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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” August 2019

August 7, 2019

Next Meeting: Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church located at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington, VT. We will be in the Sophia Fahs Community Room, a large room located in the basement. Click here for more information on directions/parking.

Program: Developing Your Personal Writing Style, Part 1

Handwriting by Meta StrickMeta Strick, along with the assistance of Penne Tompkins, will lead you through some straightforward exercises to reveal your handwriting patterns and how to make them more uniform. The goal is to help you become comfortable with the idea and practice of using your own hand lettering in your books or any art projects.

It’s a low stress, fun approach that we hope will be useful to all!

Please bring the following:

  • Pencil and eraser
  • Pens and markers
  • Lined sheets of paper
  • Ruler

July Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingThe postcard challenge has really brought out some great and diverse talent. Using the new skills acquired over the last few months of programs, participants went wild with the small format, producing postcards to share and swap. It was a swapping frenzy at the meeting. Now, looking forward to September, I can’t wait to see what you do with them!

The artists’ talk with work from the recent S.P.A.C.E. exhibit gave everyone a chance not only to learn more about each other as artists, but also to talk about purpose, inspiration and method in general. Thanks to everyone for participating, listening, and inspiring.

You are all wonderful. You are my people.

You can view images from the meeting on the B.A.G. blog.

B.A.G. News

Nancy Stone postcard*** Nancy Stone’s watercolor postcards are now in a published book that documents the 2.5 year adventure she shared with her husband as they visited each of Vermont’s 251 towns. Originally begun as a book arts project with original paintings and journal entries, the idea of publishing the artwork resulted from many friends requesting a book.

On Wednesday, August 21st, the Williston library is sponsoring a celebration of Vermont’s 251 Club to be held off-site at the Williston Central School auditorium. From 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Nancy’s postcards will be on display as an installation and the book will be available for sale. At 7:00 p.m., Mike Leonard will screen his film One Town At A Time followed by Q & A. The documentary features diverse voices from members of the 251 Club highlighting the spirit that makes each town uniquely Vermont.

Completion of Mike and Nancy’s personal creative projects happened to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the Vermont 251 Club. Begun in 1954, the club has over 6,000 members including residents as well as visitors.

*** Carolyn Shattuck has a retrospective show, Into My Space, open now through September 7th at Compass Music and Arts Center. The exhibit covers the 30+ years of her career as an artist. Work on display ranges from paintings to prints, collages to handmade books, and small to large works.

Compass Music and Arts Center is located at 333 Jones Drive in Brandon, VT.

Leather journals by Elissa Campbell*** Elissa Campbell is teaching another installment of Find Closure at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on August 19 & 20.

Consider this workshop the equivalent of a Closure Dressy Bessy. First you’ll complete a soft cover, leather book using a variation of the long stitch binding. Then comes the fun part – you’ll experiment with a variety of ways to secure those books. You’ll explore ways to use buttons, leather straps, and metal hardware to create up to 5 closures per book (as time allows).

Bring your own embellishments (buttons, ribbons, etc.) that you’d like to use for closures – there will be time for discussion and problem-solving as a group.You’ll leave this workshop with one book measuring 9.5″ x 6.5″, along with a detailed handout and resource list for all materials used.

Register online or contact Studio Place Arts at (802) 479-7069.

Book Arts News

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is holding its annual meeting on Saturday, August 10th at Cottage Street Studios in Easthampton, MA. Non-members are welcome to attend.

Here’s the event schedule:

  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Traditional Water Gilding demo on a parchment panel with Sarah Pringle of Cinch Custom Finishes
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: NEGBW Annual meeting with light refreshments at Praxis Bindery (Room 4-24)
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Cottage Street Studios Open House and Tag Sale with:
    • Peter Geraty of Praxis Bindery (Room 4-24)
    • Sarah Creighton and Sarah Pringle (#42)
    • Carol Blinn of Warwick Press (#36)
    • Daniel Kelm (#5)

There will be some small demos and lots of bindery equipment and materials for sale.

Cottage Street Studios is located at One Cottage Street. Please email newenglandgbw@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

UNBOUND logo

*** UNBOUND IX, a juried book arts show at Artistree Gallery in South Pomfret, VT is open now through August 24th.

The show features art using books as a material or a format. Visitors will have an opportunity to examine curious folios, recent grimoires, tomes turned to sculpture and some works having a relation to “books” in concept only.

Several B.A.G. members have work in the exhibit, so sure to stop by!

*** Kolaj Magazine and ARCMTL seek collage artists who make books as part of their broader practice to present their book-centered projects as part of a symposium on the subject of collage and the book. The full-day symposium will take place on October 4th in Montreal.

In addition to making a brief presentation, book projects will be profiled in a special publication that will accompany the symposium. The deadline for submissions is August 31st.

For more information, please check out the call to artists.

*** In conjunction with the symposium, ARCMTL is hosting VOLUME 2 MTL: Art and the Book, Montreal’s annual conference and fair devoted to art publishing and artists’ books. The conference takes place from October 1 – 6, while the fair will be held on October 5 – 6.

VOLUME 2 MTL presents works and programming in both English and French, including artists and publishers from all over Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere.

For more information, please visit the VOLUME 2 MTL website.

Book Arts Classes

Locked up letterpress type*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering Letterpress Projects for Books with Richard Reitz Smith from August 25 – 31.

The idea of letterpressing content for your artist book can be overwhelming – the decisions are endless and the stakes are high. This project oriented course is designed to provide mentorship that will help you tackle all the details with confidence.

Each student will create a production plan and begin by cutting down their paper and making polymer plates or setting type. On the press, you’ll learn how to arrange your content and align your paper, then run test prints and finally move into production. We will have guest book artists throughout the week present work and offer tips and advice on book making.

In addition to the printed output of this course, students will leave with a better understanding of how to convert images and type into letterpress books and how to develop an efficient workflow when tackling a letterpress edition.

Click here to register. Maine Media Workshops + College is located in Rockport, ME.

*** The North Bennet Street School in Boston is offering Secret Belgian Binding – Three Ways with Erin Fletcher on September 14 & 15. The Secret Belgian binding can be constructed quickly with few tools and virtually no equipment. It opens flat and works best with thinner text blocks.

This workshop explores the Secret Belgian structure and ways to modify it. On day one, students put together two variations of this non-adhesive structure: one with exposed stitches and one with hidden stitches. On day two, students explore modified versions of the Secret Belgian binding developed by book artist, Anne Goy by playing with the length of stitching and incorporating Tyvek.

For more information, please visit the NBSS website.

*** On Sunday, September 22nd, The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts in Boston is offering Star Books with Cristina Hajosy.

A handmade star book can be presented as an artist’s book or as a hanging ornament. Excite viewers with the visual movement and performative qualities of this unusual book structure. Learn basic bookmaking techniques and experiment with hand-marbled papers, mixed media and collage scraps to customize your books.

For more information about the class, please visit the Eliot School’s website or click here to download the complete catalog.


Postcard Swap and Artists’ Talk

July 23, 2019

Handmade postcard swap

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Nina Gaby

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Altered book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book

Person showing handmade book

Person showing handmade book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” July 2019

July 5, 2019

Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church located at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington, VT. We will be in the Sophia Fahs Community Room, a large room located in the basement. Click here for more information on directions/parking.

Program: Postcard Swap and Artists’ Talk

Collaged postcard by Marcia VoglerIt’s July! We have invited you to create 7 postcards, 1 to keep for yourself and 6 to swap. We will begin July’s meeting by swapping your 6 postcards for 6 others. The postcards will be collected and grouped in 6’s, and each participant will be given a batch. Of course, swapping can occur after the batches are distributed.

With these original artworks, participants will create a book structure to hold the cards, and share their creation at the September meeting. There’s plenty of time to complete the challenge!

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at S.P.A.C.E. GalleryAfter the postcard swap, artists are invited to give a short talk about their work from the Bound to Happen show at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery. It was a wonderful show with terrific work! This is a chance to get a more in-depth look at the pieces and the thoughts and techniques that went into them.

If you weren’t able to get to the exhibit, you can visit images of the included work on the B.A.G. blog.

June Meeting Reflections

Elissa CampbellFor our June meeting, Elissa Campbell led us through Keith Smith‘s Triple Parquet binding, and with her amazing teaching skills and props, we all finished the lovely leather book within the allotted time.

I always notice during a hands-on presentation, how friendly and willing participants are to share their knowledge with those of us who may struggle or fall behind. Thank you all for that.

Giant thanks to Elissa and her Giant Sewing Board for preparing the kits for us and making the evening fun and productive!

You can view images from the meeting on the B.A.G. blog.

B.A.G. News

UNBOUND logo

*** Congratulations to seven (!) Book Arts Guild of Vermont members on their acceptance into UNBOUND IX, an upcoming juried show at Artistree Gallery in South Pomfret, VT.

Ann Joppe-Mercure, Dorsey Hogg, Becky Boardman, Marcia Vogler, Nina Gaby, Debra Kraemer, and Elissa Campbell will have work on exhibit from July 26 – August 24. The opening reception will be held on Friday July 26th, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The show features art using books as a material or a format. Visitors will have an opportunity to examine curious folios, recent grimoires, tomes turned to sculpture and some works having a relation to “books” in concept only.

Block printed patterned papers

*** Elissa Campbell is teaching The Block Printed Journal at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on July 15 – 16. This class is open to ages 13 years and up.

Block printing is an ancient method of printmaking that can be used to create beautiful, decorated papers. Not only is it fun, but it’s something you can easily do at home. In this two-day class, you’ll experiment with printing and use one of your own papers to cover a handmade journal.

On the first day, you’ll learn how to design and carve rubber stamps that will be used to create your own decorated papers. You’ll focus on basic shapes that can be used for layering and repeating to create rich and complex patterns.

On the second day, you’ll select one of your papers for the cover – you can save your unused papers for other projects. You’ll make a book using a binding that allows the book to remain flat when opened, making it perfect for use as a sketchbook or journal.

Register online or contact Studio Place Arts at (802) 479-7069.

Book Arts News

Formation exhibit logo - GBW*** Now through July 27th, the North Bennet Street School in Boston is hosting Formation, a traveling exhibit of work by members of the Guild of Book Workers.

Work in this juried show explores the theme of formation: of personal narratives and histories, craftsmanship, forming ideas, natural sciences, and many more interpretations. Featured among the 50 books are several created by NBSS Bookbinding alumni, faculty members, and colleagues.

The closing reception will be held on Thursday, July 18th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Jackie Scott, the exhibit organizer, will give a brief overview of the exhibit in addition to a few local artists who will speak about their work.

If you can’t make it to the exhibit, you can view images of included work on the Guild of Book Workers website.

*** John Churchman is opening ArtHound Gallery in the new Essex Experience Center (formerly Essex Outlets) and is looking for Vermont artists wishing to show their work. All mediums are welcome.

Artists will have access to classroom space, continuing education and events. The gallery will host three levels of creative expression separated into distinct gallery spaces including Fine Art & Master Artisan Craft, Emerging Artists, and Community & Student Art.

To indicate your interest, please complete the form at this link.

Book Arts Classes

*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering two workshops in August that may be of interest:

Wood letterpress typeComposing on the Press with Emily Martin will run from August 4 – 10.

Letterpress printing can be a slow process, but it can also be very spontaneous. Using a Vandercook proof press with magnet and Boxcar bases it is possible to print in a spontaneous manner composing the image as you print.

Stainless steel wire combined with various sticky backed foams can be cut and manipulated to make shapes and lines quickly and can be altered as needed. P22Blox are shaped modules that can be combined and recombined to forms letters, frames, figures and more.

The emphasis will be on experimentation and variation rather than on specific end products. Each participant will contribute a set sized sample print for a portfolio exchange.

Click here to register.

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Sheets of paperContemporary Paper Structures with Karen Hanmer will run from August 18 – 24.

Paper structures are quick, elegant, and economical options for a variety of book projects. The structures covered in this workshop will be a great resource to artists, beginner or experienced, looking to expand their repertoire.

Students will construct numerous book structures ranging from unsewn folded sheets to multi-signature books with structural and decorative sewing. Some of the books will have soft paper cases or wrappers, others will have stiff covers. Some will be sewn on supports, others will have exposed sewing. Endsheets may be decorative only or essential to the book’s engineering. Most of the bindings will be close to or completely non-adhesive.

During this information-packed course you will build the knowledge and skills to continue making books in your own studio with a few hand tools and no specialized equipment. This attractive set of models, together with detailed handouts, will be a valuable reference and inspiration for future projects.

Click here to register.

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Maine Media Workshops + College is located in Rockport, ME.

*** Long Ridge Farm is hosting Tactile Notebooks & the Written Word with Sandra Brownlee on August 7 – 11.

Each day students will walk, observe, gather and write, taking the time they need to immerse themselves in each experience. In the studio, they will work in their notebooks creating tactile pages that express what they have experienced in a way that honors their own nature.

The objectives of this workshop are to encourage reflection and awareness grounded in the present moment; to strengthen and vitalize the connection between daily life and notebook keeping; and to foster community through meaningful dialogue between peers.

Click here to register. Long Ridge Farm is located in Westmoreland, NH.

*** Pattison Paperworks is hosting a workshop with Erin Fletcher on August 17 & 18 – Embroidered Leather Bindings.

Embroidery has been used as a decorative technique on bindings for centuries. In Europe, particularly England, around the 15th – 17th centuries a great number of bindings were heavily adorned with embroidery. The substrate was typically canvas, silk or velvet but occasionally leather was used. The designs fell into three distinct categories: heraldic, floral and figurative. Today, embroidery as a decorative technique is seeing a revival in contemporary design bindings and artist books. Many artists and binders are experimenting with embroidery on a range of materials including leather.

In this workshop, students will learn a few basic embroidery techniques that are best for decorating leather along with ways to transfer a design and prep the leather for covering. In addition to these simple embroidery stitches, demonstrations will also cover ways of creating texture and depth to a design by incorporating onlays and other decorative techniques. Students will use these techniques to design and embroider a simple cover for a miniature full leather blank book.

To register, please contact info@pattisonpaperworks.com. Pattison Paperworks is located in Otisfield, ME.


Bound to Happen – exhibit at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

June 22, 2019

Sign outside S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Exhibit Sign for Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

"Homage to Jasper Johns" by Vera Ryersback

“Homage to Jasper Johns” by Vera Ryersback

"Homage to Mondrian" by Vera Ryersback

“Homage to Mondrian” by Vera Ryersback

"Sojourners: Mexico" by Nancy Stone

“Sojourners: Mexico” by Nancy Stone

"Sojourners: USA" by Nancy Stone

“Sojourners: USA” by Nancy Stone

"Sojourners: Canada" by Nancy Stone

“Sojourners: Canada” by Nancy Stone

"Save the Elephants" by Carolyn Shattuck

“Save the Elephants” by Carolyn Shattuck

"Star Book" by Maryann Riker

“Star Book” by Maryann Riker

"House of Stars and Dreams" by Maryann Riker

“House of Stars and Dreams” by Maryann Riker

"Where There Is" by Maryann Riker

“Where There Is” by Maryann Riker

"Fortuity" by Debra Kraemer

“Fortuity” by Debra Kraemer

"Canyon Lands" by Debra Kraemer

“Canyon Lands” by Debra Kraemer

"You Can't Take it with You" by Elissa Campbell

“You Can’t Take it with You” by Elissa Campbell

"Unique View of the Search" by Rebecca Boardman

“Unique View of the Search” by Rebecca Boardman

"Book a Family" by Rebecca Boardman

“Book a Family” by Rebecca Boardman

"Found and Woven #1" by Rebecca Boardman

“Found and Woven #1” by Rebecca Boardman

"Stitching Through Time" by Marilyn Gillis

“Stitching Through Time” by Marilyn Gillis

"A Collage A Day #2" by Marilyn Gillis

“A Collage A Day #2” by Marilyn Gillis

"A Collage A Day #1" by Marilyn Gillis

“A Collage A Day #1” by Marilyn Gillis

"The Swash Zone: small editions" by Ann Joppe-Mercure

“The Swash Zone: small editions” by Ann Joppe-Mercure

"The Swash Zone" by Ann Joppe-Mercure

“The Swash Zone” by Ann Joppe-Mercure

"Mapping a Sense of Place, Gulf Coast" by Ann Joppe-Mercure

“Mapping a Sense of Place, Gulf Coast” by Ann Joppe-Mercure

"Mapping a Sense of Place, Italy" by Ann Joppe-Mercure

“Mapping a Sense of Place, Italy” by Ann Joppe-Mercure

"Silences 1, 2, 3" by Nina Gaby

“Silences 1, 2, 3” by Nina Gaby

"Storyboards One and Two" by Nina Gaby

“Storyboards One and Two” by Nina Gaby

"Frayed Bindings" by Nina Gaby

“Frayed Bindings” by Nina Gaby

"Time Traveler's Coat" by Marcia Vogler

“Time Traveler’s Coat” by Marcia Vogler

"Vinyl Records" by Marcia Vogler

“Vinyl Records” by Marcia Vogler

"Family Ties" by Marcia Vogler

“Family Ties” by Marcia Vogler

"The Faces Tell the Story" by Dorsey Hogg

“The Faces Tell the Story” by Dorsey Hogg

"Carefully Bound" by Dorsey Hogg

“Carefully Bound” by Dorsey Hogg

"A Discarded Universe" by Dorsey Hogg

“A Discarded Universe” by Dorsey Hogg

"Compass" by Sally Blanchard O'Brien

“Compass” by Sally Blanchard O’Brien

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit opening at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit opening at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit opening at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit opening at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Mini Leather Journals with Elissa Campbell

June 22, 2019

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting sign

Bookbinding demonstration materials

Bookbinder Elissa Campbell

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handbinding leather journal

Bookbinder Elissa Campbell demonstrating

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handbinding leather journal

Handbinding leather journal

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handbound leather journal

Handbound leather journal

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