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The Bonefolder: an e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist

Editorial Review Board:

Publisher & Editor:

  • Peter D. Verheyen: Bookbinder & Conservator / Head of Preservation and Conservation, Syracuse University Library, Syracuse, NY.

Current Editors:

  • Donia Conn: Field Services Representative, Northeast Document Conservation Center.
  • Karen Hanmer: Book artist
  • Ann Carroll Kearney: Collections Conservator at the University at Albany Libraries.
  • Chela Metzger: Senior Conservator of Library Collections, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Winterthur, DE.

Editors Emeriti:

Donia Conn

Donia Conn was introduced to bookbinding through a required art class at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. While a Ph. D. student in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin -Madison, she started working with Jim Dast in the library’s book repair department. After taking bookbinding classes at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts she entered the Conservation Studies program at the University of Texas - Austin. Donia has interned with Tony Cains at Trinity College, Dublin and J. Frank Mowery at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC and has worked as a book and paper conservator, as well as binder-in-residence, for various institutions across the US. These include Syracuse University Library where she served as Rare Book and Paper Conservator and Northwestern University Library where she served as Head of Conservation Services. She is currently Field Services Representative at the Northeast Document Conservation Center.

Karen Hanmer

Karen Hanmer’s work layers text and image to intertwine cultural and personal memory. The intimate scale and gestures of exploration employed to travel through each piece evoke looking through an album, diary, or the belongings of a loved one. The work is often playful in structure or content, and may include social commentary. Hanmer exhibits widely, and her artists’ books, bindings and installations have won numerous awards, including the 2009 DeGolyer Jury Prize for Binding. Her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to Carnegie Mellon University and Graceland. Hanmer curated the Guild of Book Workers Marking Time exhibition, and The Book of Origins: A Survey of American Fine Binding. She holds a degree in Economics from Northwestern University. Online catalog at

Ann Carroll Kearney

Ann Carroll Kearney is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and a member of AIC’s Emergency Committee. She is currently Collections Conservator at the University at Albany Libraries. She supervises lab functions, performs conservation procedures on Special Collections materials, and presents preservation education programs. Ms. Kearney was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study Book Conservation at Camberwell College of Art and Craft after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rosemont College. She served for two years as Associate Conservator for Case Western Reserve University Libraries, and maintained a private book conservation practice in Richfield, Ohio. Clients included Cleveland Public Library, Kent State University Libraries, the University of Akron and individual collectors. She was also an adjunct instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, teaching courses in Artists’ Books and Papermaking. Ms. Kearney’s professional interests include the history of bookmaking, book arts education and literacy initiatives in academic and public libraries.

Chela Metzger

Chela Metzger started her official association with books by working as a library assistant at the age of 9. She graduated from Simmons College as a card-carrying librarian in 1990, and began her more intimate association with the craft of bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in 1991, working 2 years with Mark Esser. She followed that with an internship in rare-book conservation at the Library of Congress in 1993, and began her paid conservation career as a project conservator at the Huntington Library in 1994. She began teaching book conservation to visiting Latin American interns in 1999, and moved into full-time lecturer work in 2001 at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2011 she began as Senior Conservator of Library Collections at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Winterthur, DE. Having been the recipient of amazingly generous teaching in the past, she hopes to help carry on the tradition, integrity and discipline of bookwork in all its facets. On-going bookish research interests include: history of the book, binding in Spain and Latin America, future of books and libraries, the binding of archival materials historically, how books are depicted in art, social life of books. A full CV is online.

Peter David Verheyen

Began his involvement in the book arts while a work-study student in the conservation lab at the Johns Hopkins University Library. Interned in the conservation lab of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany, 1984 and 1986. Formal apprenticeship in hand bookbinding at the Kunstbuchbinderei Klein in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, passing examinations in 1987. Studied at the Professional School for Book Restoration at the Centro del bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland in 1987. Mellon intern in book conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 1988. Worked in Chicago with Heinke Pensky-Adam at Monastery Hill Bindery and as assistant conservator to William Minter. In 1991 he began work as assistant conservator at the Yale University Library. In 1993 he became rare book conservator at the Cornell University Library, before establishing the rare book conservation lab at the Syracuse University Library in 1995. From 2008-2012 he served as Head of Preservation and Conservation at Syracuse University Library. Teaching and publication activities center on traditional binding in the German tradition including millimeter, vellum, and springback binding, as well as historic endbands. He is past Exhibitions and past Publicity Chair for the Guild of Book Workers, having organized 3 major national traveling exhibitions. His bindings have been exhibited widely with the Guild, its regional chapters, and in invitational and solo exhibitions. In His bindings have been exhibited widely with the Guild, its regional chapters, and in invitational and solo exhibitions. In 1994, he founded Book_Arts-L and shortly thereafter the Book Arts Web at. A full vita is online.

Editors Emeriti:

Pamela Barrios

Pamela Barrios was introduced to the field of Book Arts and Conservation by Hedi Kyle at the NY Botanical Garden in 1976. She also trained with Elaine Schlefer at the NY Public Library. She held conservation positions at these institutions and at the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale and the NY Academy of Medicine before accepting her current position of Conservator of Special Collections at the L. Tom Perry, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Her artist books and design bindings have been exhibited internationally.

Don Rash

Don Rash studied with Trudi and Fritz Eberhardt. He supervised the Bindery at the Haverford College library for eight years, after which he began working as an independent binder. His studio is currently located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where he executes a wide range of work, including design binding, edition binding, book conservation and restoration, boxmaking and calligraphy. His work has been shown nationally and internationally. In 2004 he established the Boss Dog Press. He is online with his studio, the School for Formal Bookbinding, and the Bossdog Press.


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