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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” March 2015

March 5, 2015

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 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: Collage Inspiration: Postcard-a-Day with Marcia Vogler

Join us in March for a creative, hands-on session with Marcia Vogler, who will share her techniques and inspiration for Postcard a Day – a daily practice of collage and written word that has helped her stay in touch with both herself and ailing friends.

Using painted papers, magazine tears, used calendar pages, or simply paper scraps, we will create simple collages – abstract or representational – that can be made quickly into mail art to be shared with others. Marcia has sent an original postcard to friends receiving chemotherapy and/ or radiation treatments almost every day since August 2011. She continues because it has become an important part of her day. Examples of her work can be found here and here.

Come for a fun, creative evening, and leave with art that will make someone else’s day special!

Please bring:

  • Glue stick
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Collage materials you would like to work with
  • Markers, colored pencils, etc.
  • Paints, inks, and rubber stamps and anything else you would like to use to embellish your card(s)

February Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingThe cold and snowy winter weather did not deter our hardy group from coming out for the February meeting. We started with some sharing time, allowing participants to get to know each other and express their intention for the meeting. We then moved on to creative time, where people pulled out projects and ideas, and worked happily in each others’ company.

Whether we actually got something done, or just enjoyed the spirit of the meeting, the time passed quickly. New relationships were formed, and new projects formulated. Look for more information on an upcoming collaborative project!

Studio Support and Workshop Time is a new format for our meeting, and we would be interested to know what comments you may have.

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


B.A.G. News

*** Call for Entries:  Book Works, book-related works by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont!

Entries are due on March 20th!  If you are not bringing your entry to the March 11 meeting, please make sure to make arrangements with Marcia to receive your entry!

The theme for our annual exhibit, entitled Book Works, is an intentionally broad one, and can include any work that is related to book arts. We encourage all members and friends to participate, especially those who have not exhibited previously. Work can include new or time honored techniques, book-related pieces and sculpture, and generally any work that can be ‘read’. Start working on your pieces now!

If you have been working on a folded book sculpture based on Marilyn’s workshop and intend to submit it to the show, please let Marcia know. We would like to group these together as an example of what can be gained from attending our meetings. 

The exhibit will take place at the SEABA Center Gallery at 404 Pine Street in Burlington during the month of April. The opening will be on First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd, and we will have a gallery talk on April 8th that will serve as our April meeting. We are thrilled to have a South End location for the show, and excited to have the opportunity to increase awareness of the book arts.

Entries will be due on March 20th, but may be brought to the March 11th meeting. Entries are free for BAG members, and $10.00 each ($25.00 for 3) for non-members. The gallery takes a 30% commission on sales. Click here to download the entry form.


Book Arts News

*** The annual Book Arts Bazaar will be held on Sunday, April 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Wishcamper Center on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus. This festival with book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, and writers is dedicated to all things related to the book. The event is sponsored by USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts.

Book arts related vendors may register for a table before March 15th. Please download this PDF for more information and the registration form.

You may also contact Rebecca Goodale at goodale@maine.edu or (207) 228-8014 for more information.

Bookstock logo

*** Bookstock is looking for book artist vendors for their literary festival during July 24 – 26. Last year’s vendors were made up primarily of authors and publishers but they’re interested in adding more book artists this year. The festival is held in Woodstock, VT.

For more information, please contact Mitzi Wilson at Mitziw@hotmail.com or (802) 356-9957.


Book Arts Classes

The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is sponsoring a workshop with Jim Croft to be held at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA. The workshop, Wooden Boards and Cloth Spine – Long Stitch Binding, takes place on March 14 – 15, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A textile spine is strong, flexible and doesn’t care how many holes you punch into it. Using wood for covers results in a quickly made, durable book. To make it, you need only a bone folder, thread, needle, and maybe an awl. The book can be made with a rounded spine that has a natural shoulder, if desired.

Students will begin the class making their own case by splitting and shaping their boards. As the case dries, students will be treated to a bonus demonstration on shaping bone tools with the opportunity to start their own tool. The workshop will progress through the sewing structure to complete their bindings.

Registration is available online. For more information or if you have any questions, please email negbwprograms@gmail.com.

*** The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is also offering Experimental Bookbinding with Roni Gross on March 25 – 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Participants will experiment with letterpress printing using nontraditional techniques like pressure printing and monotypes. Participants will also learn to create flag books and concertina bindings using the prints made on the lettterpress.  No previous experience necessary.

For more information or to register, please visit the CCP website.


Studio Support and Workshop Time

February 27, 2015

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handcut paper art

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Altered book

Folding altered book

Altered book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Artists' book and altered book

Altered book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book arts supplies and tools

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” February 2015

February 5, 2015

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 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: Studio Support and Workshop Time

Do you have a box or folder of projects from earlier meetings – ones that you’d like to finish or explore further, but haven’t quite found the time? Perhaps a technique you learned sparked an idea for a new piece of work, but you’d like some assistance on how to begin or advice on applying the technique.

Studio Support and Workshop Time is two hours that you give yourself, in the company of fellow book- and paper-arts lovers, to learn, share and create in a supportive and encouraging environment.

The meeting will begin with some group time, both for sharing – something you’ve made, a great resource or tool you’ve found, a source of inspiration – and for asking questions or puzzling out challenges you may be having with a project or particular technique.

The remainder of the time will be devoted to creative work. Bring along a project or model from a previous meeting that you’d like to continue working on or develop further, or bring a piece of your own to simply continue working on in the company of others.

Not sure of what to bring? No worries! Every Studio Support and Workshop Time session will have resources or materials for a project. This session, we will offer the opportunity to continue exploring the exciting possibilities of folded-page book sculptures as presented by Marilyn Gillis in January. We still have a stack of hard cover books donated last month for everyone to use, or you can bring few old paperbacks (preferably an inch or more in thickness) to use.

Even if you missed the meeting last month, come try it out – the technique is fairly simple and easy to learn, and as we discovered from the beautiful pieces Marilyn brought in to share with us last month, the possibilities are endless!

Folded book sculptures don’t requires special tools, but a pencil, bone folder, ruler, X-Acto knife and small cutting mat might come in handy. You might also want to bring supplies for decorating your sculpture, such as glue (glue sticks, Aleene’s Fast Tack), decorative paper, ribbon, “fancy-cut” scissors, ink pads or markers, feathers, dried or silk flowers, etc.


January Meeting Reflections

Marilyn GillisAt the January meeting, Marilyn treated us to a wonderful presentation of her folded sculptural pieces created from repurposed books. She led us through her work by explaining her creative process as well as the various techniques she used to create each piece. After demonstrating some simple folding processes, she let us loose to work on our own books.

As simple as Marilyn made it look and sound, we found that there is more to it than just starting to fold. It requires planning and inspiration to create pieces like hers. Thanks, Marilyn, for a great meeting, and thanks to everyone who ventured out on such a cold evening!

We want to encourage everyone to keep folding and working on the book you started at the meeting, or on a new piece. Our plan is to create an exhibit of members’ folded books at the Spring Show at SEABA as an example of what goes on at our meetings. Hopefully, this will encourage and inspire new participants, and expand our membership.

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


B.A.G. News

*** Announcing our Spring 2015 exhibit: Book Works, book-related works by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont!

The theme for our annual exhibit, entitled Book Works, is an intentionally broad one, and can include any work that is related to book arts. We encourage all members and friends to participate, especially those who have not exhibited previously. Work can include new or time honored techniques, book-related pieces and sculpture, and generally any work that can be ‘read’. Start working on your pieces now! If you have ideas but just can’t get yourself going, or if you are stuck on a problem and need advice, bring them/ it to the monthly meeting and let’s help each other out.

The exhibit will take place at the SEABA Center Gallery at 404 Pine Street in Burlington during the month of April. The opening will be on First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd, and we will have a gallery talk on April 8th that will serve as our April meeting. We are thrilled to have a South End location for the show, and excited to have the opportunity to increase awareness of the book arts.

Entries will be due on March 20th, but may be brought to the March 11th meeting. Entries are free for BAG members, and $10.00 each ($25.00 for 3) for non-members. The gallery takes a 30% commission on sales. Click here to download the entry form.


Book Arts News

Bookstock logo*** Bookstock is looking for book artist vendors for their literary festival during July 24 – 26. Last year’s vendors were made up primarily of authors and publishers but they’re interested in adding more book artists this year. The festival is held in Woodstock, VT.

For more information, please contact Mitzi Wilson at Mitziw@hotmail.com or (802) 356-9957.


Book Arts Classes

*** The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is offering Unique Artist’s Books with Eckhard Froeschlin, a visiting instructor based in Scheer, Germany on March 2 – 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Using prints in a book reminds us that the back side exists, as the print becomes a page and part of a three-dimensional and movable object. In this four-day workshop, participants will make books using prints and text to communicate their ideas. Etchings, woodcuts and other types of fine prints, should be prepared for this workshop, merging handwritten texts with poetry, or with block texts (carved into a printing plate), or even with handset type. The aim of this workshop is to create a small edition of artist books.

For more information or to register, please visit the CCP website.

*** The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is also offering Experimental Bookbinding with Roni Gross on March 25 – 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Participants will experiment with letterpress printing using nontraditional techniques like pressure printing and monotypes. Participants will also learn to create flag books and concertina bindings using the prints made on the lettterpress.  No previous experience necessary.

For more information or to register, please visit the CCP website.


Altered Books: Folded-Page Book Sculptures with Marilyn Gillis

February 1, 2015

Sign for Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Marilyn Gillis and altered books

Altered books by Marilyn Gillis

Altered books by Marilyn Gillis

Altered books by Marilyn Gillis

Altered book by Marilyn Gillis

Altered books by Marilyn Gillis

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Folding altered book

Folding altered book

Marilyn Gillis

Folding altered books

Folded altered book pages

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Folding altered book pages

Folding altered book pages

Folded altered book pages

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” January 2015

January 8, 2015

Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 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: Altered Books: Folded-Page Book Sculptures with Marilyn Gillis

Learn how to make easy sculptures from old books by using different page folding patterns. Fiber and book artist Marilyn Gillis will begin the meeting by showing book sculptures she has made using these techniques plus various ways to enhance the sculpture forms. Then she will get you started on your own sculpture(s).

The process is fun and easy; something to do in front of the TV or while listening to music. It can also challenge your artistic side if you want to decorate or enhance your sculptures.

Supplies to bring:

  • 1 or 2 old books about 1″ thick, can be paperback or hard cover (Vera Ryersbach has extras, if you need one)
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Marilyn Gillis is a mixed media/fiber artist. Eight years ago she became interested in book arts and has enjoyed learning a new medium. Her particular interest is in making folded page book sculptures, and she had made and sold them as another expression of her creative energy.


B.A.G. News

*** Announcing a new meeting format for 2015!

The BAG Board of Directors met in November to plan the upcoming year, and we are excited to announce a new approach we hope will spur and support our members’ creative work. In addition to an exciting roster of presenters for meetings, starting in February we will introduce an every other month meeting format titled Studio Support and Workshop Time.

These will be open sessions (with no presenter) during which we hope four things will happen:

  1. Members will have an opportunity to briefly “show and tell” their recent work at the start of the meeting.
  2. Members can receive support and creative problem solving from other members for any challenges or problems they are having in their work.
  3. Members can continue work and follow up on the project or technique presented in the previous meeting(s).
  4. Members can bring a current piece they are working on to simply continue their own work in the company of other artists.

The Board will also be introducing a challenge project for members and those who want can use the Studio Support and Workshop Time to participate in the challenge project. Artists spend much time working in isolation, so it is our hope that Studio Support sessions will be fun and will enhance and encourage our individual work.

*** Announcing our Spring 2015 exhibit: Book Works, book-related works by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont!

The theme for our annual exhibit, entitled Book Works, is an intentionally broad one, and can include any work that is related to book arts. We encourage all members and friends to participate, especially those who have not exhibited previously. Work can include new or time honored techniques, book-related pieces and sculpture, and generally any work that can be ‘read’. Start working on your pieces now! If you have ideas but just can’t get yourself going, or if you are stuck on a problem and need advice, bring them/ it to the monthly meeting and let’s help each other out.

The exhibit will take place at the SEABA Center Gallery at 404 Pine Street in Burlington during the month of April. The opening will be on First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd, and we will have a gallery talk on April 8th that will serve as our April meeting. We are thrilled to have a South End location for the show, and excited to have the opportunity to increase awareness of the book arts.

Entries will be due on March 20th, but may be brought to the March 11th meeting. Entries are free for BAG members, and $10.00 each ($25.00 for 3) for non-members. The gallery takes a 30% commission on sales. Click here to download the entry form.

*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s annual membership begins this month!

The primary mission of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont is to act as both an educational and creative resource in the field of book arts. Our monthly meetings are $5.00 an evening or free with a $35.00 annual membership. Your membership supports the mission of the Book Arts Guild, pays for our rented space, provides opportunities to exhibit and supports honorariums to presenters.

In addition to the benefits you receive (outlined on this page of our website), your paid membership also enables us to cover expenses such our website and email newsletter – key tools for keeping our book arts community in touch and informed. A special membership benefit this year is that you don’t have to pay to submit work to our annual, non-juried book arts exhibition. You’ll also receive a personal thank you from Ann Joppe-Mercure (priceless).

If you have a skill, a passion, a favorite technique or a body of work that others would love to learn about, and then take the leap and volunteer to share it with us as a presenter. If you present at a B.A.G. meeting, you receive free membership for the year. Think about it – we know you have something to share!

If you would like to become a supporting B.A.G. member, click here to download our membership form.


Book Arts News

*** The New England chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers for two upcoming Girl Scout events. They will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. and the programs are for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge.

The first event will be held Sunday January 25th at Camp Wind in the Pines EDC Lodge, 190 W Long Pond Rd Plymouth, MA, and the second event will be held April 12th at Camp Rice Moody Lodge, 29 Rice Rd Reading, MA. Both events will run from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

There will be an introduction and then five stations that the girls will rotate through which may include printing, accordion folds, a pamphlet, origami book, a scroll, decorating paper or a collaborative book, depending on the interests of the volunteers. Each rotation will last for about 30 minutes. If you have a book arts technique or project that you’d like to see done with the Girl Scouts please make some suggestions.

You do not need to be a member of the NEGBW to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Todd Pattison at bookandtile@att.net.

Mark Esser exhibit poster*** A reception for the exhibit Commitment to Craftsmanship: Conservation Bookbindings by Mark Esser, with brief remarks and presentation of a gift in acknowledgement of Mark’s contribution to the field of book conservation, will happen on January 14, 2015.

Mark Esser was Rare Book Conservator in the John J. Burns Library at Boston College from 1994 until 2008. The show, a handsome group of books bound by Mark during his tenure as Book Conservator, also represents the many different subjects in the Library’s collections. This exhibit, designed to introduce Boston College students to bookbinding and book conservation, explores the training Mark received, his background as a teacher at NBSS, and show-cases some of the conservation bindings that he produced as Book Conservator for the John J. Burns Library.


Book Arts Classes

*** On Saturdays from January 10 – February 7, 2015, the North Bennet Street School is offering Fundamentals of Bookbinding I with Amy Lapidow.

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.

For more information or to register, please visit the NBSS website.

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Altered Books with Daniel Embree on February 1 & 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Transform used books into art objects. Learn bookmaking, paper cutting, drawing, collage and decollage techniques to reinvent used books into something new. Bring some books and some small objects and images to include. We will distribute a list of good Boston book-buying places in advance.

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