be beautiful as well as suggesting strength. I chose muted tones of browns, greens, and rusts. I added some small in-laid squares and “dots” of leather for contrast and visual interest. The in-lays are just a small gesture, one that I hope Bill would have enjoyed, since he taught me how to do it.

This binding is an exposed spine binding. It employs a packed sewing over double raised flax cords, with the endbands sewn along with the sections. The text was sewn through a leather-lined concertina and then rounded and backed. Endbands and sewing cords lace through the boards and remain visible on the spine. The boards are covered with a medium brown vegetable-dyed goatskin. Contrasting the brown leather on the boards, black leather inlays with rust-colored “dots,” or circles, punctuate the entry of the sewing cords into the boards.

Estimated Value: $1200

Penny McKean

About the Artist:

Penny McKean has an MA in Design and an MFA in Design from the University of Iowa. She began binding books in 1985 at the Mills College Book Arts Program and was a student of William Anthony’s at the University of Iowa Conservation Lab from 1986 until his death in 1989. She has studied with David Brock, Louise Geneste, Don Glaister, Monique Lallier, Tini Muira and Pamela Spitzmueller. In 1992, Penny began working as an independent binder at her studio in Iowa City, Blackbird Bindery. From 2005 to 2012 she taught bookbinding classes at the UI Center for the Book. Her bookbinding interests include book conservation, fine binding, and fine editions. She continues to live and work in Iowa City.

To bid on any of the bindings, please email us at lib-prescons@uiowa.edu. Bids will be accepted until the end of the silent auction, 7 pm CST on Thursday November 13th.

Benefit Auction and Plainly Spoken Reception at University of Iowa Library

Binding by Mark Esser
Binding by Mark Esser

Two events will mark the closing of the UI Libraries Conservation Lab’s 30th anniversary celebration: a reception for the Midwest Guild of Bookworkers Exhibit Plainly Spoken, and an auction of fine bindings, to benefit the William Anthony Conservation Fund. The festivities will take place in Special Collections, 3rd floor of the Main Library, on November 13th from 6-8pm.

• The exhibit, Plainly Spoken, features 17 fine bindings from Guild members who were inspired by Julia Miller’s Publication, Books Will Speak Plain. The exhibit runs from August 14-November 30 in Special Collections.

• The Auction will feature fine bindings from “alumni” and friends of the Conservation Lab, including Mark Esser, Pamela Spitzmueller, Gary Frost, Penny McKean, Anna Embree, Emily Martin, William Minter, Lawrence Yerkes, Bill Voss, Caitlin Moore, and handmade tools from Shanna Leino. In the coming days we will be posting biographies and images from all the auction participants — stay tuned!

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the William Anthony Conservation Fund, which supports ongoing conservation activities and special projects. More details are available at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/preservation/30years/.