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

January 8, 2015

Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church located at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington, VT. We will be in the Sophia Fahs Community Room, a large room located in the basement. Click here for more information on directions/parking.


Program: Altered Books: Folded-Page Book Sculptures with Marilyn Gillis

Learn how to make easy sculptures from old books by using different page folding patterns. Fiber and book artist Marilyn Gillis will begin the meeting by showing book sculptures she has made using these techniques plus various ways to enhance the sculpture forms. Then she will get you started on your own sculpture(s).

The process is fun and easy; something to do in front of the TV or while listening to music. It can also challenge your artistic side if you want to decorate or enhance your sculptures.

Supplies to bring:

  • 1 or 2 old books about 1″ thick, can be paperback or hard cover (Vera Ryersbach has extras, if you need one)
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Marilyn Gillis is a mixed media/fiber artist. Eight years ago she became interested in book arts and has enjoyed learning a new medium. Her particular interest is in making folded page book sculptures, and she had made and sold them as another expression of her creative energy.


B.A.G. News

*** Announcing a new meeting format for 2015!

The BAG Board of Directors met in November to plan the upcoming year, and we are excited to announce a new approach we hope will spur and support our members’ creative work. In addition to an exciting roster of presenters for meetings, starting in February we will introduce an every other month meeting format titled Studio Support and Workshop Time.

These will be open sessions (with no presenter) during which we hope four things will happen:

  1. Members will have an opportunity to briefly “show and tell” their recent work at the start of the meeting.
  2. Members can receive support and creative problem solving from other members for any challenges or problems they are having in their work.
  3. Members can continue work and follow up on the project or technique presented in the previous meeting(s).
  4. Members can bring a current piece they are working on to simply continue their own work in the company of other artists.

The Board will also be introducing a challenge project for members and those who want can use the Studio Support and Workshop Time to participate in the challenge project. Artists spend much time working in isolation, so it is our hope that Studio Support sessions will be fun and will enhance and encourage our individual work.

*** Announcing our Spring 2015 exhibit: Book Works, book-related works by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont!

The theme for our annual exhibit, entitled Book Works, is an intentionally broad one, and can include any work that is related to book arts. We encourage all members and friends to participate, especially those who have not exhibited previously. Work can include new or time honored techniques, book-related pieces and sculpture, and generally any work that can be ‘read’. Start working on your pieces now! If you have ideas but just can’t get yourself going, or if you are stuck on a problem and need advice, bring them/ it to the monthly meeting and let’s help each other out.

The exhibit will take place at the SEABA Center Gallery at 404 Pine Street in Burlington during the month of April. The opening will be on First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd, and we will have a gallery talk on April 8th that will serve as our April meeting. We are thrilled to have a South End location for the show, and excited to have the opportunity to increase awareness of the book arts.

Entries will be due on March 20th, but may be brought to the March 11th meeting. Entries are free for BAG members, and $10.00 each ($25.00 for 3) for non-members. The gallery takes a 30% commission on sales. Click here to download the entry form.

*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s annual membership begins this month!

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 on this page of our website), 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 two upcoming Girl Scout events. They will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. and the programs are for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge.

The first event will be held Sunday January 25th at Camp Wind in the Pines EDC Lodge, 190 W Long Pond Rd Plymouth, MA, and the second event will be held April 12th at Camp Rice Moody Lodge, 29 Rice Rd Reading, MA. Both events will run from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

There will be an introduction and then five stations that the girls will rotate through which may include printing, accordion folds, a pamphlet, origami book, a scroll, decorating paper or a collaborative book, depending on the interests of the volunteers. Each rotation will last for about 30 minutes. If you have a book arts technique or project that you’d like to see done with the Girl Scouts please make some suggestions.

You do not need to be a member of the NEGBW to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Todd Pattison at bookandtile@att.net.

Mark Esser exhibit poster*** A reception for the exhibit Commitment to Craftsmanship: Conservation Bookbindings by Mark Esser, with brief remarks and presentation of a gift in acknowledgement of Mark’s contribution to the field of book conservation, will happen on January 14, 2015.

Mark Esser was Rare Book Conservator in the John J. Burns Library at Boston College from 1994 until 2008. The show, a handsome group of books bound by Mark during his tenure as Book Conservator, also represents the many different subjects in the Library’s collections. This exhibit, designed to introduce Boston College students to bookbinding and book conservation, explores the training Mark received, his background as a teacher at NBSS, and show-cases some of the conservation bindings that he produced as Book Conservator for the John J. Burns Library.


Book Arts Classes

*** On Saturdays from January 10 – February 7, 2015, the North Bennet Street School is offering Fundamentals of Bookbinding I with Amy Lapidow.

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.

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

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Altered Books with Daniel Embree on February 1 & 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Transform used books into art objects. Learn bookmaking, paper cutting, drawing, collage and decollage techniques to reinvent used books into something new. Bring some books and some small objects and images to include. We will distribute a list of good Boston book-buying places in advance.

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


December 10th B.A.G. meeting cancelled

December 10, 2014

Due to the ongoing snowstorm that we are experiencing, we have decided to cancel tonight’s B.A.G. meeting.

Don’t worry though – you’re not missing anything. We have moved December’s program to January.

Stay warm and safe!

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” December 2014

December 4, 2014

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 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: Altered Books: Folded-Page Book Sculptures with Marilyn Gillis

Learn how to make easy sculptures from old books by using different page folding patterns. Fiber and book artist Marilyn Gillis will begin the meeting by showing book sculptures she has made using these techniques plus various ways to enhance the sculpture forms. Then she will get you started on your own sculpture(s).

The process is fun and easy; something to do in front of the TV or while listening to music. It can also challenge your artistic side if you want to decorate or enhance your sculptures.

Supplies to bring:

  • 1 or 2 old books about 1″ thick, can be paperback or hard coverB
  • Bone folder – not necessary, but helpful

Marilyn Gillis is a mixed media/fiber artist. Eight years ago she became interested in book arts and has enjoyed learning a new medium. Her particular interest is in making folded page book sculptures, and she had made and sold them as another expression of her creative energy.


November Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of VT meetingNovember brought us together to share card tricks and booklets in mini workshops led by members of the group. The spirit of comradery, willingness to teach, and openness to learn made it a joyous evening. We all came away with new ideas and skills, and a warm fuzzy feeling with which to begin the holiday season.

Thanks to all who participated!

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


B.A.G. News

*** Announcing a new meeting format for 2015!

The BAG Board of Directors met in November to plan the upcoming year, and we are excited to announce a new approach we hope will spur and support our members’ creative work. In addition to an exciting roster of presenters for meetings, starting in January we will introduce an every other month meeting format titled Studio Support and Workshop Time.

These will be open sessions (with no presenter) during which we hope four things will happen:

  1. Members will have an opportunity to briefly “show and tell” their recent work at the start of the meeting.
  2. Members can receive support and creative problem solving from other members for any challenges or problems they are having in their work.
  3. Members can continue work and follow up on the project or technique presented in the previous meeting(s).
  4. Members can bring a current piece they are working on to simply continue their own work in the company of other artists.

The Board will also be introducing a challenge project for members and those who want can use the Studio Support and Workshop Time to participate in the challenge project. Artists spend much time working in isolation, so it is our hope that Studio Support sessions will be fun and will enhance and encourage our individual work.

*** Announcing our Spring 2015 exhibit: Book Works, book-related works by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont!

The exhibit will take place at the SEABA Center Gallery at 404 Pine Street in Burlington during the month of April. The opening will be on First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd, and we will have a gallery talk on April 8th that will serve as our April meeting.

Entries will be due on March 20, but may be brought to the March 11th meeting. Entries are free for BAG members, and $10.00 each ($25.00 for 3) for non-members. The gallery takes a 30% commission on sales. Click here to download the entry form.

*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s annual membership begins January 2015!

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 on this page of our website), 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

Handmade paper*** The Paper Room (formerly known as Langdell Paper) at AVA Art Center is holding its annual open studio on December 5th & 6th. Not only are there going to be 1,000’s of sheets of handmade paper available for purchase, but there will also be refreshments and fun paper-related conversation.

There are two specials of note:

  • Buy 20 large sheets for ½ price
  • Buy 50 sheets (at ½ price) and Richard will donate an additional 50 large sheets to the starving artist or teacher of your choice

Hours on Friday are from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The AVA Art Center is located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH. The Paper Room is on the second floor in studio #209. For more information, please call (802) 222-0503 or Email rlangdell@gmail.com.

Marbled paper*** Chena River Marblers is holding an open studio on December 13 & 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be marbling and bookbinding demonstrations, along with an end-of-year overstock and seconds sale.

The studio is located at 70 Justice Drive in Amherst, MA. For more information, please call (413) 253-2835.

Handmade artist book*** Geographies: New England Book Work, the New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers exhibition, is now on view at The University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library in Burlington, Vermont through December 12, 2014.

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

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

*** Now through December 13, 2014, InsideOUT Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books is on display in the Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library at Harvard University.

Fifty-nine binders and nine private presses from North America, Canada and Britain have collaborated to form an exhibition which demonstrates the relationship of the binding design to the printed book. Because many of the binders have chosen the same title to work on, it also highlights the differing approaches to the same text.

Harvard University is located in Cambridge, MA.

*** How do your surroundings inform your work? The Chandler Gallery, in Randolph, VT invites artists to submit work that evokes a sense of place and space. They are considering both two and three dimensional interpretations of this theme which need not rely on literal depiction of location, but use the idea of place as a starting point for inspiration or source of material.

Submissions should be sent digitally to artofplace.chandler@gmail.com by midnight, December 15 with notification to artists by January 1, 2015. Submissions are limited to two per artist. The show opens on January 17, 2015 and runs through March 8th.


Book Arts Classes

*** On Saturdays from January 10 – February 7, 2015, the North Bennet Street School is offering Fundamentals of Bookbinding I with Amy Lapidow.

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.

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

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Altered Books with Daniel Embree on February 1 & 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Transform used books into art objects. Learn bookmaking, paper cutting, drawing, collage and decollage techniques to reinvent used books into something new. Bring some books and some small objects and images to include. We will distribute a list of good Boston book-buying places in advance.

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


Book Blitz and Card Tricks

November 24, 2014

Jill Abilock

handmade books

pile of handmade card materials

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

handmade book

handmade book

handmade card

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” November 2014

November 7, 2014

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 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: Mini Hands-On Workshops: Book Blitz and Card Tricks

waterfall cardJoin us for our always-popular annual November tradition: Member-led mini hands-on workshops in the form of a card or mini-book exchange that we call Book Blitz and Card Tricks. Get prepared now and join in the fun!

Design a card or small/simple book structure that has a trick or two; maybe a pop-up, French doors or a window. Bring your completed card or mini-book, along with materials for six undecorated cards or mini-book structures to share. We will have an exchange and then engage in some decorating fun.

Please feel free to join in the fun even if you don’t have time to prepare cards or mini-books to bring. We do a similar program every November and there is more than enough to go around. As in years past, expect to go home with some great new ideas, several new tricks up your sleeve, and a few new cards for the season.

Things to bring:

  • A decorated card/mini-book with a “trick” (optional)
  • 6 card structures of your card/mini-book “trick” to exchange (optional)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Decorative punches
  • Stamps and ink
  • Pens, pencils, markers
  • Decorative papers
  • Fun stuff!

October Meeting Reflections

BAG meeting at UVM Special CollectionsOctober brought us together at the wonderful Special Collections at the Bailey/Howe Library, where we were treated to a double whammy of a meeting.

First, the tag team of Deborah Howe and Stephanie Wolff wowed us with their insights into the stunning exhibit of book work from the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. Deborah and Stephanie discussed their love of the craft, and shared details of their own work as well as the other exhibitors in the show, Geographies: New England Book Work. Stephanie gave us an in depth look at the creation of her work Sweet New England, showing us her painstaking process resulting in a sweet tribute to familiar candies made in New England.

The second whammy was a table full of fantastic artists’ books chosen to reflect the theme of ‘place’, by Prudence Doherty, Special Collections Librarian. After Prudence gave us an overview of the works, we were let loose to handle and enjoy the books. We are very lucky to have the artists’ book collection available to us, and to have such a knowledgeable keeper of the craft to help us understand and appreciate it.

Thanks to Deborah, Stephanie, and Prudence for a remarkable meeting!

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


Book Arts News

*** Announcing our Spring 2015 exhibit: Book Works sponsored by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont!

The exhibit will take place at SEABA on Pine Street in Burlington during the month of April. We encourage all members to participate in this broadly themed show, especially those who have not exhibited previously. Work can include new or time honored techniques, book-related pieces and sculpture, and generally any work that can be ‘read’. So start thinking before you get into the holiday frenzy!

More info will be available soon.

*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont participated in the Champlain Mini Maker Faire at Shelburne Farms in September, where members demonstrated and taught simple (and not so simple) folded book structures including the one page book, accordions, and pop-ups.

Thanks to all who participated and attended. We hope we inspired a new generation of book workers and paper lovers. 

Handmade artist book*** Geographies: New England Book Work, the New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers exhibition, is now on view at The University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library in Burlington, Vermont through December 12, 2014.

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

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

*** Merrick Grutchfield has a large flat file in excellent condition that she is selling for $100.00 or best offer. It was made to hold standard sheets of paper. For more information or to snatch it up, please contact Merrick at merrickgrutchfield@gmail.com.

*** Tisch Library on the Medford campus of Tufts University has several flat files to give away. You would have to transport them on their own during the week of December 1st. Case dimensions: 54″ w x 17″ h x 42″. Each case has 5 drawers.

For more information, please contact Laura Walters at laura.walters@tufts.edu.

*** There will be a bookbinding yard sale at The Bindery in Somerville, MA on Sunday November 9, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Available goodies include a Kwikprint with chase, sewing frames, task lights, finishing press with plow, books, leather, paper, small tools & other things you can’t live without!

The Bindery is located at 11 Miller Street in room 204. No early birds, please. Cash strongly preferred.

*** Now through December 13, 2014, InsideOUT Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books is on display in the Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library at Harvard University.

Fifty-nine binders and nine private presses from North America, Canada and Britain have collaborated to form an exhibition which demonstrates the relationship of the binding design to the printed book. Because many of the binders have chosen the same title to work on, it also highlights the differing approaches to the same text.

Harvard University is located in Cambridge, MA.

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers will have a booth at the upcoming Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. Volunteers are needed to sit at the booth during the following hours:

  • Friday, November 14: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 15: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 16: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

They want to have two volunteers in the booth at all times. To volunteer please email Todd Pattison at bookandtile@att.net. All volunteers will get free entry into the Fair!


Book Arts Classes

*** On Saturdays from January 10 – February 7, 2015, the North Bennet Street School is offering Fundamentals of Bookbinding I with Amy Lapidow.

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.

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

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Altered Books with Daniel Embree on February 1 & 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Transform used books into art objects. Learn bookmaking, paper cutting, drawing, collage and decollage techniques to reinvent used books into something new. Bring some books and some small objects and images to include. We will distribute a list of good Boston book-buying places in advance.

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