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Date(s) - 19 Oct 2015
5:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

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Monday, October 19, will be the next meeting of the Workshop in the History of Material Texts, at the usual time and place: 5:15pm in the Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center on the 6th Floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

The Workshop welcomes Alice Austin (Alice Austin Books and the Library Company of Philadelphia) for a talk entitled “Exploring Medieval Book Structures: Methods for a Book Artist.”

Alice writes:

Inspired by her work as a rare book conservator, Alice Austin creates contemporary artist books based on medieval book forms. Her work as a conservator has given her in-depth knowledge of the structures, methods and materials used in the medieval book crafts, which she applies to her contemporary explorations as an artist.

In her presentation, Austin will discuss two of her works based on medieval book types: a girdle book, the cover of which forms a long leather tail that tucks under the owners belt and hangs close to the body, and an illuminated botanical book, bound in oak boards and closed with a handcrafted brass clasp. She will consider both structures in process and in final form. Her books will be available for hands-on exploration at the seminar.

*Alice Austin is a printmaker and book artist and has worked as a book conservator since 1999 at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She also teaches book arts courses and workshops nationally and internationally. She has been awarded several artist residencies including Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland, the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy, and the American Academy in Rome, Italy. Her work is included in several private, public and special collections worldwide including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, The Victoria and Albert, London, England, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Yale University and the Library of Congress. Her artwork is featured in *500 Handmade Books*, *Magic Books and Paper Toys*,*1000 Artists’ Books*, and *Making Handmade Books*. Her artist books have been reviewed in *Fine Books* magazine and on-line in the *New Yorker Book Bench*.*

All are welcome! Those who do not hold University of Pennsylvania ID cards should bring another form of photo identification in order to enter the library building.