Tag Archives: Michael Burke

Bookbinding Visitors from the U.K.

Michael, Dominic and Carol Barton

This year, the Guild of Bookworkers Standards Conference was held in Washington, D.C., so all of my bookmaking friends were in town. Dominic Riley and Michael Burke came two days early and stayed with us in Glen Echo. (Yes, we’re a little out of focus after several glasses of wine.) We spent Thursday afternoon visiting museums, and on Saturday I did a little shopping at the vendors’ market, buying one of Shanna Leno’s beautiful leather book weights.

Terry Belanger receiving award at Guild of Bookworkers Standards Banquet Jana Dambrosio with her mini pop-up Washington Monument, Guild of Standards Banquet

Saturday evening, Dominic and Michael had me as their guest at the Guilds’ banquet and auction. Terry Belanger, founder of the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School, received the Guild’s distinguished member award. Also shown is Jana Dambrosio, a former student in one of my workshops, with her mini pop-up Washington monument. The auction was a big success, and everyone is looking forward to next year’s conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Book Boys visit D.C.

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!