What a fun six days! Dominique Riley and Michael Burke came to town last week, staying with me for three days and at the Folger Library guest house for the weekend. Both are bookbinders from Ulverston, England, and were here under the auspices of the Guild of Bookworkers, Potomac Chapter, and Pyramid Atlantic Center for Paper, Prints, and Books. Dominique gave an evening lecture at the Folger on the amazing story behind Francis Sangorski’s binding of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, called the “Great Omar,” which was lost with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. You can learn more in this YouTube video.
Michael gave a paste paper workshop at the Folger over the weekend. And between these events, we visited Smithsonian museums, they were given a tour of the Folger archives and Library of Congress conservation department, and we had some great conversations over meals. Come back soon!