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

June 7, 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 14, 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: How to Package Your Work and Double Needle Coptic Binding with Amy Burns

Handmade books by Amy BurnsAmy Burns, who has been creating and selling handmade books to people around the world for 10 years, will begin our June meeting with a presentation on how she packages and presents her work using simple materials and tools that create a professional yet handmade look.

If you’ve ever considered packaging your own work to sell, you will learn how to create a cohesive look and feel easily and economically.

In the second part of the meeting, Amy will lead a hands-on workshop, demystifying the double-needle Coptic binding. Book covers, page paper, binding thread, and instructions will be provided.

Please bring:

  • Scissors (to trim your thread)
  • Awl
  • Old phone book, cutting mat or punching pad
  • Bone folder
  • 2 or 4 curved bookbinders or upholstery needles, if you have them. If not, there will be needles available to borrow.

Request to more experienced members: Not everyone has specialized tools, like an awl, curved needles, or a bone folder. If you happen to have extra, it would be wonderful if you could bring them in to share with a neighbor who doesn’t. Thanks!

 


 

Special Request to Print Challenge Participants: Please bring your Print Challenge Books!

Handmade book of printsHandmade book of printsLast month we had an inspiring Show and Tell of the wonderful books created for the two-part Printmaking/Bookmaking Challenge.

Unfortunately, several people who participated in the challenge were unable to make it to the meeting but would love to see everyone’s books. So, if possible, please bring your book to the June meeting to share with those who missed seeing it.

We have an exciting program planned for the meeting so we won’t be discussing the books, they will just be set up on the side of the room.


May Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingOur get together in May turned out to be a wonderful evening of sharing and mutual admiration. Members who had completed their book from the print challenge spoke about their work, the challenges of working with the varied prints, and their exploration of book forms. The results of the challenge are amazing!

I hope that everyone will exhibit their work in the upcoming show at SEABA, because, really, the world needs to know what a talented and exciting group of artists we are!

Several members also brought more ‘junk box books’ they had made based on our last awesome meeting with Meta Strick. Again, some incredible ideas and execution.

Thanks to all who made the meeting a special event.

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/Artists’ Talk: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 (not on Wednesday, July 12, as previously announced). This will take the place of our regular July meeting, so there will be no meeting at the UU Church on Wednesday, July 12th.
  • Show dates: July 6 – August 25, 2017

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.

*** Looking for college credit? Ann Joppe-Mercure will be teaching The Art of the Book (GED 673A) at Saint Michael’s College from July 10 – 28, 2017.

Educators and students are invited to explore and create in this studio course addressing the art of the book. Participants will experiment with forms, structures, materials, and concepts as we investigate the limitless possibilities of the book. By surveying the historical need to record and contain knowledge and by examining the work of contemporary book artist students will gain a foundation for their own creative expression of ideas and meaning. Students will make a working portfolio of paper treatments, book models and altered structures then create their own individual art books.

The class will be a working model of a 21st century collaborative community supporting the creative process through practice, constructive criticism, reflecting, and refining technique. The Common Core anchor standards of Craft and Structure and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas will be addressed.

No previous bookmaking or art experience required. Students who have previously taken The Art of Bookmaking (GED 671) and/or Science, Art and Bookmaking: Making Connections (GED 673), are welcome in this class. A $50.00 materials fee is required and due at registration.

For more information, please visit St. Mike’s 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.

Open • Set Bookbinding Exhibition logo*** Now through July 19, 2017, the North Bennet Street School is hosting Open • Set, a traveling, triennial bookbinding exhibition organized by the American Academy of Bookbinding. The exhibit showcases the art of fine design bookbinding and hopes to inspire both new binders and professionals.

The exhibition is intended to be a recognition of the beauty of the craft and a commitment to the public toward a better understanding of this art form. The international exhibition features fifty books and recognizes excellence in craftsmanship and design concept interpretation.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the North Bennet Street School’s website.


Book Arts Classes

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.

Handmade book by Gabrielle Fox*** The Guild of Book Workers is offering Covered and Visible: Protected Multi-Section Pamphlet Stitch Structure with Gabrielle Fox from July 14 – 15, 2017. The workshop will be held at Dartmouth College Preservation Services in Hanover, NH.

In this two-day class, you will complete at least one full leather binding using the simplest version of this structure. This variation provides the strength and flexibility of a tight backed book with the action of a hollow tube. You may also have time to explore several onlay techniques using pre-thinned leather and decorative papers.

The delight of this structure is the ease with which it opens, closes and the possible variations that can be used for both design and conservation binding. The entire case or cover of the binding is completed before sewing in the text, which is the final procedure or step in the binding. This structure can be kept very simple or adapted to something as complex as a full leather traditional binding with a difference.

Questions regarding registration should be directed to Martha Kearsley at negbwprograms@gmail.com.

Please note that you will need to prepare some of the required materials in advance. For more information, visit the Guild of Book Workers website.

*** From July 16 – 22, 2017, Art New England is offering Artists Books: Structure and Story with Julie Leonard. ANE workshops take place in Vermont at Bennington College.

The hand-held, tactile, and serial qualities inherent to the book make it a compelling media for artistic expression. Artist books can be visual, textual, sculptural, traditional or experimental in form. A book’s structure in concert with text and/or image can serve as an essential contextual element.

This course will consider the connections between structure and other content with a goal of creating books in which the physical form plays an integral role in both function and meaning. Participants will learn several book structures for presenting material in alternative formats. Through exercises, ideas will be translated into ‘sketches’ made in book form. Contextual possibilities particular to book work will be examined, including visual and/or textual narrative, serialization, and unifying multiple pages into a cohesive whole.

The class will also address the importance of understanding book structure and basic binding skills in order to produce work with both depth and material integrity.

For more information or to register, please visit the Art New England website.

Handmade book models by Valerie Carrigan*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering Alternative Book Structures with Valerie Carrigan from July 23 – 29, 2017.

This workshop focuses on book structures that lend themselves to the presentation of two-dimensional imagery such as photographs, prints, and paintings. You will make a series of book models including the pivoting panel book and flag book, originated by Hedi Kyle, and variations on the accordion book. All book structures introduced may be opened in the traditional way – page-by-page, or extended for a more sculptural view.

After completing your models, you will spend the remainder of the week creating and sequencing imagery and/or text for the content of your books. Simple letterpress techniques will be discussed and utilized. Participants will be encouraged to pursue the medium of their choice in these book forms.

This workshop is ideal for photographers, painters, printmakers, collage artists – anyone who wants to present imagery in the form of an artist book. No experience is necessary and those with prior experience will have the chance to add to their repertoire of creative book forms.

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


Studio Support and Workshop Time

May 25, 2017

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

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.


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