Now virtual! October 28-30, 2021


The recorded presentations are available on Oak Knoll's YouTube channel here.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Mindy Belloff (10:00am) - Giving Voice to Women: Examining the Art of the Book of Intima Press, Through a Feminist Lens
focusing on the work of Intima Press and its upcoming publication Hester. Emma. Sonia. A Postmodern Feminist Discourse

About Mindy Belloff...
Mindy Belloff produces fine letterpress printed editions under the imprint Intima Press, the only private press in Manhattan. The print shop has been located on Union Square for 17 years. She has been creating art for more than 35 years in painting, photography and mixed media installations, and has focused on the art of the book for over two decades. She holds a Master of Arts from New York University. Her editions are in numerous permanent collections including the Library of Congress, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
In 2009, Ms. Belloff produced a meticulous, hand-set recreation of the Unanimous Declaration of Independence as printed by Mary Katharine Goddard in 1777. In addition to the historic edition, she created a contemporary printing which received a Puffin Foundation Grant supporting “creative and innovative initiatives that advance progressive social change,” for her rewriting proclaiming, “all People are created equal.” She was interviewed on national television about these printings for a July 4th special on CBS This Morning, in 2020.
Inspired by Stieglitz’s Intimate Gallery, in 2013, Ms. Belloff opened Intima Gallery in upstate New York for a year. The gallery was an exhibition space for artists to gather and showcase their fine prints and books. In addition, she has taught as a visiting artist and lecturer for years, and offered numerous classes in the art of the book, letterpress printing, and bookbinding from her Manhattan studio (2004-2014). Close to a thousand pieces of student ephemera from over a decade of teaching are archived at Columbia University’s Butler Library.
Ms. Belloff’s fine press edition W2LZX, received an Honorable Mention for Excellence in Book Design from the University of Texas in 2010. More recently, her award-winning volume, A Golden Thread: The Minotaur, A Contemporary Illumination, received a Fine Press Book Association Collector’s Award, considered among the Best in Show at the 2020 New York Fine Press Fair. The volume was on exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum from September 2019-March 2020. Michael Ryan, in his Parenthesis Journal review, described A Golden Thread as, “a genuine masterpiece of art and design,” and “a stunning achievement by one of our most gifted artists, mature and at the peak of her powers.”
Mindy Belloff's presentation is titled, “Giving Voice to Women: Examining the Art of the Book of Intima Press Through a Feminist Lens.” She will be speaking about her background as a visual artist and book artist, and the new publication from Intima Press, Hester . Emma . Sonia, with subtitle Joni . Annie. Tracy, A Postmodern Feminist Critique, which is being introduced here, for the Oak Knoll Fair.
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Sid Berger, in collaboration with Michèle Cloonan (11:15am) - American Women Paper Decorators in the Early 20th Century

About Sid Berger...
Sid Berger has been teaching for 55 years; he is now an adjunct professor at Simmons University and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Library Schools. He was the Director of the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum; Head of Special Collections and University Archivist at the Univ. of California, Riverside; and Curator of Printed Books and Curator of Manuscripts at the American Antiquarian Society. He has published more than 20 books and 150 scholarly articles (and lectured over 150 times) on book-related or literary topics; 5 of his books have been about papermaking. And he has written the "Decorated Paper" column for Hand Papermaking Newsletter for going on 17 years.
His book Rare Books and Special Collections won the national ABC Clio-American Library Association award for the best book in library literature. And his Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others will appear in its 2nd edition in 2022.
His most recent publications are an article in PBSA on the use of dandy rolls to create watermarks and the chapter on “Endleaves” in the book Book Parts, published by Oxford University Press.
Sid edited the journal Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship; he has taught papermaking, he has made papyrus, amate (Mexican bark paper), and tapa cloth; and he gives workshops in hand casting of printing types and printing on a handpress.

About Michèle Cloonan...
Michèle Cloonan was Dean and Professor of the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons; she is now dean and professor emerita. She also was the Chair, Department of Information Studies at UCLA, and a professor with specialties in preservation, book and publishing history, and other library science and book-related areas. She began her career as a book conservator.
She has published more than 10 books and scores of articles, and she has given more than 100 talks, most of which are on the preservation of library materials and the preservation of culture.
Her book The Monumental Challenge of Preservation from MIT Press won the University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation award for the best book in preservation. She was the editor of the journal Preservation, Digital Technology, and Culture for 5 years.
Sid and Michele are co-proprietors of the Doe Press, publishing short texts from handset type on handmade paper, printed on a handpress.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Melanie Mauro (10:00am) - Print and Paper at Heirloom Press, the artist books and work of Melanie Mauro

About Melanie Mauro...
Melanie Mauro is the proprietor of Heirloom Press, a private letterpress printshop founded in 2001. It has since evolved into a printshop, papermaking studio and book bindery. Her artist books and prints re-imagine contemporary issues through the lens of historical texts and processes. Inspired by household objects, design, and historical texts about women, her works are clinical explorations of the female body and women’s traditional domestic and societal roles.
Her work mixes the traditional and contemporary and utilizes many processes, such as handmade paper, pigmented and stenciled pulp, traditional bookbinding, lithography and letterpress printing. It also employs laser cutting, thermochromic and photochromic pigments, and non-silver photo processes.
Melanie studied painting, photography and printmaking at The Cooper Union School of Art, painting conservation at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, and book arts and printmaking at The University of the Arts. She has exhibited in group shows across the United States and has presented artist talks to the College Book Arts Association, North American Hand Papermakers, and the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking. Her work is in the Cynthia Sears Collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum, special collections libraries of numerous institutions and held by several private collectors. She is a member of the Amalgamated Printers’ Association, North American Hand Papermakers, and the Fine Press Book Association.

Barbara Henry (11:15am) - of Harsimus Press, on influential women in the book arts
- Barbara Mauriello, Ruth Lingen, and Rosaire Appel

About Barbara Henry...
Barbara Henry is proprietor of Harsimus Press, printing an eclectic variety of illustrated fine editions and chapbooks. Her interests include the vagaries of the English language and the Roman alphabet. She discovered letterpress at the University of Iowa, studying with Kay Amert. After moving to New York City, she worked as a jobbing printer at the South Street Seaport Museum’s Bowne & Co., Stationers, where she was curator for over 20 years, producing 6 editions for the museum, beginning with a Specimen Book of Bowne’s collection of 19th-century types. She began Harsimus Press in the late 1980s. Her books are in collections at the Morgan Library, Columbia University’s Butler Library, Rutgers Alexander Library, the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, the Library of Congress and others, and many private collections. She teaches occasionally at The Center for Book Arts in Manhattan and works in her shop in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.



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