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

2009 October 30

Next Meeting:

Wednesday November 7, 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: Post-It Note book covers with Janet Ballantyne
Plus plans for December’s Annual Ethnic Potluck Swap & Sale

Post-It Books: These nifty little books make excellent hostess gifts or little holiday gifts for every one at the office. The cool thing is that this is a re-usable blank book that will sit on everyone’s desk or by the phone for ever and be the ultimate usable gift. This little book model is easy to make and the supplies are easy to get. In fact this is a good place to use a “reject piece” of your original art work for the cover.

Materials to bring:

  • 3 inch square post-it pad(s)
  • Lovely decorative cover paper 5” by 9”
  • 2 pieces double ply card board or mat board 3 5/8” square
  • Card stock to match or compliment the cover
  • Bonefolder
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Cutting mat
  • Exacto knife or rolling blade
  • Scissors
  • Glue and brush
  • Scrap paper for gluing

Also, bring the following but I’ll have extra on hand if you don’t:

  • 2 sided tape
  • Rounded corner punch
  • Small piece of book cloth
  • Small piece of tyvek mailing envelope

Upcoming Programs:

  • December: Annual Ethnic Potluck with Swap and Sale
  • January: Sharing: challenges, projects, resources and inspirations
  • February: Personal Journey of a Book Artist by Nancy Stone
  • March: Technology: Resources, Communication and Inspirations by Elissa Campbell
  • April: Edible Books
  • May: pending
  • June/July: trip to Montreal

Reflection on the October meeting:
Meta Strick presented the concept of Junk Box Books with the opening words: “If an artist says it’s a book, it is a book! Anything, anything, anything goes!” To prove it, she shared her “Mash” book, sewn onto the end of a potato masher kitchen tool and a cookie cutter used as the cover of a concertina book!! So, we poured through Meta’s over-flowing container of bits and pieces: fabric, beads, buttons, toys, jewelry pieces, etc. while members brought in additional contributions. The room was uncommonly quiet as everyone concentrated on creating spontaneous books by the one-hour deadline for an instant art show.  It was amazing!  Such creativity occurs when you can’t pre-think book structures.  One artist cut a rubber ball in half to create covers for a book on childhood memories!
You can view images from the meeting on the B.A.G. blog.

Member news:
New members:

  • Krista Ainsworth:
  • Fran Huntoon:

*** BAG members Meta Strick and Elissa Campbell will be showing their work at Craft Vermont, Vermont Hand Crafters’ annual fine art and craft show. From November 19 – 22, you can find Elissa & Meta right next to each other in the Emerald Room at the Sheraton, 870 Williston Road in South Burlington. Click here to download a coupon for $1 off admission.

Exhibit Opportunity:
Deadline has been extended to December 10, 2009. The template can be downloaded by clicking here. Every entrant can submit three pieces.

SECRETS…We all have them…hidden and held close to the heart…sometimes we open them to ourselves or unfold them to let someone else know about them…sometimes unbidden they whisper back to us…reminding us that they are there keeping silent but always with us…what secrets do you wish to unfold with us?

This is a women’s collaborative book using a square 3-inch by 3-inch ocular-opening envelope as the container for our secrets. All material and/or content/media is welcome; decorate any surface as the book will we sewn together at one fold. Writers, poets, artists are encouraged to submit. Inclusion in this project is juried by JUSTARIP Press, Phillipsburg, NJ. Envelopes exceeding the required dimensions, design or structure may not be included. All works must be signed with the artist’s full name, contact information and dated somewhere on the submitted work. Submission of the piece by the artist is an agreement to be part of the project. Any images of submitted works will be used for promotional purposes only and no profits will be made from reproduction of any images. The finished collaborative book will be submitted to the National Museum for Women in the Arts for inclusion in their Special Collections. Submission does not guarantee placement.

The finished collaborative book WILL BE DONATED and no proceeds will be realized by any participating artists or JUSTARIP Press, Phillipsburg, NJ.

The book will be exhibited at least once in the Phillipsburg-Easton area during National Women’s History Month in March of 2010. All submissions must be completed and mailed to: Maryann J. Riker, JUSTARIP Press, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865.

Book Arts Exhibits:
*** Cuban Artists’ Hand-made Books and Prints at UVM Fleming Art Museum: October 13 – November 25, 2009. Click here for more information.

*** Val Hird (BAG member) has an exhibit at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts’ Tarrant Gallery October 2, 2009 – January 2, 2010. The exhibit also has the books on a laptop which allows you to open each page of each journal. The show is open to the public on Saturday afternoons as well as before each evening show and the intermission.

*** Bailey/Howe Library, UVM Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the lobby: Two dozen books that were all inscribed and illuminated by hand on early paper, parchment and vellum.

*** Susan Bonthron: 12 YEARS AT OTTER POND, a retrospective of her book arts. Gallery 215 (a new gallery for book arts) Latchis Hotel, Brattleboro, VT, October 2 – 28, 2009. Gallery 215 is located on the second floor of the Latchis Hotel; it is a new space dedicated to book arts, works on paper and assemblage. Open on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2-6PM, and by appointment on the weekends. Call or email Susan for an appointment – (802) 257-0003

Book Arts Learning Opportunities:
*** Otter Pond Bindery with Susan Bonthron: 3-Section Hardbound Journal
Saturday, October 31, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This book can be used as an album, journal, scrapbook, or artist sketchbook. We’ll use paste or marbled paper (bring your own if you have some!), book cloth and linen thread to sew this form, which can be large or small (~9″x11.25″ or 6.25″x9.25″). These also make wonderful gifts.
I will probably offer another paste paper class in November, as well as a tunnel book class, a chitsu class, and a hardbound journal (of some kind) class in November/December if there is enough interest. Do let me know what forms you’d like to make.

Susan Bonthron, Otter Pond Bindery
108 S. Belden Hill Rd.
Guilford, VT 05301
(802) 257-0003

*** Garage Annex School: A Book of One’s Own: Versatile Journal and Sketchbook Designs
Dates: November 7 – 8, 2009, Saturday – Sunday
Tuition: $220 plus $40 materials, enrollment limited to twelve.

We will construct a series of journal/sketchbook models, from simple to complex, considering features and adaptations that could make each form ideally suited for a specific use travel journal, sketchbook, field journal, annual diary, etc. The models will incorporate pockets, foldouts, maps, envelopes, closures, and various combinations of exterior and interior materials. Discussions on variations will consider compactness and portability, durability of materials, strength of binding, pages that open flat for writing and drawing, paper that is pleasing and works with a variety of writing and drawing tools, and built-in spaces for special needs. Our final model will be a personal journal for the coming year, 2010, with pre-printed calendar and note pages.

Greta D. Sibley, Garage Annex School, Inc.
One Cottage Street #5, Room 5-03
Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 529-0070, (413) 529-0071

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