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

September 4, 2014

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 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: Art with a Heart: Creating Journals for Team Heart Patients in Africa with Judy Sgantas

Join us for a very special meeting in September when we come together as a group and make books to help Judy Sgantas support the efforts of Team Heart, a non-profit group of volunteer physicians, nurses, and technicians dedicated to providing life-saving cardiac surgeries in Rwanda, primarily to children suffering from rheumatic heart disease, a preventable condition.

Judy’s husband Mark is a cardio-thoracic nurse at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Last year, he and six other volunteers from Fletcher Allen became part of the 40 members of Team Heart in Rwanda, performing valve surgeries on 16 patients over a two week period. He will be participating again this year and Judy will be joining him, working to support Team Heart’s efforts at an orphanage near the hospital.

Last year, Judy made “wallet books” (pamphlet-stitched journals with pockets folded into the covers) for all of Team Heart’s patients and a few of the Rwandan nurses, so they would each have a book that would hold their stories, pictures and even medical instructions. The books were such a huge success that this year Judy has invited the Book Arts Guild to help create the books that she will bring with her to Rwanda this fall.

So come to the September meeting prepared to learn an easy but interesting and useful new book structure as Judy leads us in creating wallet books for the Rwandan care givers and patients served by Team Heart!

Please bring the following:

  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife/cutting blade
  • Cutting mat
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Bookbinding or tapestry needle
  • Waxed linen thread

Optional:

  • Judy puts index cards for medical instructions in one of the book pockets, along with a postcard of one of her illustrations. If you would like to bring a personal card to place in the book that you make, that would be lovely!

August Meeting Reflections

DSCF9881 001 VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” September 2014Our August meeting was full of fun and hands-on experimenting. Jen Alderman and Gwen Morey came well prepared with demonstrations, written suggestion and loads of materials for us to explore. They believe in recycling trash and found objects into exciting stamping possibilities and they made believers out of us.

Some highlights included bubble wrap, ramen noodles and marbles. Their expertise and experience was appreciated as we got tips on the different types of inks, refill systems, punches and sponges to improve our techniques.

Thanks Jen and Gwen, what a wonderful way to learn and play on a summer’s evening.

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


Book Arts News

unnamed VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” September 2014*** On October 4 & 5, 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:

Elissa created a Google Map with all of the locations to help you with your tour. You can find maps and directions to studios on the VT Crafts Council website. You can also download a pdf of the 2014 Fall Vermont Open Studio Tour Guide. Please note that this is a really big file.

handmade paper 2 VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” September 2014*** Fiber artist Sandy Jefferis is selling her stash of handmade papers. Here’s what’s for sale:

  • 83 sheets of Thai Lama Li Lokta, assorted colors, 20″ x 30″
  • 29 sheets of Thai Unryu Marbled Momi, 24″ x 36″
  • 21+  sheets of assorted bark and other handmade papers

The retail price for the batch is about $636.00. She is asking for $350.00 for all of it. If you are interested, please contact Sandy at sandyjefferis@gmail.com

7758671 VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” September 2014*** Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is on exhibit at the Eliot D. Pratt Library Art Gallery at Goddard College now through October 10, 2014. The exhibit commemorates the 2007 bombing that resulted in the loss of a vibrant cultural and literary community in Baghdad.

The exhibit has been traveling the world since 2012 and includes artists’ books and broadsides by artists from 26 countries. Goddard College is in Plainfield, VT.

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers has organized a mini-conference in northern Maine during September 12 – 14, 2014. Spend a weekend in Northern Maine with a community of local artists working in the field of bookbinding, paper making and calligraphy.

The conference will be held at the Cobscook Community Learning Center near Whiting, ME. Programming includes a visit to the Book Arts Studio at UMaine Machias Friday afternoon, evening lectures by Alan Furth, Walter Tisdale and Gray Parrot Friday night, half-day workshops by Katie MacGregor and Nancy Leavitt on Saturday followed by a special presentation by David Yarborough.

For more information or to register, please visit the Guild of Book Workers website.

*** The exhibit UNBOUND VOL. IV: Art Using books as a material/format will be open from July 25 – August 23, 2014 at the Artistree Gallery in Woodstock, VT.  This juried show looks to explore this idea of “the book” and all the ways artists use that format as a stepping-off point or as material to explore new ideas.


Book Arts Classes

*** On September 22-26, 2014, the North Bennet Street School is offering Fundamentals of Bookbinding I with Erin Fletcher in Boston.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. The focus is on non-adhesive structures such as coptic, historical long stitch and case bindings such as flat back, rounded back.

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

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Fold & Stitch Books with Annie Silverman on Sunday, October 19 & 26, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Using simple techniques that build upon each other, learn a variety of essential book forms: sewn pamphlets, multiple-signature books, accordion and flag books, along with simple wrappers and envelopes.

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


Making Your Own Stamps with Found Materials with Jennifer Alderman & Gwen Morey

August 30, 2014

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

August 7, 2014

Next Meeting: Wednesday, August 13, 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: Making Your Own Stamps with Found Materials with Jennifer Alderman & Gwen Morey

Join us in August when Jen and Gwen teach us how to make our own stamps using items found around the house. In addition to demonstrating techniques for making the stamps, our dynamic duo has prepared four different hands-on projects we will all make and take home.

Expect to learn some new techniques for decorating books and spicing up your art work!

Please bring the following tools and materials:

  • A stylus or dead ball point pen
  • A flat cap top from a bottle of water, gatorade or powerade
  • Stamp ink pads
  • Rubber gloves
  • A pencil and/or pen

July Meeting Reflections

elissa1 001 VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” August 2014Elissa wowed us with her magical hands-on workshop, providing not only clear directions and madcap humor, but also LEATHER! Green, textured leather to be exact.

Using a sewing method from Keith Smith’s book, 1-, 2- and 3-Section Sewings: Non-Adhesive Binding Volume II, participants came away with new sewing skills, an appreciation for giant-sized visual aids, and a sweet leather mini-journal ready for big thoughts.

Thanks to all who attended, and extra special thanks to Elissa for her patience, preparation, and presentation skills.

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


Book Arts News

Jazz Modern 001 VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” August 2014*** Carolyn Shattuck is exhibiting her artists’ books in the exhibit Speaking Volumes now through August 16, 2014 at the Castleton Downtown Gallery. The exhibit features her sculptural works including pop-ups, flexagons and unique structures.

The gallery is located on Center Street Alley in Rutland, VT and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m..

7758671 VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” August 2014*** Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is on exhibit at the Eliot D. Pratt Library Art Gallery at Goddard College now through October 10, 2014. The exhibit commemorates the 2007 bombing that resulted in the loss of a vibrant cultural and literary community in Baghdad.

The exhibit has been traveling the world since 2012 and includes artists’ books and broadsides by artists from 26 countries. Goddard College is in Plainfield, VT.

*** The Miniature Book Society is hosting the annual gathering of its members this year in Boston, MA from August 15 – 17, 2014. Programming includes guest speakers, tours, workshops, book auctions, and a book swap. A book fair will be open to the public on Sunday, August 17th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m..

For more details, please visit the MBS website.

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers has organized a mini-conference in northern Maine during September 12 – 14, 2014. Spend a weekend in Northern Maine with a community of local artists working in the field of bookbinding, paper making and calligraphy.

The conference will be held at the Cobscook Community Learning Center near Whiting, ME. Programming includes a visit to the Book Arts Studio at UMaine Machias Friday afternoon, evening lectures by Alan Furth, Walter Tisdale and Gray Parrot Friday night, half-day workshops by Katie MacGregor and Nancy Leavitt on Saturday followed by a special presentation by David Yarborough.

For more information or to register, please visit the Guild of Book Workers website.

*** The exhibit UNBOUND VOL. IV: Art Using books as a material/format will be open from July 25 – August 23, 2014 at the Artistree Gallery in Woodstock, VT.  This juried show looks to explore this idea of “the book” and all the ways artists use that format as a stepping-off point or as material to explore new ideas.


Book Arts Classes

*** On August 23 – 24, 2014, the North Bennet Street School is offering Italic Calligraphy & Accordion Book with Maryanne Grebenstein in Boston. In this course, students learn to letter in the Italic style using a broad-edged pen and create a 5” x 5” accordion book.

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

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Fold & Stitch Books with Annie Silverman on Sunday, October 19 & 26, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Using simple techniques that build upon each other, learn a variety of essential book forms: sewn pamphlets, multiple-signature books, accordion and flag books, along with simple wrappers and envelopes.

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


Mini Leather Journals with Elissa Campbell

July 23, 2014

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

July 3, 2014

Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 9, 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.


DSCF9828 2 VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” July 2014Program: Mini Leather Journals with Elissa Campbell

In this hands-on presentation, Elissa will teach you Keith Smith’s Diamond X 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
  • Cutting mat
  • Bookbinding or tapestry needle

Optional (for punching small holes in leather):


ann3 2 VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” July 2014June Meeting Reflections

At the June meeting, Ann Joppe-Mercure led us through an overview of tunnel books, which included wonderful examples of student work and her own work. The imaginative tunnel structures appeared fascinating and difficult, but with materials and clear direction provided by Ann, all participants were able to construct a model and a creative piece.

A giant thanks to Ann for again sharing her talents as both a book artist and teacher, and to all the attendees for their enthusiasm and passion.

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


Book Arts News

*** Dorothy Simpson Krause currently has a solo exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum. Curated by Chris Rifkin, it features work from Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books, published by North Light. The exhibit runs June 14 – November 2, 2014. The Fuller Craft Museum is in Brockton, MA.

unbound 4 main VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” July 2014*** The exhibit UNBOUND VOL. IV: Art Using books as a material/format will be open from July 25 – August 23, 2014 at the Artistree Gallery in Woodstock, VT.  This juried show looks to explore this idea of “the book” and all the ways artists use that format as a stepping-off point or as material to explore new ideas.

The opening reception will be on Friday July 25th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The exhibit is opening in conjunction with the kick off of the Bookstock Literary Festival.

*** From July 18 – September 14, 2014, an exhibition of design bindings will be on display in the Windgate Gallery at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. The book selected for this project is titled La couleur du vent (The color of the wind). It is a collection of poems by Gilles Vigneault, illustrated and designed by Nastassja Imiolek under the artistic direction of Cécile Côté. This exhibit includes the work of fifty-one binders.

A reception hosted by NBSS and the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers will be held on July 18, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at NBSS and will be open to the public.

Visit the project website to view the bindings and learn about the artists.

Book Arts Classes

*** Bill Hanscom will be offering an Album Structures workshop on July 12, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston.

Albums provide a way to organize and protect collections of all kinds such as photographs and archival materials. In this workshop we will explore the construction and mechanics of a variety of album structures from the traditional to the intriguingly unconventional. Each provides a different approach to the album, as well as exciting opportunities for experimentation with embellishment with a wide variety of media, even becoming art objects on their own.

Structures will include: a Simple Board Book Album, The Storage Book, Pocket Album, Spider Book, Multi-leaf Accordion, and Accordion Album.

*** On July 19 – 20, the North Bennet Street School is offering Traditional Ethiopian Bookbinding with Bill Hanscom in Boston.

Bookbinding in Ethiopia is arguably one of the oldest continuously-practiced material traditions in the world. Despite its steady decline during the last century, little has changed in the production of an Ethiopian bound manuscript for more than 1400 years.

This two-day workshop begins with a presentation detailing the traditional methods and materials of the Ethiopian scribe and bookbinder, shedding light on many aspects of this often misunderstood craft.

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