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Preserving Memories and Knowledge
1241 Carpenter St. Studio 319
Philadelphia, Pa 19147
Ruth Scott Blackson:  Ruth  has been a practicing
artist for 8 years, after studying at Norwich
University of the Arts, The University of Sunderland
and Goldsmiths College, London. In 2006 and 2009
she was successful in obtaining an English Arts
Council award for projects, which culminated in
residencies and exhibitions hosted in St. Petersburg
and France. In 2009 her work was included in the
/Younger Than Jesus/ Artist Directory, New
Museum, PHAIDON. She completed a commission,
forming part of SIDESHOW 2010 in Nottingham, the
fringe to The British Art Show. Most recently she has
been selected to participate in 2013 Hidden City
Philadelphia Festival. She relocated to Philadelphia,
USA in September 2011 and is a member of artist
collective 'Grizzly Grizzly'.

Top picture is Ruth with a clam shell box she custom
made for a first edition Caroline.   Picture to the right
is how she was before we made her a respectable
book conservator.

Ruth's Web Site
Hidden City Art Project
“It is clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way about. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat,
breeding and multiplying, and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down.”
― Agatha Christie, The Clocks
Madeline Lambelet

Madeline is a graduate of Guilford College, a
true bibliophile, who measures her wealth in
piles of books and how many dogs she
owns.  She has always wanted to be a "Book
Doctor".  Madeline is a Harry Potter nut, and
we all approve, and often brings Sansom and
Emilia to work with her.
Olivia, my daughter who could not manage
to stay awake long enough to learn
anything.  We just used her for a
paperweight when we needed to hold
something down for a long time. A very
long time.
I have degree in Business Administration
from Temple University.  I worked 30+
years in the corporate world, eventually
running a mid-size food processing
company.  When I decided to reclaim my
soul I tried my hand at high end furniture
restoration, but that was chemical intensive
with finish strippers and lacquers so I
found another better field.   I can tell you
that learning how to properly repair books
is harder than learning how to restore
Chippendale furniture.   I studied with Jill
Diess in Virginia and fixed hundreds of
books before I decided to start this
Kate Devlin -  a 2014 graduate of Temple
University with a degree in Fine Arts.  Kate
interned with us for her last year at school
and currently works part time at the bindery,
while pursuing her own art agenda.  
“What are you doing with all those
books anyway?" Ron asked.
Just trying to decide which ones to take
with us," said Hermione. When we're
looking for the Horcruxes."
Oh, of course," said Ron, clapping a
hand to his forehead. "I forgot we'll be
hunting down Voldemort in a mobile
“I would be most content if my
children grew up to be the kind of
people who think decorating
consists mostly of building
enough bookshelves.”
― Anna Quindlen
“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather
and a little music played out of doors by
somebody I do not know.”
― John Keats