Panel Discussion: Meet the Makers: Contemporary Book Artists
Erin Fletcher, Nancy Leavitt, and Julie Stackpole; moderated by John Buchtel
Join artists Erin Fletcher, Nancy Leavitt, and Julie Stackpole as they explore what it means to make and collect books in the twenty-first century with Curator of Rare Books and Head of Special Collections John Buchtel. All three artists have work featured in 40 Years: Celebrating the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, on view at the Athenæum this summer. Their work can also be found in the Athenæum’s Special Collections alongside historic and contemporary fine bookbindings and artists’ books by local, national, and international makers.
Erin Fletcher runs Herringbone Bindery from her studio in Belmont, Massachusetts, offering unique handcrafted bindings and boxes. She also teaches workshops for North Bennet Street School in Boston and other institutions around the country. Her design binding work has been exhibited worldwide and is held in various private and institutional collections such as The University of Virginia, Grolier Club, and the Boston Athenaeum.
With degrees in both science and art, Nancy Leavitt is a biologist who makes her living as an artist specializing in contemporary illuminated manuscripts revolving around the themes of science and poetry. Her work is represented in public and private collections around the world. Leavitt received Good Idea Grants from the Maine Arts Commission for research into her craft including, “Cutting a Thousand Quills” and “A Legacy of Lettering in the Guild of Book Workers”. In 2016 she received the Maryann Hartman Award, given annually to Maine Women for their "work achievement, spirit, and zest for life".
After receiving a B.A. in medieval and children's literature from Kirkland College, 1972, Julie Stackpole studied bookbinding for 3 years, with Kathryn Gerlach in Vermont, at the Centro del Bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland, at the Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts in London, and with Roger Powell in England. She established her independent bindery on Nantucket Island in 1975, and moved to Maine in 1985. She creates unique design bindings and does rare book restoration and related conservation and bookbinding projects, primarily for private clients.