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

May 4, 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 10, 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.


Program: Studio Support and Workshop Time

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

The May meeting will begin an exciting Show and Tell of the wonderful books created for the two-part Printmaking /Bookmaking Challenge.

For the Printmaking Challenge, participants made an edition of 12-16, 6″ x 6″ prints inspired by the surface design theme of the January and February meetings, and then exchanged their artwork at the March meeting. The Bookmaking Challenge called upon participants to bind the wonderful artwork they received into a book to be shared in May. In addition to seeing all the wonderful books that were created, we will also discuss various methods for binding prints and other artwork.

The remainder of the time will be devoted to creative work. In April, Meta Strick fired up our imaginations by encouraging us to make anything-goes, mixed-media “junk-box books.” Although Meta can’t make it this month, she left us her giant box of cool, unexpected stuff, and has invited us to use it to continue exploring, playing, and creating one-of-a-kind “out-of-the-box” books!

Of course, you are always welcome to bring along a project or model from a previous meeting that you’d like to continue working on or develop further, or bring a piece of your own to simply continue working on in the company of others.

Suggested tools and supplies include:

  • Glues (PVA or fast-tack white glue, super glue, E6000, etc.)
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Bone folder
  • Needles and linen, hemp or cotton thread
  • X-Acto knife or scalpel
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Interesting fasteners
  • Wire cutters and other tools that you think might be useful

April Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingThe program for the meeting, Junk Box Books with Meta Strick, was hilarious and inspiring. Meta shared many beautiful books she has made from materials at hand, and gave us a new perspective on seeing the bookish potential of anything, including a potato masher.

From there, participants swarmed the pile of junk as if it were the first day of a rummage sale, and then manipulated their finds into some kind of book object.

Success was in the eyes of the beholder for this challenge. Thanks to Meta for leading us into the unknown, and thanks to everyone who followed.

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


B.A.G. News

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit*** Show your work at the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s Annual Exhibit!

Correspondence: Book Works, our show for this year, will be held 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. We encourage all members and friends to participate in this show, and to respond to the theme in any way. Work can include new or time honored techniques, book-related pieces and sculpture, and generally any work that can be ‘read’.

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: June 14, 2017. Please bring your work along with the entry form to the June meeting. Work can also be mailed to Marcia. For special arrangements, please contact Marcia. Address and contact info are on the entry form.
  • Opening Reception: First Friday, July 7, 2017
  • Artists’ Talk: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (in place of the July meeting)

Submissions are limited to 3 pieces per artist. The exhibit entry form and additional information can be downloaded as a pdf or a fillable Word document.

26 Reasons: why my garden will not be featured in Martha Stewart Living - artist's book by Jane Ploughman*** Jane Ploughman and her husband John Vincent are the featured artists in Art on Main‘s The Art of the Word. The exhibit is open now through May 7th.

Under the name Ploughgirl Press, Jane creates beautiful artist books and handmade journals using unique papers and structures that incorporate decorative elements and a wide range of bookbinding techniques.

Her artist books include a range of printmaking techniques including mono prints, letterpress, and linoleum cuts. The exhibit will include a portion of her 365 “make a book a day for a year” project that she completed in 2012.

Letterpress broadsides by John VincentJohn designs and creates visually engaging posters, broadsides and cards, using antique, foot and hand powered printing presses under the imprint of A Revolutionary Press.

He handsets wood or metal type with images he carves from linoleum, wood and other materials. Vincent’s work often features quotes from other writers that he hopes will raise questions in the viewers’ mind and encourage them to think critically rather than simply being “for or against.”

For more information, please contact the gallery at info@artonmain.net. Art on Main is located in Bristol, VT.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo*** On May 27 & 28 (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:

Copies of the the 2017 Spring Event & Resource Guide will be available at the May B.A.G. meeting. You can also download a pdf of the guide from the VT Crafts Council website. Please note that this is a really big file.

Elissa created a Google Map with all of the locations to help you with your tour. You can also find maps and directions to studios on the VT Crafts Council website.


Book Arts News

UNBOUND 7 logo*** ArtisTree Gallery is looking for submissions for their 7th annual juried exhibit, UNBOUND: VOL VII. The theme of the show is simple – an exploration of what a book can be…art using books as a material or a format.

Bill Hanscom is this year’s juror. The exhibit will be presented in conjunction with the Bookstock Literary Festival in Woodstock, VT.

This call for submissions 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. Note: Reproductions, if used as mixed media, will be considered.

The deadline for submission is June 29, 2017. For more information, please visit the ArtisTree Gallery’s website. or contact Adrian Tans at gallery@artistreevt.org.

Handmade Paper with US Currency*** Calling all papermakers! Harley Smart, a book publisher in Montreal is looking for a partner in Vermont to manufacture recycled cotton rag paper incorporating U.S. currency. Because it includes shredded U.S. currency, the Bureau of Engraving requires that the paper be manufactured in the United States.

For more information, please contact Harley at 514-884-5765 or harley@anteism.com.

*** 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

*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering Book Arts Basics Part I: Letterpress Printing and the Pamphlet with Richard Reitz Smith from June 18 – 24, 2017.

This course will cover everything you need to know to start hand-setting type and use the printing press on your own. This class begins by providing a strong conceptual foundation to your practice by covering history, terms, tools, type, and material. Then, through demonstrations and hands-on practice, students will learn the correct procedures for setting type by hand and for printing on a Vandercook proof press.

Each student will have the opportunity to print a two-color broadside as well as various, smaller, one-color pieces. Students will also be exposed to the pamphlet stitch, learning how to combine a few printed sheets into a small booklet.

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

Wells College Book Arts 2017 logo*** In July, the Wells College Book Arts Center is offering its Summer Institute, two week-long intensive courses in letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, artist’s books, lettering arts and font design. Week 1 runs from July 9 – 15 and Week 2 runs from July 16 – 22.

This year’s instructors include Samuel Feinstein, Barb Tetenbaum, and April Sheridan. Wells College is located in Aurora, NY.

Please send inquiries to bookartscenter@wells.edu. You can also download the course catalog (pdf) from the Wells College website.

*** On June 10 & 11, the North Bennet Street School is offering Medieval Long and Link Stitch Bindings with Bill Hanscom.

Long-and link-stitches connect the text block directly to the limp parchment cover and can be used individually or in combination to create striking exposed-sewing patterns on the spine. After examining models and images of historical bindings, participants choose from a number of templates and create two structures using traditional techniques and features such as fore-edge flaps and string-and-button closures.

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

*** Also at the North Bennet Street School is Miniature Bookbinding with James Reid-Cunningham. The class will take place from June 16 – 18.

Miniature books present difficult design and structural challenges to the bookbinder. During this course, students construct three miniature books of diminishing size, all less than three inches tall: a long stitch binding with decorated boards, a quarter leather binding, and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure. The course contrasts the utility of case binding, accordion, and non-adhesive structures for miniature books, with a concentration on flexibility and book action. We analyze materials and techniques suitable for small format books. The limitations inherent in small-scale books challenges students to do precisely executed and finely detailed work.

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


Adventures in Mixed Media: Junk Box Books with Meta Strick​

April 26, 2017

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Meta Strick at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Junk Box Books handout

Handmade books by Meta Strick

Handmade books by Meta Strick

Meta Strick at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Artist's book by Meta Strick

Artist’s book by Meta Strick

Artist's book by Meta Strick

Artist’s book by Meta Strick

Artist's book by Meta Strick

Artist’s book by Meta Strick

Artist's book by Meta Strick

Artist’s book by Meta Strick

Artist's book by Meta Strick

Artist’s book by Meta Strick

Artist's book by Meta Strick

Artist’s book by Meta Strick

Artist's book by Meta Strick

Artist’s book by Meta Strick

Artist's book by Meta Strick

Artist’s book by Meta Strick

Artist's book by Meta Strick

Artist’s book by Meta Strick

Artist's book by Meta Strick

Artist’s book by Meta Strick

Materials for Junk Box Books at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Materials for Junk Box Books at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Materials for Junk Box Books at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Artwork at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Artwork at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Artwork at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Artwork at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

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

April 6, 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 12, 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.


Junk Box Books by Meta StrickProgram: Adventures in Mixed Media: Junk Box Books with Meta Strick​

Anything can become a book! At the April meeting, Meta Strick will bring a juicy “junk box” filled with unexpected goodies, and we will all get to fish around for potential pages or covers or parts. Odd, silly, peculiar, unexpected…anything goes!

So dig through your junk drawer, your basement, your garage or your attic and bring some junk to contribute to the collection. You never know what will spark the creative imagination of someone else, so bring broken toys, kitchen gadgets, jar lids, candy wrappers, playing cards and ticket stubs, tiny tins, interesting boxes, nails, screws, washers, leftover parts from forgotten projects or games, sticks, stones, bones, and anything else that needs a new life.

Ideally the pieces should be no larger than about the size of your hand. Meta will bring cool junk (of course!) too, and some tools and materials.

If possible, please bring:

  • Glues (PVA or fast-tack white glue, super glue, E6000, etc.)
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Bone folder
  • Needles and linen, hemp or cotton thread
  • X-Acto knife or scalpel
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and eraser

Optional:

  • Interesting fasteners
  • Other tools that you think might be useful
  • Most importantly, your sense of humor!

March Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingI feel a renewed energy in the Guild and its meetings these past few months, and this meeting confirmed that. Many new faces as well as familiar ones showed up to make a sweet leather binding, courtesy of the multi talented and entertaining teacher, Elissa Campbell.

It was glorious fun, and the soft pink leather cover magically turned into a beautiful little book over the course of the evening.

Thanks, Elissa! And thanks to all those who participated.

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


B.A.G. News

*** Both the Sherman Art Library and the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH have unique collections of handmade artists’ books.

Please join us on Saturday, April 8th when Morgan Swan, Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian and Jay Satterfield, Head of Special Collections who is the chief selector of artists’ books, for a look at some of the many unique book structures, letterpress editions and sculptural gems their collection has to offer.

We will begin the morning with a tour of the letterpress studio with Sarah Smith, Book Arts Workshop Program Manager during the students Open Studio hours.

If you’re interested in attending the event, please email Marcia to let her know. Carpooling is available and encouraged, so please add a message if you want to carpool and she’ll will try to arrange groups.

Click here to download directions to Dartmouth and information about parking.

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’.

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.

*** For those of you participating in the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s printmaking / bookmaking challenge, here’s your one month reminder!

Now that you’ve got your exchanged prints, it’s time for you to create a book incorporating them. Completed books will be shared at the May B.A.G. meeting.


Book Arts News

Book Arts Bazaar 2017 poster*** The University of Southern Maine‘s annual Book Arts Bazaar will be held on Sunday, April 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Wishcamper Center on the school’s Portland campus.

This festival with book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, and writers is dedicated to all things related to the book. The free event is sponsored by USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Goodale.

*** 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

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.

*** On June 10 & 11, the North Bennet Street School is offering Medieval Long and Link Stitch Bindings with Bill Hanscom.

Long-and link-stitches connect the text block directly to the limp parchment cover and can be used individually or in combination to create striking exposed-sewing patterns on the spine. After examining models and images of historical bindings, participants choose from a number of templates and create two structures using traditional techniques and features such as fore-edge flaps and string-and-button closures.

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

*** Also at the North Bennet Street School is Miniature Bookbinding with James Reid-Cunningham. The class will take place from June 16 – 18.

Miniature books present difficult design and structural challenges to the bookbinder. During this course, students construct three miniature books of diminishing size, all less than three inches tall: a long stitch binding with decorated boards, a quarter leather binding, and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure. The course contrasts the utility of case binding, accordion, and non-adhesive structures for miniature books, with a concentration on flexibility and book action. We analyze materials and techniques suitable for small format books. The limitations inherent in small-scale books challenges students to do precisely executed and finely detailed work.

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


Mini Leather Journals with Elissa Campbell

April 4, 2017

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting sign

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Materials kits for leather bookbinding workshop at 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

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.


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