Barbara Adams Hebard – The Thread That Binds

© 2010
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.5

about this piece

About this piece:

The Thread That Binds by Pamela Leutz, bound in 2010 by Barbara Adams Hebard
Full brown goatskin binding finished in a 16th century style; blind tooled rule and central panel divided into blind tooled lozenge shaped compartments with English rose and Fleur-de-lis in blind (upper board), diamond shape in blind (lower board); sewn over double cords; primary laced-in endbands and plaited goatskin endbands.

This book recounts interviews with contemporary bookbinders. Since many of those bookbinders were trained as apprentices, I chose to bind it in a style that reflected a time when that was the only way to learn the craft. I was also charmed by the different paths people take to get to bookbinding and the mentors they find along the way.


leather, binder board, thread, textblock

About the artist:

Barbara Adams Hebard was trained in bookbinding and book conservation at the North Bennet Street School. She is Conservator of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College. Ms. Hebard frequently writes book related articles and book reviews, gives talks and presentations, exhibits her bookbindings nationally and internationally, and teaches book history classes. She is a Fellow of IIC, a Professional Associate of AIC, a board member of the New England Conservation Association, and an Overseer of the North Bennet Street School.

Have worked as conservator in libraries since 1989.

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Barbara Adams Hebard – The Thread That Binds