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Date(s) - 26 Jan 2013
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

New York Academy of Medicine

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The New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and the Gladys Brooks Book & Paper Conservation Laboratory present:

Reconstructing 15th Century Papermaking Materials and Techniques

A Lecture with Timothy Barrett

At The New York Academy of Medicine

Lecture:          Saturday, January 26, 2013, 11AM (reception to follow)

NYAM Room 21

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The quality and stability of Incunabula period papers have fascinated bibliophiles for generations.  University of Iowa Center for the Book paper specialist Tim Barrett has long sought to unlock some of the secrets of how these papers were produced.  In this lecture, Barrett will summarize some of the more intriguing findings resulting from his 2009-2011 non-destructive analysis of 1578 European papers made between the 14th and the 19th centuries.  Barrett will also describe his current efforts to revive historical at the vat production rates of 100 sheets per hour.  Paper samples will be on display and questions from the audience encouraged.

Speaker Bio:

Timothy Barrett received a BA degree in Art Communications from Antioch College in 1973. His career includes two years at Twinrocker Handmade Paper, Inc. in Brookston, IN, two years under a Fulbright Fellowship studying papermaking in Japan, and two years of part-time study at Western Michigan University’s Department of Paper Science and Engineering.  His many years of research on early European handmade papers have been funded by the NEA, the Kress Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services and, as of 2009, a MacArthur Fellowship.  Barrett is author of two books, six videotapes and 25 articles on the history, technique and aesthetics of hand papermaking.  Barrett joined the University of Iowa Center for the Book as paper specialist in 1986 where he oversees the UICB paper facilities, research, production and the papermaking curriculum.  He was director of the Center between 1996 and 2002 and again became director in the fall of 2012.