Lectures & Workshops

Over the past thirty years I have been privileged to be invited to speak
about my working life. One of my favorite activities in grade school was show-and-tell. Lecturing about what I love best in my adult life brings back that early pleasure. Lectures generally take the form of speeches, most often accompanied with slides. A partial list of colleges, universities and
other venues where I have lectured, are listed below.

Watkinson Library, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
Lucy Scribner Library, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
King Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
Schaffer Library, Union College, Schenectady, New York
Heritage of the Graphic Arts Series, New York Public Library
The Society of Printers, Boston
Wayzgoose Lecturer, Yale University
Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville, New York
The Typhophiles, New York City
Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts
Wells College, Aurora, New York
Miss Porter's School, Farmington, Connecticut
Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, Massachusetts


The first method of coloring paper that I learned when apprenticing in letterpress printing was decorative paste paper. I have been making and using these papers in my work for over thirty years and the papers never cease to give me pleasure. I also use stenciling, line drawings and
linoleum cuts. Health issues have curtailed my use of linoleum or wood cutting tools so I now stick to methods that do not tax my hands and wrists. I offer two workshops, one in decorative paste paper and a second in stenciling.

Workshops can be as simple or as in depth as the host prefers, but I enjoy sharing examples, often historical in nature, of different papers. Students, amateur or professional alike, should come prepared to work, to play, and to take away new techniques for use in their own work.

At the Wells College Book Arts Center workshop in April 2005, participant
Barbara Galli paints a second color onto her pasted sheet with a foam brush.
At right, a participant draws a comb through paste.

Participant Nancy Gil experiments with a comb (left) to make ribbons of light, and a wide comb (right) to make floral patterns.

Colors and combs create a bold sheet of decorated paper.

Pasted sheets drying on newspaper. After working with the paste technique for some hours, students begin to get in the 'groove' and produce marvelously inventive and colorful sheets.

Christopher, a participant at Wells, begins using a bone folder to flatten his sheets for applying a second round of colored paste.