Julia is a bench-trained conservator who worked for many years at the University of Michigan conservation lab and in recent years has turned her focus to the study and teaching of historical binding structure and style, with a particular emphasis on early codex structures and their influence on the history of hand bookbinding. Julia has taught a variety of classes around the U.S., and has traveled to Cairo twice, in part to study the books that originally sparked her interest in early bindings, the fourth century single-quire books known as the Nag Hammadi codices.
In 2008 Julia received a Kress Foundation/FAIC conservation publication fellowship to write a book on historical structure and style titled Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings, published by The Legacy Press and released in December 2010 ( www.thelegacypress.com ). The book is directed toward curators, collectors, and conservators, and to book artists who draw on historical book structure as a platform for their own work. Books Will Speak Plain is in its second printing; reviews are available at The Legacy Press website. Julia is currently series editor for Suave Mechanicals – Essays on the History of Bookbinding and is a contributor to Volume I, published in February 2013. Volume II of Suave Mechanicals is in preparation with publication expected in January 2014.