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A Local Response to 9/11

Renegade Ninja Cowgirls: Kelly Petersen and Millicent Greason Hand-painted signs in the exhibit After the 9/11 attacks, Kelly Petersen and Millicent Greason hand-painted thoughtful signs to positively influence the mood of our city. For months, following the attacks, these signs magically appeared every few weeks around Winston-Salem. I was one of those people positively affected... more

Basic Book Repair Workshop in Raleigh

On Friday, June 3rd, I taught a Basic Book Repair Workshop at the Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh. The workshop was held at a beautiful location with a very nice facility nicely tucked away from the hectic roads in Raleigh. The park is surrounded by NC State test farms, and hosts the last... more

Michael Biggs, Lettering Artist on Paper and Stone

Michael Biggs is best known in Ireland as a Liturgical artist, who carved inscriptions, sculpture and church furnishings. He began his career cutting gravestones and actually continued doing this throughout his life. Biggs eventually carved some of the most important Irish memorials honoring her heroes, including the Memorial Wall at Arbour Hill Cemetery, burial place... more

Creating Clamshell Boxes for Samuel Wait

In October, 2015, I attended a Clamshell Box-making workshop at Cat Tail Bindery in Winchester, Virginia. The workshop was excellent and immediately useful. When I returned, Tanya gave me six books that once belonged to Samuel Wait and asked me to make boxes for them. This provided a great opportunity to go over what I... more

Moroccan Mosque Exhibit

The current exhibit in the lobby cases of ZSR is an exhibit on Moroccan Mosques by James Llewellyn. Llewellyn is a Wake Forest Sophomore who traveled to Morocco and studied there. He wants students and other observers to learn about Islam from this architectural form. Llewellyn states that the Quran does not say anything specific... more

Elizabeth Rivers, An English Artist in Ireland

This installment of Irish Ink is introducing Dolmen Press artist, Elizabeth Rivers. Rivers contributed a number of illustrations to the Dolmen Press oeuvre, which ZSR Library Special Collections and Archives is proud to house. Elizabeth Joyce Rivers was born in Little Pennys, Sawbridgeworth, Hertordshire on August 5, 1903. She was English, not Irish, which was... more

Bible Versals Exhibit

A new exhibit features 26 “Bible Versals” by local calligraphers – the Encore Group. This is a group of calligraphers and bookbinders led by Joyce Teta, a former Artist of the Year in Winston-Salem. Joyce provided the concept, inspiration and creativity for the exhibit. Versals are ornamental letters traditionally found in Medieval books and are... more

Tate Adams, Printmaker and Irish Expatriate in Australia

This installment of Irish Ink is introducing Dolmen Press artist, Tate Adams.  Adams contributed a number of illustrations to Dolmen Press publications, which ZSR Library Special Collections and Archives is proud to house. Tate Adams was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland in 1922. He lost his mother early at age 11. Tate’s father was a farmer and... more

Asheville Book Repair Workshop

On Friday, November 6, 2015, I taught a Basic Book Repair Workshop in Asheville, The workshop was hosted by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Western Office and sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC). The NCDCR office is located on the Veterans Administration campus and is located in a nicely restored building... more

2015 Banned Books Week Exhibit

This year, Banned Books Week is from September 27 – October 3. The purpose of this event, begun in 1982 by the American Library Association, is to highlight what books are challenged or banned in schools and libraries each year. The event also serves to celebrate the freedom to read and freedom from censorship. This... more


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