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Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Book with Rebecca Boardman

May 15, 2015

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Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Becky Boardman

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

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

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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.” May 2015

May 7, 2015

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 13, 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: Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Book with Rebecca Boardman

Many guild members have expressed interest in participating in collaborative projects. Fortunately for us, Becky Boardman has taken the initiative and will get us going on a series collaborative book projects that promise to be fun, inventive, and inspiring. At our May meeting, Becky will introduce the first of these projects: The Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Book.

During the first part of the meeting, Becky will give a brief description of Exquisite Corpse books and how the project will work, and share some samples. She’ll then provide us with templates and written instructions, and lead us in creating an Exquisite Corpse image. Whether your creation turns out to be a work of art or a fun practice piece, it will certainly familiarize you with the process and get your creative juices flowing. And even if you’re not inclined to participate in the collaborative project, please join us and learn how to make your own Exquisite Corpse book!

Tools and materials: Please bring whatever you like to use to create images.

Possibilities include:

Drawing tools:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers, Sharpies, Gel pens, etc.

Collage tools and materials:

  • Collage materials you like to work with
  • X-Acto knife/cutting blade
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or Quick Dry glue

April Meeting and SEABA Show Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit and Artists' TalkIt was a cold snowy evening – in April! Thanks to everyone who came out for the artists’ talk at the SEABA gallery, and to all the artists for sharing details about their amazing work. I was struck by the level of emotion that the group expressed in and about their books, and really thankful that we were able to share the insights.

So what is a book? Nancy Stone noted that if she says it’s a book, then it is. Nina Gaby seconded that notion, citing her porcelain vessels full of ‘pages’ as reminiscent of scrolls, an early book structure. Ann Joppe Mercure answered the question with a book of the same title, a Jacob’s Ladder structure that confirmed that a book can be read, played with, and enjoyed.

And how does a book come into being? Elissa Campbell explained her method of making it difficult for herself by soliciting answers from her blog readers, and magically forming them into a story that makes sense, according to her quirky sense of humor. Yes, books may even have capes. Others take an idea for structure or material and make it speak to them. Nancy Stone could not leave a collection of glass slides alone, and worked with them until the answer unfolded.

Where does the meaning come from? So many of the works contained remembrance, grief, or tribute to loved ones. Bonnie Hooper’s moving story about her mother’s influence on her life choices revealed itself in a lovely folded book, full of beautiful natural imagery. Rebecca Boardman’s Tribute to Ellen pays homage to a dedicated and beloved teacher of book arts, with intricate patterns reminiscent of Ellen’s work. Debra Kramer’s shrine containing her deceased relatives’ holy cards is a fascinating combination of religious imagery and influences of gravestones and statuary. My own Shoes for M serves not only as a remembrance to my friend, but also a record of my life over the course of three years. Dorsey Hogg explained her piece, The People of Moeng College, sharing her luck of having taken pictures of the people she worked with 20 years ago, and forming them into a dynamic flag structure which seemed to embody the idealism of her Peace Corps experience. Jill Dawson’s Farewell to Robin Williams incorporated LED’s in the binding, and featured a heart on the cover as a memorium.

Really, each piece deserves special attention. I hope you have all had a chance to visit and enjoy the show. Thank you all for participating, supporting, and attending. I’m looking forward to the next show, and seeing the fantastic work I know is coming!

– Marcia Vogler

You can view images from the meeting and work in the exhibit on the B.A.G. blog.


B.A.G. News

Handmade box*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is pleased to announce a fun and creative weekend workshop with bookbinder Elizabeth Rideout. Creative Box Making for Book and Paper Artists will take place on June 27 – 28, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Participants will construct a variety of basic box structures using traditional box making materials and techniques. Pre-cut bookbinders’ board, book cloth, and decorative papers will be provided for each student to assemble and cover three different finished box styles as well as personal reference models to take home. Students will leave the workshop with a clear understanding of basic box making (design and construction) and three completed boxes including a classic dropspine box, flip-top box, and miniature box with fitted lid.

Box making is an important and FUN skill to have for any artist or art owner.  I strongly believe that these skills can broaden an artist’s toolbox both creatively and professionally.  Whether applied in an integrative manner or simply in efforts to protect or preserve a special object, box making enhances what we make, how we experience it, and how long it will last.

All experience levels welcome!

Dates: June 27 – June 28 (Saturday – Sunday)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Six Loons Studio at Shelburne Pond Studios, Shelburne, VT
Class fee (all-inclusive): $145.00

Space is limited, so sign up as soon as possible! Click here to download the registration form.

For further information about the workshop, please contact Jill Abilock at (802) 238-0883 or SixLoonsStudio@gmail.com.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo*** On May 23 & 24 (Memorial Day Weekend), the statewide Open Studio Weekend is offering a wonderful selection of book artsy studios for you to visit.

If you’re up for a tour, you can find your comrades in the following locations:

Elissa created a Google Map with all of the locations to help you with your tour. You can find maps and directions to studios on the VT Crafts Council website. You can also download a pdf of the 2015 Spring Vermont Open Studio Event & Resource Guide. Please note that this is a really big file.


Book Arts News

“Call Me Trimtab” by Graham Patten*** Geographies: New England Book Work, the New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers exhibition, is now on view at the Dartmouth College Library in Hanover, New Hampshire through August 21, 2015.

Geographies: New England Book Work includes bookbindings and artist’s books that relate to the theme of New England created by 26 of their members. Included are classic regional texts, books that make personal connections to the region, and New England history from a variety of perspectives, among other topics.

For more information on the exhibition and the complete schedule please read the post on the chapter blog.

UNBOUND Vol. 5 logo*** ArtisTree Gallery is looking for submissions for their upcoming exhibit, UNBOUND: VOL V. The broad theme of UNBOUND: VOL V encompasses all of the possibilities of what we may think or may not think a “book” is.

Is it story? An entry to another world? An exploration? What does it indicate? This juried show looks to explore these ideas of “the book” and all the ways artists use its format as a stepping off point or as a material to explore new ideas.

This call for submission is open to all New England and New York residents of the U.S. who are 18 years of age or older. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. The deadline for submission is June 13, 2015. For more information, please visit the ArtisTree Gallery’s website.


Book Arts Classes

*** From January 26 – 31, 2016, Daniel Essig will be teaching Wooden Books – Greek & Centipede Binding at the North Country Studio Workshops in Bennington, VT.

Easily master the centipede stitch by first understanding the structure and workings of this ornate 7th century Greek binding. Using simple hand tools to begin, we will drill, shape, and smooth our wooden book covers. Sealing the covers with milk paint will create a leathery appearance. We will adorn our books with the centipede stitch using two different colors of thread. This elegant sewing structure, combined with wooden covers, opens a wide range of possibilities for both the beginner and the advanced bookbinder.

Applications are now available and the review process begins June 1st. For more information or if you have any questions, please visit the NCSW website.

*** The Guild of Book Workers is offering Making Simple Finishing Tools with Jeff Altepeter, June 13 & 14 in Portland, ME.

This two-day workshop will offer an introduction to the materials, tools and techniques of making your own finishing tools for bookbinding. A robust combination of demonstration, discussion and hands-on practice will prepare students for continued experimentation and more advanced future projects. During the workshop students should be able to complete 3 tools – a simple line pallet, and a couple of decorative tools of either closed or open designs (a dot and a circle being very basic examples of closed and open designs).

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

*** From June 12 – 14, the North Bennet Street School is offering the 19th Century Field Book with Martha Kearsley.

This 3-day workshop concentrates on making useful books to bring into the field. Based on historic examples of 19th-century field notebooks, students produce a quarter- or half-leather binding, tight-back over sawn-in cords, with a handy pencil-locking mechanism. Issues of utility, ease of use and accessibility are addressed, as well as practical techniques to include specimens, notes and ephemera. This workshop is a great introduction for students interested in working with leather, as edge paring, shaping spine pieces and covering are addressed.

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

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Artists’ Book Boot Camp with Annie Silverman on August 24 – 28, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Present your photographs, prints, collages or paintings in book form. Bring 2-D imagery you have generated to incorporate into your books. Learn basic folded and sewn bindings, discover a range of hard and soft cover options, and explore how to sequence your content. Forms will include pamphlets, multiple signatures, accordions, composites, dos-a-dos and French doors.

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


Book Works Exhibit and Artists’ Talk

April 9, 2015

Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit and Artists' Talk

Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit and Artists' Talk

Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit and Artists' Talk

Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit and Artists' Talk

Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit and Artists' Talk

Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit and Artists' Talk

Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit and Artists' Talk

Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit and Artists' Talk

Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit and Artists' Talk

Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit and Artists' Talk

Book Works exhibit at SEABA

April 9, 2015
Artists' book by Marcia Vogler

“Luck” by Marcia Vogler

Artists' book by Elissa Campbell

“Superhero Handbook” by Elissa Campbell

Artists' book by Ann Joppe Mercure

“May You Walk Gently” by Ann Joppe Mercure

Artists' book by Ann Joppe Mercure

“What is a Book?” by Ann Joppe Mercure

Artists' books by Ann Joppe Mercure

“Alliterated Alphabet for Grace and Gratitude” by Ann Joppe Mercure

Altered book by Betsy Chapek

“Carrousel” by Betsy Chapek

Altered book by Marcia Vogler

“Phancy” by Marcia Vogler

Altered book by Bonnie Hooper

“Book Worm” by Bonnie Hooper

Altered book by Marilyn Gillis

“Birds and Feathers” by Marilyn Gillis

Altered book by Marilyn Gillis

“Orange Bouquet” by Marilyn Gillis

Artists' book by Nancy Hayden

“Bloom Buzz” by Nancy Hayden

Handmade book by Vera Ryersback

“Small Book” by Vera Ryersback

Artists' book by Barbara Harding

“Heart” by Barbara Harding

Artists' book by Barbara Harding

“Words” by Barbara Harding

Artists' book by Barbara Harding

“Spool Words” by Barbara Harding

Artists' book by Nancy Hayden

“String and Things” by Nancy Hayden

Artists' book by Nancy Stone

“Solstice Chant” by Nancy Stone

Artists' book by Nancy Stone

“Vibrations: Drum Trio” by Nancy Stone

Artists' book by Maryann Riker

“Weekly Rituals of a Domestic Goddess” by Maryann Riker

Artists' book by Donna Stepian

“Diary of an Immigrant’s Daughter” by Donna Stepian

Altered book by Amy Burns

“Good Cooking Made Easy” by Amy Burns

Artists' book by Jennifer Campbell

“Variations on a Shape” by Jennifer Campbell

Artists' book by Kaylynn Sullivan Two Trees

“The Magician’s Toolbox” by Kaylynn Sullivan Two Trees

Artists' book by Amy Burns

“Tiny Monster Book” by Amy Burns

Artists' book by Amy Burns

“Tiny Monster Book” by Amy Burns

Artists' book by Bonnie Hooper

“In My Mother’s Garden” by Bonnie Hooper

Artists' book by Amy Burns

“The Collector” by Amy Burns

Artists' book by Rebecca Boardman

“Tribute to Ellen” by Rebecca Boardman

Artists' book by Rebecca Boardman

“Cochleate” by Rebecca Boardman

Artists' book by Vera Ryersback

“Child’s Book of Shapes & Numbers” by Vera Ryersback

Artists' book by Rebecca Boardman

“ABECEDARIUM of TRYS (trees)” by Rebecca Boardman

Artists' book by Dorsey Hogg

“The People of Moeng College” by Dorsey Hogg

Artists' book by Nancy Stone

“A Quorum” by Nancy Stone

Artists' book by Kaylynn Sullivan Two Trees

“The Map is not the Territory” by Kaylynn Sullivan Two Trees

Artists' book by Marcia Vogler

“Shoes for M” by Marcia Vogler

Artists' book by Marcia Vogler

“Shoes for M” by Marcia Vogler

Altered book by Marilyn Gillis

“Summer Flowers” by Marilyn Gillis

Artists' book by Lyna Lou Nordstrom

“I Fell in Love with Orange” by Lyna Lou Nordstrom

Altered book by Dorsey Hogg

“Open to Interpretation” by Dorsey Hogg

Artists' book by Debra Kraemer

“Adoration” by Debra Kraemer

Handmade book by Jill Dawson

“Zentangle Zone” by Jill Dawson

Handmade book by Jill Dawson

“Paper or Plastic” by Jill Dawson

Handmade book by Jill Dawson

“Farewell to Robin Williams” by Jill Dawson

Artists' book by Aubre Kiladnowski

“Smile, Breathe and Go Slowly” by Aubre Kiladnowski

Artists' book by Nancy Hayden

“Blue Flax” by Nancy Hayden

Artists' book by Kaylynn Sullivan Two Trees

“Logbook of a Dreamship” by Kaylynn Sullivan Two Trees

Artists' book by Jennifer Campbell

“Songbird Haiku” by Jennifer Campbell

Artists' book by Vera Ryersback

“Lily’s Alphabet Book of Cuddlies” by Vera Ryersback

Artists' book by Jennifer Campbell

“Untitled” by Jennifer Campbell

Artists' books by Nina Gaby

“Memoir Vessels” by Nina Gaby. These vessels make up three collections – “The Place When I Was a Child”, “In the Neighborhood”, and “When I Was Japanese”

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

April 2, 2015

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Please note that this month’s meeting will be held at the SEABA Center Gallery at 404 Pine Street in Burlington. Click here to get directions using Google Maps.


Program: Book Works Exhibit and Artists’ Talk

The Book Arts Guild of Vermont‘s annual member exhibit, Book Works, is now on display during the month of April. Please join us at the SEABA Center Gallery to view the incredible work and hear the artists’ inspiration and methods.

If you have a piece or pieces in the show, we would love to have you share a brief commentary about your work. The show looks fantastic, and we have already received rave reviews from those who have previewed it.

See you at the opening on Friday, and then again for the meeting on Wednesday!


March Meeting Reflections

Marcia VoglerOur March meeting was full of inspiration, creativity and comradeship. Marcia Vogler presented a very personal journey she has taken as an artist and a friend with her Postcard a Day commitment. She created a post card every day to send to a friend challenged by cancer. Her process of creating a collage to delight her friend and writing a short note enriched the her life and the life of her friend. Marcia shared her collection of postcards now returned to the artist. We were all inspired and filled with a sense of the power of art to connect and express caring.

For the workshop we all created individual postcard using special papers and magazine pages. Marcia demonstrated and talked us through her process so we all felt confident enough to start. The challenge set forth by Marcia was to not only make a post card but to send it. As Marcia said, “who doesn’t like receiving mail?”

Thank you Marcia for sharing your artistic and spiritual journey.

Look for Marcia’s Postcards at our Book Works exhibit.

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


B.A.G. News

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

BAG exhibit postcard

The Spring 2015 exhibit from the Book Arts Guild of Vermont is entitled Book Works, and includes work from members and friends interested in the structure and format of books. The artists redefine the normal concept of the book, using various mediums and techniques to construct or reconstruct pieces that tell a story, and can be ‘read’ in some way by the viewer. A group of books altered by folding and manipulating pages represents the outcome of the guild’s monthly meeting program where members share skills and encourage creative work. Other works represent the broad definition of the book as explored by painters, textile artists, and paper lovers.

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.

Help us get the word out! Click here to download the postcard as a jpeg file. Click here to download the postcard as a pdf file.

*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont‘s show at SEABA is highlighted in the April edition of ART MAP BURLINGTON, a guide to art happenings in Burlington. Look for the dramatic black and white photo of Marcia Vogler’s altered book.


Book Arts News

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers for a Girl Scout Book Artist event on April 12th at Camp Rice Moody Lodge, 29 Rice Rd Reading, MA. This program will run from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

They will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. and the program is for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge.

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.

*** 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.

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

*** From January 26 – 31, 2016, Daniel Essig will be teaching Wooden Books – Greek & Centipede Binding at the North Country Studio Workshops in Bennington, VT.

Easily master the centipede stitch by first understanding the structure and workings of  this ornate 7th century Greek binding. Using simple hand tools to begin, we will drill, shape, and smooth our wooden book covers. Sealing the covers with milk paint will create a leathery appearance. We will adorn our books with the centipede stitch using two different colors of thread. This elegant sewing structure, combined with wooden covers, opens a wide range of possibilities for both the beginner and the advanced bookbinder.

Applications are now available and the review process begins June 1st. For more information or if you have any questions, please visit the NCSW website.

*** On May 9 & 10, 2015, Regina and Dan St. John of Chena River Marblers are teaching Boxes for Every Season and Occasion at Snow Farm in Williamsburg, MA.

Using simple tools and purchased or recycled cardboard, paper, and cloth, students will learn how to design, then make and decorate boxes and containers of all shapes and sizes. Learn about folding, scoring, creasing, and cutting, along with powerful templates, jigs, and approaches to accurate measurement without rulers. Cover the surfaces of the containers with various decorative materials and produce a unique 3-D work of art.

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

*** On April 25, 2015, the North Bennet Street School is offering a Secret Belgian Binding workshop with Erin Fletcher in Boston.

Students construct two variations of a non-adhesive structure known as a secret Belgian binding. This structure is simple and quick to construct. It opens flat and is perfect for blank journals, poetry or short stories.

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