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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” March 2017

March 1, 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 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.


Handmade leather journalProgram: Mini Leather Journals with Elissa Campbell

In this hands-on presentation, Elissa will teach you Keith Smith‘s Diagonal T’s binding, using soft leather for the cover. This three signature binding creates a lovely decorative pattern on the spine. The book also has an integrated closure that coordinates with the sewing.

Leather, paper and thread will be provided. Please bring the following with you to the workshop:

  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Bookbinding or tapestry needle

Optional (for punching small holes in leather):

  • Japanese screw punch
  • Eyelet hole punch
  • Leather hole punch

February Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingWe packed the meeting hall that night, and spent a lovely evening running from station to station, trying out new techniques for getting images onto paper.

There were demos of packing tape image transfer, wood block printing, textural printing using ink and paint, stamping, and foam molding. Everyone dove in to experience as much as they could, and we all came away with new ideas and skills.

Thanks everyone for sharing and preparing, and we look forward to seeing your prints for exchanging at the next meeting.

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


B.A.G. News

*** Join the Book Arts Guild of Vermont for a two-part printmaking / bookmaking challenge!

Here’s how it will work:

  1. Create an edition of 12-16, 6″ x 6″ prints at home; paper and techniques are up to you. Please sign your work on the front and include a title if you have one.
  2. Bring those prints to the March meeting to exchange with other members.
  3. Everyone participating will give away 11-15 prints (you keep one for yourself) and receive 11-15 new prints in return.
  4. Make a book incorporating the 12-16, 6″ x 6″ prints.
  5. Completed books will be shared at the May B.A.G. meeting.

If you are unable to join us for the March meeting, please mail 11-15 of your prints with a self-addressed and stamped return envelope by March 8th to Ann Joppe-Mercure at 10 Brookwood Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403.

After the March B.A.G. meeting, Ann will mail you your exchanged prints.

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit*** Announcing the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s Annual Book Arts Show!

Our show for this year will be at SEABA on Pine Street in Burlington, during the months of July and August. This venue gives us a great exhibit space and a lot of exposure to the community.

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: June 14, 2017
  • Reception: First Friday, July 7, 2017

Members and friends are invited to submit up to 3 pieces.

If you need some inspiration, you may use a loosely defined theme of Correspondence as a stepping off place. All work is welcome, though, so no need to fret about the ‘theme’.

Shoe postcard by Marcia Vogler*** B.A.G. member Marcia Vogler will be teaching a workshop at the Generator, Collage Garage: Art Among Friends, on March 9, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The evening will start with a discussion and demonstration of techniques and materials, and then provide open work time to explore collage and visual meaning. Expect to take home 2-3 collage pieces.

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

Altered book*** Axel’s Frame Shop and Gallery in Waterbury is hosting an exhibit, The Book as Art, co-curated by B.A.G. member Marilyn Gillis. Artists included in the exhibit are B.A.G. members Elissa Campbell, Marilyn Gillis, Penne Tompkins, Ann Joppe-Mercure, Rebecca Boardman, Vera Ryersbach, Judy Sgantas, and Marcia Vogler.

An artist reception will take place on March 10th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Axel’s is located at 5 Stowe Street.

*** B.A.G. member Marilyn Gillis‘ work is featured this month at Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes, through March 12, 2017. The show, A Visual Record: Recent Work by Marilyn Gillis, includes Marilyn’s fiber art, mixed media, and book sculptures.

For more information, please visit Creative Space Gallery’s website.

*** Issue #3 of the Vermont Art Guide includes an article about the Book Arts Guild of Vermont, Making of the Book. Written by Cynthia Close, the article highlights the work of B.A.G. members Nancy Stone, Jill Abilock, and Nina Gaby.

The magazine is available for purchase online.


Book Arts News

Girl Scout Book Artist Cadette badge*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers for an upcoming Girl Scout event. They will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offering programs for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge. In addition, they will run a program for younger scouts.

The event will be held on Saturday March 25, 2017 at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA. They will run a 3-hour program for Cadettes in the morning from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and then have a 2-hour program for younger girls from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. You can volunteer for just one program or make a day out of it and do both!

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. The younger girls will have similar programming in a shorter time frame with only four rotations. 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.

*** On Thursday, March 9th, the North Bennet Street School is presenting a free lecture with Radha PandeyIslamic World Papermaking.

The talk explores traditional Islamic-world papermaking history and technique, with a focus on contemporary practices in India. The Kagzi family is used as a case study to illuminate the introduction of papermaking in India and how it changed under British rule. The talk will also briefly cover how papermaking affected printing, publishing and literacy, and why it is relevant today.

Please register in advance as space is limited.

*** Now through April 30, 2017, the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is hosting the exhibit Bookbinding and the Pursuit of the Human Touch: The Work of Gray Parrot, curated by Britta Konau.

Gray Parrot began learning the ancient craft of bookbinding in 1971, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, under Master Bookbinder Arno Werner, who trained several generations of U.S. binders. While there, Mr. Parrot absorbed Mr. Werner’s work ethic and his appreciation and knowledge of time-honored materials and techniques, which to this day have directed the course of his career. After studying fine finishing techniques at the Legatoria Artistica in Ascona, Switzerland, he opened his own bindery in 1973. Except for an 8-year interlude in Massachusetts, Mr. Parrot has worked from his home in Hancock, Maine.

During the past 43 years, Mr. Parrot has been commissioned to create edition bindings for numerous private presses, including Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press, Dard Hunter’s Mountain House Press, Henry Morris’ Bird & Bull press, and the Khelcom/New York press of Peter Bogardus. In addition, he has produced many fine bindings and housings for rare books, as well as modern rebindings. His work may be found worldwide in major libraries and museums, as well as in many private collections.

The Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is located in Portland, Maine. The exhibit is in the UNUM Great Reading Room on the 7th floor of the Albert Brenner Glickman Library.

*** The Currier Museum of Art is currently hosting the exhibit Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting. The exhibit, open through May 21st, showcases work by contemporary artists who reconsider, redefine and even subvert the centuries-old practice of paper cutting.

In the tradition of the craft, the art featured in the exhibition is impressive and intricate, but its subject matter is updated for the 21st century. Addressing deeper personal or social themes, the work touches upon complex reference points including the various cultural, economic and environmental associations imbued in the humble medium of paper.

The Currier Museum of Art is located at 150 Ash Street in Manchester, NH. For more information, please call (603) 669-6144.


Book Arts Classes

Dos-à-dos binding by Elissa Campbell*** B.A.G. member Elissa Campbell is teaching Do the Dos-à-dos at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on March 16 & 23 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The dos-à-dos (translated from the French, “back-to-back”), is a book structure in which two separate texts are bound together so that they share a central back cover. The two books open in opposite directions. This binding offers many creative possibilities in that it can be used to physically represent the relationship between two books.

In this workshop, participants will create a 2-sided journal with a double-needle coptic binding, an intricate stitch that will be visible on each of the book spines. Not only is the coptic binding beautiful, but it also allows books to remain flat when opened.

To register, contact SPA via phone (802) 479-7069 or email.

Handmade book by Jacqueline Sullivan*** Masscribes is hosting a workshop with Jacqueline Sullivan, the Sumptuous Surface Collage Book on April 8 and 9, 2017. The workshop will take place at the Sportsman’s Club in Norwood, MA.

This class will be an unhurried exploration of how to develop a rich surface as pages for your books. Through a series of exercises, you’ll use simple materials – mainly paint and gesso. You’ll build layers, starting with mark making and Asemic writing. You’ll add gesso and color then cover and uncover portions of those layers. As you practice simplifying, omitting and adding text as we go, balancing visual activity and quiet, you will discover from within what leads to the best integration of our ideas and feelings. Covering, uncovering, discovering!

Your final project will be a sewn book made from one sheet of watercolor paper. The flaps and folds of this artist book make way for many creative opportunities for cut outs and collage. As you assemble your pages, you will talk about and use the elements of good design as they apply to your books.

For more information, please contact Elissa Barr or Nita Padamsee.

*** On Saturday, April 8th, the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is hosting a workshop with Todd Pattison, The Case for Leather: A “Fairly” Simple Leather-Spine Binding.

Leather can seem a bit intimidating to work with, but in this one-day workshop a simple method will be taught for using leather as a spine covering. Incorporating a technique learned by the instructor in Switzerland in the 1980’s, a variation of a case structure will be made that allows for binding with a leather spine with a minimal amount of paring or shaping.

Covering and decoration of the boards with leather will also be demonstrated. Using the technique with cloth, paper and other materials will also be discussed and demonstrated as time allows.

For more information or to register, please visit USM’s website. If you have any questions please contact Todd Pattison.

*** Axel’s Frame Shop and Gallery is hosting a free Folded Page Book Sculptures workshop on Saturday, March 18th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Come learn an easy art activity that is fun and very relaxing.

Folded page book sculptures require no materials other than an old book or two – no set-up, no mess, and no clean-up. Your artistic voice shows through in the ways you fold the pages and decorate the sculpture. The finished book sculptures are small enough to decorate many spaces in your home, or they make terrific gifts.

Please bring 1 or 2 medium sized books to work on. This class is appropriate for ages 12+. Space is limited.

To register, please contact the gallery at info@AxelsGallery.com or call (802) 244-7801. Axel’s is located at 5 Stowe Street.


Adventures in Surface Design Part II – Hands-On Printing Extravaganza

February 22, 2017

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

Meta Strick sharing work at a Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Printmaking supplies

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” February 2017

February 3, 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 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.


Carving rubber stampsProgram: Adventures in Surface Design Part II – Hands-On Printing Extravaganza!

In January, about 20 members gathered to share, show, and tell their favorite methods for printing designs or images on paper. This month, we invite you to once again bring your favorite printmaking tools or methods, this time with enough inks, paints and other materials to demonstrate your method to the group, and to enable at least six members to try it out.

The format of the meeting will be similar to the November Card Tricks and Book Blitz meeting: first everyone will do a quick demo of their method, and then members can move around freely, trying out the different methods. There will be 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper available for trying out different methods (and taking notes on what you did); you are also welcome to bring your own paper.

After the meeting, the Guild will hold a two-part printmaking/bookmaking challenge to encourage you to use some of the new techniques you’ve learned. Here’s how it will work:

  1. Create an edition of sixteen 6″ x 6″ prints at home.
  2. Bring those prints to the March meeting to exchange with other members.
  3. Everyone participating will give away 15 prints (you keep one for yourself) and receive 15 new prints in return.
  4. Make a book incorporating the sixteen 6″ x 6″ prints.
  5. Completed books will be shared at the May B.A.G. meeting.

Even if you don’t have a technique to share, please feel free to come and try out new techniques and ideas, and participate in the subsequent printmaking challenge!

Things to bring (optional):

  • Your favorite tool and/or techniques for printing designs or images on paper
  • A sample image or design made with the tools or techniques
  • Enough ink, paint or other material to demonstrate your method and enable at least 6 members to try it out
  • An apron (or clothing you don’t mind possibly getting paint or ink on)

January Meeting Reflections

Linoleum carving tools and materialsWhat I love about the Book Arts Guild meetings is the surprising variety of people, skill sets, knowledge, and well, just about everything. The January meeting gave members and friends an opportunity to share tools and methods for surface design, printing, and stamping.

No surprise that we all learned a lot about those things and each other. While we didn’t have time to practice any methods during the meeting, I’m sure everyone took home inspiration to start working on a new project.

Thanks to Ann Joppe Mercure for facilitating!

And thanks to Jill Abilock for lugging the entire contents of our lending library to the meeting, so everyone could peruse the collection and make some choices. Not exactly like Special Collections, but almost as fun.

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


B.A.G. News

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit*** Announcing the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s Annual Book Arts Show!

Our show for this year will be at SEABA on Pine Street in Burlington, during the months of July and August. This venue gives us a great exhibit space and a lot of exposure to the community.

If you need some inspiration, you may use a loosely defined theme of Correspondence as a stepping off place. All work is welcome, though, so no need to fret about the ‘theme’. Further details about the timing and submissions will be coming soon!

B.A.G. book swap logo*** Based on the success of our first book swap, we’re going forward with another challenge.

For those of you who missed it the first time around, here’s the scoop – participants are randomly assigned a person for whom they anonymously create a book – it’s a bit like Secret Santa, but more like Confidential Codex.

We want to encourage our members to step outside their comfort zones, have fun, and experiment with new materials, structures, etc. For this swap, you’ll have to create a book that primarily uses one color – you can interpret this as broadly as you like.

Here are the details:

  • Sign up deadline: 2/17/17
  • Assignment of names: 2/20/17
  • Book swap (and deadline for book completion): 4/12/17 (April B.A.G. meeting)

If you’d like to participate or have questions, please contact Elissa by February 17th. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the April meeting – you can always mail your book.

We can’t wait to see the final books!

*** It’s time to renew your annual membership!

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 in the sidebar of this newsletter), 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

books on bookshelves*** The University of Massachusetts Amherst is hosting a symposium on March 4th – Canons & Contingence: Art Histories of the Book in England & America. You can view the symposium schedule on the event website.

Recent scholarship in bibliography and the history of the book has attended to the ways in which bibliographic media resist, defy, and elude uniformity, even under the greatest technological pressures to conform. Whether through variables in the production process or through the vagaries of transmission and consumption, each manuscript or printed book carries with it the traces of a unique history. Yet bibliographers and historians of the book have long neglected the role of the visual in these histories, perceiving the pictorial as supplemental to the book, an import from some other medium.

At the same time, the book itself has never featured in art history’s triumvirate of media: painting, sculpture, and architecture. In the belief that the book itself is an important medium in the history of art, this symposium brings together scholars who explore how the visual and pictorial features of bibliographic media behave (and can be made to behave) in defiant ways.

The event will take place in the Integrative Learning Center, room S240. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.

*** On Thursday, March 9th, the North Bennet Street School is presenting a free lecture with Radha PandeyIslamic World Papermaking.

The talk explores traditional Islamic-world papermaking history and technique, with a focus on contemporary practices in India. The Kagzi family is used as a case study to illuminate the introduction of papermaking in India and how it changed under British rule. The talk will also briefly cover how papermaking affected printing, publishing and literacy, and why it is relevant today.

Please register in advance as space is limited.

*** Now through April 30, 2017, the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is hosting the exhibit Bookbinding and the Pursuit of the Human Touch: The Work of Gray Parrot, curated by Britta Konau.

Gray Parrot began learning the ancient craft of bookbinding in 1971, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, under Master Bookbinder Arno Werner, who trained several generations of U.S. binders. While there, Mr. Parrot absorbed Mr. Werner’s work ethic and his appreciation and knowledge of time-honored materials and techniques, which to this day have directed the course of his career. After studying fine finishing techniques at the Legatoria Artistica in Ascona, Switzerland, he opened his own bindery in 1973. Except for an 8-year interlude in Massachusetts, Mr. Parrot has worked from his home in Hancock, Maine.

During the past 43 years, Mr. Parrot has been commissioned to create edition bindings for numerous private presses, including Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press, Dard Hunter’s Mountain House Press, Henry Morris’ Bird & Bull press, and the Khelcom/New York press of Peter Bogardus. In addition, he has produced many fine bindings and housings for rare books, as well as modern rebindings. His work may be found worldwide in major libraries and museums, as well as in many private collections.

The Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is located in Portland, Maine. The exhibit is in the UNUM Great Reading Room on the 7th floor of the Albert Brenner Glickman Library.


Book Arts Classes

Dos-à-dos binding by Elissa Campbell*** B.A.G. member Elissa Campbell is teaching Do the Dos-à-dos at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on March 16 & 23 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The dos-à-dos (translated from the French, “back-to-back”), is a book structure in which two separate texts are bound together so that they share a central back cover. The two books open in opposite directions. This binding offers many creative possibilities in that it can be used to physically represent the relationship between two books.

In this workshop, participants will create a 2-sided journal with a double-needle coptic binding, an intricate stitch that will be visible on each of the book spines. Not only is the coptic binding beautiful, but it also allows books to remain flat when opened.

To register, contact SPA via phone (802) 479-7069 or email.

Handmade book by Jacqueline Sullivan*** Masscribes is hosting a workshop with Jacqueline Sullivan, the Sumptuous Surface Collage Book on April 8 and 9, 2017. The workshop will take place at the Sportsman’s Club in Norwood, MA.

This class will be an unhurried exploration of how to develop a rich surface as pages for your books. Through a series of exercises, you’ll use simple materials – mainly paint and gesso. You’ll build layers, starting with mark making and Asemic writing. You’ll add gesso and color then cover and uncover portions of those layers. As you practice simplifying, omitting and adding text as we go, balancing visual activity and quiet, you will discover from within what leads to the best integration of our ideas and feelings. Covering, uncovering, discovering!

Your final project will be a sewn book made from one sheet of watercolor paper. The flaps and folds of this artist book make way for many creative opportunities for cut outs and collage. As you assemble your pages, you will talk about and use the elements of good design as they apply to your books.

For more information, please contact Elissa Barr or Nita Padamsee.

*** On March 4 & 5, the North Bennet Street School is offering Limp Vellum Binding with Erin Fletcher.

This simple yet elegant binding arose in the 15th century in response to the advent of the printed book. This structure allowed the binder to quickly construct a solid and durable binding. Each student constructs their own binding learning how to sew over alum-tawed thongs on a sewing frame, create traditional hand-sewn endbands and work with vellum and leather. If a student has a sensitivity to using animal products, they may use handmade paper for the cover.

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

*** The North Bennet Street School is also hosting a workshop with Radha Pandey on March 11 & 12 – Islamic World Papermaking.

In this class, students learn about Islamic-world papermaking and its role in the broader history of papermaking. On the first day, students are introduced to the papermaking technique used throughout the class. On the second day, surface finishing techniques such as brush dyeing, mordanting, sizing and burnishing are demonstrated and are applied to the finished sheets. Everyone creates a sampling of the various techniques on their own Islamic-world papers.

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

*** Snow Farm in Williamsburg, MA is offering two book/paper arts workshops this summer:

  • June 9 – 11: A Cut Above: An Exploration in Papercutting with Béatrice Coron
    ​Both beginners and advanced students alike will delight in learning about the long multi-cultural history of papercutting as well as the world of paper-cutters today. Explore the unique possibilities of papercutting techniques while making black and white, and color artwork. Demonstrations will include stenciling and working in 3D. Tips, tricks, and resources will be provided.
  • June 11 – 17: Variations on the Accordion with Melanie Mowinski
    There are so many ways to fold paper, Tyvek, and other materials into an accordion book! In this workshop, make models of star, storage, flag, pocket, circle, pivoting panel and other accordion structures. Paint papers to prep, create cover boards, fold papers, all with attention to structure, form, and ways of bringing accordions into your everyday life from journaling to travelogues and special artist books.

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


Adventures in Surface Design – A Group Exploration facilitated by Ann Joppe-Mercure

January 27, 2017

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

Printmaking tools and materials

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Printmaking tools

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Printmaking tools and materials

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Printmaking tools and materials

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book and paper arts books

Book and paper arts books

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” January 2017

January 4, 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 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.


Carving rubber stampsProgram: Adventures in Surface Design – A Group Exploration facilitated by Ann Joppe-Mercure

Join us in January as we explore and share ways of printing designs or images on paper. What are your favorite methods? Do you carve your own stamps? Have you discovered an interesting material or technique for creating stamps without carving? Do you use masks or rubbing plates?

Come and share it with us! Bring your favorite material or technique and, if possible, a sample of an image or design made with it. Ann Joppe-Mercure will facilitate the discussion as we share and learn from each other.

Please feel free to come and discover new techniques and ideas, even if you don’t have a technique to share. In February, we will have a hands-on printing extravaganza using some of the methods and/or materials shared in January to create beautiful prints and designs. possibly for use in a collaborative book.

Things to bring (optional):

  • Your favorite tool and/or techniques for printing designs or images on paper
  • A sample image or design made with the tool or technique
  • Paper and pen for taking notes on all the cool new methods you’ll discover!

Sarah FrechetteDecember Meeting Reflections

Honestly, I was floored by the incredible talent of the magical Sarah Frechette. Sarah, along with Jason Thibodeaux, gave us a special presentation of her marionette show, The Snowflake Man, with ‘backstage’ explanations and an inside view of how it all happens.

The glorious pop up book of ‘sets’ housed in a suitcase and the super detailed marionettes were brought to life in front of our eyes! We were entranced, just as I imagine every child who attends her shows must be. And when these children grow up and want to major in puppetry in college, I say ‘Yes!’

After the presentation, Sarah led us through the design and development process and encouraged us to make our own pop-up stages. Gosh, I was too full of awe to think of anything except a flying bird.

B.A.G. Book Swap booksAnother highlight of the meeting was the delivering of books for the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s first book swap. Participants created a blank book or journal that incorporated recycled materials, meant for their swap partner. The results were spectacular! Let’s get more participation next time – it’s so fun.

Thanks to all who attended, to Elissa for heading up the book swap, and a special thanks to Sarah and Jason for giving us a look at their world. On to 2017. Whew.

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

You can also view images of books from the Book Swap on the B.A.G. blog.


B.A.G. News

*** It’s time to renew your annual membership!

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 in the sidebar of this newsletter), 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 an upcoming Girl Scout event. They will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offering programs for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge. In addition, they will run a program for younger scouts.

The event will be held on Saturday March 25, 2017 at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA. They will run a 3-hour program for Cadettes in the morning from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and then have a 2-hour program for younger girls from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. You can volunteer for just one program or make a day out of it and do both!

For the Cadettes, 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.

The younger girls will have similar programming in a shorter time frame with only four rotations. 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.

*** On Thursday, March 9th, the North Bennet Street School is presenting a free lecture with Radha PandeyIslamic World Papermaking.

The talk explores traditional Islamic-world papermaking history and technique, with a focus on contemporary practices in India. The Kagzi family is used as a case study to illuminate the introduction of papermaking in India and how it changed under British rule. The talk will also briefly cover how papermaking affected printing, publishing and literacy, and why it is relevant today.

Please register in advance as space is limited.

*** Snow Farm in Williamsburg, MA is offering two book/paper arts workshops this summer:

  • June 9 – 11: A Cut Above: An Exploration in Papercutting with Beatrice Coron
    ​Both beginners and advanced students alike will delight in learning about the long multi-cultural history of papercutting as well as the world of paper-cutters today. Explore the unique possibilities of papercutting techniques while making black and white, and color artwork. Demonstrations will include stenciling and working in 3D. Tips, tricks, and resources will be provided.
  • June 11 – 17: Variations on the Accordion with Melanie Mowinski
    There are so many ways to fold paper, Tyvek, and other materials into an accordion book! In this workshop, make models of star, storage, flag, pocket, circle, pivoting panel and other accordion structures. Paint papers to prep, create cover boards, fold papers, all with attention to structure, form, and ways of bringing accordions into your everyday life from journaling to travelogues and special artist books.

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

*** Registration is now open for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts summer sessions. Haystack is located in Deer Isle, Maine. There are two book/paper arts workshops:

  • July 30 – August 11: Raising Paper with Jocelyn Châteauvert
    This workshop will explore the structural potential of handmade paper. Using traditional papermaking techniques as the foundation, participants will learn how beating, sheet thickness, and drying times influences and informs the ability for paper to become dimensional. Using relatively simple tools and processes we will imaginatively transform she
    ets of handmade paper into three-dimensional forms that are strong and self-supporting. Previous experience with papermaking helpful but not required.
  • August 14 – 26: Radical Bookwork: Re-purposing Found Books from Meaning To Structure with Doug Beube
    This workshop is designed to challenge common assumptions about the nature of the book and to offer participants an opportunity to make their own bookwork from found books, which incorporates collage, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, and writing. Students will primarily work with hardbound and softcover books by altering their physical structure. Although a few basic bookbinding structures will be demonstrated, this workshop is not about traditional binding; it is a mixed-media workshop on using the found book as raw and re-purposed material.

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

Stack of handmade paper*** John Vincent of A Revolutionary Press is looking for active papermakers in the Burlington area.

If you’re currently pulpy or know someone who is, please contact John at arevolutionarypress@gmail.com.


Book Arts Classes

*** The Eliot School is offering the Pop-Up Travel Journal with Susan Porter on January 15, 2017.

Incorporate photos, tickets, labels and other ephemera from your travels to create a pop-up book. The book begins as a simple square but opens into a dramatic, multifaceted container that includes pockets, windows, pop-outs and other paper forms. A variety of media and techniques will be used including printmaking, collage, painting and drawing.

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

*** From January 28 – 29 the North Bennet Street School is offering Bookbinding 101 with Amy Lapidow.

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding through hands-on experience and discussion of both adhesive and non-adhesive books. Learn structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, in addition to proper use of tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, materials selection, and use. Structures covered include coptic, long stitch, and flat back bindings.

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


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