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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” May 2009

2009 May 22

Next Meeting:

Wednesday June 3, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Enter by side door: Punch in the new winter code (contact us for code). When the green light glows, pull open the door.

$5.00 voluntary contribution to Burlington City Arts for their education programs. (Remember, if you write a check, it can be evidence for a tax deductible contribution.)

Program: Personal Journey as a Book Artist by Carolyn Shattuck

I began my career as a silkscreen printmaker. The toxic chemicals of that medium led me to the monotype and then to attending Bard College where I studied painting. I taught at Castleton State College and CCV for many years.

I plan to show a linear progression of my journey into Book Arts starting in the early nineties. What figures prominently for my career is the development of a collage/assemblage process with printmaking. This approach of working with layers led to a transition into assembling these elements on a vertical surface. I attended some workshops at The Women Studio Workshop as well as studied with Claire Van Vliet.

These experiences cemented my interest in paper engineering. I like the variety of materials to be considered and the individual approach to each project. I will talk briefly about the story behind the books and the decision-making involved. I consider all the work to be in process and invite feedback.

Announcing a Summer Book Arts Workshop

The Book Arts Guild of Vermont presents Unbinding the Visual Journal, a one-day workshop with Jane Davies.

Date: Saturday July 18, 2009
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Williston Federated Church, Fellowship Hall, Williston, VT
Directions: Located on Rte 2 in Williston village between Richmond and Williston’s Taft Corners. (It’s the white steeple seen from I-89.) Parking is behind the church and also across the street near the recreation path.
Cost: $50 (Payment due in full with registration to reserve a spot!)
Meals: Please bring your own bag lunch and drinks. (You can also bring optional afternoon snacks to share.)
Materials: Materials list will be supplied with registration confirmation

Registration form

Jane Davies on Unbinding the Visual Journal:

Like many creative mixed-media enthusiasts, I LOVE the idea of visual journaling. I look at other artists’ journals and think ‘oh, I could do that,’ or ‘I wish I had thought of that.’ But when it comes to actually using one of my handmade books, or even a store bought art journal, I get The Blank Page syndrome. After years of wrestling with my seeming inability to find a satisfying approach, I came up with a way to make a visual journal that solves the Blank Page Problem. I call it my “unbound collage folios” journal because you begin by creating random collages on unbound folios, and then assemble them into a book. Each page spread offers something that you can respond to. Collage, write, paint, sew, cut, tear, draw – anything you can think of. There are no mistakes and no blank pages! This workshop takes you through the process of unbinding your visual journaling, resulting in a beautiful handmade collage book.

For further information or to receive a hard copy registration form, please contact Jill Abilock: jabilock[at]japanlink-trans[dot]com or (802) 735-1443

Reflection on the May meeting: Iris Folding, by Jill Abilock

Our May meeting was a fascinating workshop on Iris Folding presented by our talented B.A.G. member Jill Abilock. Jill came thoroughly prepared with a full suitcase of supplies and patterns for us all to make a square or triangle Iris Fold. First Jill inspired us with a multitude of beautiful samples. Then we choose papers from her pre-cut supplies and Jill guided us with the process of making our own sample. Everyone left with a new paper art experience and our own completedsample of layered Iris Fold.

To see pictures from the May program, please see this post.

Upcoming Programs:

  • July: Special Collections at the University of Vermont; also the Jane Davies workshop
  • August: Inspirations from the Focus on Book Arts conference by Elissa Campbell
  • September: Design Bindings by Rebecca Coll
  • October: Simple One Paper Book Structures with Amazing Possibilities by Liz Kappel
  • November: Sharing of Design Binding challenge with Rebecca Coll and Post-it-Note Books workshop with Janet Ballantyne
  • December: Annual Ethnic Potluck with Swap & Sale
  • January: Sharing of challenges, projects & resources
  • February: Personal Journey as a Book Artist by Nancy Stone
  • March: Technology: Resources, Communication and Inspiration by Elissa Campbell

Note: If we have a book arts exhibition a meeting will be rescheduled to make a time to share the books in the exhibit.

Member news:

*** Elissa Campbell wrote a blog post detailing book artists (including B.A.G. members) participating in this weekend’s Vermont Open Studio Weekend. Her post includes a Google Map of locations so you can get directions to the studio(s) of your choice. Click here to read the post.

Book Arts Fun:

*** Nancy Stone found funny alternative uses for books on the Offbeat Earth website: Don’t like reading? Read on…

Book Arts Learning Opportunities:

*** Susan Bonthron B.A.G. member, writes:

I have posted the latest book arts class schedule on my website ( where you will also see our newly renovated schoolhouse. If you are interested in a class, sign up ASAP because places go fast….

I hope to see some of you there!


P.S. In addition to the classes listed on my website, you might be interested in the “French Fold Letterpress Marathon” at Great River Arts in Bellows Falls on the weekend of May 30-31. To find out more about it, visit:

French Fold Letterpress Marathon
Bob Walp, Chester Creek Press
May 30-31
Tuition: $300 + $10 materials fee

*** The Garage Annex School, Inc., is a small yet quality-driven book arts educational endeavor: We offer a range of programs some of which have fixed curriculums (e.g., workshops) and others which have customized curriculums.

Would you like to gain skill at mixing colors? Julia Rabin will share her extensive experience with paste papers, decorative painting and conservation when she teaches her paste papers workshop at the Garage Annex School for Book Arts in Easthampton, MA. This workshop is an excellent opportunity for conservators to learn how to match colors for repairs. Please see the workshop details below, and visit our web site in order to see samples of Julia’s papers.

Paste Papers: Color Theory, Production, and Matching Colors for Repair with Julia Rabin
May 30–31, Saturday–Sunday
Tuition: $190 plus $30 for materials

Here is a paste paper workshop with a focus on color. Our emphasis will be on having fun while learning about color mixing and painting beautiful papers. After a brief presentation on the history of paste papers, methods of production, and traditional materials used, we will go on to create our own paste papers. Discussion of color theory, the practice of color mixing, and how to color match to make repairs on old books will be interwoven throughout the two days. You will mix various kinds of paste—building a sample packet that illustrates the range of finishes that can be achieved when a single color is mixed with different kinds of paste. Simultaneous to working on this useful reference packet you will create paste papers implement ing a wide range of effects. You can expect to leave with at least ten painted sheets and your sample packet.

The material fee includes ten sheets of paper, and a few colors of acrylics. You are encouraged to bring additional favorite papers and acrylic colors.

Greta D. Sibley
Garage Annex School, Inc.
One Cottage Street #5, Room 5-03
Easthampton, MA 01027 U.S.A.

*** If you have a website and/or blog that showcases your creative work, we’d love to share it on the member links page of the B.A.G. blog. Send an Email with the details to Tech Schmoe Elissa Campbell: erscampbell[at]hotmail[dot]com.

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