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Ramon Townsend

Ramon Townsend studied Traditional Bookbinding and Printing under the Master and Journeymen Bookbinders and Printers at Colonial Williamsburg in the 1970s and 1980s. They also taught him Marbling and Papermaking. After leaving Colonial Williamsburg, he started Colonial Bindery where he repairs used and rare books; conducts workshops; and makes journals/blank books.

Amanda D’Amico

Amanda D’Amico is a book artist working under the imprint Tiny Revolutionary Press. She is the Master Printer at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, and teaches at the University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Center for the Book and The Soapbox: Community Print Shop and Zine Library, is the Vice Co-Chair of Events for the College Book Art Association, and is an artist member of the Impractical Laborers in Service of the Speculative Arts. Her artist’s books have been collected and exhibited nationally.

Andrea Lemoins
Book Paper Scissors Chair

Andrea Lemoins is a literature librarian with the Free Library of Philadelphia. She enjoys writing poetry, making art books and collecting typewriters. Andrea is looking forward to managing Book Papers Scissors each year.

Mercedes Weathers
Exhibition Co-Chair

Mercedes Weathers is a native to Philadelphia who grew up immersed in the arts from books to weaving.  She studied sculpture at Sarah Lawrence College, and Information Science at Drexel University.  While interning at the Franklin Furnace in NYC, she was first introduced to and loved artists’ books and the process of curating art exhibits.  She loves creating sculpture and ceramics in her studio especially pieces connected to her poetry.  In the engineering world, she enjoys the process of collaboration, which she also uses while working on commissioned sculpture to fully understand and mesh her vision with an art commission.

Samm Fricke
Exhibition Co-Chair

Samm Fricke is a bibliophile in all senses of the word. As an independent, self-taught book artist, researcher, and archivist, she gained her experience through book-related jobs over the past 20 years. She has worked in bookstores and libraries throughout the United States, and she was a rare book and manuscript cataloger in her home, the San Francisco Bay Area. As a book artist, she explores decolonial and feminist studies as well as the emotional state of humanity. Using the book as the medium, photographs, and the emotionality of color and shapes, she creates pieces that share important and uncomfortable ideas and information.

Alina Josan
Free Library of Philadelphia Liaison

Alina Josan has called Philadelphia home for over twenty years, finding time to make artwork while working in dozens of local archives, conservation labs and libraries. She studied painting and art history at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and library science at Drexel University. As an Art Department librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia, she continues the tradition of extensive collaboration with the Philadelphia Center for the Book.

Natasha Smith
Free Library of Philadelphia Liaison

Natasha Smith is an art librarian with the Free Library of Philadelphia. She studied photography at the Tyler School of Art and is currently obsessed with ceramics. She currently oversees the Art Department’s book art workshops at the library.