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Bonnie Thompson-Norman

For Bonnie Thompson Norman books are a passion as well as a profession. She has been proprietor of The Windowpane Press, a letterpress printing and book arts studio, for about thirty years. She works part-time as a hand bookbinder in a large commercial bindery. Additionally, often she can be found teaching classes in printing and bookmaking to high school students as well as adults. Her studio has many things found in a traditional print shop and bindery such as a 1926 Chandler & Price and two Vandercook presses, hundreds of cases of type, a guillotine paper cutter, a Jacques board shear and, not the least, a wonderful library. Participants learn how to set type one letter at a time and hand feed pages into a press, or they learn the craft of binding a book by hand, or creating artist’s books. These opportunities and pleasures, not diminished or replaced by the convenience and miracle of the computer age, celebrate the venerable crafts of letterpress printing and book making in a manner both accessible and relevant today.