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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” September 2020

September 4, 2020

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

This month’s meeting will once again be held via Zoom, an online conference program. If you’ve never attended a Zoom meeting before, check out this video – it will go over the basics of how to join a meeting.

Stay safe!

The B.A.G. Board

Program: Sharing from the Mail Art Challenge

US Postal Service mail box

With seventeen B.A.G. members taking up the challenge to send Mail Art, our September Zoom meeting will be a sharing of the mail we received. If you wish to share, have your Mail Art pieces ready to hold up to the camera for a quick show and tell.

Our meeting will surely be a feast for the eyes and spirit!

Things to bring:

  • Received mail art
  • Enthusiasm

If you plan to attend the meeting, please contact Elissa so she can send you the Zoom meeting details.

August Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Zoom meetingOur August meeting was a balance of challenges and meditative acts of sewing signatures. Marcia Vogler led the workshop and again highlighted the versatility of the accordion. Using the concertina as the spine, Marcia demonstrated how to sew signatures into the mountains or the valleys for different results.

Once we found the pattern there was quiet concentration as we stitched. (Of course we were on Zoom and everyone was on mute – but we could all feel the calm.)

Marcia ended with multiple variations of how to include covers demonstrating her craftsmanship and abundance of creativity.

Thanks Marcia!

Book Arts News

*** The Camden Public Library is hosting a virtual exhibit of work by the Midcoast Maine Book Arts Group through the month of September.

The exhibit, Structure & Narrative encompasses two concepts about artists’ books for viewers to consider. First, each book is a made object -something that has a material aspect, a structural component, and a nod to what a book does: invite the viewer in. The second idea is the narrative: What is the story being told, how is it being told, and what are the aspects of narrative that a viewer can discern?

For more information and to view the books in the exhibit, visit the library’s website.

*** On Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m., the Camden Public Library will host artists from the Midcoast Maine Book Arts Group for a special event, Zoom Into the Book Arts Studio.

This will be an opportunity to virtually visit the studios of Rebecca Goodale, Cynthia McGuirl, Joelle Webber, and Dudley Zopp. You’ll learn about their work and some of the tools and processes they use. The event will provide you with an intimate look at the artists’ work spaces from the comfort of home. A Q&A session will follow each studio visit.

Please email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to attend.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** BookArtsLA has a number of online courses coming up during the month of September:

September 26: Drumleaf Binding with Anne Covell

The Drumleaf Binding is an ideal structure for featuring photographs, prints, or drawings that span the spread of a book. In this binding, individual folios are folded, stacked, and glued at the spine and tipped at the fore-edge. There is no sewing to interrupt the images. The spine remains flexible, allowing open pages to lay flat.

In this workshop, students will complete one hardcover binding with a decorative Japanese tissue spine. Students in this class will be provided with a descriptive handout and materials list in advance of the class to allow students to bind along with the instructor during the demonstration.


September 27: Packed Tacket Binding with Anne Covell

The packed tacket binding, dating to the 2nd century AD, is one of oldest known multi-quire sewing styles. Composed of an exposed spine that combines coils of thread that snake up and down the spine, this structure combines speed and simplicity with flexibility and durability of form. Few tools and little to no adhesives are required to make this binding. Emphasis in this class will be on signature punching and sewing methods.

Students in this class will be provided with a descriptive handout and materials list in advance of the class to allow students to bind along with the instructor during the demonstration.


For more information or to register, visit the BookArtsLA website.

*** Papermaker and letterpress printer Radha Pandey is offering the following online papermaking workshops during the month of September:

September 18: Paper from Plants

In this class, participants will learn how to process plants for papermaking. There are several plants that are good for making into paper and fall is the best time to harvest what you have in your yard or in neighbourhood.

Participants will learn how to identify which part of the plant might be good for papermaking, how to process the plant for fiber by steaming, stripping, cooking, or all three, how to process fiber into pulp and how make simple sheets of paper from materials you may have around the house.


Indigo dye pot on stoveSeptember 26 & 27: Natural Indigo Vats

In this class, participants will learn how to set up two types of natural indigo vats, the fruit vat and the ferrous vat. We will cover the history of Indigo in India, how to be conscientious when sourcing this and other dyes, using natural indigo for a range of projects on paper and cloth, reviving the vat for re-use over a long period, as well as safe disposal of the vat after you are finished with it.

This class will not cover shibori or resist-dyeing in detail, but will provide general information and resources on these techniques.


For more information or to register, visit Radha’s website.

*** The Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is also offering online workshops during September. Here’s a few to check out:

September 17: Long Stitch Binding with Aubrey Dunn

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make a soft-cover journal using the long stitch. This book structure binds the pages and cover directly together, eliminating the need for any glue. You will also learn some of the many possible variations to this stitch, making it highly decorative. This is a fantastic book making foundation for more complex stitches, especially if you are interested in binding with leather.


September 26 & 27: Clay Resist and Indigo Printing with Gretchen Schermerhorn

In this workshop, students will learn how to make a clay-resist paste, print and paint with it on fabric, and then overdye their work with organic indigo. Day one will be spent learning how to mix the non-toxic clay-resist paste and the various, inventive methods of applying it. This will include block-printing, screenprinting, stenciling, and direct painting. Day two will cover how to make and maintain a vat of organic, fructose indigo, and the techniques for dyeing.

Students will learn how to build layers of pattern and imagery with additional resist to create varying shades of beautiful indigo blue. At the end of class, each student will leave with their samples, recipes, and trade secrets to continue developing the techniques at home. This workshop includes a kit that will provide all of the necessary ingredients for the resist and indigo vat.


For more information or to register, visit the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center website.

*** The San Francisco Center for the Book is also offering a number of online workshops via Zoom. Here is a selection of what’s available during the month of September:

September 14, 21, & 28: Introduction to the Artist’s Book with Matt Runkle

In the first of three sessions, we’ll look at an overview of artist’s books, discussing definitions, concepts, and numerous examples from the form’s history. We’ll then learn a simple book structure, which students will then develop into a “book sketch” as homework.

The second session will involve learning several more advanced book models and structures, as well as a couple low-tech printing techniques (stenciling, image transfers) that students can do at home. Students will then pick a model that they’ll begin to develop with content for a mockup that they may hope to later develop into a more finished edition.

In the final session, students will share their works in progress. The instructor will help them address any hurdles they face on their way to completing an artist book edition, discussing strategies for furthering and expanding concepts developed during the class. We’ll wrap up by talking about some of the practical considerations when embarking on a content-based book project and how they relate to the book artist’s many roles: author, illustrator, editor, publisher, printer, and binder.


Papercut - CurioCity by Beatrice CoronSeptember 19: Papercutting Basics with Béatrice Coron

During this workshop, participants will discover the multiple facets of papercutting by making their own samples of different techniques.

Learning basic principles of designing with full and empty shapes, each student will explore adapting pictures they collected to papercutting. Tips and tricks will be shared.


For more information or to register, visit the SFCB website.


VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” August 2020

August 9, 2020

Next Meeting: Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This month’s meeting will once again be held via Zoom, an online conference program. If you’ve never attended a Zoom meeting before, check out this video – it will go over the basics of how to join a meeting.

Stay safe!

The B.A.G. Board

Program: Revisiting Accordions: Let’s Have a Sew-In with Marcia Vogler

accordion book with sew-insAh, the versatility of the accordion. In this workshop, Marcia will lead you in exploring different methods of adding pages to the accordion with sewing. Using the 3-hole pamphlet stitch and the 5-hole butterfly stitch, you will attach sections to an accordion spine in 2 different ways, then look at methods of adding covers with sewing or glue.

Here’s what you need to prepare for the meeting:

Materials:

  • Card stock for accordion spines and covers: 4.25″ x 11″ ( 8.5″ x 11″ cut in half lengthwise) grain short if possible (6-8 pieces)
  • Text weight for sections:
    • 4.25″ x 7″ (12 pieces)
    • 4.25″ x 8.5″ (12 pieces)
  • Linen thread, waxed or unwaxed

Tools:

  • Cutting mat
  • X-acto knife
  • Bone folder
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Punching cradle or magazine
  • Awl
  • Needle

If you plan to attend the meeting, please contact Elissa so she can send you the Zoom meeting details.

July Meeting Reflections

Bookbinding Zoom meeting screenshotThe July Zoom meeting gave us a chance to learn from Amy Lapidow, author of the Book Art Studio Handbook. She led us through the steps for the Accordion Album with Frames, a project from the book.

While teaching through Zoom is a challenge, Amy sailed through the project and we sailed along with her. Another great accordion structure with so much potential!

Thanks, Amy, and thanks to all who Zoomed along with us.

B.A.G. News

US Postal Service mail box*** Mail Art Challenge – Make 2 Receive 2!

This August we are offering a quick fun challenge for B.A.G. The concept is to create 2 fun Mail Art envelopes and mail them. Then you will receive two fun Mail Art pieces in your mail.

Here’s what you need to do to participate:

  1. Watch the first lesson or more of the MAIL IS MAGIC video series produced by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
  2. Join the challenge by emailing Ann by August 19. Include your name and address.
  3. Receive two names with addresses from Ann by August 21.
  4. Create two Mail Art envelopes and send then on their way by September 2.
    • Please note that the Mail Art envelope is a suggested option but you are encouraged to be as creative as you wish. This is all for fun and art should be apolitical.
  5. Receive two pieces of Mail Art. Sharing will be at our September BAG meeting.

We hope you’ll get in on the fun!

Book Arts News

*** On 8/26/20, the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers will host its Annual Meeting online. The meeting is open to both members and non-members.

There will be a presentation by Sarah Pike who will be speaking about the various services she offers at FreeFall Laser. Three different makers will also speak about how they’ve used laser-cutting in recent projects: Amy Borezo, Andrea Dezsö, and Aspen Golann.

Following the discussion, Chapter Chair Erin Fletcher will give updates on chapter business.

RSVP: Please register here if you plan to attend. Zoom info will be sent prior to the meeting.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** The San Francisco Center for the Book has an online series of virtual tours called Shelter in Studio.

The focus is to chat with folks (SFCB Staff, instructors, and community members) about projects and processes that keep hands and minds engaged. Stop on by every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. PT for a half hour studio visit.

You can view videos of past visits (Coleen Curry, Macy Chadwick, Jennie Hinchcliff) by visiting the SFCB website.

*** On August 19, Yuka Petz is teaching Split-Page Books as a virtual workshop in association with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Also known as mix-and-match books, split-page books are simple, yet compelling structures that encourage lots of hands-on engagement.

In this workshop, you will examine a variety of artist-made and commercially printed examples and then make your own folded and sewn variations of split-page books. You will also discuss creating split-page books in collaboration with adults and children, and how to structure content to create cohesive books that retain the play of chance operations. Participants will also have the option to collaborate on a split-page book with other class members, to be completed after the workshop.

For more information or to register, visit the MCBA website.

*** The San Francisco Center for the Book is also offering a number of online workshops via Zoom. Here is a selection of what’s available during the month of August:

August 25 & 27: Suminagashi Marbled Notebook with Juliayn Coleman

Suminigashi is a relaxing and fun way to marble paper, with little set-up, little clean-up, and yet the results can be stunning. Many types of paper will accept the ink, and consequently it’s a great way to make use of ordinary paper, or to think of fine paper in a new way. There is some flexibility in the dimensions of the finished book, so students may make use of the paper they already have.

Join us for a couple hours in this fun and creative project as we float ink on water, observing the ripples that form, and transfer them to paper as the record of a moment. In the second session, we’ll use some of our paper to make a simple binding for a blank book you can use.


Gold flakesAugust 29 & 30: Contemporary Gilding with Solange Roberdeau

Using a contemporary version of gilding, the process of applying paper-thin sheets of metal to a surface, workshop participants will learn how to add metal to paper, wood and stone in their own shapes and patterns.

Over the course of two 2-hour sessions, Solange will walk participants through the nuances of this technique from how to effectively prepare a variety of material surfaces and apply metal leaf as a compositional element.


For more information or to register, visit the SFCB website.


VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” July 2020

July 5, 2020

Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The B.A.G. board has determined that at this time, we will not be having in-person meetings through the summer, at the very least. We do have online programs planned for the next few months, so be sure to check out the newsletter sidebar for the schedule.

This month’s meeting will once again be held via Zoom, an online conference program. If you’ve never attended a Zoom meeting before, check out this video – it will go over the basics of how to join a meeting.

Stay safe!

The B.A.G. Board

Program: Accordion Album with Frames with Amy Lapidow

Accordion album with framesJoin us in July as Amy Lapidow leads us in making a variation on an accordion book, the Accordion Album with Frames. Cloth hinges join panels of matted items, for infinite length and possibilities. You will make a 4 panel model and discuss variations.

This is a great book for both storing and displaying 2-dimensional artwork. You can find directions for the structure on pages 62 – 69 of her book: The Book Art Studio Handbook (ISBN: 9781592538188).

Here’s what you need to prepare for the meeting:

Tools:

  • X-Acto or mat knife
  • Bone folder
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or glue + brush
  • Cutting mat
  • Waste paper for gluing

Materials prep:

  • 8 pieces of 4 ply mat board (2 ply is fine too) or equivalent 5″ x 5″ or 12.5 cm x 12.5.cm
  • 4 things to mat (picture, drawing, etc.) Nothing too thick, 3″ x 3″ or 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm
  • 4 pieces of Japanese paper for hinges or equivalent (tissue – thin paper is ok) 0.5″ x just under 5″ or 1.5 cm x 12 cm
  • Bookcloth 1 piece that we will cut – around 5.5″ x 7″ or 14 cm x 17 cm

June Meeting Reflections

It was great to be in the same room as everyone, well, I mean it looked like you were all in my room, and to have everyone introduce themselves and share something short and sweet. We actually got to meet some of our out-of-town members and friends.

In the sharing portion of the meeting, we heard what Judy, Dorsey, Marilyn, Diana, and Nancy have been up to. How wonderful to have a group where we can share both the excitement of creating and the emotional expression of life’s dealings.

Thank you all for allowing us to admire your work and thoughts.

B.A.G. Member News

*** Spacious Studio Space Available (with access to lots of bookbinding equipment!) beginning August 1

Jill Abilock is looking for someone to share her large, light-filled 625-square-foot studio and bindery, located at Shelburne Pond Studios in a bucolic, rural area of Shelburne, Vermont. The building is a quintessential Vermont dairy barn that has been converted into studios and houses a diverse community of artists.

Fully half of the studio is empty and available to set up, furnish, and equip as you like. As an added bonus, Jill has several book presses, a Kuttrimmer, and other bookbinding equipment that you would be welcome to use.

If interested, please contact Jill at sixloonsstudio@gmail.com for more information.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** On July 7th, 4:00 p.m. EDT the New England Historic Genealogical Society will host the virtual talk Women in 19th Century American Bookbinderies by Dr. Elizabeth DeWolfe and Todd Pattison. The talk will highlight the extensive use of female labor in American binderies during the 19th century and challenge the narrative that the industrialization of bookbinding was solely the result of mechanization.

You can get more information or register for this free talk by clicking here.

*** Shawn Sheehy is offering the online workshop The Roll-Up/Pop-Up Book on July 17th – 19th. Shawn is a very skilled paper engineer and this workshop is a great opportunity to learn from him in the comfort of your own home.

You have explored the pop-up how-to books. You’re ready to make your own pop-up project. You are stymied by the question: “How do I adapt these classic, foundational structures to make MY OWN structures?” This workshop will help you think through that problem by exploring five different structures at three levels: foundational, transitional, and transformed.

And if that weren’t enough, you will explore an innovative roll-up binding approach (think scroll rather than codex) for the fifteen pop-up folios. In the end, you will have a compact, bound collection of study models that will propel you to the next step of pop-up invention. Beginners are welcome!

For more information, visit Shawn’s website.

*** The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is offering a series of live online demonstrations focusing on a range of processes. Here’s the schedule of what’s available during the month of July:

Wednesday, July 22: Pulp Painting with Kelly Taylor Mitchell

Join artist Kelly Taylor Mitchell as she demonstrates her pulp painting process and shares about her work. Kelly is an artist and educator who lives and works in Atlanta, GA where she is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the Studio Artist Program at The Atlanta Contemporary, as well as an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture and the Art Program Director at Spelman College.

Kelly’s multidisciplinary practice centers oral history and ancestral memory woven into the fabric of the Africana Diaspora, in order to present speculative futures, specifically related to concepts of community autonomy, swamp marronage, and inherited identity.

Utilizing printmaking, papermaking, sculpture, and textiles her work manifests as immersive installations, performative objects, and partnered artists books offering a venue for the sensorial –specifically smell- to connect to, convey, and reimagine rituals and rites of autonomous kin, collectives, and individuals of the Africana Diaspora.


letterpress wood typeTuesday, July 28: Letterpress with Molly Poganski

Join MCBA’s Studio Technician Molly Poganski for a brief introduction to letterpress printing with hand-set wood type. Learn a little print history while watching Molly arrange type on the press, mix and apply ink to the rollers, and print! A finished print will be mailed to you after the demonstration.


Wednesday, July 29: Vegetable Papyrus with Yuka Petz

This demonstration-only workshop will be an introduction to making vegetable papyrus, a proto-paper made solely from fruits and vegetables.

Vegetable papyrus is created by cooking out non-cellulose materials and drying under pressure. This organic and non-toxic artform provides ample opportunities to create stunning patterns and compositions that reveal the delicate veining and organic structures of the fruits and vegetable you work with. Discussion will include different techniques and potential uses and participants will receive detailed instructions and tips for making papyrus at home.


For more information or to register, visit the MCBA website.

*** During the month of July, the Center for Book Arts has two opportunities for taking a workshop with papercutter Béatrice Coron:

Tuesday, July 28: Papercutting Basics

During this two-hour workshop, participants will discover the multiple facets of papercutting by making their own samples of different techniques. Learning basic principles of designing with full and empty shapes, each student will explore adapting pictures they collected to papercutting. Tips and tricks will be shared.

We will start the class with a presentation of the art of papercutting, then we will make one exercise outlining what papercutting is and how it can be used. The second exercise will be a study to adapt any image to papercutting. For the third exercise, we will use origami papers to design a four color mini-book.


Thursday, July 30: Make Your Own Botanical Papercut

In this two-hour workshop, we will design and cut a wall of leaves and flowers for all seasons. Different settings will be shown through slides, offering various options for your cut out. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of paper cutting techniques. Each participant will make their own large-scale botanical cut out.

All levels of experience are welcome.


Both workshops are being offered with a suggested donation. For more information or to register, visit the Center for Book Arts website.

*** The San Francisco Center for the Book is also offering a number of online workshops via Zoom. Here is a selection of what’s available during the month of July:

July 7: Budgeting for Book Arts with Nikki Thompson

It’s time for taxes. Or you have to do a budget for a grant. Or you’re trying to price your book. Yep, a budget will save you in all of these cases.

As a printmaker or book artist working in editions, she’ll teach (and give you a handy Google Sheet) you how to budget. You’ll also go over comparative shopping and diagramming the project. There will be math involved (groan!).

Having a project in mind is helpful for this class. Students should have some familiarity with Google Sheets.


July 16: Exploring the Accordion with Nina Eve Zeininger

Dive into the wide world of accordion bindings with three foundational varieties!

Beloved by bookbinders and artists for their versatility, accordion books come in a variety of formats. In this class students will tackle three styles of accordion bindings: a basic model made from three sheets tabbed together, a tipfolio with cover, and a Leporello structure.

The books made in class will be small in scale but the instructor will discuss how the techniques learned in class can be adjusted to fit accordion books of varying sizes. Students will gain the skills to continue making books on their own and the instructor will provide a PDF handout.


For more information or to register, visit the SFCB website.


VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” June 2020

June 6, 2020

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The B.A.G. board has determined that at this time, we will not be having in-person meetings through the summer, at the very least. We do have online programs planned for the next three months, so be sure to check out the newsletter sidebar for the schedule.

This month’s meeting will once again be held via Zoom, an online conference program. If you’ve never attended a Zoom meeting before, check out this video – it will go over the basics of how to join a meeting.

Stay safe!

The B.A.G. Board

Program: Share What You’ve Been Working on During Quarantine

Sewing fabric face maskHave you been busy making cool stuff during Vermont’s stay-at-home order? Perhaps you’ve got a piece that you made for our sadly-canceled annual exhibit. We’d love to see what you’ve been up to!

During this month’s B.A.G. meeting, we’ll be shining the spotlight on our members and their fantastic creations. There are limited spots available, so please let Elissa know if you’d like to be a presenter.

No worries if you haven’t made anything, we’d stlll love to have you join us for a hang. Either way, if you plan to attend the meeting, please contact Elissa so she can send you the Zoom meeting details.

We hope to see you online and look forward to seeing whatever you have to share with us!

May Meeting Reflections

Nested Accordion Pop-Up Fold BooksAt our May meeting, Elissa Campbell taught Peter and Donna ThomasNested Accordion Pop-Up Fold Book. This structure can be found in Peter and Donna’s book More Making Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects (ISBN: 978-1592530748).

As it was our first Zoom meeting, we learned a lot from the experience. Over two dozen people attended!

We hope that future meetings go more smoothly and for that reason, the B.A.G. board is currently developing guidelines for our online programs. More information is coming in next week’s meeting reminder.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** Shawn Sheehy is offering the online workshop The Roll-Up/Pop-Up Book on July 17th – 19th. Shawn is a very skilled paper engineer and this workshop is a great opportunity to learn from him in the comfort of your own home.

You have explored the pop-up how-to books. You’re ready to make your own pop-up project. You are stymied by the question: “How do I adapt these classic, foundational structures to make MY OWN structures?” This workshop will help you think through that problem by exploring five different structures at three levels: foundational, transitional, and transformed.

And if that weren’t enough, you will explore an innovative roll-up binding approach (think scroll rather than codex) for the fifteen pop-up folios. In the end, you will have a compact, bound collection of study models that will propel you to the next step of pop-up invention. Beginners are welcome!

For more information, visit Shawn’s website.

Folded paper*** The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is offering a free weekly fold-along every Friday at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Facebook Live.

Each week, MCBA Lead Teaching Artist Madeline Garcia will teach you a unique book structure using simple household materials. Past structures have included the flag book, tunnel book, and the petal fold book.

For more information and to access the project archives, visit the MCBA website.

*** Sadly this year’s Paper and Book Intensive (PBI) was canceled due to COVID-19. The organizers of the event have kindly offered access to past workshop handouts in hopes of easing the loss. Links to these documents can be found on the PBI Facebook page.

*** On July 22nd, the Special Collections department at the J.Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah is presenting a Long-Stitch Binding workshop with Emily Tipps. Instruction will be given via Zoom.

The elegant long-stitch has been used for inventive artists’ books and beautiful journals, but don’t be fooled by the apparent complexity of this exposed-sewing binding. Participants receive one set of materials (included in the $45.00 fee), and the instructor shares examples with an assortment of thread, buttons, covers, and closures to ensure that the long-stitch never gets old.

For more information or to register, visit the Book Arts Program website.

Wood letterpress type*** Love letterpress? Grab your popcorn and settle in for an evening of Proceed and Be Bold!, a documentary about the life and work of letterpress printer Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

Kennedy is known for his bold use of typography and untraditional approach to letterpress. He focuses his work on exploring themes of race, politics, and art and offers his work to the public at affordable prices to make it more accessible.

In light of current events, his work is especially relevant. You can view the documentary on YouTube.

*** Want more letterpress? The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is hosting the Hamilton Hang on Zoom on a weekly basis.

“We miss you on a normal basis, but with all this social distancing we really want to see your smiling faces. So, please plan to join us for a Zoom call (or two or three) so we can chat for a bit. We are asking some of our friends from the print, design, and type worlds to be our guest and co-host for each zoom call. So we can see what they are up to and find out how you’re doing.”

For more information, including the list of currently scheduled speakers, please visit the Hamilton Museum’s website.


VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” May 2020

May 7, 2020

As you know, Vermont’s Stay Home order is in effect until May 15th due to COVID-19. For this reason, there will be no May in-person meeting.

That’s right – we said in-person.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

We will have this month’s meeting via Zoom, an online conference program. You will need to have Zoom downloaded on your computer, phone, or tablet in order to access the meeting. If you’ve never attended a Zoom meeting before, check out this video – it will go over the basics of how to join a meeting.

We’ll be watching how things progress over the coming weeks and determine when it’s safe to resume our in-person meetings. We’ll stay in touch with updates.

Stay safe!

The B.A.G. Board

Program: The Nested Accordion Pop-Up Fold Book on Zoom with Elissa Campbell

Nested Accordion Pop-Up Fold BookOh yeah – we’re having a program!

This month, Elissa will be teaching you the Nested Accordion Pop-Up Fold Book, a structure created by Peter and Donna Thomas. You can find it in their book More Making Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects.

Here’s what you’ll need to participate:

Tools:

  • X-Acto knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder
  • Glue stick
  • PVA (optional, if you’d like to make a hard cover)
  • Glue brush (optional)

Materials:

  • 1 piece medium weight card stock (similar to Canson Mi-Teintes), grain short: 2″ x 14″
  • 1 piece medium weight card stock, grain short: 2.75″ x 17.5″
  • 2 pieces bookboard, grain long: 2.875″ x 1.875″ (optional, if you’d like to make a hard cover)
  • 2 pieces cover material, grain long: 3.875″ x 2.875″ (optional)

If you plan to attend, please contact Elissa so she can send you the Zoom meeting details.

We hope to see you online!

B.A.G. News

*** Announcement: Spring/Summer member exhibit, Page Turners: Artist’s Books by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

We are sad to announce that our spring/summer exhibit at ArtHound Gallery has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Please continue to work on your submissions, and we will plan to see them another day (hopefully at an exhibit).

Book Arts News

*** The Community College of Vermont in Brattleboro is looking for someone to teach Introduction to Book Arts starting in the Fall of 2020.

The ideal candidate has a master’s degree in a visual arts field, but CCV can make adjustments for a person who has significant teaching, exhibit, or professional experience in an area.

Candidates can apply at this link. If you have any questions, please contact Ginger Gellman, Coordinator of Teaching & Learning.

Quarantine Fun

*** The Center for Book Arts has online classes available during the month of May. These classes are offered with a suggested donation, which will be used to pay the instructor and to cover the class expenses.

Here’s one that might be of interest:

June 1, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: In Botanical Books: Make Your Own Seed Paper with Iviva Olenick, you will learn how to make paper pulp from recycled paper by hand. You will adapt household tools to incorporate into making paper, including a sieve or strainer, cheesecloth, a silkscreen if you have one, and a food processor or blender.

You will explore the natural dyes, colorants, or textural inclusions (scraps of fabric, lace, yarn) you can add to their paper pulp. Finally, you will incorporate seeds into the paper which can then be planted in the garden.

For more information or to register, click here.

*** The Guild of Book Workers‘ Board of Directors has extended its offer of making all videos on the Guild of Book Workers’ Vimeo page available to rent, FREE of charge through the end of the month. This offer is open to everyone, regardless of membership status.

Enter the code GBW4FREE during checkout to reduce the cost of the rental to $0.00. Rentals are available as streaming content for 7 days. This code will expire on May 31, 2020.

If you have any difficulty using this promo code, please contact GBW President Bexx Caswell-Olson. Technical questions relating to the Vimeo website should be directed to Vimeo.

*** If you’re on Facebook, check out the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University Libraries – they’re live on their Facebook page for Book Arts 101: Home Edition every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m..

Each week, they talk about books and craft, usually coming in at under half and hour.


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