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

June 6, 2020

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 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 three 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: Share What You’ve Been Working on During Quarantine

Sewing fabric face maskHave you been busy making cool stuff during Vermont’s stay-at-home order? Perhaps you’ve got a piece that you made for our sadly-canceled annual exhibit. We’d love to see what you’ve been up to!

During this month’s B.A.G. meeting, we’ll be shining the spotlight on our members and their fantastic creations. There are limited spots available, so please let Elissa know if you’d like to be a presenter.

No worries if you haven’t made anything, we’d stlll love to have you join us for a hang. Either way, if you plan to attend the meeting, please contact Elissa so she can send you the Zoom meeting details.

We hope to see you online and look forward to seeing whatever you have to share with us!

May Meeting Reflections

Nested Accordion Pop-Up Fold BooksAt our May meeting, Elissa Campbell taught Peter and Donna ThomasNested Accordion Pop-Up Fold Book. This structure can be found in Peter and Donna’s book More Making Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects (ISBN: 978-1592530748).

As it was our first Zoom meeting, we learned a lot from the experience. Over two dozen people attended!

We hope that future meetings go more smoothly and for that reason, the B.A.G. board is currently developing guidelines for our online programs. More information is coming in next week’s meeting reminder.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** 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.

Folded paper*** The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is offering a free weekly fold-along every Friday at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Facebook Live.

Each week, MCBA Lead Teaching Artist Madeline Garcia will teach you a unique book structure using simple household materials. Past structures have included the flag book, tunnel book, and the petal fold book.

For more information and to access the project archives, visit the MCBA website.

*** Sadly this year’s Paper and Book Intensive (PBI) was canceled due to COVID-19. The organizers of the event have kindly offered access to past workshop handouts in hopes of easing the loss. Links to these documents can be found on the PBI Facebook page.

*** On July 22nd, the Special Collections department at the J.Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah is presenting a Long-Stitch Binding workshop with Emily Tipps. Instruction will be given via Zoom.

The elegant long-stitch has been used for inventive artists’ books and beautiful journals, but don’t be fooled by the apparent complexity of this exposed-sewing binding. Participants receive one set of materials (included in the $45.00 fee), and the instructor shares examples with an assortment of thread, buttons, covers, and closures to ensure that the long-stitch never gets old.

For more information or to register, visit the Book Arts Program website.

Wood letterpress type*** Love letterpress? Grab your popcorn and settle in for an evening of Proceed and Be Bold!, a documentary about the life and work of letterpress printer Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

Kennedy is known for his bold use of typography and untraditional approach to letterpress. He focuses his work on exploring themes of race, politics, and art and offers his work to the public at affordable prices to make it more accessible.

In light of current events, his work is especially relevant. You can view the documentary on YouTube.

*** Want more letterpress? The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is hosting the Hamilton Hang on Zoom on a weekly basis.

“We miss you on a normal basis, but with all this social distancing we really want to see your smiling faces. So, please plan to join us for a Zoom call (or two or three) so we can chat for a bit. We are asking some of our friends from the print, design, and type worlds to be our guest and co-host for each zoom call. So we can see what they are up to and find out how you’re doing.”

For more information, including the list of currently scheduled speakers, please visit the Hamilton Museum’s website.


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

May 7, 2020

As you know, Vermont’s Stay Home order is in effect until May 15th due to COVID-19. For this reason, there will be no May in-person meeting.

That’s right – we said in-person.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

We will have this month’s meeting via Zoom, an online conference program. You will need to have Zoom downloaded on your computer, phone, or tablet in order to access the meeting. 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.

We’ll be watching how things progress over the coming weeks and determine when it’s safe to resume our in-person meetings. We’ll stay in touch with updates.

Stay safe!

The B.A.G. Board

Program: The Nested Accordion Pop-Up Fold Book on Zoom with Elissa Campbell

Nested Accordion Pop-Up Fold BookOh yeah – we’re having a program!

This month, Elissa will be teaching you the Nested Accordion Pop-Up Fold Book, a structure created by Peter and Donna Thomas. You can find it in their book More Making Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects.

Here’s what you’ll need to participate:

Tools:

  • X-Acto knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder
  • Glue stick
  • PVA (optional, if you’d like to make a hard cover)
  • Glue brush (optional)

Materials:

  • 1 piece medium weight card stock (similar to Canson Mi-Teintes), grain short: 2″ x 14″
  • 1 piece medium weight card stock, grain short: 2.75″ x 17.5″
  • 2 pieces bookboard, grain long: 2.875″ x 1.875″ (optional, if you’d like to make a hard cover)
  • 2 pieces cover material, grain long: 3.875″ x 2.875″ (optional)

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

We hope to see you online!

B.A.G. News

*** Announcement: Spring/Summer member exhibit, Page Turners: Artist’s Books by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

We are sad to announce that our spring/summer exhibit at ArtHound Gallery has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Please continue to work on your submissions, and we will plan to see them another day (hopefully at an exhibit).

Book Arts News

*** The Community College of Vermont in Brattleboro is looking for someone to teach Introduction to Book Arts starting in the Fall of 2020.

The ideal candidate has a master’s degree in a visual arts field, but CCV can make adjustments for a person who has significant teaching, exhibit, or professional experience in an area.

Candidates can apply at this link. If you have any questions, please contact Ginger Gellman, Coordinator of Teaching & Learning.

Quarantine Fun

*** The Center for Book Arts has online classes available during the month of May. These classes are offered with a suggested donation, which will be used to pay the instructor and to cover the class expenses.

Here’s one that might be of interest:

June 1, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: In Botanical Books: Make Your Own Seed Paper with Iviva Olenick, you will learn how to make paper pulp from recycled paper by hand. You will adapt household tools to incorporate into making paper, including a sieve or strainer, cheesecloth, a silkscreen if you have one, and a food processor or blender.

You will explore the natural dyes, colorants, or textural inclusions (scraps of fabric, lace, yarn) you can add to their paper pulp. Finally, you will incorporate seeds into the paper which can then be planted in the garden.

For more information or to register, click here.

*** The Guild of Book Workers‘ Board of Directors has extended its offer of making all videos on the Guild of Book Workers’ Vimeo page available to rent, FREE of charge through the end of the month. This offer is open to everyone, regardless of membership status.

Enter the code GBW4FREE during checkout to reduce the cost of the rental to $0.00. Rentals are available as streaming content for 7 days. This code will expire on May 31, 2020.

If you have any difficulty using this promo code, please contact GBW President Bexx Caswell-Olson. Technical questions relating to the Vimeo website should be directed to Vimeo.

*** If you’re on Facebook, check out the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University Libraries – they’re live on their Facebook page for Book Arts 101: Home Edition every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m..

Each week, they talk about books and craft, usually coming in at under half and hour.


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

April 6, 2020

We hope that you’re managing to hang in there during these crazy times. Please let us know how you’re doing and what you’re up to – we can share your messages with other members to help us stay connected.

In order to secure the health of our members and the community, the B.A.G. Board has decided to cancel the April meeting. As of now, we don’t know if there will be a May meeting.

We’ll be watching how things progress over the coming weeks and determine when it’s safe to resume our meetings. We’ll stay in touch with updates.

Stay safe and sane!

The B.A.G. Board

Looking for book artsy things to do while stuck at home?

*** From April 15 – May 20, Helen Hiebert is teaching an online class, Flexible Book Structures. Join Helen in creating a series of flexible book structures that fold and unfold, collapse and expand, and feature innovative attachments and connections.

Flexible Book Structures logo
You’ll create six book objects, the equivalent of a weeklong workshop during this 6-week class. A new lesson will be in the classroom each Wednesday, and you can work from the comfort of your own home or studio at any time throughout the week. Hop into the online classroom anytime to ask questions and share your projects and ideas in a supportive and creative on-line community.

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

*** The Center for Book Arts also has a selection of online classes throughout the month of April. These classes are offered with a suggested donation, which will be used to pay the instructor and to cover the class expenses.

Here are two that might be of interest:

April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: During the Quarantine Book class with Johanna Maierski, you will learn how to make your own handmade quarantine book using found materials.

Students are encouraged to use found materials in their home: invoices they don’t want to pay, scrap paper, love letters, old leaves from their Monstera plants, fabric, plastic foil, yarn, needles, hammers, clips, etc.

The class will also serve as a space for seeking advice on bookmaking techniques and learning the different kind of zines formations to produce their own quarantine book. The class also includes a discussion of the materials gathered by the class, to collaboratively find a solution for binding for each individual project.

For more information or to register, click here.


April 14 & 21, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: In Artist Books & The Everyday with Ben Denzer, students will conceive and create their own artist books using the everyday materials they are currently quarantined with.

In the first session, Ben will introduce a working definition of the term “Artist Book,” share a survey of historical examples, and detail basic bookmaking techniques. A discussion will follow, along with each student describing their initial ideas and available materials.

Between sessions, Ben will be available for one-on-one conversations to give feedback and construction advice.

In the second session, each student will share their completed artist book in a group critique.

For more information or to register, click here.

*** The Guild of Book Workers‘ Board of Directors has generously decided to make all videos on the Guild of Book Workers’ Vimeo page available to rent, FREE of charge for the next month. This offer is open to everyone, regardless of membership status.

Enter the code GBW4FREE during checkout to reduce the cost of the rental to $0.00. Rentals are available as streaming content for 7 days. This code will expire on April 17, 2020.

If you have any difficulty using this promo code, please contact GBW President Bexx Caswell-Olson.Technical questions relating to the Vimeo website should be directed to Vimeo.

*** Check out the monthly Are You Book Enough challenge on Instagram. The rules are simple – create a book based on the monthly theme and post it on Instagram using the assigned tags. This month’s theme is Machine and you’ve got the whole month to work on something!

Are You Book Enough image with 2020 themes

The project has been going on for over 3 years and even if you’re not going to participate, there are wonderful books to look at if you search for #areyoubookenough.

B.A.G. News

*** Announcement: Spring/Summer member exhibit, Page Turners: Artist’s Books by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Our spring/summer exhibit will take place in June at ArtHound Gallery in Essex, Vermont. The theme, Page Turners, is open-ended, allowing for unlimited interpretation. All members are invited and encouraged to contribute new or old work.

This new gallery offers a beautiful space for the exhibit, surrounded by work from artisans all over Vermont. All work must be FOR SALE.

Here are some important dates:

  • Entry due date: May 27, 2020. No entries will be accepted after this date. Artists are encouraged to bring work and appropriate paperwork to the May 13th B.A.G. meeting.
  • Exhibit dates: June 6 – 30, 2020
  • Opening reception: June 6, 2020. Times to be determined.

Now is a great time to get to work on a piece! Don’t you have more time on your hands?


According to Accordions, Part 3 – Flag Books with Marcia Vogler

March 25, 2020

Marcia Vogler holding a flag book

Marcia Vogler holding a flag book

Flag Book

Flag book materials

Flag Book

Flag Book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Making a flag book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Making a flag book

Making a flag book

Making a flag book

Elizabeth Rideout holding a flag book

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

March 4, 2020

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 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.

Welcome to According to Accordions!

Often underestimated, the accordion book has more to it than meets the eye. This structure provides endless possibilities for construction, and multiple options for display and presentation. In our March meeting, we will continue with our multi-meeting exploration of the accordion book structure.

Prepare to be inspired by the versatility and potential of accordions!

Program: According to Accordions, Part 3 – Flag Books with Marcia Vogler

At the next B.A.G. meeting, Marcia Vogler will be teaching us how to make Flag Books. This structure literally builds on the accordion fold.

Flag booksOriginally developed by Hedi Kyle for her work April Diary, the foundation of the deceptively simple Flag Book structure is an accordion folded spine. Rows of flags attached to opposing sides of each of the spine’s “mountain” folds allow the artist to fragment and layer a number of complementary or contrasting images and narratives.

When read page by page, the viewer sees disjointed fragments of image and text. When the spine is pulled fully open, these fragments assemble a panoramic spread. This transformation is accompanied by a delightful flapping sound. The spine and covers provide opportunities for additional imagery.

– Karen Hanmer

Please bring more samples of accordion books to share!

All materials will be provided but if you are able, please bring the following:

  • Cutting mat
  • Straight edge or ruler
  • X-Acto knife or the like
  • Bone folder
  • PVA, Fast Tack or other white glue and/or a glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Small stamps or images to attach to your flags (1″ high)

If you don’t have any of these things, don’t worry extras will be available.

February Meeting Reflections

Becky BoardmanIt was a full house for our second installment of According to Accordions, which featured the Star/Carousel structure. Becky Boardman showed us models and examples, then led us through the steps to make this multi-layered structure.

May I say how much I loved this? And it was the perfect little Valentine’s gift for my Valentine! I will come back to this structure again and again.

Thanks, Becky, and thanks to everyone who showed up. You are all ‘stars’.

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

B.A.G. News

*** Announcement: Spring/Summer member exhibit, Page Turners: Artist’s Books by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Our spring/summer exhibit will take place in June at ArtHound Gallery in Essex, Vermont. The theme, Page Turners, is open-ended, allowing for unlimited interpretation. All members are invited and encouraged to contribute new or old work.

This new gallery offers a beautiful space for the exhibit, surrounded by work from artisans all over Vermont. All work must be FOR SALE.

Here are some important dates:

  • Entry due date: May 27, 2020. No entries will be accepted after this date. Artists are encouraged to bring work and appropriate paperwork to the May 13th B.A.G. meeting.
  • Exhibit dates: June 6 – 30, 2020
  • Opening reception: June 6, 2020. Times to be determined.

Pop-up books*** Elissa Campbell is teaching The Moving Book – Pop-Up Basics at the Bayside Activity Center in Colchester, VT on March 21st.

If you want to add more magic to your cards and artist books, then give pop-ups a try! Also known as paper engineering, pop-ups use cuts and folds to create motion and energy in paper structures.

Through the creation of a series of pop-up cards, you’ll learn the basics of three-dimensional construction, including box supports, props, and straddles. You’ll then bind these cards into a book, which will become a handy reference for future work.

Register online or print out the registration form and mail it in.

Book Arts News

*** On April 3rd, Dartmouth College‘s Baker-Berry Library presents Skins to Draw on: A Parchment Making Demonstration with Jesse Meyer from Pergamena Leathers.

Parchment is a material made from animal skin; often calfskin, sheepskin, or goatskin. Its most common use is as a material for writing on, drawing on, for documents, notes, or the pages of a book, codex or manuscript. Jesse will demonstrate the techniques involved in the production of parchment, with participants trying their hands in the process. He’ll have lots of samples of his work for you to peruse along the way.

No registration necessary. Feel free to stop by Book Arts Room 21 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. to check it out.

To learn more about Pergamena visit their website.

*** Dartmouth College is also hosting An Evening with Graham Patten and his Convolutingly Engineered Books on May 18th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Come spend a bit of time with bookbinder and conservator Graham Patten as he shows us his work, including his invention, the Continuously Convoluting Carousel. This multiplex carousel structure is the first of its kind. It can be inverted on itself indefinitely, revealing a sequence of four different hidden openings or displays. A variation on the Jacob’s Ladder toy, the Continuously Convoluting Carousel employs the same double-action hinges that gave the original toy its characteristically illusive motion.

We will look at a number of Patten’s incredible design bindings, while he takes us through his design process and show us how to make a simplified version of the structure.

No registration necessary. The presentation is being held in Book Arts Room 21 of Baker-Berry Library.

Book Arts Classes

*** Juliayn Coleman is offering Hand Bookbinding from August 30 – September 5 at Sunset Lodge on Lake Damariscotta, ME.

In this hands-on workshop, you will create three non-adhesive books. The structures will range from the earliest binding styles to contemporary, and they are geared towards beginner through intermediate skill levels.

In addition to the binding, you will explore three different ways to decorate paper for the covers of your books: paste paper, suminagashi, and plant printing. The goal is to create a harmonious set of beautiful books, learn simple structures that you can take home and repeat on your own, and let your creative mind explore the medium of book binding.

For more information, please visit the Sunset Lodge Workshops website.

*** The North Bennet Street School in Boston is offering Sewn Board & Drumleaf Binding with Amy Lapidow on Sunday, March 22nd.

The sewn board binding, is a great structure that uses minimal tools and is infinitely adaptable. Dress it up or down, and it opens flat! Its sibling, the drum leaf binding is akin to a board book and is perfect for images. You will make both in this course.

For more information, please visit the NBSS website.


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