Todd Davis, a 2016 graduate of the Bookbinding program, was a recent featured artist on the Western Avenue Studios Artist Association's blog. Western Avenue Studios offers work space to more than 280 artists in Lowell, Massachusetts. In addition to owning and operating his own bindery there, Todd also currently works part-time at the front desk here at the School.
They wrote of Todd, "A lover of history and old crusty books, Todd became interested in how books work during the many hours he spent among the stacks while pursuing his undergraduate degree in history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A former software consultant of 30 plus years, he likes that bookbinding is a technically challenging, hands-on process that doesn't require a keyboard or computer.
...Besides commissions and workshops, Todd provides book repair services. Each repair project presents various obstacles, but Todd loves the challenge as well as the mystery and history involved in taking a book a part... Some of his past repair projects include: a family bible, a Roman Missal, a 50-year-old wedding photo album, and a private library's circulating collection."
Todd will be conducting demonstrations on his latest projects during Western Avenue's Artoberfest 2018, October 6 & 7, 2018. During a typical week, you can find Todd in his studio sometime between 9am-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays . Walk-ins are always welcome.