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

November 29, 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 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: Get Your Holiday Book Arts On: Ornament Exchange/Make a Froebel Star

Froebel starDeck the halls with handmade creations! Join us in December for a meeting filled with holiday cheer, a handmade ornament exchange and a hands-on workshop to make a traditional European holiday paper star ornament.

In the first part of the meeting, Annette Hansen of Make Life Cozy will teach us to fold beautiful, three-dimensional Froebel Stars, a traditional paper decoration that graces homes in Germany and Scandinavia throughout the holiday season. Annette, who grew up in Denmark, says that paper arts are an integral part of holiday hygge (a Danish word that captures the coziness, conviviality, warmth and contentment of the holiday season).

Annette will bring all supplies, including an array of colored paper for the stars in addition to the traditional white. We’ll also explore way to join and use the stars beyond ornaments.

Tools to bring:

  • Scissors
  • Bone folder

Once we all have stars in hand, we’ll hold the first B.A.G. handmade ornament exchange. Participation is easy: Simply hand make an ornament and bring it to the meeting (wrapped or unwrapped) to swap!

Once we’ve swapped, all makers are invited to share a little bit about their inspiration and/or process. Instructions on how to make your ornament are always appreciated but entirely optional.


November Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Our November meeting was true to its title of Card Tricks and Book Blitz – Member-led Mini Workshops. We had multiple stations of creative paper play including folded stars, pop-up cards, lanterns, and folded boxlike containers.

Fun was had by all as we roamed the room collecting ideas and having hands-on fun as we made out own samples at each mini workshop.

The November meeting format has become a tradition in the Book Arts Guild. Those in attendance are already looking forward to next year.

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


B.A.G. News

Handmade book ornament*** December Handmade Ornament Exchange

At our December meeting, we will host an ornament exchange where members and friends are invited to swap handmade baubles. Bring one, take one!

Here’s how it works:

  • Make an ornament to share – instruction or directions on how to make are optional
  • Bring to the meeting, wrapped or unwrapped
  • Swap for another ornament

That’s it! The only rule is that the ornaments must be handmade.

Need inspiration? Check out these blog posts:

Get making!

*** 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. Dates for the show have yet to be determined. Stay tuned for updates.


Book Arts News

*** From November 3 – December 22, the North Bennet Street School will host Heroic Works, the third International Bookbinding Exhibition from Designer Bookbinders in the United Kingdom. The exhibit includes 28 prizewinning bindings and 9 works by binders from the United States.

184 binders from 31 countries participated in the competition by binding a book of their own choosing on the theme of myths, heroes, and legends. These works reflect a remarkable range of styles, materials, and approaches to great classics of world literature, as well as modern texts.

The exhibit is free and open to the public on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The North Bennet Street School is located in Boston, MA.

Marbled paper by Chena River Marblers*** Chena River Marblers is holding their Annual Studio Sale on December 9 & 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The studio is located at 70 Justice Drive in Amherst, MA.

Marblers Regina and Dan St. John will be selling overstock works and seconds, including marbled silk scarves, ties, bow ties, sketchbooks, notepads, holiday ornaments, and marbled papers in both full sheets and small scrap bag size.

For more information, please call (413) 253-2835.

Sketchbook Project logo*** The Sketchbook Project 2018 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:

  • Underwater
  • Lines and Graphics
  • Long Stories with Short Endings
  • No Worries
  • Connections
  • People I Wish I Knew

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 $30.00 to receive a sketchbook and participate in the project. The deadline to sign up is January 5, 2018. For more information, please visit their 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 2018:

PBI will take place from May 13 – 24, 2018 at Ox-Bow in Saugatuk, MI. The general application period begins on January 1, 2018. Applications for scholarships are being accepted now through December 31, 2017.

For more information, please visit the PBI website.


Book Arts Classes

***  On December 16 – 17, Susan Bonthron will be teaching the Coptic-sewn Hardbound Journal with paste paper covers and spine sleeves.

This is the Soul’s Kitchen journal that Paulus Berensohn taught so many of his students to make. It is 12¼” x by 9¼” and uses gorgeous Arches Text Wove paper that is suitable for writing, drawing and watercolor sketching. A journal to hold your dreams, ideas, plans, and noticings of “who else is here with us.”

For more information or to register, please contact Susan at (802) 257-0003 or susan.bonthron@gmail.com.

***  The Helen Day Art Center is offering Introduction to Bookbinding with Chiyomi McKibbin on January 27 – 28, 2018 (Sunday is optional).

On the first day of this workshop, students will learn to make an accordion book, a pamphlet stitch book, and how to fold a single sheet of paper into 7 different folded books. On the second day, students will make a portable hole-punching cradle that can be used for future stitch-bound books along with learning how to make Postal Notebooks. Supplies will be provided. Teens welcome!

The Helen Day Art Center is located in Stowe, VT. For more information about the class or to register, please visit the Helen Day Art Center’s website.

***  On February 10 – 11, the North Bennet Street School is offering Bookbinding 101 with Erin Fletcher.

In this class, students will get a quick introduction to various bookbinding techniques by exploring three different book structures. The class begins with a simple pamphlet and continues with constructing two multi-signature books known as a flatback case binding and link stitch binding. Finally, students construct a box to house all of their creations. This class is a great way to familiarize yourself with bookbinding and is perfect for those who are curious about the craft.

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


Book Blitz and Card Tricks

November 26, 2017

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade cards

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade card materials

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade cards

Handmade card

Handmade paper boxes

Handmade card materials

Handmade card materials

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Pop-up card

Pop-up card

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Components for folded paper lantern

Folded paper lantern

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade card materials

Making handmade card

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

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

November 2, 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 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: Book Blitz and Card Tricks – Member-led Mini Workshops

Handmade pop-up cardJoin us for our always-popular annual November tradition: Member-led mini hands-on workshops in the form of a card or mini-book exchange that we call Book Blitz and Card Tricks. Get prepared now and join the fun!

Design a card or small/simple book structure that has a trick or two; maybe a pop-up, French doors or a window. Bring your completed card or mini-book, along with materials for six undecorated cards or mini-book structures to share. We will have an exchange and then engage in some decorating fun.

Please feel free to join in the fun even if you don’t have time to prepare cards or mini-books to bring. We do a similar program every November and there is always more than enough to go around. As in years past, expect to go home with some great new ideas, several new tricks up your sleeve, and a few new cards for the season.

  • Things to bring:
  • A decorated card/mini-book with a “trick” (optional)
  • 6 card structures of your card/mini-book “trick” to exchange (optional)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Awl or needle tool
  • Decorative punches
  • Stamps and ink pads
  • Pens, pencils, markers
  • Decorative papers
  • Fun stuff!

October Meeting Reflections

Prudence Doherty, University of Vermont Public Services LibrarianOur yearly visit to UVM Special Collections is a highly anticipated meeting, and this year did not disappoint! Prudence Doherty, Special Collections Librarian, chose books related to the theme of race and freedom, issues that are so important in the current political climate. I was struck by the power of the works as well as their visual presence. The books engaged the viewer to interact with the message as well as the structure.

Prudence also talked about how the library staff chooses books to purchase for the collection, what they look for, and whether the work fits in the collection or fills a void. And last, she gave us a look at a variety of tunnel books to satisfy our book artists’ need to examine structure and construction.

Thanks to Prudence for giving us a powerful experience once again, and thanks to all who participated.

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


B.A.G. News

Handmade book ornament*** December Handmade Ornament Exchange

At our December meeting, we will host an ornament exchange where members and friends are invited to swap handmade baubles. Bring one, take one!

Here’s how it works:

  • Make an ornament to share – instruction or directions on how to make are optional
  • Bring to the meeting, wrapped or unwrapped
  • Swap for another ornament

That’s it! The only rule is that the ornaments must be handmade.

Need inspiration? Check out these blog posts:

Get making!

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair*** Join us at the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair!

The Book Arts Guild of Vermont will be participating in the 3rd annual Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair this December. We’ll have an exhibitor booth where we’ll be displaying and selling members’ work alongside other book artists, papermakers, paper marblers, and fine letterpress publishers. The fair is being held at the Smith College Campus Center (100 Elm Street/Route 9) in Northampton, MA.

We’re looking for B.A.G. member work for our display – it doesn’t have to be for sale. If you’re interested, please bring your work to the November meeting so that we’ll have more time to plan the layout of our booth. Please note that depending on how much work we have, we can’t guarantee that all pieces will be displayed – we’ll do our best to include as much as we can.

We’re also looking for volunteers to represent B.A.G. and sell work during the fair. The fair hours are Saturday December 2nd from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. With enough people, we can break the time down into shifts.

If you would like to participate, please complete this survey. You can also sign up at our November meeting. There will be an opportunity to carpool and to stay at an Airbnb for Friday and/or Saturday night.

If you have any questions, please contact either Marcia Vogler at marciavogler@gmavt.net or Dorsey Hogg at dorseyhogg@gmail.com.

Book Arts Guild of Vermont visit to Dartmouth Special Collections*** If you missed the visit to the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College a few months ago, here’s your second chance. Debra Kraemer has kindly set up another visit for the BAG members for November 18, 2017. More details to come, so save the date!

We will be visiting Rauner Special Collections Library to see a selection of handmade books from their and the Sherman Art Library collections.


Book Arts News

*** On November 14th, the North Bennet Street School is hosting a lecture with James Reid-Cunningham, Artistic Vision in Contemporary Bookbinding. A reception will be held at 6:00 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m.

Traditional bookbinding decoration was transformed during the 20th century by the incorporation of modern art styles. The resulting “design bindings” are an evocative and complex balance of craft and imagination. This presentation surveys the history of binding decoration and innovation in 21st century bookbinding.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but they would appreciate it if you RSVP to attend.

The North Bennet Street School is located in Boston, MA.

*** At 4:00 p.m. on November 17th, the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is presenting Tackets, Overbands, Lacings and Buckles: a lecture by Katherine Beaty on early Italian stationery bindings of Harvard’s Baker Library. This lecture is free and open to the public.

The Harvard Business School Baker Library houses the largest collection of early Italian business records outside of Italy. It includes 150 account books and day books of the Medici Family, 81 volumes from the Barberini Family, and many more. Presenter Katherine Beaty will talk about the use and structure of early Italian stationery bindings that were observed during recent conservation projects of the Medici and Barberini collections. These unique limp vellum bindings include unusual structural features, such as overbands, decorative alum-tawed lacings, spine and endband tackets, and different fastenings types, including ties, loop and toggle, and buckles.

The lecture will be held at the Harvard Weissman Preservation Center Library at 90 Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge, MA.

*** From November 3 – December 22, the North Bennet Street School will host Heroic Works, the third International Bookbinding Exhibition from Designer Bookbinders in the United Kingdom. The exhibit includes 28 prizewinning bindings and 9 works by binders from the United States.

184 binders from 31 countries participated in the competition by binding a book of their own choosing on the theme of myths, heroes, and legends. These works reflect a remarkable range of styles, materials, and approaches to great classics of world literature, as well as modern texts.

The exhibit is free and open to the public on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The North Bennet Street School is located in Boston, MA.

*** To celebrate the Heroic Works exhibit, the North Bennet Street School will host presentations by two Designer Bookbinders Fellows on November 3rd.

  • At 9:30 a.m., Sue Doggett will offer an informal, illustrated presentation about her approach to design binding, including a look at a recent commission binding of Lac de Pleurs. This presentation will include samples, a discussion of design, and plenty of Q&As.
  • At 12:00 p.m., Lester Capon will present an illustrated lecture entitled Extreme Bookbinding. This talk about the ongoing work preserving the Garima Gospels, a 6th century manuscript and the earliest known book in Ethiopia, will also include a description of work done on two 15th century vellum fans, all undertaken in the rock hewn churches of Northern Ethiopia. Lester will discuss the environment and unusual working conditions encountered.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating for the lecture is limited, so please RSVP here.

*** November is offering two book-related events in the Boston area.

For more information, please visit the event websites.


Book Arts Classes

*** The Eliot School is offering Paste Paper with Cristina Hajosy on Sunday, November 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Paste paper is traditionally used for endpapers and book covers, offering a textural and colorful alternative to marbling. See some historical and contemporary approaches, then create your own. Start with a traditional method, then learn ways to make more creative and painterly versions. You may go on to use the papers you create in other of our book arts workshops.

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

*** On December 2nd, the North Bennet Street School is offering Travel Journals with Amy Lapidow.

Books that fit in your pocket! Add a pen loop, picture or pocket for memorabilia. Make it waterproof with Tyvek. Tie it up with beads and buttons, or close it with a magnet. This one day workshop explores the possibilities of a versatile book that goes wherever you go.

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


Visit to UVM Special Collections

October 29, 2017

BAG meeting at UVM Special Collections

BAG meeting at UVM Special Collections

Prudence Doherty, University of Vermont Public Services Librarian

Prudence Doherty, University of Vermont Public Services Librarian

Prudence Doherty, University of Vermont Public Services Librarian

Prudence Doherty, University of Vermont Public Services Librarian

Artists Books at UVM Special Collections

Artists Books at UVM Special Collections

Artists Books at UVM Special Collections

Descendant by Jennifer Brook

“Descendant” by Jennifer Brook

Rosenwald by Alisa C. Banks

“Rosenwald” by Alisa C. Banks

Rosenwald by Alisa C. Banks

“Rosenwald” by Alisa C. Banks

Unbound by Jessica Peterson

“Unbound” by Jessica Peterson

Cause and Effect by Jessica Peterson

“Cause and Effect” by Jessica Peterson

Children Don't Count by Amos Kennedy

“Children Don’t Count” by Amos Kennedy

BAG meeting at UVM Special Collections

BAG meeting at UVM Special Collections

Deep in the Yellow Woods by Lois Morrison

“Deep in the Yellow Woods” by Lois Morrison

Life Time by Julie Chen

“Life Time” by Julie Chen

(In)versions by Julie Chen and David Turner

“(In)versions” by Julie Chen and David Turner

deeply honored by Fred Hagstrom

“deeply honored” by Fred Hagstrom

deeply honored by Fred Hagstrom

“deeply honored” by Fred Hagstrom

BAG meeting at UVM Special Collections

Billy Rabbit: An American Adaptation by Ann Tyler

“Billy Rabbit: An American Adaptation” by Ann Tyler

Billy Rabbit: An American Adaptation by Ann Tyler

“Billy Rabbit: An American Adaptation” by Ann Tyler

BAG meeting at UVM Special Collections

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

October 5, 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The October meeting will be held at UVM’s Special Collections in the basement of Bailey Howe Library. Click here to download a pdf of the directions to Special Collections.

Please note that in October we will not be meeting as usual at the Unitarian Church in Burlington. In addition, the meeting will start 1/2 hour earlier than our normal meeting time, at 6:00 p.m.


Program: Field Trip to UVM Special Collections

 University of Vermont Librarian Prudence DohertyAt this month’s meeting, University of Vermont Librarian Prudence Doherty will guide us through some of the amazing artists’ books held in the Special Collections department.

Not everyone knows that we have one of the finest collections of artists’ books in the nation, right here in Burlington. Join us in a hands-on exploration that will stimulate your imagination and spark your creativity!

* Please bring a pencil, not a pen, if you plan to take notes.


September Meeting Reflections

Carolyn ShattuckOur very special guest, Carolyn Shattuck, presented us with a fascinating evening full of insight and inspiration. She spoke clearly about her need to express her life and experiences through the making of artist books. Why I Make Books gave us a glimpse into not only her process, but her motivation and ability to express deep emotions.

Thank you, Carolyn, for sharing all of it with us. Also, thanks to all who attended.

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


B.A.G. News

Book Arts Guild of Vermont 2017 exhibit at SEABABook Arts Guild of Vermont 2018 Show news!

We will have 2 shows in 2018! The first will be at Studio Place Arts in Barre from May 22 – June 30, where we will be exhibiting in the second floor gallery. The exhibit will be in conjunction with the exhibit in the main gallery, Talk to Me / Tell Me / Word.

Spoken, written, and signed language is distinctively human. There are currently 6909 living languages, though half are in danger of extinction and are expected to disappear in this century.

What do the connected sounds and symbols of words suggest for the visual arts? We’re thinking of diverse languages and letterforms (real or invented), new communication technologies, censorship, graffiti, collage, and urgent written/spoken messages. We will be creating a Tower of Babel in the center of the gallery, and welcome proposals for this structure in whole or part.

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

Coptic journal by Elissa Campbell

*** B.A.G. member Elissa Campbell is teaching the Peek-a-Boo Journal at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on October 28th from 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

In this workshop, participants will create a journal with a double-needle coptic binding, an intricate stitch that will be visible on the spine of the book. Not only is the coptic binding beautiful, but it also allows books to remain flat when opened. The book covers will include a cut-out window, which offers many opportunities for personalization – photos, pressed flowers, theater tickets – if it’s flat, you can use it.

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

Book Arts Guild of Vermont visit to Dartmouth Special Collections*** If you missed the visit to the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College a few months ago, here’s your second chance. Debra Kraemer has kindly set up another visit for the BAG members for November 18, 2017. More details to come, so save the date!

We will be visiting Rauner Special Collections Library to see a selection of handmade books from their and the Sherman Art Library collections.


Book Arts News

Donna and Peter Thomas*** On Tuesday, October 10th, Peter and Donna Thomas (a.k.a. the Wandering Book Artists) will stop by the North Bennet Street School to share their one-of-a-kind artist books.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of making their first book, Peter and Donna are traveling across the country visiting exhibits that commemorate their work.

You can read more about their adventures on their blog.

*** Clemente Orozco, director of Impronta Casa Editora, an independent book publisher and cultural venue in Guadalajara, Mexico, specializing in hand-printed books, will be giving a public lecture at Dartmouth College called Arts of the Book and Book Artists in Mexico: A Panoramic View.

Orozco, a Dartmouth graduate of the class of 1985, has had a long career as an artist. In addition to overseeing design and production at Impronta, Clemente illustrates many of the books and has many years of experience as a printer, book designer, and artist in both the United States and Mexico.

The lecture will take place in the Current Periodicals Room at Baker Library on Wednesday, October 18th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.

On October 20th, from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Clemente will be printing at the Book Arts Workshop (in Baker Library, right around the corner from the Orozco murals).

Dartmouth College is located in Hanover, NH.

CurioCity by Beatrice Coron*** On October 20, 2017, the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts will host Fresh Cuttings, a lecture with Béatrice Coron. The artist will discuss her exploration of storytelling in artist books, installations, and public art.

Coron’s cut designs are made of paper, glass or metal and range in size from small to monumental. Her work is held in collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Library of Congress.

The Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is located in Portland, Maine. The lecture will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the University Events Room on the 7th floor of the Glickman Family Library.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Goodale at (207) 228-8014 or goodale@maine.edu.

*** From November 3 – December 22, the North Bennet Street School will host Heroic Works, the third International Bookbinding Exhibition from Designer Bookbinders in the United Kingdom. The exhibit includes 28 prizewinning bindings and 9 works by binders from the United States.

184 binders from 31 countries participated in the competition by binding a book of their own choosing on the theme of myths, heroes, and legends. These works reflect a remarkable range of styles, materials, and approaches to great classics of world literature, as well as modern texts.

The exhibit is free and open to the public on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The North Bennet Street School is located in Boston, MA.


Book Arts Classes

CurioCity by Beatrice Coron*** On Saturday, October 21st, the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is hosting a workshop with Béatrice Coron, Cutting Edges. The workshop will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

During this intensive class of serious fun, participants will discover the incredible variety of applications of this art form from fine arts to public art commissions. Through different exercises students will learn how to adapt reference images into papercuts and produce works as different as black and white scenes, color collage, pop-ups, wearables, and stencils.

Cutting different papers and experimenting with scale, we will keep an open mind to adapt them to other materials and explore new territories. Tips, tricks and resources will be provided. No experience necessary.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Goodale at (207) 228-8014 or goodale@maine.edu.

*** The Eliot School is offering Bookbinding Sketchbooks with Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer on Sunday, October 29th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Make a custom blank book for sketching, writing or collecting images or photographs. Cut, fold and bind pages using the “sewn on tape” binding method. This yields a board-bound book in which the spine is uncovered, revealing the folded edge of the folios connected by decorative stitching over French tape.

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

*** On November 18 & 19, the North Bennet Street School is offering Italian Tacketed Stationery Bindings with Katherine Beaty.

During this workshop, you will explore the structure of early Italian tacketed stationery bindings based on the Medici family account book collection at Harvard Business School’s Baker Library. From the 14th through the 19th centuries, tacketed stationery books were used for day, letter, and account books. These books were designed for daily use and had to live up to the task.

In this 2-day workshop, you will construct the most common style of tacketed stationery binding: a limp vellum binding with laced overbands and a fore-edge flap. The textblock will be sewn over split thongs, which will lace through the front cover and be secured under the overbands. The cover will be reinforced with stiff leather overbands, secured to the cover with decorative alum tawed lacings. During this workshop, you will discuss terminology, binding variations, and examine images from the Medici collection.

Participants should have previous bookbinding experience, and be comfortable using paper, parchment, and leather.

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


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