My name is Bonnie Thompson Norman. For me, books are a passion as well as a profession.
I have been proprietor of The Windowpane Press, a letterpress printing and book arts studio, since 1978. I worked as a hand bookbinder in a commercial bindery for nearly twenty years. Evenings and weekends, I teach classes in printing and bookmaking.
My first job, at age 16, was in a bookstore, and just about every job I’ve had since then has in some way involved books or art. I became interested in letterpress printing beginning in 1967 when I went to work for Jake Zeitlin at Zeitlin & Ver Brugge in Los Angeles. I was Studio Director at the Woman’s Building and worked for renown letterpress printer, Patrick Reagh, for a number of years. I am one of the original group of Women of Letters, which continues to meet today, more than thirty years after our original gathering.
After moving to Seattle in 1993, I went to work as a hand bookbinder for Puget Bindery in Kent. I also began offering classes through the University of Washington Experimental College as well as occasionally teaching at Seattle Central Community College and the School of Visual Concepts. I was a member of the Board of the Friends of the University of Washington Libraries, am currently Co-Chair of the Northwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and a long time member of the Book Arts Guild and The Book Club of Washington in Seattle.