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

2009 September 1

Next Meeting:

Wednesday Sepetmber 2, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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

$5 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: Single Sheet Books by Liz Kappel

Liz will share her own unique books each created from a single sheet of paper. Her books will inspire us with her use of papers, stamps, embellishments, quotes and hidden surprises. Liz will lead us in a workshop on how to make the book structures and then we will have time to explore and create using this structure.

Materials to bring:

  • Medium-weight paper
  • Needle and thread
  • Glue stick
  • Bonefolder
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon and anything else that inspires you for embellishment

Reflection on the August meeting: Field Trip to UVM Special Collections

Luckily, our bubbling-over-with-enthusiasm Elissa Campbell prepared supplies for 24 people because, even on a hot summer evening, 23 people turned up! They probably knew that any class taught by Elissa is a rich experience! This was a workshop on the “Dowel Spine Portfolio” which she’d learned from a recent course by its inventor Peter Thomas at the Focus on Book Arts Conference You can see photos of all of us at work on the B.A.G. blog and learn more about the conference by going to Elissa’s blog It’s a fine site with a wealth of Elissa’s expertise and other resources as well; some members even learned of the VT Book Arts Guild by finding us on this site!

Member news:
It is with heavy hearts that we learned recently that Rebecca Coll, our “Mistress of Show & Tell” chair of the exhibition committee will be moving to Boston soon. We wish her well and a lively book arts scene. Hopefully she’ll come to some future BAG events in Vermont. Here’s her message:

There are many sad goodbyes that we have to make, but saying goodbye to the Book Arts Guild is one of the saddest. I have so much enjoyed getting to know and to work with all of you.

All the best to you all,

On Thursday, August 27th, Jane Davies will be presenting her book Collage Journeys along with Judy Lake, who will be presenting her new book, The Lampshade Lady’s Guide to Lighting Up Your Life at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT.

Join us for an evening celebrating two noted local artists, as Judy Lake presents The Lampshade Lady’s Guide to Lighting Up Your Life and Jane Davies presents Collage Journeys. Judy Lake has been making lampshades for more than 20 years, and turning out distinctive handmade lampshades from her Pawlet, Vermont shop for more than 11 years. In The Lampshade Lady’s Guide to Lighting Up Your Life, Lake shows how to create lampshades that show off your personality. You’ll learn how easy it is to make unique lampshades using materials as varied as old cloth children’s books to antique postcards. Known for her bold use of color, Jane Davies designs tableware, fabric, paper goods, stationery and other products for prestigious manufacturers. In Collage Journeys: A Practical Guide to Creating Personal Artwork, the artist, designer and teacher shows how to take collage to the next level. The book presents a series of innovative workshop assignments, each designed to relate the technique and format of a collage to its subject, with stunning finished pieces to offer inspiration. She is also the author of A Glaze of Color and Collage with Color, and lives in Rupert, Vermont.

Book Arts Learning Opportunities:

*** BAG member Gwen Morey, who knows her paper since she runs the “Stamp On It” store in Essex Junction, recommends this website for an amazing paper artist.  As she says, “don’t just look at the sculptures… on the other links on the top.”

*** BAG member Elissa Campbell is teaching two classes at Studio Place Arts in Barre this October. To enroll, please call the SPA office at (802) 479-7069.

Peek-a-Boo Journal: Thursday October 1 & 8, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 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. Participants are encouraged to bring small photos, paper ephemera, and/or other flat items to both decorate the covers and include in the windows. Additional materials will be available for use during the class. Each participant will leave class with a completed book and basic knowledge of bookbinding technique. Participants will receive a detailed handout and resource list for all materials used. Some bookbinding or sewing experience is helpful, but not required. Materials: Please contact SPA for a materials list. In addition, there is a $15 fee to the instructor at the first class. Members $55/Non-Members $65

Strappy Journal (ages 14 – 18): Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Journals are great for so many things – exploring our creative selves, recording dreams and feelings, documenting travels, or preserving details of our daily lives. Why not make a journal of your own, just the way you want it – it’s easy! In this workshop, we will use a binding that allows the book to remain flat when opened, making it perfect for use as a sketchbook or journal. Participants are encouraged to bring collage materials to decorate the covers of your book. Additional materials will be available for use during the class. In this workshop, each participant will leave class with a completed book and a basic knowledge of bookbinding technique. You will receive a detailed handout and resource list for all materials we use. No previous experience necessary. This workshop is grant-funded and free of charge.

*** Garage Annex School: We are pleased to welcome Dea Sasso to GAS to teach for the first time as she offers her basic repairs class for beginners. Please visit our website in order to see images that go with this workshop description, and in order to see what else we are offering this fall.  You may register online, or send us a check. If you are sending a check, please email me so I know to put you on the enrollment list.

Book Repair and Restoration for Beginners
Dea Sasso
September 19–20, Saturday–Sunday, Tuition: $185, Materials: $25
Enrollment limited to twelve.
This class is a two-day book repair intensive for those who want hands-on experience and instruction in evaluating and correcting book problems and damage.

You will practice basic techniques, and through the use of “reveals” (examples of partially repaired/exposed books and paper) will experience a wide range of age, injury, structural and material defects in books.  Emphasis will be on practicing the skills necessary to complete basic repair techniques. You can expect to complete at least ten sample repairs during the two days of class. You will also learn about other resources for your continued study and practice of book repair and restoration.  No previous experience is required.

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

*** The Center for Book Arts: Fall has always been the perfect time to explore new techniques or brush up on essential skills. We’ve got an exciting schedule of classes for artists, writers, and students new to books to expand their knowledge and immerse themselves in the book arts.

  • Are you an artist looking for new options for presenting your work? Barbara Mauriello will help you translate your art into a book structure, learning the basics of bookmaking along the way in her perennially popular Bookbinding for Artists.
  • Have some sewing experience but want to try something new? Under the expert guidance of Susan Mills, explore a variation on the longstitch structure, using handmade paper and leather straps.
  • Katie Baldwin will join us to demonstrate her mastery of the woodcut. In multiple colors, with perfect registration, learn the secrets of reductive relief printing and work on a gorgeous collaborative poster.
  • Have you always wanted to try letterpress but haven’t gotten around to it? Take that chance now and start with the basics in Letterpress I. Learn the ins and outs of inking and impression, set type by hand, see your words in print. There are several sections coming up this fall.

Check the classes page of The Center for Book Arts website to see a complete list of offerings, and register online from the course description page or by phone at (212) 481-0295. Hope to see you this fall!

Sarah Nicholls
Programs Manager

2009 Sally R. Bishop Faculty Fellow: Each year the Center invites a luminary in the field to New York City to give a lecture, teach a workshop and present a body of work as a Featured Artist. The Center for Book Arts is honored to welcome Johanna Druckeras the 2009 Sally R. Bishop Faculty Fellow. The weekend of November 7-8 she will join us for What Makes a Book Work? A hands-on workshop exploring explore fundamental concepts of development, sequence, and intertextuality, this class provides some basic lessons that can be used for teaching or in one’s own practice. Students will work with scale, image, text, and content across a book’s spaces and hone their sensitivity to how the elements of a book relate to each other. Designed for advanced students, this class is application only; please contact the Center to register. A selection of her bookworks will be on display in the gallery through December 5th; Drucker will give a lecture on her work in conjunction with the exhibition on Friday, November 6th.

*** 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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