Betsy Palmer Eldridge received her training in bookbinding in Hamburg and Paris in the 1960s and subsequently, in conservation, in New York. After moving to Canada in 1973, she established her own bindery in Toronto, focusing on the restoration and repair of both books and paper, and teaching for the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG). She is a long time member of both the Guild of Book Workers (GBW), and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). Both CBBAG and GBW have given her Lifetime Achievement Awards and AIC has awarded her the Keck Award for sustained excellence in education.
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Jan Elsted was born in Vancouver, and earned a BA and MA in English from UBC. While studying for PhDs at King’s College, London, she and her husband, Crispin, discovered letterpress printing, apprenticing with Graham Williams at the Florin Press. Returning to Canada in 1978, they established Barbarian Press in Mission, B.C. Jan’s presswork, particularly of wood engravings, is internationally recognized. Jan and Crispin were given the Robert Reid Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Book Arts in 2015. Jan also writes articles, reviews, and essays. She taught Literature and Theatre for ten years, and still offers occasional printing workshops.
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Lang Ingalls began studying fine binding with Eleanore Ramsey in San Francisco, and continued with Edwin Heim at the Centro del bel Libro, Ascona. Then she earned a degree in Fine Binding from the American Academy of Bookbinding, studying under both Tini Miura and Monique Lallier. Lang has enjoyed the tutelage of many other instructors, notably Betsy Palmer Eldridge and Hélène Jolis. She exhibits regularly with many international bookbinding groups, and is the Exhibition Coordinator for the triennial OPEN SET Competition & Exhibition (US). Lang works year-round in her Crested Butte, Colorado atelier. Her bindings have won awards and are found in public and private collections.

 

Susan Warner Keene, RCA, has been exhibiting her work in fibre and in handmade paper in Canada and internationally since 1980, in addition to working as an educator, writer, and editor. Her work is held in public collections, such as the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, as well as in many corporate and private collections and has been recognized with grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. In 1992, she was the recipient of the Prix Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in fine crafts—a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. She lives on Toronto Island.
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