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

November 5, 2020

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 7:00 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: Book Blitz and Card Tricks

Handmade cardJoin us for our always-popular annual November tradition: Member-led mini demonstrations in the form of a card or mini-book that we call Book Blitz and Card Tricks. Unfortunately, we’ll have our celebration of ideas without the hands-on making.

Your task – design a card or small/simple book structure that has a trick or two; maybe a pop-up, French doors or a window.

Here’s where we need YOU.

We are seeking volunteers to share a card or paper manipulation during our Zoom meeting. You will simply hold up your creation for us to see and demonstrate how you made your paper item. We can post follow up references on Chat if desired.

Please contact Ann if you are interested in sharing. The more members participate the richer our meeting will be.

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

October Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingWe’re getting good at Zooming!

The visit to UVM Silver Special Collections is one of my favorite meetings, and although we visited virtually, it was still a special treat. Special Collections Librarian Prudence Doherty gave us a peek into new acquisitions and books in the time of COVID-19, political upheaval, Black Lives Matter, and women’s experiences.

She pointed out how text and illustrations can be incorporated to make meaningful statements, and how structure can relate to the content and heighten the experience of viewing the book.

I want to hold all those books and cozy up with them, but unfortunately UVM has limited visitors to only staff and students for the time being. Until we can be together again, we will have to enjoy them remotely.

B.A.G. News

US Postal Service mail box*** Winter Mail Art Challenge!

Our Summer Mail Art Challenge was such a success we are having an encore performance.

To participate:

  • Join the challenge by emailing Ann by Wednesday November 18th.
  • You will receive two participants’ names and address by November 23rd.
  • Create two pieces of Mail Art and send them on their way by December 20th.

Note: Mail Art can be any sort of original envelope and/or card for creative connection….

We hope you’ll get in on the fun!

2 handmade leather journals*** Elissa Campbell is teaching Find Closure at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on November 14 (section 1) & 21 (section 2). This is a “small batch” class that limits enrollment to 3 or 4 students, providing appropriate social distancing for health safety.

Need that finishing touch for your journal? I’ve got you covered! Consider this class the equivalent of a Closure Dressy Bessy.

In each section of this class you’ll complete one soft cover, leather book with a different variation of the long stitch binding. Then comes the fun part – you’ll experiment with a variety of ways to secure those books (up to five closures per book, as time allows).

This class offers flexible learning – take one section or the other, or both! Each section offers a different binding and five different closures. In section one, you’ll explore ways to use sticks, leather, buttons, and cord. In section two, you’ll work with buttons, leather straps, magnets, and other metal hardware.

Bring your own embellishments (buttons, ribbons, etc.) that you’d like to use for closures – there will be time for discussion and problem-solving as a group.

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

Book Arts News

*** On November 11th, the John J. Burns Library welcomes you to a special virtual tour of their exhibit Devoted Catholic & Determined Writer: Louise Imogen Guiney in Boston. The tour will be led by Burns Library conservator and exhibit curator Barbara Adams Hebard and Burns Librarian Christian Dupont.

Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), one of only two women represented in stained-glass portraits of American authors in Bapst Library at Boston College, may have faded from the canon, yet she continues to offer a unique window into the multifaceted literary establishment of late 19th-century Boston.

Click here to register for the tour by November 9th.

*** The American Bookbinders Museum is currently hosting the online exhibit Bound for Beauty: Highlights from the Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers Bindings.

The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century made the mass-production of books possible. To promote sales, publishers produced beautifully decorated book covers known as decorated publishers’ bindings. Books were bound in colorful cloth and elaborately decorated with silver and gold, reflecting the tastes of the age.

Publishers’ use of color, style, and design was affected by social events including the Civil War, Japan’s opening to the west, and the employment of women as designers. Bindings in this exhibit reflect design influences from Victorian opulence to the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco movements.

Click here to view the exhibit.

*** The American Bookbinders Museum is also hosting the online exhibit Celebrating the 19th Amendment: Suffragists in Print.

From Abigail Adams to Zitkála-Šá, suffragists put their sentiments into print, stating their point of view and making the arguments that eventually won them the vote. Formally organizing in the 1840s, suffrage was achieved state-by-state, with national ratification in 1920. This centennial exhibit of women writers, editors and publishers celebrates their decades of activism.

Click here to view the exhibit.

*** Tumultuous Absence, the 26th annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium will be held online on November 5 – 6 and 12 – 13.

The symposium features speakers, panels, exhibits, artist in residence, and a chance to interact with other book artists. There will be live streamed and pre-recorded presentations, virtual studio tours, demonstrations, a virtual exhibit, and do-at-home workshops.

The event is free (including the workshops!), but you have to register to attend.

Click here to view the program, which includes a schedule of all events.

letterpress type*** The Los Angeles Printers Fair, a celebration of printing, paper, and book arts is currently taking place virtually throughout the month of November.

The fair brings together thousands of visitors and over 60 vendors and practitioners of letterpress and the book arts. It is a unique gathering of graphic artists, hobbyists, print history enthusiasts and appreciators of great art.

The 2020 Virtual Los Angeles Printers Fair, while not in person, hopes to offer that same community feel, learning opportunities, and great shopping selections to stock up on prints, cards, letterpress supplies, and printing presses.

Visitors will be rewarded with daily special treats such as videos, tours, hands-on at home tutorials, printable keepsakes, vendor spotlights, special sales, weekly raffles, shopping guides, and more!

To discover everything they have in store, visit the fair website and sign up for daily or weekly e-mails notifying you of the new releases.

The Book Makers poster*** A documentary about the book arts is now available for streaming on PBS. The Book Makers profiles an eclectic group of people who have dedicated their lives to answering the question: what should books become in the digital age?

From the esoteric world of book artists to the digital library of the Internet Archive, the film spins a tale of the enduring vitality of the book.

Click here to watch the film.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** The San Francisco Center for the Book is offering From Magic Wallet to Jacob’s Ladder with Bettina Pauly on November 11 & 18.

The Magic Wallet is an oddity related to a möbius strip. The Jacob’s Ladder is a toy that is also known as ‘magic tablets’, ‘Chinese blocks’ or a ‘klick-klack toy’. It normally consists of wooden blocks held together by strings or ribbon; when the ladder is held on one end, blocks appear to cascade down the strings, and when made out of wood making a ‘klick-klack’ sound.

We will be making this structure using book board instead of wood – quieter, but still fun! In the first session, students will make a Magic Wallet; in the second session they will build on that understanding to create a Jacob’s Ladder.

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

*** On November 19th, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts is offering Mechanical Cards: Holiday Edition with Shawn Sheehy.

Stir a little whimsy into your holiday by creating a festive and gift-worthy set of movable, mechanical cards. Each card features a traditional movable structure that’s been adapted to accommodate the heaviness of cereal box chipboard.

You’ll build a simple wheel, a simple pull tab, and a wheel/pull tab combination. All you’ll need – aside from the cereal boxes – is scrap paper, glue, some simple tools, and your imagination!

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

*** The Center for Book Arts is offering Artist Books: From Idea to Execution with Elizabeth Castaldo on Tuesdays from November 17 – December 8 (four Tuesdays).

In this workshop series, students will be introduced to the artist’s book creation process. Starting from idea and working toward execution, students will develop strategies for brainstorming and working with sequential and image-based content, bridging the gap between concept, material, process, form, and finished work of art.

Students will learn to make three book structures, accordion, pamphlet, and drum leaf binding, and then create their own one-of-a-kind artist’s book. This class is ideal for artists who want an introduction into the world of artist’s books or for those curious about artistic expression with the book form.

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


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

October 9, 2020

Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 7:00 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: Virtual Visit to UVM’s Silver Special Collections

Artists' bookAt this month’s B.A.G. meeting, University of Vermont librarian Prudence Doherty will once again host our annual visit to Special Collections, but this time virtually.

Not everyone knows that we have one of the finest collections of artists’ books in the nation, right here in Vermont. Prudence will share books acquired since last March, as well as a selection of books that speak to these challenging times.

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

September Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingThe program for September allowed Mail Art Challenge participants to share the mail art they received. Being a total mail art junkie, I was thrilled to both receive and send a piece or two, and equally excited to see everyone else’s contributions.

The sharing was really joyous, and I think gave us all a sense of being connected in a new way. Thanks to Ann Joppe-Mercure for suggesting and organizing the challenge, and thanks to all who participated.

I hope that we can do it again, and that we have more participants to share the joy.

B.A.G. News

Handmade photo albumElissa Campbell is teaching the Phabulous Photo Album at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on October 17th. This is a “small batch” class that limits enrollment to 3 or 4 students, providing appropriate social distancing for health safety.

In this workshop, you will learn how to create an elegant hard-cover photo album using bookcloth and handmade paper – this is a wonderful keepsake that can hold 4” x 6” photos from your recent vacation or family holiday gathering (or perhaps your pandemic adventures).

Each participant will leave class with a completed photo album and a basic knowledge of bookbinding technique. You will receive a detailed handout and resource list for all materials we use.

No previous experience required – this is a great class for a beginner. You can even bring in your own cover materials to customize your book.

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

Book Arts News

*** The Guild of Book Workers is generously offering FREE access to videos of the Standards of Excellence presentations from 1984-1993. Videos can be found at this link.

Enter the code GBW1020 during checkout to reduce the cost of a rental to $0.00. Rentals are available as streaming content for 7 days. This code will expire on October 31, 2020.

For help watching videos on Vimeo, please consult the Vimeo FAQ. For other video related questions, please contact GBW Library Chair, Jay Tanner at library@guildofbookworkers.org.

Marcia Vogler binding of Vintage Life*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers recently had an online Show and Tell featuring bindings from Uppercase Magazine‘s Encyclopedia of Inspiration.

Todd Pattison talked about the history of the binding project, and detailed how he facilitates distributing the Encyclopedia in sheets to each group of binders. Ten binders shared the books they made for the project, including our own Marcia Vogler!

If you couldn’t watch it live, never fear – you can now watch it on the Guild of Book Workers’ Vimeo page.

*** The Book as Art Exhibit v.8 Infinity is currently on display at the Decatur branch of the Dekalb County Library through October 17th. While viewing the exhibit in-person is limited, you can access the full catalog of the show online.

Held in the hand, a book can be a source of stability in unsettled times. Tactile and olfactory, the black and white pages conjure emotions and images that endure longer than flickering light on small screens. From tablet to folio, papyrus to scroll, song to psalm – all are created as a concept that becomes thought, becomes word, becomes book, becomes sculpture.

These objects, in an increasingly digital world, stubbornly survive. The objects in this exhibition will interpret the concept of the book and invite the viewer to look beyond the printed page to where ideas, words, and symbols are transformed and are transfigurative. They are expressive, expansive and iconic. They have become form, and are infinite.

In addition, there are recordings and live streaming events associated with the show. Check out the Dekatur Arts Alliance website to view past videos. Check out the Georgia Center for the Book‘s Eventbrite page for details on upcoming live Zoom artist talks.

*** Another organization that moved an exhibit online is Designer Bookbinders. Their summer exhibition Art Book Craft (ABC) can be viewed in their online catalog.

ABC showcases some of the finest work in contemporary bookbinding and book arts in the world today. All produced by Fellows and Licentiates of Designer Bookbinders, each bringing their unique interpretation of contemporary bookbinding and book arts to the fore.

We hope ABC will not only be of interest to established, discerning bibliophiles and collectors, reaffirming the allure of the contemporary book as art but also to allow a new, wider audience the opportunity to engage with and delight in unique and exceptional bookbinding and book arts.

For more information about the exhibit, visit Designer Bookbinders website.

*** A Tradition of Generosity: A Lecture on the Wells College Book Arts Center will be presented by Leah Mackin on October 14th.

The Book Arts, as an academic and artistic discipline, relies upon historic study, preservation of materials and equipment, and contemporary documentation and discourse. This lecture will provide a virtual walk-through of the Wells College Book Arts Center programs, history and goals.

Click here to register.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** Bay Area Book Artists (BABA) is hosting a Virtual Book Arts Jam, now through October 31st. This online celebration of the book arts features speakers, member galleries, and a marketplace where you can purchase goodies from book-related vendors and book artists.

In addition, the members of BABA are offering live online and on-demand classes. Upcoming live classes include:

October 10: Pop-Out Book with Kit Davey
Kit will guide you through the process of making this fun, easy book in just 90 minutes. Each page opens like a flower. When the book is open it takes the shape of a semisphere.


October 14: Making Bookcloth: Tips & Tricks for Best Results with Rhiannon Alpers
Making your own bookcloth is a gateway to the options for your bookmaking with color, texture, pattern, and weight. In this workshop, you’ll be lead through three different ways to create bookcloth from start to finish. We’ll also walk through many samples of finished cloth to discuss the tips and tricks for the best results for different applications.


For more information about the event, visit the BABA website.

*** Book Paper Thread is offering Kakishibu and Washi with Linda Marshall on October 24 & 25. In this workshop, you’ll be working with kakishibu, a granular persimmon dye. You’ll learn how to prepare it using different recipes.

You’ll look at the traditional Japanese uses of washi and kakishibu and discuss how to use those techniques in contemporary ways. You’ll discuss various preparation techniques and how to apply kakishibu to washi. You’ll create samples on a range of Japanese papers for future personal studio reference. Lastly, you’ll learn alternative applications, patterning ideas, and traditional and modern dye techniques.

For more information or to register, visit the Book Paper Thread website.

*** The Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop has some online offerings this month, including the following:

Wood letterpress typeOctober 19: Hang Out with Letterpress Printer Katherine Ruffin
The Book Arts Workshop will meet with Katherine Ruffin, Director of Book Studies Program and Lecturer in Art at Wellesley College. Katherine has published limited editions under her own imprint of Shinola Press since 1994.

She’ll be sharing views of her studio and work – especially a series of letterpress printed broadsides encouraging voting! That series of posters began in 2008, when Katherine drew inspiration from a case of wood type in her studio and carved linocut stars and stripes letterforms to spell VOTE. The same case of wood type played an important role in a series of prints she made which are portraits of her Universal I Vandercook press.


October 21: Isaac’s Mail Art Extravaganza with Isaac Feldman
Join Book Arts Workshop student assistant, Isaac Feldman ’23 for an exploration of the history of mail art from around the world and some information, ideas, and techniques in how to make your own mail art. You might want to have handy some paper, scissors, tape/glue and a tool for making creases.


For more information about these or other upcoming events, visit the Book Arts Workshop website.

*** BookArtsLA is offering Japanese Binding Duo: Flutter Book and Butterfly Book with Anne Covell on October 18th. These two Japanese bindings are both from the Heian period.

In the Flutter Book, individual sheets are pasted to hinges at the fore-edge and attached to a single cover sheet that wraps around the spine. Because the textblock is only tipped to the cover and not glued at the spine, the pages can easily be blown out by a gentle breeze, giving the book its descriptive name.

In the Butterfly Book, individual sheets are folded and pasted along a narrow strip at the spine. The cover is made in three parts: a decorative spine liner, and two laminated paper covers that are pasted and attached to the first and last pages of the textblock. When open, each pair of leaves joined by paste turns at an angle that resembles the wings of a butterfly.

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


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.


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