The Society of Gilders
Originally called the Guild of Gilders, the Society of Gilders seek to educate and elevate the art of gilding. They have a beautiful website that gives a nice overview on leafing and is a fantastic resource for their members.
There is so much more to gilding than sizing (glue) and laying on the leaf. The Society seeks to pass on the knowledge of correct material use along with proper prepwork, application and protection. There are also many disciplines within the art form: water gilding, restoration, verre eglomisé and lettering to name a few. The organization is so generous — when my brother, Jason, was preparing to attend their recent conference in New Orleans, the group’s representatives made sure every question we had was answered and that we were completely set up nicely. Membership ranges from $50 – $250 yearly and most include a subscription to their newsletter, their magazine The Gilder’s Tip, inclusion in their directory, access to their full website resources and more.
We’ve written about gilding before — here, here and here. I think it’s an art form that needs to be nurtured and passed on. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post — and consider joining and supporting the Society of Gilders and their suggested schools. See you tomorrow!