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

2009 November 26

Next Meeting:

Wednesday December 6, 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.)

Annual Ethnic Potluck with Swap and Sale

Pot Luck: Let’s celebrate the season and our excellent success this year with terrific pot luck for our December meeting. Last year’s dinner was a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, main dishes, and desserts. Bring your best dish, bring your favorite dish, bring a traditional family dish, bring an ethnic dish and let’s enjoy a meal together. Plan to bring food that does not need to be reheated. Janet Ballantyne will bring plates etc.

Swap & Sale: After the good eats and conversation, we will set out displays for our Second Annual “Swap and Sale”. You are invited to bring in items that are a result of your own creativity and/or bring in materials that you no longer need, knowing that they will inspire someone else’s creativity, i.e.: art papers, fabric, art supplies, overstock items, book arts specialty, magazines, etc. Decide whether your offerings will be available for swapping for someone else’s goodies and make a sign so designating that. If you have items to sell, make a sign to display your name and the price/sales tax. It should be another fun evening!

Reflection on the November meeting:
Our November meeting was lead by our own B.A.G. co-founder Janet Ballantyne. For the evening, Janet transformed herself into the Princess of Post-Its and was ready with a wealth of materials for us. With her book arts smarts and guidance we created hinged book covers to house our note pads. The simple covers are perfect for using up our treasured bits of papers and creating small, yet impressive, gifts. Thank you, Janet!

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

Planning Ahead

January’s Meeting: Sharing and Support:
Start thinking about what to bring to January’s meeting, such as projects (in process or completed), challenges, questions, resources (books, magazines, web sites, blogs.), favorite tools, sources of innovation, or anything else that inspires or connects you to the Book Arts. This has proven to be popular annual meeting. So come and share and be ready to go away with a wealth of new creative energy.

Exhibit in May:
The Guild has been invited to exhibit in a new gallery in May 2010, so start your creative endeavors while details are being worked out. Watch for news in a future “MailB.A.G.”!

Book Arts Opportunities:

*** Special Collections at Bailey/Howe Library, UVM:

“Medieval Manuscript History Detectives at Work”: Daniel Williman and Karen Corsano will discuss their discoveries on the Cronica of Guillaume de Nangis as well as commenting on medieval manuscripts in the Special Collections. Free; refreshments.

7:30 PM, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 in the Special Collections Reading Room.

*** Otter Pond Bindery with Susan Bonthron

Tunnel Book: December 5th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring your own postcards or photos printed on cardstock, or use materials provided to make a magical, amazing tunnel book in a windowed case.

Photo Album: December 12th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Make a screwpost photo album using paste or marbled paper or gorgeous Yuzen Shi paper. Gold stamp your album with a name or date. Kits available. These make wonderful presents.

Personal Field Journal: Sunday, December 27th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Get over the post holiday blues by making your personal field journal. This book form celebrates your treasured place(s) and includes windows, pull outs and other surprises. Bring small flat objects/photos/pressed leaves etc. to include in this special book.

NOTE: If you’re from out of town and need a place to stay overnight, do check out Schoolhouse Number 10! Make a weekend of it with your family or friends. Classes run if enough sign up.

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

*** Garage Annex School

Please join us at the Garage Annex School in Easthampton, MA, for the workshop Wooden-Leaf Books. You may view a gallery of images by going to Wooden-Leaf Books. Please register on our site using your MasterCard or Visa, or if you send a check email us to let us know. We’ll save you a spot. We hope you see you here!

Wooden-Leaf Books with Pam Spitzmueller December 5-6
Tuition: $225 plus materials: $40

Utilitarian book formats of multiple wooden leaves have been used throughout history as reusable tablets for notes, perpetual calendars, craftsmen pattern books, or permanent containers for writing.

Thin slices of wood are bound along one edge forming pocket-sized books. They are durable, portable, and ready to be consulted at a moment’s notice. These historical styles are ripe for interpretation by book artists.

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

*** BAG member Megan Humphrey will have a 1st floor booth for her Sweet Basil Cards at the 20th annual Women’s Festival of Crafts at Burlington City Hall:

* 11/27/09: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
* 11/28/09: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
* 11/29/09: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*** Bonefolder Volume 5 is now available for download at This is a marvelous online magazine with links to many book arts sites.

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