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  • Mel Kavin
    Two bookbinders from Australia will visit the U.S.A. later this year. They are John and Joy Tonkin from Canberra, the nation s capital. They will visit from
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      Two bookbinders from Australia will visit the U.S.A. later this year. They are John and Joy Tonkin from Canberra, the nation's capital. They will visit from August to November and will be available to give workshops, demonstrations or lectures.

      John is a full time designer binder. This all consuming passion started as a hobby in the seventies when he attended night classes and then progressed to a year studying in Ascona, Switzerland and six months at Le Vesinet, Paris. He exhibits extensively both in Australia and internationally. Recent international exhibitions include: Tregaskis Centenary Exhibition, Etudes Pour Une Maternite, Recollections, L'Ininito and You Can Judge a Book by its Cover. His work has been acquired by the Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris and various Australian public institutions.

      Joy is a professional conservator in private practice, specializing in books and works of art on paper. Prior to doing her conservation training at University of Canberra she was director of a craft organization and was responsible for curating and promoting craft/art exhibitions. Joy also employs her fine binding skills to designer bindings and exhibits nationally and internationally.

      Both are experienced teachers and offer a range of instruction in the book arts. Both are passionate about their profession and thoroughly enjoy imparting their knowledge to others.

      The workshop they will be conducting is the making of a miniature French binding in half leather, conducted over two days. It is a recently developed style and known as the "Simplified Binding", which is somewhat of a misnomer. Although it is less complex and has fewer steps than the traditional French binding, it is nevertheless a fine binding. The boards are covered separately from the back which allows a wide range of colors, materials and decorating techniques to be used. The style is ideal for contemporary design bindings and is also a useful complement to one's repertoire for restoration. The book to be bound would be a miniature.

      Their schedule in the U.S. so far:
      Sept. 2 - 4    A slide lecture at the Miniature Book Society Conclave in Rutland, CT, BOOKBINDING
                         IN THE OUTBACK
      Oct. 5 - 8     Attending Guild of Book Workers Seminar on Standards of  Excellence in Salt Lake City.
      Oct. 14 - 15  Conducting workshop in San Francisco, FRENCH SIMPLIFIED BINDING IN MINIATURE.
      Oct. 20 - 21  Conducting workshop in Los Angeles, FRENCH SIMPLIFIED BINDING IN MINIATURE.
      Nov. 1         Opening of Exhibition in Atlanta. One of John's bindings will be exhibited.

      John & Joy Tonkin
      Manuka PO Box 3640
      Canberra, Australia 2603
      Phone: 011 61 2 6295-6786
      Fax:     011 61 2 6295 9252
      Joy's Email <jtonkin@...>

      Or you may contact Mel Kavin
      Kater-Crafts Bookbinders
      4860 Gregg Road
      Pico Rivera, CA 90660
      Phone (562)692-9665
      Fax    (562)692-7920
      Email <katercrafts@...>

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