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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” April 2018

April 7, 2018

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 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: Digging Deeper: A Hands-On Exploration of Tunnel Book Structures

Tunnel bookJoin us as we plumb the depths of tunnel book structures in a member-led mini workshop format similar to our ever-popular November program, Card Tricks and Book Blitz.

Bring a tunnel book you’ve made, or a model of a tunnel book structure you’ve put together, along with materials that will allow approximately six people to make a model of your structure. If you can, bring written instructions for making the model – strictly optional and extra credit, but always appreciated!

Each person who brings a book or model will have some time to share and explain what they’ve made to the group, then we’ll spend time individually exploring and creating the structures.

Please feel free to join in the fun even if you don’t have time to prepare a model tunnel book or materials. We use a similar meeting format every November and there is always enough to go around.

Warning: Tunnel book structures are addictive, and B.A.G. cannot be held responsible for other projects that may not get done once you discover the many techniques available for making these magical books!

Things to bring:

  • A tunnel book you’ve made, or a model of a tunnel book structure (optional)
  • Materials for 6 people to make a model of your structure (optional)
  • Plain card stock for making models of structures (in case you need more materials to make models of the structures that interest you)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder
  • Awl or needle tool

The focus of our April meeting will be presenting content in a tunnel book format. However, if you are more interested in exploring one or two structures more thoroughly (rather than making several models) during the March meeting, you can bring in the following optional materials to experiment with adding visual content to those structures:

  • Decorative punches
  • Stamps and ink
  • Pens, pencils, markers
  • Decorative papers
  • Collage materials such as magazine images

B.A.G. News

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit***  Book Arts Guild of Vermont 2018 exhibit entry forms now available!

B.A.G.’s two (!) exhibits are right around the corner. Your work never fails to amaze and impress us and we’re looking forward to seeing what new pieces you’ve cooked up.

Here’s the scoop on the exhibits to refresh your memory:

Beyond Words: Artworks by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont will be held at Studio Place Arts in Barre from May 22 – June 30, where we will be exhibiting in the second floor gallery. Here’s the description for the exhibit:

Books can take on a language of their own, as shown in the multimedia work of this group of artists that use shape, structure, and materials to get their message across.

Important dates:

  • Entry deadline: May 9, 2018. Click here to download the entry form.
  • Opening: May 22, 2018
  • Closing: June 30, 2018
  • Artist’s talk: Date TBD

The Art of the Book will be held at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery on Church Street from June 1 – June 30. This will be a great opportunity to get exposure for our group in the heart of Burlington. Since the theme of the show is wide open to interpretation, you are free to submit the work of your choice.

Important dates:

  • Entry deadline: May 22, 2018. Click here to download the entry form.
  • Opening: June 1, 2018
  • Closing: June 30, 2018
  • Artist’s talk: Date TBD

We’re looking forward to seeing your submissions!


Book Arts News

Book Arts Bazzar poster*** The University of Southern Maine‘s 6th annual Book Arts Bazaar will be held on Sunday, April 8th 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.

Also at USM is the exhibition Borderland: Contemporary Icelandic Book Artists and Bookbinders, open now through April 30th at the UNUM Great Reading Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rebecca Goodale.

Wood letterpress type***  The Museum of Printing in Haverill, MA is having a letterpress sale on April 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Among the goodies for sale:
  • Tabletop presses: 5×8 Victor, 5×8 Curtis & Mitchell, 4×6 Young America
  • A large selection of borders & ornaments, newly packaged in handy boxes
  • Type cabinets, wood and steel, complete with drawers
  • Lots and lots of type
  • Furniture and reglet cabinets
  • Slug cutters, book staplers, quoins with lock-up keys, a Southworth Perforator, and lots of other good stuff.

The Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the graphic arts, printing and typesetting technology, and printing craftsmanship.

Calligraphic Initials by Ray Nash*** The Darmouth Book Arts Workshop is hosting the 2018 Stephen Harvard Memorial Lecture, In Defense of the Roman Letter, on Thursday April 19th, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and a reception will follow.

The talk will be given by John Nash, a calligrapher, stone lettercarver, and a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. The Roman letter survived because it did its job supremely well. Its precarious endurance as the basis of Western writing and printing will be the subject of Nash’s talk.

The lecture is being held in conjunction with the exhibit, Will Carter and the Dartmouth Typeface. In the early 1960s, Carter was commissioned to carve a series of dedicatory inscriptions in teak panels for the newly built Hopkins Center. Those letters were adapted and expanded into a family of type fonts that became known as the Dartmouth typeface. He was invited to return to Dartmouth in 1969 as an artist-in-residence and further refined the capital letters as a titling font.

The exhibition is the chonology of events and the story of the people behind those events and is open now through June 1st in the Main Hall of Dartmouth’s Baker Library.

For more information, please contact Book Arts Workshop Letterpress Instructor Won K. Chung at won.k.chung@dartmouth.edu.

Girl Scout Book Artist Cadette badge

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers to help teach simple bookbinding techniques and creative content. Through this event, NEGBW volunteers will be helping Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge and potentially inspiring future bookbinders.

The event will be held on Sunday April 29, 2018 at Camp Maude Eaton in Andover, MA. There will be two sessions, one from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please direct them at Lauren Telepak at negbwprograms@gmail.com.


Book Arts Classes

*** On Saturday, April 28th, the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is hosting a workshop with Erin Fletcher of Herringbone Bindery, Secret Belgian Binding – Two Ways. The workshop will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

This workshop will explore the Secret Belgian binding (also known as Criss Cross binding) and ways to modify it. The binding is simple and easy to construct; it opens flat and is perfect for smaller text blocks. Students will complete two versions of the structure; one bound in the traditional sense and the second will offer a bit more secrecy and refinement to the structure.

Registration is available online or alternatively, you can call (207) 780-5900.

*** The Eliot School is offering Art Towards Kindness with Elisa Hamilton on Sunday, May 6th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We each hold the tremendous capacity to create positive change within our communities and in our world. Sometimes that cycle of positivity can begin with the smallest offering. Create a series of meaningful art objects that you can use to ignite kindness in your own life and in the lives of others.

Make a variety of handmade paper objects with paper-craft and fine art techniques, including paper bunting utilizing handmade stencils, accordion thank you notes utilizing wax resist mixed-media drawing, handmade wrapping paper utilizing custom-made stamps and hand-constructed boxes utilizing ink drawing. These simple art-making techniques can hold tremendous impact when given to others, especially as an unexpected gesture of kindness.

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

*** From June 11 – 15, the North Bennet Street School is offering Miniature Bookbindings with James Reid-Cunningham.

Miniature books present difficult design and structural challenges to the bookbinder. A true miniature is less than three inches tall, and during this course, the student will construct three books of diminishing size: a long stitch binding with decorated boards, a lapped component binding, and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure.

The course will contrast the utility of case binding, accordion, and non-adhesive structures for miniature books, with a concentration on flexibility and book action. We will analyze materials and techniques suitable for small format books. The limitations inherent in small-scale books will challenge students to do precisely executed and finely detailed work.

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

*** The North Bennet Street School is also offering Traditional Ethiopian Bookbinding with Bill Hanscom on June 16 & 17. This two-day workshop will begin with a presentation detailing the traditional methods and materials of the Ethiopian scribe and bookbinder. Students will then construct two historical models.

The first model will be a basic binding with bare wooden boards demonstrating the fundamentals of the unsupported link stitch, board attachment and repair, and the construction of a l?bas (a protective cloth over-cover). The second will be a full leather binding with inlays of patterned cloth and traditional endbands of interwoven leather strips.

Basic tooling techniques as well as common designs and motifs will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will be given the opportunity to decorate their bindings as time allows.

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


March 14th B.A.G. meeting cancelled

March 13, 2018

Due to the winter weather advisory that is in effect for Burlington until 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, we have decided to cancel tomorrow’s B.A.G. meeting (3/14/18).

The March program has been moved to April.

Stay warm and safe!

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” March 2018

March 8, 2018

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 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: Digging Deeper: A Hands-On Exploration of Tunnel Book Structures

Tunnel bookJoin us as we plumb the depths of tunnel book structures in a member-led mini workshop format similar to our ever-popular November program, Card Tricks and Book Blitz.

Bring a tunnel book you’ve made, or a model of a tunnel book structure you’ve put together, along with materials that will allow approximately six people to make a model of your structure. If you can, bring written instructions for making the model – strictly optional and extra credit, but always appreciated!

Each person who brings a book or model will have some time to share and explain what they’ve made to the group, then we’ll spend time individually exploring and creating the structures.

Please feel free to join in the fun even if you don’t have time to prepare a model tunnel book or materials. We use a similar meeting format every November and there is always enough to go around.

Warning: Tunnel book structures are addictive, and B.A.G. cannot be held responsible for other projects that may not get done once you discover the many techniques available for making these magical books!

Things to bring:

  • A tunnel book you’ve made, or a model of a tunnel book structure (optional)
  • Materials for 6 people to make a model of your structure (optional)
  • Plain card stock for making models of structures (in case you need more materials to make models of the structures that interest you)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder
  • Awl or needle tool

The focus of our April meeting will be presenting content in a tunnel book format. However, if you are more interested in exploring one or two structures more thoroughly (rather than making several models) during the March meeting, you can bring in the following optional materials to experiment with adding visual content to those structures:

  • Decorative punches
  • Stamps and ink
  • Pens, pencils, markers
  • Decorative papers
  • Collage materials such as magazine images

February Meeting Reflections

Tunnel books by Book Arts Guild of Vermont membersPerhaps it was Jill’s enticing program description, Mining for Gold – Exploring Tunnel Books, that brought so many people out to the January meeting!

After an inspiring slide show of tunnel books from the web (thanks, Ann!), many makers shared their tunnel creations. While the variety of style and subject seemed broad, the overall concept of how image and construction form the tunnel was clear.

It’s always amazing to hear members talk about their work, and to realize what a talented bunch we are. Thanks to everyone who came, participated, and enjoyed.

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


B.A.G. News

*** Book Arts Guild of Vermont 2018 Show news!

Book Arts Guild of Vermont 2017 exhibitMembers and friends are invited to submit work for our show at Studio Place Arts in Barre from May 22 – June 30, where we will be exhibiting in the second floor gallery. Here is our show name and description, which leaves it wide open for interpretation:

Beyond Words: Artworks by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Books can take on a language of their own, as shown in the multimedia work of this group of artists that use shape, structure, and materials to get their message across.

Important dates:

  • Submissions: Work must be submitted by May 1, 2018. No work can be accepted after that date.
  • Opening: May 22, 2018
  • Closing: June 30, 2018
  • Artist’s talk: Date TBD

The second show will take place in June at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery on Church Street. This will be a great opportunity to get exposure for our group in the heart of Burlington.

The show will be called The Art of the Book, which leaves it wide open to interpretation.

Important dates:

  • Submissions: Work must be submitted by May 22, 2018. No work can be accepted after that date.
  • Opening: June 1, 2018
  • Closing: June 30, 2018
  • Artist’s talk: Date TBD

B.A.G. Member News

*** B.A.G. member Jane Ploughman is teaching two classes in March:

Handmade book

Collage and Simple Bookmaking
In this workshop, you will make 3 or more books using simple techniques. You will also have time to fill the pages of your books with words, images, color, and all manner of collage material provided!

This workshop is for ages 18+ and all materials will be provided. ​Jane will be co-teaching these workshops with Lily Hinrichsen.

The workshop is being taught twice, so you can attend either on March 23rd or March 24th. The workshops are being held at ARTSight in Bristol from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and cost $70.00 (or $60.00 if you’ve taken our workshops before).

For more information, contact Lily at lilyhinrichsen@gmail.com.

Handmade booksHandmade Books: Simply Sewn
Learn how to sew beautiful single and multiple-signature book bindings. Learn about some of the tools and techniques and how to make informed material choices. The workshop’s focus will be on form and structure. Students will leave with three different sewn softcover bindings. Some bookbinding experience is helpful but not necessary.

The workshop is taking place at the Middlebury Studio School on Saturday, March 31st from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.The cost is $55.00, which includes all materials and handouts.

For more information or to register, contact Barb Nelson at (802) 247-3702 or ewaldewald@aol.com.

*** B.A.G. member Elissa Campbell is teaching the Crossed Structure Binding at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on March 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Crossed Structure Binding is intriguing in that the sewing is done directly onto back cover straps that integrate into the front cover. This non-adhesive variation on the long stitch was developed by book artist Carmencho Arregui after studying pre-16th century bindings.

In this workshop, you will work on two variations of this binding, one using paper covers and the other using leather. As time allows, you’ll add stitching to the covers to both reinforce the structure and add a decorative touch. You’ll also learn how to create and use an improvised sewing frame.

To register, contact SPA via phone at (802) 479-7069 or email.


Book Arts News

Girl Scout Book Artist Cadette badge*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers to help teach simple bookbinding techniques and creative content. Through this event, NEGBW volunteers will be helping Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge and potentially inspiring future bookbinders.

The event will be held on Sunday April 29, 2018 at Camp Maude Eaton in Andover, MA. There will be two sessions, one from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please direct them at Lauren Telepak at negbwprograms@gmail.com.

*** From February 17 – July 8, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting the exhibition Keith Smith at Home. This is a rare opportunity to view the creative work of the well-known author of such a beloved series of bookbinding manuals.

Friendship, love, desire: Keith Smith’s life is an open book. For five decades, the Rochester-based artist has used surprising combinations of materials to chronicle his experiences. In this exhibition, explore an array of Smith’s mixed-media photographs and prints, and – his specialty – handmade artist’s books, most from his own collection.

In his work, Keith Smith irreverently disregards the supposed dividing lines between “fine art” (photography, etching, watercolor), “craft” (sewing, quilting, bookmaking), and “utilitarian technologies” (transparencies, photocopies). Although his subject matter is rooted in his personal life, he also grapples with universal themes such as self-representation, domesticity, and intimacy.

For more information, please visit the PMA’s website.


Book Arts Classes

*** On Saturday, April 28th, the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is hosting a workshop with Erin Fletcher of Herringbone Bindery, Secret Belgian Binding – Two Ways. The workshop will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

This workshop will explore the Secret Belgian binding (also known as Criss Cross binding) and ways to modify it. The binding is simple and easy to construct; it opens flat and is perfect for smaller text blocks. Students will complete two versions of the structure; one bound in the traditional sense and the second will offer a bit more secrecy and refinement to the structure.

Registration is available online or alternatively, you can call (207) 780-5900.

*** From June 11 – 15, the North Bennet Street School is offering Miniature Bookbindings with James Reid-Cunningham.

Miniature books present difficult design and structural challenges to the bookbinder. A true miniature is less than three inches tall, and during this course, the student will construct three books of diminishing size: a long stitch binding with decorated boards, a lapped component binding, and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure.

The course will contrast the utility of case binding, accordion, and non-adhesive structures for miniature books, with a concentration on flexibility and book action. We will analyze materials and techniques suitable for small format books. The limitations inherent in small-scale books will challenge students to do precisely executed and finely detailed work.

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

Wells College Book Arts logo*** Registration for Wells College Book Arts Center‘s Book Arts Summer Institute is now open. The week-long intensive courses include letterpress printing, bookbinding, calligraphy, typecasting, and font design. Week 1 runs from July 15 – 21 and Week 2 runs from July 22 – 28.

This year’s instructors include Jenna Rodriguez, Aimee Lee, and Scott McCarney. Wells College is located in Aurora, NY.

For more information, please visit the Wells College website. Ann will also have postcards from the Summer Institute available at the February meeting.


Mining for Gold – Exploring Tunnel Books

February 24, 2018

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Ann Joppe-Mercure

Ann Joppe-Mercure

Penne Tompkins

Marcia Vogler

Debra Kraemer

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Dorsey Hogg

Dorsey Hogg

Jill Abilock

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Nancy Stone

Tunnel books by Book Arts Guild of Vermont members

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Tunnel books by Book Arts Guild of Vermont members

Tunnel books by Book Arts Guild of Vermont members

Tunnel books by Book Arts Guild of Vermont members

Tunnel book by Becky Boardman

Tunnel books by Book Arts Guild of Vermont members

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” February 2018

February 9, 2018

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 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: Mining for Gold – Exploring Tunnel Books

Tunnel book with a cute poodleTunnel books are a visually exciting way of presenting content in book form. Join us over the next few months as we dig deep into the treasure-filled world of tunnel books.

In February, we’ll explore and share ways of constructing tunnel books together. Do you have a favorite tunnel book structure? A particular way of incorporating content in your tunnel books? Come and share it with us! Bring the tunnel books you’ve made (photos are okay, too) and share what worked well or discuss some of the challenges.

In addition to sharing and learning from each other, Elissa Campbell will bring a resource list that includes cool books and websites with tutorials, and Ann Joppe-Mercure will bring a slide show with more exciting examples. Please feel free to come and discover new techniques and ideas for constructing tunnel books, even if you don’t have one to share.

In March, we will have a hands-on tunnel book construction extravaganza based on some of the methods shared in February to create tunnel book models you can adapt to your own designs.

Things to bring (optional):

  • Tunnel book(s) you’ve constructed (or photos)
  • Models of tunnel book structures you’ve learned
  • Paper and pen for taking notes on all the cool new methods you’ll discover!

January Meeting Reflections

Jar of Froebel starsIt was ‘hygge’ all around at the January meeting, featuring Annette Hansen and her Froebel star tutorial. Annette shared stories of her Danish childhood, where holidays centered around traditional paper crafts. The beautiful paper stars we made together gave everyone a sense of satisfaction, and of cozy togetherness. Thanks, Annette!

The holiday ornament exchange turned out to be great fun. After participants had a chance to appreciate their swapped ornament, the maker identified herself and shared the method and materials. Let’s do it again next year!

You can view images from the meeting 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 (you can check them out here), 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 Guild of Vermont 2018 Show news!

NEW DETAILS BELOW!

Book Arts Guild of Vermont 2017 exhibitMembers and friends are invited to submit work for our show at Studio Place Arts in Barre from May 22 – June 30, where we will be exhibiting in the second floor gallery. Here is our show name and description, which leaves it wide open for interpretation:

Beyond Words: Artworks by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Books can take on a language of their own, as shown in the multimedia work of this group of artists that use shape, structure, and materials to get their message across.

Important dates:

  • Submissions: Work must be submitted by May 1, 2018. No work can be accepted after that date.
  • Opening: May 22, 2018
  • Closing: June 30, 2018
  • Artist’s talk: Date TBD

The second show will take place in June at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery on Church Street. This will be a great opportunity to get exposure for our group in the heart of Burlington.

The show will be called The Art of the Book, which leaves it wide open to interpretation.

Important dates:

  • Submissions: Work must be submitted by May 22, 2018. No work can be accepted after that date.
  • Opening: June 1, 2018
  • Closing: June 30, 2018
  • Artist’s talk: Date TBD

B.A.G. Member News

*** B.A.G. member Jane Ploughman is teaching two classes in March:

Handmade book

Collage and Simple Bookmaking
In this workshop, you will make 3 or more books using simple techniques. You will also have time to fill the pages of your books with words, images, color, and all manner of collage material provided!

This workshop is for ages 18+ and all materials will be provided. ​Jane will be co-teaching these workshops with Lily Hinrichsen.

The workshop is being taught twice, so you can attend either on March 23rd or March 24th. The workshops are being held at ARTSight in Bristol from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and cost $70.00 (or $60.00 if you’ve taken our workshops before).

For more information, contact Lily at lilyhinrichsen@gmail.com.

Handmade booksHandmade Books: Simply Sewn
Learn how to sew beautiful single and multiple-signature book bindings. Learn about some of the tools and techniques and how to make informed material choices. The workshop’s focus will be on form and structure. Students will leave with three different sewn softcover bindings. Some bookbinding experience is helpful but not necessary.

The workshop is taking place at the Middlebury Studio School on Saturday, March 31st from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.The cost is $55.00, which includes all materials and handouts.

For more information or to register, contact Barb Nelson at (802) 247-3702 or ewaldewald@aol.com.

Book press / cider press*** B.A.G. co-founder Nancy Stone is selling a book press that was formerly a cider press.

The frame is hardwood taking up a 20” x 20” floor space. It has a 33” height to the top of the metal turning/press mechanism.

As a cider press, it has a wooden cylinder to hold the apples but is missing the 2 wooden parts needed for pressing apples down and for the cider to run out. It’s likely that you could make these if you want it for cider.

Nancy loves the press, but is currently downsizing. She’s selling it for $50.00 and an even deliver it if you need that.

For more information or to buy the press (do it!), contact Nancy at (802) 879-0243 or nstonevt@gmail.com.


Book Arts News

*** The exhibit Illuminating Words: Artists’ Books at UVM is being held at the Francis Colburn Gallery in Williams Hall, UVM, now through February 15th. For over 50 years, the Department of Art and Art History and Special Collections have been making, collecting and sharing artists’ books. Drawing on the rich resources in Special Collections, Illuminating Words celebrates book arts at UVM.

In the 1970s, printmakers in the Art Department – faculty and students – were combining images and text to create books that found their way to the shelves in Special Collections. Over the years, Art faculty and Special Collections librarians have worked together to develop an outstanding artists’ book collection that is eclectic, broad, and deep.

Curated by librarian Prudence Doherty, this exhibition features works made by UVM students and faculty as well as impressive selections from the library’s collection.

A gallery tour will be held on Wednesday, February 14th at 12:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For information, please email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call (802) 656-2138.

*** Now through February 25th, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord will have her Spirit Books on display at the McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA.

In the words of the artist:

The Spirit Books connect my experience of the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief.

The McCoy Gallery is located in the Rogers Art Center on Walsh Way. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

*** From February 17 – July 8, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting the exhibition Keith Smith at Home. This is a rare opportunity to view the creative work of the well-known author of such a beloved series of bookbinding manuals.

Friendship, love, desire: Keith Smith’s life is an open book. For five decades, the Rochester-based artist has used surprising combinations of materials to chronicle his experiences. In this exhibition, explore an array of Smith’s mixed-media photographs and prints, and – his specialty – handmade artist’s books, most from his own collection.

In his work, Keith Smith irreverently disregards the supposed dividing lines between “fine art” (photography, etching, watercolor), “craft” (sewing, quilting, bookmaking), and “utilitarian technologies” (transparencies, photocopies). Although his subject matter is rooted in his personal life, he also grapples with universal themes such as self-representation, domesticity, and intimacy.

For more information, please visit the PMA’s website.


Book Arts Classes

*** The Eliot School is offering Altered Books with a Purpose with Wendy Wolfe Fine on four Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, & 28.

Turn an old or used book into a work of art with a purpose, using imagination and a variety of mixed media techniques. Take a thematic excursion, tell a tale or dramatize an issue through color and visual imagery, creative materials, and 3-D structures.

Use your book’s existing contents if you like, add new materials or use your book to display a collection of valued objects, images or photographs. Learn to assess the condition of the various components of an old book, decide which parts to keep and which to remove and create layouts that communicate your message or story.

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

*** On Saturday, April 28th, the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is hosting a workshop with Erin Fletcher of Herringbone Bindery, Secret Belgian Binding – Two Ways. The workshop will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

This workshop will explore the Secret Belgian binding (also known as Criss Cross binding) and ways to modify it. The binding is simple and easy to construct; it opens flat and is perfect for smaller text blocks. Students will complete two versions of the structure; one bound in the traditional sense and the second will offer a bit more secrecy and refinement to the structure.

Registration is available online or alternatively, you can call (207) 780-5900.

Wells College Book Arts logo*** Registration for Wells College Book Arts Center‘s Book Arts Summer Institute is now open. The week-long intensive courses include letterpress printing, bookbinding, calligraphy, typecasting, and font design. Week 1 runs from July 15 – 21 and Week 2 runs from July 22 – 28.

This year’s instructors include Jenna Rodriguez, Aimee Lee, and Scott McCarney. Wells College is located in Aurora, NY.

For more information, please visit the Wells College website. Ann will also have postcards from the Summer Institute available at the February meeting.


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