Pamela Leutz has been bookbinding since 1979 when she began taking classes from Dorothy Westapher at the Craft Guild of Dallas.
In 1985 she went to Switzerland to study with master bookbinder, Hugo Peller. She again studied with Mr. Peller in 1986 in Dallas, learning more about design bindings and decorative paper making.
She continued her studies with Czech master binders Jan and Jarmila Sobota in Dallas, TX, and the Czech Republic, studying fine binding and box-bindings, conservation, renaissance-style bindings, and other historical and design bindings.
She studied historical bindings and conservation with bookbinder, Sally Key. Pamela has also had the opportunity to take workshops from other fine bookbinders.
Pamela has taught bookbinding classes for the past 18 years at such places as The Craft Guild of Dallas, the Dallas Museum of Art, Imagination Celebration, Southern Methodist University’s Informal Courses, and her own private studio. Her classes include learning various styles of bindings, boxes and decorative paper techniques.
She won “Best Binding” for her design binding on The Coast of Chicago, which is now in special collections at the Chicago Public Library, http://www.chipublib.org/dir_documents/obmicatalog.pdf She also has a design binding at the Museum of Bookbinding in Loket, Czech Republic.
She has been an Advisory Board Member of The Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition and Co-President of the Lone Star Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers.
Since 1986, through her company, in Dallas, TX, The Gilded Edge, she created custom books and boxes and restored and repaired books for clients. Now living in Colorado Springs, CO she continues bookbinding and teaching classes.
Pamela has written a book,The Thread That Binds: Interviews with Private Practice Bookbinders, which is available through www.OakKnoll.com. It is a compilation of interviews with private practice bookbinders.