2017 ANITA LYNN FORGACH KEYNOTE SPEAKER CATHLEEN A. BAKER

The Friends of Dard Hunter, in conjunction with the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, are pleased to announce Dr. Cathleen A. Baker as the keynote speaker for Chasing Paper to be held in Atlanta from October 11-13. With a career in paper and book conservation spanning over 45 years, she has published numerous articles and written several books, including By His Own Labor: The Biography of Dard Hunter (Red Hydra Press, Tuscaloosa, Alabama [handmade, limited edition]; Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, Delaware, 2000 [facsimile trade edition]) and the award-winning book, From the Hand to the Machine. Nineteenth-Century American Paper and Mediums: Technologies, Materials, and Conservation (The Legacy Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2010). In 2011, Dr. Baker established the Cathleen A. Baker Fellowship in Conservation to provide experience for conservation students and mid-career-level conservators. Mark your calendars!
 

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Cathleen A. Baker, a paper and book conservator since 1972, is author of numerous articles and books including By His Own Labor: The Biography of Dard Hunter (2000) and From the Hand to the Machine. Nineteenth-Century American Paper and Mediums: Technologies, Materials, and Conservation (2010). She has an MFA in Books Arts and a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Alabama. Cathy is Conservation Librarian Emerita from the University of Michigan Library, and also proprietor of the award-winning The Legacy Press that specializes in publishing books about the printing, paper, and bookbinding arts.

In Retrospect: The Legacy of Dard Hunter (1883–1966)

Dard Hunter wore many hats over his astonishing lifetime: arts-and-crafts designer in numerous mediums including glass, wood, metal, and books; practical papermaker; type designer and typefounder; letterpress printer; scholar; explorer and collector; museum curator; and publisher. That he managed to pursue most of these diverse endeavors at the same time over the latter part of his life is truly amazing. His example challenges us to try to do the same: engage in related and diverse projects that revolve around the book arts and add to our knowledge about paper, especially, and create works that exalt, explore, and promote paper in new and different ways, as well as provide visual and textural delights for potential paper and book artists. Organizations such as the Friends of Dard Hunter and its members are admirable examples of his important legacy.