Mark Andersson is a book conservator, bookbinder and instructor. Mark was President of the Guild of Bookworkers, the national organization for those involved in binding, conservation and all aspects of book arts.
Prior to moving to Tucson in 2007, Mark was Department Head and sole instructor in the North Bennet Street School’s bookbinding program for nine years. During that time he taught students from around the world all major aspects of bookbinding from historical models to full leather fine bindings with gold tooling, and all significant aspects of cloth and leather book conservation.
Over the years Mark has also taught numerous workshops and short courses as well as tutored several individual students. He has also continued to do binding and conservation projects for individual and institutional clients.
Articles featuring Mark have appeared in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. He has also been a guest on both local and national NPR radio interview programs, as well as several local television news programs in Seattle and Boston. (You can find links to some of those articles and broadcasts by clicking here -- including a national NPR story which explains the letterman’s jacket photos on this page, click here for a chuckle or two.) Mark has given many lectures and talks on the history of bookbinding and on the care of personal libraries.
Before accepting the position at NBSS in 1998, Mark was a book conservator in Seattle working privately for individual and institutional clients across the United States, while also working in the Special Collections division at the University of Washington.
In 1996 Mark received a Fulbright Grant for the study of Scandinavian bookbinding and conservation at Uppsala University in Sweden.
He graduated from NBSS in 1992. Prior to studying at NBSS, Mark worked in the conservation department at The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston where he first began to repair books.
Mark is a member of The Guild of Book Workers, The American Institute for Conservation, Designer Bookbinders, and The Fulbright Association. He was national vice president, and later a two term president of the GBW and was a presenter at the 2004 Standards of Excellence Conference in Providence.