Bookmarking Book art – Gabrielle Fox’s “Julia Chatfield’s Scrapbook”

Filmed by Jay Bachemin 

Julia Chatfield, a young Englishwoman, brought the scrapbook in question to Ohio in 1845.  Over 170 years later, Cincinnati bookbinder and conservationist Gabrielle Fox restored the centerpiece with fine wheat starch paste and reassembled the binding with goatskin leather. It is housed in the archives of the Ursulines of Brown County, founded by Chatfield.  If the craft and artistry exhibited in the original is more than outstanding, it is then a reminder that the book art of the 20th and 21st century has its hidden traditions.

Bookmark — Julia Chatfield’s Scrapbook 1845

Scrapbook – YouTube.  Jay Bachemin, Broadway Photography

A young English woman, Julia Chatfield, brought the scrapbook in question to Ohio in 1845.   Gabrielle Fox’s restoration work on the centerpiece and binding of this scrapbook housed in the archives of the Ursulines of Brown County (Ohio), the convent founded by Chatfield, is outstanding.  If the craft and artistry exhibited in the original is more than outstanding, it is then a reminder that the book art of the 21st century has its traditions.