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2014 Conference Program

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On-site registration opens at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 16 at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Enjoy socializing, site visits, and tours during the afternoon before the official program begins at with a reception and keynote address at the Internet Archive at 5 p.m.

Friday, October 17 events are located in and nearby the San Francisco Center for the Book, where registration continues at 9:30 a.m. Two ticketed tours to Magnolia Editions Fine Art Print Studio in Oakland are optional excursions.

On Saturday, October 18 the conference moves to Mills College in Oakland for presentations, tours, and a ticketed closing banquet and silent auction. Bus transportation will be provided to and from Mills, with stops at both conference hotels.


Registration Overview

please read before registering

Registration is limited to 150 participants, and early registration is encouraged. Registration fees covering all programs, receptions, Saturday transportation to and from Mills College, and Saturday’s box lunch at Mills are $190 for current members of APHA or FDH ($225 after September 15), $150 for current student members* ($175 after September 15), and $275 for non-members. 

During registration you will have the opportunity to register for an optional excursion to Magnolia Editions on Friday, the ticketed Banquet and Silent Auction on Saturday, and to reserve a table at the Vendor Fair. ⇒ Please add the options you would like when you register. (See the Program descriptions for more details on all these add-ons.) Questions? Write

*A limited number of student scholarships covering the registration fee are available to student members of APHA or FDH. ⇒ Applications must be approved before you can register. For application instructions please write, stating whether you are an APHA or FDH student member.



Accommodations and Transportation

For the convenience of conference attendees, we have set aside blocks of rooms at two hotels. San Francisco is a popular tourist and convention destination and an early reservation is strongly advised. The conference rates are for a limited time.

Bus transportation to and from Mills College on Saturday will be provided from both hotels. ⇒ All other transportation to conference events must be arranged on your own. A link to a customized Google map will be provided to all registrants. Information about public transportation is also available at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. There is a $9/day parking garage across the street from the SFCB.

Hotel Whitcomb 1231 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94103. Room rate $289/night, October 16 to 18, available until August 13. The Hotel Whitcomb is a historic hotel located adjacent the Civic Center BART stop. It is a walkable 1.3 miles from the San Francisco Center for the Book, a route also served by a direct public bus. To book call 415.626.8000 and ask for the Paper on the Press room block.

Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Emeryville 5555 Shellmound Street, Emeryville CA 94608. Room rate $169/night king bed with sofa bed, $179/night two queen beds, October 16 to 18, available until September 25. The Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Emeryville is located within a few miles of both the MacArthur and West Oakland BART stops and near a public bus stop. This hotel option will require the use of public transportation, car, or cab rides to reach the SFCB. To book call 800.321.2211 and ask for the Paper on the Press room block, or register online here.



Conference Program


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration at the San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB) 375 Rhode Island Street (between 16th & 17th Streets), San Francisco CA 94103, (415) 565-0545. Register and meet up with fellow conference attendees. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks provided throughout the day. There are a number of places to buy food in the neighborhood, and tables and chairs will available in the patio tent from Thursday through Sunday.

Noon to 3:30 p.m.

Print your own APHA/FDH coaster on a tabletop press, compliments of the SFCB.

1 p.m.

Tour of San Francisco Public Library Special Collections, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA 94102, 415.557.4400.  Exhibition on view: Celebrating 50 Years of Special Collections at the San Francisco Public Library, with Andrea Grimes, Special Collections Librarian, and Lisa Dunseth, Program Manager, Book Arts and Special Collections. This is an optional visit with transportation and arrangements to be made on your own.

3 p.m.

Pre-conference tour of Arion Press and M&H Type, 1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco CA 94129. (This is an optional tour with transportation and arrangements to be made on your own. The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. Arion Press is located a walkable half mile from the Internet Archive, where the Paper on the Press opening reception begins at 5 p.m.) $10.00 per person, reservation required (call 415.668.2548 or email Founded by Andrew Hoyem in 1974, the Arion Press publishes deluxe, limited-edition books. Additional information, maps, and directions are available here. There is no charge to visit the Arion Press Gallery, which is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features ongoing exhibits of Arion Press books.

All Thursday evening events are at the Internet Archive, 300 Funston Ave. (at Clement Street), San Francisco CA 94118 Note: Attendees who are arriving directly from the airport may check their bags at the Internet Archive for the duration of the reception and keynote.

5 p.m.

Paper on the Press Opening Reception. Short tours of the Internet Archive will be available.

5 p.m.

Friends of Dard Hunter Annual Business Meeting in the Internet Archive auditorium.

7 p.m.

Keynote Address by Kathryn and Howard Clark
Twinrocker Handmade Paper: A Chunk of San Francisco in a Hoosier Cornfield


Kathryn and Howard Clark were the vanguard of the hand papermaking revival in the United States. In 1971, recently married and just out of graduate school, they founded Twinrocker Handmade Paper in San Francisco, where Kathryn worked as a printer for Collector’s Press. A year later they moved the fledgling business to a small family farm in Brookston, Indiana, where it thrived and still operates today. Twinrocker is known worldwide, and is celebrated for combining traditional handcraft techniques and modern papermaking materials toward innovative, experimental, and artistic ends.

: : FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 : :

9:30 AM

Registration continues | Coffee, tea, and pastries
San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB)

exhibits Ongoing throughout the day at the SFCB

• Water Paper Stone: A Walk-through Book by installation artist Judy O’Shea
W.A. Dwiggins pop-up show, hosted by Rob Saunders of Letterform Archive
• Dennis Ichiyama: Wood Type Prints

Demonstrations at the SFCB

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dennis Ichiyama, Printing Wood Type : 7 Letters x 7 Vandercooks

10:30 a.m.

Monika Meler, Diffused Relief Printing Using an Etching Press

3 p.m.

Jon Hook and Andrea Peterson, Sculptural Forms: Casting Pulp in Ceramic Molds

12 Noon to 5 PM

Vendor Fair in the SFCB Patio Tent, ​San Francisco Center for the Book 94103
From all over the nation, over 20 vendors—craftspeople, fine paper companies, and fine printers—are showing ​& selling their work. Free to the public!

Hope Amico
Kim Anno, Anne Carson
Tim Barrett, University of Iowa Center for the Book
Cave Paper
Jim Croft
Karla Elling
Friends of Dard Hunter
Arnold Grummer
Hiromi Paper
Hook Pottery Paper, Andrea Peterson
Internet Archive
Peter Koch Printers
Kit Lucas
Linda Marshall
Moth Marblers, Ingrid Butler and Dana Draper
Pacific Center for Book Arts
Poltoon Press
San Francisco Center for the Book
Sherwin Beach Press
Turtle Island Books, Roger Wicker
Vigoda Press, Gwido Zlatkes

10:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M.
(2 Sessions. Buses leave SFCB at 10 a.m. and 12 noon)

Magic Moments Tour of Magnolia Editions Fine Art Print Studio, Oakland CA
This is a ticketed event. There is no charge for the tour itself; round trip bus transportation from the SFCB is available for $10. (Please sign up for the tour and/or bus transportation when you register for the conference.) Don and Era Farnsworth will guide visitors through their papermaking facilities and pigment-based digital printing equipment, discuss their two decades of research into and production of fifteenth-century drawing paper, 3D-printer watermark making, and their successes in digital printing on handmade paper. Limited to two groups of fifty five.

11 A.M. to 3 P.M. (Informal Open House)

Book Club of California. 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94108, 415.781.7532. Optional site visit, transportation on your own. The BCC will feature a pop-up display of its Dard Hunter holdings hosted by Henry L. Snyder, Librarian. Other collection highlights on view will include a master copy of The Dwiggins Marionettes. The current exhibition, A Feast for the Eyes: Gastronomy & Fine Printing, may also be viewed.

5 to 8 P.M.            

Reception and conversation with artist Judy O’Shea at SFCB.

1 to 9 P.M.

Friends of Dard Hunter Members’ Exhibition and Studio Tours. 1890 Bryant Street Studios, 1890 Bryant St, San Francisco CA 94110. 415.255.6135. A vibrant center for fine art and craft, located in the historic Best Foods building on the corner of Bryant and Mariposa Streets in the Mission District of San Francisco. Bryant Street Studios is within walking distance of the SFCB. Public transportation is also available.

at 1890 bryant street studios From 6 to 9 p.m.               

Reception for the Friends of Dard Hunter Members’ Exhibition, {This is Ourselves} Under Pressure


8:00 a.m.

Buses depart the Hotel Whitcomb headed to Mills College

8:30 a.m.

Buses depart the Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Emeryville for Mills College

9:00 a.m.

Buses arrive at Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613, where the concurrent sessions will be held in campus classrooms and an auditorium. Box lunches will be provided (choose one when you register for the conference); coffee, tea, and water service will be provided during the day; and food will be available at the Olin Library reception.Food options at Mills College are extremely limited on weekends, so please bring snacks if you will need them.

⇒ SESSION I | 9:30 to 10:30 A.M.

{ PANEL 1. Early Renaissance Paper } 
Into the Fold: Understanding Albrecht Dürer’s Meisterstiche Papers
; Angela Campbell ¶ Fifteenth-Century Papermakers and Printers: Negotiations and Innovations; Timothy Barrett

{ PANEL 2. Nineteenth-Century Paper I: Paper Objects }
The Anatomy of a Banknote: 1855 Innovations in Design, Papermaking, and Printing
; Richard Kelly ¶ Calendered Paper, Electrotyping, Hard-Packing and Late Nineteenth-Century “Fancy Type Faces”; Michael Knies

{ PANEL 3. Paper in Artists’ Books I: The Long and Short Views }
The Secret of the Art: Ten Short Stories
; Sandra Liddell Reese ¶ Beyond Substrate: Handmade Paper as Environment for Letterpress Printing; Leslie Smith

⇒ SESSION II | 10:45 A.M. to 12:15 P.M.

{ PANEL 1. }
Printing by Hand in Asia
; Steph Rue, Radha Pandey, Elizabeth Boyne

{ PANEL 2. When the Paper is the Poem }
Contemporary Hand Papermaking and Letterpress at Mummy Mountain Press
; Wendy Burk, Karla Elling ¶ Experiments with Paper and Print at Paperhouse Studio; Flora Shum, Emily Cook

{ PANEL 3. Case Studies }
Gustave Baumann: His Prints and His Papers;
Tom Leech ¶ Some Notes on the Use of Paper in the Book Designs of Willem Sandberg and Irma Boom; Mathieu Lommen ¶ W.A. Dwiggins and the Selling of Paper in America 1914–1934; Paul Shaw

{ PANEL 4. Techniques and Technologies }
The Paper Artist & the Engineer: How Technology Supports the Creative Process;
Brian Queen ¶ Flax: The Printer’s Plant; Josef Beery ¶ Pulp Diction; Amy LeePard, Suzanne Sawyer

12:15 PM

LUNCH. Box lunch in the Student Union. Mills Book Art studio tours and demonstrations by APHA Northern California Chapter members

⇒ SESSION 3 | 2 to 3:30 P.M.

{ PANEL 1. Investigations in Recycled Papermaking }
Recreating Japanese Book Cover Papers from the Edo Period
; Anne Covell, Kazuko Hioki

{ PANEL 2. From Paper to Print }
From Paper to Print: Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking and Atlanta Printmakers Studio Collaborations
; Jerushia Graham, Virginia Howell, Suzanne Sawyer

{ PANEL 3. Paper in Artists’ Books II: Reflections }
The Conversation Between Paper and Printing in Contemporary Artists’ Books;
Inge Bruggeman ¶ Material of the Margins: Handmade Paper in Artist’s Books; Tatiana Ginsberg ¶ Size Matters; Kitty Maryatt

{ PANEL 4. Post-Modern Paper }
Divers digital desiderata: Explorations in digital printing
; John Labovitz ¶ Printing the Drinkable Book: Advances in Paper in the Twenty-First Century; Jamie Mahoney ¶ Hand Papermaking and the Printed Word: Dynamic Tools for Healing; Amy Richard

 ⇒ SESSION IV | 3:45 to 4:45 PM

{ PANEL 1. Twentieth-Century Paper in Circulation }
“Print paper ought to be as free as the air and water”: American Newspapers, Canadian Newsprint, and the Payne-Aldrich Tariff, 1909-1913
; Geoffrey Little ¶ Forest/Trees/Paper/Documents: Proposals for Papermaking at the U.S. Government Printing Office; George D. Barnum

{ PANEL 2. Nineteenth-Century Paper II: Networks }
Literary Pirates and Mammoth Journals in the Nineteenth Century: Remapping the Antebellum Publishing Industry;
Nathan Steele ¶ The Geographies of Paper and Printing; Laura Sorvetti and Russ White

{ PANEL 3. Paper for Pedagogy }
Printing and Papermaking in the Ivory Tower: Carl Purington Rollins and the Origins of the Bibliographic Press Movement in America
; Katherine M. Ruffin ¶ Through the Lens of Paper: Using the Medium’s Cultural Significance to Introduce Freshmen to Higher Education Concepts; Jae Jennifer Rossman

{ PANEL 4. Paper Trails }
Valley of Venetian Ties: Historic Paper Mills and Printers of Toscolano Maderno;
Megan Singleton ¶ Much to Do with Little: Paper and Book Making at Aba House, Nungua, Ghana; Kathy Wosika 

5 to 7 P.M.              

Reception at the Olin Library, Heller Room, with Janice Braun, Special Collections. View the exhibit Paper Trail: Selected Works on Papermaking from the Special Collections of the F. W. Olin Library. Starting with the work of incomparable paper historian Dard Hunter, this exhibition features books on a range of topics including Japanese papermaking, the history and techniques of papermaking, paper mills, and commercial paper. Fine press and artists’ books on handmade paper will also be on display.

6:30 P.M.

First bus back to the conference hotels departs Mills College.

 7 P.M.

Join friends and colleagues new and old for a Mediterranean Buffet Banquet and Silent Auction in the lovely Julia Morgan-designed Mills College Student Union. A separate ticket is required for this event; please purchase when you register for the conference. With wine and beer cash bar.

9:15 P.M.

Final bus back to conference hotels departs Mills College.

: : SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 : :

Post-Conference Events

12 Noon

American Bookbinders Museum Open House sponsored by APHA NorCal. 856 Folsom Street, San Francisco CA 94107, 415.824.9754. The American Bookbinders Museum is a library of equipment and archive materials on nineteenth-century bookbinding in America. It offers an authentic experience of a nineteenth-century factory, enabling visitors to experience the machinery, tools, and processes of the era. The focus is the historical impact that the industry had on communities and on the bookbinders, rather than just the science of the craft.

2 PM

Judy O’Shea speaks to WATER PAPER STONE. A free public lecture at the Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library at Hyde and Market : Enter on Grove St (or 100 Larkin). WATER PAPER STONE is a featured installation at the SFCB. Sponsored by the San Francisco Center for the Book and the Pacific Center for the Book Arts. Reception to follow at the SFCB after 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.



FDH/APHA Members’ Exhibition | Call for Entries

The exhibition, (This is Ourselves) Under Pressure, will be juried and curated by Anne Beck of Lost Coast Culture Machine in Fort Bragg. The exhibit opens at 1 p.m. Friday at 1890 Bryant Street Studios; reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

FDH and APHA members are invited to submit work to be considered for the juried members’ exhibition. In accordance with the theme of this year’s joint conference, Paper on the Press, (This is Ourselves) Under Pressure seeks to present a contemporary perspective on the historic applications of paper and print. For ages they have worked together to deliver entertainment, to disseminate knowledge, to spread belief systems and propaganda, to report rules, regulations and current happenings. Predated by the town crier, the combination of paper + print (+ human) to get the word out implies a sense of urgency—working under pressure to ask pressing questions and confront pressing issues. 

(This is Ourselves) Under Pressure seeks work incorporating handmade paper that encounters the pressing issues and pressing questions of today and is somehow “under pressure” to envision a different future. Work can take any form from instructional manuals to sculptural installation, and can be practical, visionary, regressive, progressive, whimsical, or imaginary in nature. Pressure valves and trephinations will also be considered. Let David Bowie and Freddie Mercury be your muse. Email 1 to 3 .jpeg(s), a brief statement (listing title, date, medium, dimensions and how the work connects to the theme), and resume to: by September 1, 2014. Format images to 4 x 6 inches at 150 dpi. Visit the Friends of Dard Hunter or the APHA to update membership. Artists will be notified of acceptance by September 15, 2014.


Paper on the Press Keepsake Exchange

The Keepsake is a package, distributed at the conference, which is filled with a collection of paper and print samples contributed by attendees and other FDH and APHA members. Participants bring a set to the conference or mail their sample ahead of time. Every registered conference attendee gets their own Keepsake package, whether they contribute an item or not. 

To participate: Create a piece of paper or print item (edition of 200), no larger than 8 x 10 inches. This year we are requesting that pieces are kept flat. Bring keepsake contributions to the conference with you. For those who will not be attending, but still wish to participate, shipping information will come at a later date. If you are interested in participating, please email Winnie Radolan at