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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” July 2019

July 5, 2019

Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 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: Postcard Swap and Artists’ Talk

Collaged postcard by Marcia VoglerIt’s July! We have invited you to create 7 postcards, 1 to keep for yourself and 6 to swap. We will begin July’s meeting by swapping your 6 postcards for 6 others. The postcards will be collected and grouped in 6’s, and each participant will be given a batch. Of course, swapping can occur after the batches are distributed.

With these original artworks, participants will create a book structure to hold the cards, and share their creation at the September meeting. There’s plenty of time to complete the challenge!

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at S.P.A.C.E. GalleryAfter the postcard swap, artists are invited to give a short talk about their work from the Bound to Happen show at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery. It was a wonderful show with terrific work! This is a chance to get a more in-depth look at the pieces and the thoughts and techniques that went into them.

If you weren’t able to get to the exhibit, you can visit images of the included work on the B.A.G. blog.

June Meeting Reflections

Elissa CampbellFor our June meeting, Elissa Campbell led us through Keith Smith‘s Triple Parquet binding, and with her amazing teaching skills and props, we all finished the lovely leather book within the allotted time.

I always notice during a hands-on presentation, how friendly and willing participants are to share their knowledge with those of us who may struggle or fall behind. Thank you all for that.

Giant thanks to Elissa and her Giant Sewing Board for preparing the kits for us and making the evening fun and productive!

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

B.A.G. News

UNBOUND logo

*** Congratulations to seven (!) Book Arts Guild of Vermont members on their acceptance into UNBOUND IX, an upcoming juried show at Artistree Gallery in South Pomfret, VT.

Ann Joppe-Mercure, Dorsey Hogg, Becky Boardman, Marcia Vogler, Nina Gaby, Debra Kraemer, and Elissa Campbell will have work on exhibit from July 26 – August 24. The opening reception will be held on Friday July 26th, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The show features art using books as a material or a format. Visitors will have an opportunity to examine curious folios, recent grimoires, tomes turned to sculpture and some works having a relation to “books” in concept only.

Block printed patterned papers

*** Elissa Campbell is teaching The Block Printed Journal at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on July 15 – 16. This class is open to ages 13 years and up.

Block printing is an ancient method of printmaking that can be used to create beautiful, decorated papers. Not only is it fun, but it’s something you can easily do at home. In this two-day class, you’ll experiment with printing and use one of your own papers to cover a handmade journal.

On the first day, you’ll learn how to design and carve rubber stamps that will be used to create your own decorated papers. You’ll focus on basic shapes that can be used for layering and repeating to create rich and complex patterns.

On the second day, you’ll select one of your papers for the cover – you can save your unused papers for other projects. You’ll make a book using a binding that allows the book to remain flat when opened, making it perfect for use as a sketchbook or journal.

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

Book Arts News

Formation exhibit logo - GBW*** Now through July 27th, the North Bennet Street School in Boston is hosting Formation, a traveling exhibit of work by members of the Guild of Book Workers.

Work in this juried show explores the theme of formation: of personal narratives and histories, craftsmanship, forming ideas, natural sciences, and many more interpretations. Featured among the 50 books are several created by NBSS Bookbinding alumni, faculty members, and colleagues.

The closing reception will be held on Thursday, July 18th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Jackie Scott, the exhibit organizer, will give a brief overview of the exhibit in addition to a few local artists who will speak about their work.

If you can’t make it to the exhibit, you can view images of included work on the Guild of Book Workers website.

*** John Churchman is opening ArtHound Gallery in the new Essex Experience Center (formerly Essex Outlets) and is looking for Vermont artists wishing to show their work. All mediums are welcome.

Artists will have access to classroom space, continuing education and events. The gallery will host three levels of creative expression separated into distinct gallery spaces including Fine Art & Master Artisan Craft, Emerging Artists, and Community & Student Art.

To indicate your interest, please complete the form at this link.

Book Arts Classes

*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering two workshops in August that may be of interest:

Wood letterpress typeComposing on the Press with Emily Martin will run from August 4 – 10.

Letterpress printing can be a slow process, but it can also be very spontaneous. Using a Vandercook proof press with magnet and Boxcar bases it is possible to print in a spontaneous manner composing the image as you print.

Stainless steel wire combined with various sticky backed foams can be cut and manipulated to make shapes and lines quickly and can be altered as needed. P22Blox are shaped modules that can be combined and recombined to forms letters, frames, figures and more.

The emphasis will be on experimentation and variation rather than on specific end products. Each participant will contribute a set sized sample print for a portfolio exchange.

Click here to register.

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Sheets of paperContemporary Paper Structures with Karen Hanmer will run from August 18 – 24.

Paper structures are quick, elegant, and economical options for a variety of book projects. The structures covered in this workshop will be a great resource to artists, beginner or experienced, looking to expand their repertoire.

Students will construct numerous book structures ranging from unsewn folded sheets to multi-signature books with structural and decorative sewing. Some of the books will have soft paper cases or wrappers, others will have stiff covers. Some will be sewn on supports, others will have exposed sewing. Endsheets may be decorative only or essential to the book’s engineering. Most of the bindings will be close to or completely non-adhesive.

During this information-packed course you will build the knowledge and skills to continue making books in your own studio with a few hand tools and no specialized equipment. This attractive set of models, together with detailed handouts, will be a valuable reference and inspiration for future projects.

Click here to register.

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Maine Media Workshops + College is located in Rockport, ME.

*** Long Ridge Farm is hosting Tactile Notebooks & the Written Word with Sandra Brownlee on August 7 – 11.

Each day students will walk, observe, gather and write, taking the time they need to immerse themselves in each experience. In the studio, they will work in their notebooks creating tactile pages that express what they have experienced in a way that honors their own nature.

The objectives of this workshop are to encourage reflection and awareness grounded in the present moment; to strengthen and vitalize the connection between daily life and notebook keeping; and to foster community through meaningful dialogue between peers.

Click here to register. Long Ridge Farm is located in Westmoreland, NH.

*** Pattison Paperworks is hosting a workshop with Erin Fletcher on August 17 & 18 – Embroidered Leather Bindings.

Embroidery has been used as a decorative technique on bindings for centuries. In Europe, particularly England, around the 15th – 17th centuries a great number of bindings were heavily adorned with embroidery. The substrate was typically canvas, silk or velvet but occasionally leather was used. The designs fell into three distinct categories: heraldic, floral and figurative. Today, embroidery as a decorative technique is seeing a revival in contemporary design bindings and artist books. Many artists and binders are experimenting with embroidery on a range of materials including leather.

In this workshop, students will learn a few basic embroidery techniques that are best for decorating leather along with ways to transfer a design and prep the leather for covering. In addition to these simple embroidery stitches, demonstrations will also cover ways of creating texture and depth to a design by incorporating onlays and other decorative techniques. Students will use these techniques to design and embroider a simple cover for a miniature full leather blank book.

To register, please contact info@pattisonpaperworks.com. Pattison Paperworks is located in Otisfield, ME.


Bound to Happen – exhibit at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

June 22, 2019

Sign outside S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Exhibit Sign for Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

"Homage to Jasper Johns" by Vera Ryersback

“Homage to Jasper Johns” by Vera Ryersback

"Homage to Mondrian" by Vera Ryersback

“Homage to Mondrian” by Vera Ryersback

"Sojourners: Mexico" by Nancy Stone

“Sojourners: Mexico” by Nancy Stone

"Sojourners: USA" by Nancy Stone

“Sojourners: USA” by Nancy Stone

"Sojourners: Canada" by Nancy Stone

“Sojourners: Canada” by Nancy Stone

"Save the Elephants" by Carolyn Shattuck

“Save the Elephants” by Carolyn Shattuck

"Star Book" by Maryann Riker

“Star Book” by Maryann Riker

"House of Stars and Dreams" by Maryann Riker

“House of Stars and Dreams” by Maryann Riker

"Where There Is" by Maryann Riker

“Where There Is” by Maryann Riker

"Fortuity" by Debra Kraemer

“Fortuity” by Debra Kraemer

"Canyon Lands" by Debra Kraemer

“Canyon Lands” by Debra Kraemer

"You Can't Take it with You" by Elissa Campbell

“You Can’t Take it with You” by Elissa Campbell

"Unique View of the Search" by Rebecca Boardman

“Unique View of the Search” by Rebecca Boardman

"Book a Family" by Rebecca Boardman

“Book a Family” by Rebecca Boardman

"Found and Woven #1" by Rebecca Boardman

“Found and Woven #1” by Rebecca Boardman

"Stitching Through Time" by Marilyn Gillis

“Stitching Through Time” by Marilyn Gillis

"A Collage A Day #2" by Marilyn Gillis

“A Collage A Day #2” by Marilyn Gillis

"A Collage A Day #1" by Marilyn Gillis

“A Collage A Day #1” by Marilyn Gillis

"The Swash Zone: small editions" by Ann Joppe-Mercure

“The Swash Zone: small editions” by Ann Joppe-Mercure

"The Swash Zone" by Ann Joppe-Mercure

“The Swash Zone” by Ann Joppe-Mercure

"Mapping a Sense of Place, Gulf Coast" by Ann Joppe-Mercure

“Mapping a Sense of Place, Gulf Coast” by Ann Joppe-Mercure

"Mapping a Sense of Place, Italy" by Ann Joppe-Mercure

“Mapping a Sense of Place, Italy” by Ann Joppe-Mercure

"Silences 1, 2, 3" by Nina Gaby

“Silences 1, 2, 3” by Nina Gaby

"Storyboards One and Two" by Nina Gaby

“Storyboards One and Two” by Nina Gaby

"Frayed Bindings" by Nina Gaby

“Frayed Bindings” by Nina Gaby

"Time Traveler's Coat" by Marcia Vogler

“Time Traveler’s Coat” by Marcia Vogler

"Vinyl Records" by Marcia Vogler

“Vinyl Records” by Marcia Vogler

"Family Ties" by Marcia Vogler

“Family Ties” by Marcia Vogler

"The Faces Tell the Story" by Dorsey Hogg

“The Faces Tell the Story” by Dorsey Hogg

"Carefully Bound" by Dorsey Hogg

“Carefully Bound” by Dorsey Hogg

"A Discarded Universe" by Dorsey Hogg

“A Discarded Universe” by Dorsey Hogg

"Compass" by Sally Blanchard O'Brien

“Compass” by Sally Blanchard O’Brien

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit opening at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit opening at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit opening at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit opening at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Mini Leather Journals with Elissa Campbell

June 22, 2019

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting sign

Bookbinding demonstration materials

Bookbinder Elissa Campbell

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handbinding leather journal

Bookbinder Elissa Campbell demonstrating

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handbinding leather journal

Handbinding leather journal

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handbound leather journal

Handbound leather journal

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” June 2019

June 5, 2019

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 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 Leather Journals with Elissa Campbell

Handmade books by Elissa CampbellStart your summer by adding a Keith Smith 3-signature binding to your collection!

In this hands-on presentation, Elissa Campbell will teach you Keith Smith’s Triple Parquet binding, using 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.

All materials will be provided, but please bring the following tools:

  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Bookbinding or tapestry needle

Optional (for punching small holes in leather):

  • Japanese screw punch with a 1.5mm bit
  • Eyelet hole punch with a 1/16″ bit

May Meeting Reflections

Elizabeth BunsenMulti talented artist Elizabeth Bunsen blew us away at the May meeting, showing us hundreds (well maybe not 100, but 50 at least) of her assemblage books. In explaining her unique practice, Elizabeth gave us a sense of how experimentation and playfulness play a great part in the making and the outcome.

She shared information on her techniques for manipulating materials by dying, staining, and rusting, and generally thrilled us all with her presentation.

Thanks to all who attended, and a special thanks to Elizabeth!

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

B.A.G. News

*** Bound to Happen – B.A.G.’s annual exhibition

BAG Exhibit 2019 - postcardThe Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s annual member show, Bound to Happen, opens this Friday, June 7th at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington, VT. The exhibit will be open from June 7 – 29.

Using the book as a format or as material, artists use the interaction of concept, structure, materials, and content to create a kind of happening or experience for the reader.

The exhibit, the first at the gallery since April 2012, includes a wide range of techniques and subject matter ranging from repurposed books turned into sculptural shapes to miniature woven paper structures.

The opening reception is on June 7th, during First Friday Art Walk, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 266 Pine Street and is open Thursday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The gallery has a Facebook event with more details, as well as an announcement on their website.

*** Post-Meeting Postcard Exchange: Use What We’ve Learned

Collaged postcard by Marcia Vogler

With the end of our multi-month presentations about imagery, let’s close with a collaborative project to celebrate. We invite you to create 6 postcards to swap, and 1 to keep for yourself. They can all be the same or all different, as long as they are 4″ x 6″. Some ideas might be to pick a theme like shoes, birds, or a quote, and play around with ways of adding the imagery. Any medium can be used – take inspiration from the huge amount of techniques we have learned!

At the July meeting, we will exchange postcards with 6 others. With these original artworks, participants will create a book structure to hold the cards, and share their creation at the September meeting. Plenty of time to complete the challenge!

Here’s a recap:

  • July meeting: Participants bring 6 original postcards, 4″x6″, in any medium to swap. Participants leave with 6 different postcards to collect in a book structure.
  • September meeting: Participants present their book structures, and we are amazed.

Let’s start making!

B.A.G. Member News

*** Nancy Stone‘s grandfather’s 1936 Webster’s Twentieth Century Dictionary is looking for a new home. She’s hoping that an altered book artist might like it. The dimensions are 11” h x 8.5” w with a 5” deep spine.

Nancy will bring the book to the next B.A.G. meeting for the first person who expresses interest. You can contact her at nstonevt@gmail.com.

Pop-up Books by Elissa Campbell*** Elissa Campbell is teaching The Moving Book – Pop-Up Basics at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on June 15th.

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

Book Arts News

UNBOUND logo*** ArtisTree Gallery is accepting submissions for their 9th annual juried exhibit, UNBOUND: VOL IX. The theme of the show is simple – art using books as a material or a format. Visitors will have an opportunity to examine curious folios, recent grimoires, tomes turned to sculpture and some works having a relation to “books” in concept only.

This call for submissions is open to all 2D, 3D, installation, assemblage, film and video artists who are working in New England or New York 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 28, 2019. All submissions must be made through their online entry form.

For more information, please read the online exhibit prospectus. You can also contact Gallery Director Adrian Tans at gallery@artistreevt.org.

Book Arts Classes

*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering Single Signature Variations with Erin Fletcher from June 23 – 29, 2019.

Books come in all shapes and sizes. Some may span only a single signature, while others become a thick tome. In this workshop, you’ll explore the former as you create a multitude of models with both soft and hardcovers.

Students will begin this workshop by making a series of simple softcover pamphlets using a variety of sewing patterns before moving on to hardcover structures. Finally, you will create a modified version of the Bradel binding using a stub at the spine. This will give your books an elegant rounded spine, which will be covered in leather and sided up with decorative paper. All of these structures allow the book to lay flat and are perfect for chapbooks, presentation pamphlets or short stories.

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

*** 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 14 – 20 and Week 2 runs from July 21 – 27.

This year’s instructors include Radha Pandey, Stephanie Carpenter, and Nancy Callahan. Wells College is located in Aurora, NY.

Registration is open now. Please send any inquiries to bookartscenter@wells.edu.

*** The third annual Artist Book Intensive will be held at 26 Split Rock Cove in South Thomaston, ME from August 2 – 4, 2019. The event is sponsored by Midcoast Book Arts and will offer five workshops.

As book artists, we work with structure and content, as well as choice of materials. In the 2019 Artist Book Intensive we will focus on three structures that can yield sculptural possibilities that influence both materials and content. We are excited about introducing some new ideas and techniques to all of you. All skill levels welcome!

For more information, please visit the Artist Book Intensive website.


Artist Talk with Elizabeth Bunsen

May 30, 2019

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting sign

Elizabeth Bunsen

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade books by Elizabeth Bunsen

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade books by Elizabeth Bunsen

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade books by Elizabeth Bunsen

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Handmade books by Elizabeth Bunsen

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Elizabeth Bunsen

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

Handmade book by Elizabeth Bunsen

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