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

January 4, 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 11, 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.


Carving rubber stampsProgram: Adventures in Surface Design – A Group Exploration facilitated by Ann Joppe-Mercure

Join us in January as we explore and share ways of printing designs or images on paper. What are your favorite methods? Do you carve your own stamps? Have you discovered an interesting material or technique for creating stamps without carving? Do you use masks or rubbing plates?

Come and share it with us! Bring your favorite material or technique and, if possible, a sample of an image or design made with it. Ann Joppe-Mercure will facilitate the discussion as we share and learn from each other.

Please feel free to come and discover new techniques and ideas, even if you don’t have a technique to share. In February, we will have a hands-on printing extravaganza using some of the methods and/or materials shared in January to create beautiful prints and designs. possibly for use in a collaborative book.

Things to bring (optional):

  • Your favorite tool and/or techniques for printing designs or images on paper
  • A sample image or design made with the tool or technique
  • Paper and pen for taking notes on all the cool new methods you’ll discover!

Sarah FrechetteDecember Meeting Reflections

Honestly, I was floored by the incredible talent of the magical Sarah Frechette. Sarah, along with Jason Thibodeaux, gave us a special presentation of her marionette show, The Snowflake Man, with ‘backstage’ explanations and an inside view of how it all happens.

The glorious pop up book of ‘sets’ housed in a suitcase and the super detailed marionettes were brought to life in front of our eyes! We were entranced, just as I imagine every child who attends her shows must be. And when these children grow up and want to major in puppetry in college, I say ‘Yes!’

After the presentation, Sarah led us through the design and development process and encouraged us to make our own pop-up stages. Gosh, I was too full of awe to think of anything except a flying bird.

B.A.G. Book Swap booksAnother highlight of the meeting was the delivering of books for the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s first book swap. Participants created a blank book or journal that incorporated recycled materials, meant for their swap partner. The results were spectacular! Let’s get more participation next time – it’s so fun.

Thanks to all who attended, to Elissa for heading up the book swap, and a special thanks to Sarah and Jason for giving us a look at their world. On to 2017. Whew.

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

You can also view images of books from the Book Swap on the B.A.G. blog.


B.A.G. News

*** It’s time to renew your annual membership!

The primary mission of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont is to act as both an educational and creative resource in the field of book arts. Our monthly meetings are $5.00 an evening or free with a $35.00 annual membership. Your membership supports the mission of the Book Arts Guild, pays for our rented space, provides opportunities to exhibit and supports honorariums to presenters.

In addition to the benefits you receive (outlined in the sidebar of this newsletter), your paid membership also enables us to cover expenses such our website and email newsletter – key tools for keeping our book arts community in touch and informed. A special membership benefit this year is that you don’t have to pay to submit work to our annual, non-juried book arts exhibition. You’ll also receive a personal thank you from Ann Joppe-Mercure (priceless).

If you have a skill, a passion, a favorite technique or a body of work that others would love to learn about, and then take the leap and volunteer to share it with us as a presenter. If you present at a B.A.G. meeting, you receive free membership for the year. Think about it – we know you have something to share!

If you would like to become a supporting B.A.G. member, click here to download our membership form.


Book Arts News

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers for an upcoming Girl Scout event. They will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offering programs for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge. In addition, they will run a program for younger scouts.

The event will be held on Saturday March 25, 2017 at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA. They will run a 3-hour program for Cadettes in the morning from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and then have a 2-hour program for younger girls from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. You can volunteer for just one program or make a day out of it and do both!

For the Cadettes, there will be an introduction and then five stations that the girls will rotate through which may include printing, accordion folds, a pamphlet, origami book, a scroll, decorating paper or a collaborative book, depending on the interests of the volunteers. Each rotation will last for about 30 minutes.

The younger girls will have similar programming in a shorter time frame with only four rotations. If you have a book arts technique or project that you’d like to see done with the Girl Scouts please make some suggestions.

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

*** On Thursday, March 9th, the North Bennet Street School is presenting a free lecture with Radha PandeyIslamic World Papermaking.

The talk explores traditional Islamic-world papermaking history and technique, with a focus on contemporary practices in India. The Kagzi family is used as a case study to illuminate the introduction of papermaking in India and how it changed under British rule. The talk will also briefly cover how papermaking affected printing, publishing and literacy, and why it is relevant today.

Please register in advance as space is limited.

*** Snow Farm in Williamsburg, MA is offering two book/paper arts workshops this summer:

  • June 9 – 11: A Cut Above: An Exploration in Papercutting with Beatrice Coron
    ​Both beginners and advanced students alike will delight in learning about the long multi-cultural history of papercutting as well as the world of paper-cutters today. Explore the unique possibilities of papercutting techniques while making black and white, and color artwork. Demonstrations will include stenciling and working in 3D. Tips, tricks, and resources will be provided.
  • June 11 – 17: Variations on the Accordion with Melanie Mowinski
    There are so many ways to fold paper, Tyvek, and other materials into an accordion book! In this workshop, make models of star, storage, flag, pocket, circle, pivoting panel and other accordion structures. Paint papers to prep, create cover boards, fold papers, all with attention to structure, form, and ways of bringing accordions into your everyday life from journaling to travelogues and special artist books.

For more information or to register, please visit Snow Farm’s website.

*** Registration is now open for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts summer sessions. Haystack is located in Deer Isle, Maine. There are two book/paper arts workshops:

  • July 30 – August 11: Raising Paper with Jocelyn Châteauvert
    This workshop will explore the structural potential of handmade paper. Using traditional papermaking techniques as the foundation, participants will learn how beating, sheet thickness, and drying times influences and informs the ability for paper to become dimensional. Using relatively simple tools and processes we will imaginatively transform she
    ets of handmade paper into three-dimensional forms that are strong and self-supporting. Previous experience with papermaking helpful but not required.
  • August 14 – 26: Radical Bookwork: Re-purposing Found Books from Meaning To Structure with Doug Beube
    This workshop is designed to challenge common assumptions about the nature of the book and to offer participants an opportunity to make their own bookwork from found books, which incorporates collage, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, and writing. Students will primarily work with hardbound and softcover books by altering their physical structure. Although a few basic bookbinding structures will be demonstrated, this workshop is not about traditional binding; it is a mixed-media workshop on using the found book as raw and re-purposed material.

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

Stack of handmade paper*** John Vincent of A Revolutionary Press is looking for active papermakers in the Burlington area.

If you’re currently pulpy or know someone who is, please contact John at arevolutionarypress@gmail.com.


Book Arts Classes

*** The Eliot School is offering the Pop-Up Travel Journal with Susan Porter on January 15, 2017.

Incorporate photos, tickets, labels and other ephemera from your travels to create a pop-up book. The book begins as a simple square but opens into a dramatic, multifaceted container that includes pockets, windows, pop-outs and other paper forms. A variety of media and techniques will be used including printmaking, collage, painting and drawing.

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

*** From January 28 – 29 the North Bennet Street School is offering Bookbinding 101 with Amy Lapidow.

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding through hands-on experience and discussion of both adhesive and non-adhesive books. Learn structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, in addition to proper use of tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, materials selection, and use. Structures covered include coptic, long stitch, and flat back bindings.

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


The Snowflake Man Touring Pop-up Puppet Theater Shows with Sarah Frechette

December 20, 2016

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting sign

Sarah Frechette performing puppet show about Snowflake Bentley

Sarah Frechette performing puppet show about Snowflake Bentley

Handmade pop-up book puppet show set by Sarah Frechette

Sarah Frechette performing puppet show about Snowflake Bentley

Sarah Frechette performing puppet show about Snowflake Bentley

Sarah Frechette performing puppet show about Snowflake Bentley

Sarah Frechette demonstrating a puppet

Handmade puppet by Sarah Frechette

Handmade puppet by Sarah Frechette

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Sarah Frechette performing puppet show about Snowflake Bentley

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade pop-up book puppet show set mockups by Sarah Frechette

Handmade pop-up book puppet show set mockups by Sarah Frechette

Handmade pop-up book puppet show set mockups by Sarah Frechette

Handmade puppets by Sarah Frechette

Handmade pop-up book puppet show set by Sarah Frechette

Handmade pop-up card

Handmade pop-up card

Handmade pop-up card

Handmade pop-up card

Handmade pop-up card

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

B.A.G. Book Swap – December 2016

December 20, 2016

Theme: Create a blank book that incorporates recycled materials


 

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Book Swap December 2016

Handmade book by Jane Ploughman

Jane Ploughman

Handmade book by Jane Ploughman

Jane Ploughman

Handmade book by Becky Boardman

Becky Boardman

Handmade book by Becky Boardman

Becky Boardman

Handmade book by Elissa Campbell

Elissa Campbell

Handmade book by Elissa Campbell

Elissa Campbell

Handmade book by Jill Abilock

Jill Abilock

Handmade book by Jill Abilock

Jill Abilock

Handmade book by Penne Tompkins

Penne Tompkins

Handmade book by Penne Tompkins

Penne Tompkins

Handmade books and box by Marcia Vogler

Marcia Vogler

Handmade book by Marcia Vogler

Marcia Vogler

Handmade book by Marcia Vogler

Marcia Vogler

Handmade book by Marcia Vogler

Marcia Vogler

Handmade book by Maria Isabel Keogh

Maria Isabel Keogh

Handmade book by Maria Isabel Keogh

Maria Isabel Keogh

Handmade book by Ann Joppe-Mercure

Ann Joppe-Mercure

Handmade book by Ann Joppe-Mercure

Ann Joppe-Mercure

Handmade book by Ann Joppe-Mercure

Ann Joppe-Mercure

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” December 2016

December 8, 2016

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 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: Sarah Frechette presents The Snowflake Man Touring Pop-up Puppet Theater Show

Sarah FrechetteAdded hands-on bonus: Design Your Own Pop-up Puppet Theater!

Join us for a year-end program sure to warm your heart and bring inspired holiday cheer. Puppetkabob artist Sarah Frechette will perform her touring marionette show The Snowflake Man. Combined with her wonderfully artistic puppetry, Sarah uses pop-up book pages as a magical platform to transport the puppet characters, as well as the audience, back in time to tell the story of snowflake photography pioneer Snowflake Bentley.

Pop-up books are a great style of art for communicating stories, as well as, traveling in time and space. As an added bonus, Sarah will share the development & design process she used to create the show’s pop-up book stage, and then teach us how to turn flat colorful pages into a 3D live-action performance using simple angles and moving puppets & props!

Design your own Pop-up Puppet Theater to bring the pages of your favorite book, movie or moment to life. Together, puppets and pop-up books are a great combination for sharing stories and ideas, and make a wonderful project for people of all ages.

Things to bring:

  • Glue (PVA recommended)
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife and blade
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Sarah will supply colorful cardstock paper and shish kabob sticks.


November Meeting Reflections

Folded holiday cardThe ever popular Book Blitz and Card Tricks meeting continued the long standing tradition of sharing clever ideas for the holidays. Showcased techniques included pop-ups, cutouts, accordions, origami stars, box folds, and a unique slider construction.

Amazingly, we packed it in to the usual two hours, but we could have gone on longer with so much sharing. A hearty thanks goes out to all those who attended and participated. Start planning for next year’s meeting!

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


B.A.G. News

*** Congratulations to Judy Sgantas for winning the Gallery Choice Award in 23 Sandy Gallery‘s POP-UP NOW II exhibit! Judy’s book Uri Mwita Mama was inspired by her work with youth in Rwanda going through heart surgery. The book uses Hedi Kyle’s Fishbone Binding.

B.A.G. Book Swap logo*** For those of you participating in the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s first book swap, you’ve got just one week left to complete your book!

Just to remind you – for the first swap, you’re creating a blank book that incorporates recycled materials.

Bring your completed book to the December meeting and we’ll get to swapping! If you can’t make it to the December meeting – you can always mail your book ahead of the meeting. Contact Elissa to give her a heads-up.

We can’t wait to see the final books!

*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s annual membership begins January 2017!

The primary mission of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont is to act as both an educational and creative resource in the field of book arts. Our monthly meetings are $5.00 an evening or free with a $35.00 annual membership. Your membership supports the mission of the Book Arts Guild, pays for our rented space, provides opportunities to exhibit and supports honorariums to presenters.

In addition to the benefits you receive (outlined in the sidebar of this newsletter), your paid membership also enables us to cover expenses such our website and email newsletter – key tools for keeping our book arts community in touch and informed. A special membership benefit this year is that you don’t have to pay to submit work to our annual, non-juried book arts exhibition. You’ll also receive a personal thank you from Ann Joppe-Mercure (priceless).

If you have a skill, a passion, a favorite technique or a body of work that others would love to learn about, and then take the leap and volunteer to share it with us as a presenter. If you present at a B.A.G. meeting, you receive free membership for the year. Think about it – we know you have something to share!

If you would like to become a supporting B.A.G. member, click here to download our membership form.


Book Arts News

Sketchbook Project image*** The Sketchbook Project is looking for people to participate in their annual collaborative art endeavor. The concept is simple – you request a blank book and then fill it with your artwork.

You can select from a number of themes, including the following:

  • Distance From Origin
  • Arms and Legs
  • Repeat Pattern
  • Heading East
  • Clasp my Hands
  • Long Stories, Short

Once your book is filled, you send it back and it becomes part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York. Visitors to the library can view sketchbooks contributed by artists from around the world.

The cost is $28.00 to receive a sketchbook and participate in the project. The postmark deadline for The Sketchbook Project 2017 is February 15, 2017. For more information, please visit their website.

Wells Book Arts Summer Institute logo*** The Wells College Book Arts Center has announced its classes for the Book Arts Summer Institute in July 2017. The week-long intensive courses include letterpress printing, bookbinding, calligraphy, typecasting, and font design.

Instructors include Samuel Feinstein, Barb Tetenbaum, Sara Sauers, and April Sheridan.

For more information, please visit the Wells College website.

*** The Paper and Book Intensive (PBI), an annual working sabbatical in the book arts, papermaking, and conservation, has announced its lineup of instructors for 2017:

PBI will take place from May 14 – 25, 2017 at Ox-Bow in Saugatuk, MI. The general application period begins on January 1, 2017. Applications for scholarships are being accepted now through December 30, 2016.

For more information, please visit the PBI website.

Marbled paper by Chena River Marblers*** Chena River Marblers is holding an open studio on December 10 & 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be marbling and bookbinding demonstrations, along with an end-of-year overstock and seconds sale.

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


Book Arts Classes

*** The Eliot School is offering Magic Books & Paper Toys with Annie Silverman on December 17, 2016.

Using innovative forms from Esther Smith of Purgatory Pie Press, make paper objects like: the Swiss Cross Flexagon, the Snake or Tumble book, the Rolling Ball book, Jacob’s Ladder Flexagon and more. Part book, part toy, these objects make great gifts, invitations or cards.

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

*** On Mondays from January 30 to February 3, 2017 the North Bennet Street School is offering Fundamentals of Bookbinding I with Erin Fletcher.

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding through hands-on experience and discussion of both adhesive and non-adhesive books. Learn structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, in addition to proper use of tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, materials selection, and use. Structures covered include coptic, long stitch, and flat back bindings.

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


Book Blitz and Card Tricks

November 26, 2016

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Folded holiday card

Folded origami star

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting - move to top

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Folded holiday card

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Pop-up holiday card

Directions for slider holiday card

Materials for slider holiday card

Assembling slider holiday card

Slider holiday cards

Folding origami boxes

Folded origami boxes

Folded holiday cards

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