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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” June 2010

2010 June 30

Next Meeting:

Please note, there will not be a meeting in July due to proximity to the holidays.

The August meeting will be held at UVM’s Special Collections in Bailey Howe Library.

Planning Ahead

  • July 31 – August 1: The Amazing Dremel workshop with Jill Timm
  • August 4: UVM Special Collections, Big and Small Books
  • August 27: Peter and Donna Thomas will present their work at UVM Special Collections
  • August 28: Peter and Donna Thomas workshop
  • September: Miniature Books (tentative)
  • October: Elizabeth Rideout: Decorative bindings and working with leather

Reflections on June’s Meeting

First off, we want to thank the directors and board of the Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes for their enthusiastic endorsement of the Book Arts Guild by holding the exhibit there during the month of May. And thanks go also to the Vermont Crafts Council for selecting the Guild to be the kick-off event in this year’s State of Craft Showcase Events that celebrate the Council’s 20th anniversary.

The exhibit had been dismantled that Wednesday afternoon and brought to the meeting for pick-up by their creators. But first, the owners took turns displaying their work and discussing the inspiration, challenges and successes of each piece. Our mouths dropped open in awe and hands clapped mightily after each presentation!! Cynthia Weiss, a BAG member from New Jersey, said that she was really impressed with the quality of the member’s work in the exhibit. There is no doubt that the levels of creativity, originality and craftsmanship are raised by our exposure to the wide variety of each other’s talents!

Here are some comments from the guest book at the exhibit:

Wonderful, expressive, elegant, re-defines the idea of “book”.

I so enjoyed seeing your pieces; fluid poetry bound!


It was such a delight to see such an incredible collection of books! Thank you!

Unbelievable creativity.

Congratulations on all the beautiful work–truly inspiring!

16 little ones in the Evergreen Preschool and teachers loved everything.

Too beautiful keep or give away

These books are extraordinary.

Such magical moments.

Well, well, well. Who knew books, that books, o books, could be so very wonderful without words.

Wonderful work! Make this an annual event!

Love, love, love this exhibit!

Introduced me to a lovely new art form.

Beautiful–peaceful but inspiring!

Who knew there was so much local talent?!

A mind-expanding exploration of the definition of a “Book”.

Caught in a moment’s grab-off road, I wandered by chance onto this basic, foundational, and exotic experience–I thank you for the inner-peace I found here at twilight today.

Images from the meeting are available on the B.A.G. blog.

Members’ News
*** Nancy Stone’s artist book Loon Latitude received the Northern Vermont Artist Association’s juried show award for Mixed Media.

Book Arts News:

Be sure to check out Carol Barton’s blog/website Popular Kinetics – you can sign up to receive it regularly. In this edition, you’ll learn about the paper engineering exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop and Turn, up through October 2011. All of her links to book arts events are marvels!

Upcoming B.A.G. Workshops

*** The Amazing Dremel, a workshop with Jill TimmDremel 4000 rotary tool

In this creation transforming class you will learn how to use the magic tool every artist should have, the amazing Dremel tool. You will drill, cut, carve, etch, shape, polish, and grind non-traditional book making materials such as, glass, plastic, metals, wood, clay and more. You will be able to make books out of just about anything! After this class your material options will be limitless. You will try your hand at working with various materials and using several bits for different purposes and effects. As you play with materials you will be making pages for your sample book for later reference. No experience necessary.

Elissa Campbell took this workshop last year and wrote about it on her blog. You can read her posts to get an idea of the class structure:

Dates: Saturday July 31 and Sunday August 1
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
Location: Studio Place Arts, 201 North Main Street, Barre, VT
Class & materials fees: $200 all-inclusive. The fee includes a set of bits for the Dremel tool and materials for the class.

To register, complete and mail the registration form and along with a check for $200 made out to Book Arts Guild of Vermont, to:
Dremel Workshop, c/o Elissa Campbell, 846 Gallison Hill Rd, Montpelier, VT 05602

Spots in the workshop will be filled in the order in which the applications are received. You will receive confirmation of your registration via Email. After registration, you will be sent a list of tools to bring to the workshop.

There are only three spots left in the workshop. which will be filled in the order in which the applications are received. You will receive confirmation of your registration via Email. After registration, you will be sent a list of tools to bring to the workshop. If you are interested in attending, please send your registration as soon as possible.

For additional information, please contact Elissa Campbell at erscampbell[at]gmail[dot]com or (802) 229-1342.

*** The Nested Accordion Pop-Up Book and the Miniature Scrolling Book, a workshop with Peter Thomas

Book Artist Peter Thomas

Peter and Donna Thomas will be teaching a one day workshop where participants will explore the exciting world of artists’ books. This class will teach basic bookbinding skills while introducing participants to new and innovative book structures that have been developed by Peter and Donna. Both projects will have handouts with complete directions on how to make the book structure, taken from the Thomas’ book More Making Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects.

Participants will be given instruction in basic book arts techniques and will be taught two small format books. One will be a 3” accordion book with a unique structure, a “nested pop up accordion fold”. This binding has a second accordion that weaves in and out of the first. The second book will be a scrolling case bound book. Advanced students may have time to put text in their books and will want to come prepared with a short 4-10 word quote to work with. All materials will be provided, but students may want to bring their own papers to substitute for those provided.

Dates: Saturday August 28
Time: TBD
Location: Williston Federated Church, 44 N. Williston Rd, Williston, VT
Class & materials fees: TBD

We’re still working out the rest of the details, so we’re not quite ready for registration. If you’d like to receive a registration form via Email as soon as it’s available, please contact Jill Abilock at jabilock[at]japanlink-trans[dot]com.

Book Arts Opportunities:

*** Garage Annex School, Easthampton, MA

We welcome Julie Chen back to Garage Annex School when she offers—for the first time anywhere—a five-day workshop: The Secrets of the Magic Tablet. Part book, part optical paper toy, the tablet structure presents the opportunity to create mesmerizing illusions. This workshop will be an enjoyable blend of creative expression and the learning and execution of a precise structure. This workshop was fully enrolled but one student has just cancelled. This class will be held July 12–16.

We are also very pleased to welcome Shawn Sheehy to GAS for the first time on July 26 – 28. He will help you bring exciting dimension to the page when he teaches Animated Pop-Up Structures. In this three-day class, you will learn the fundamentals for building both pop-up and moveable structures. You will practice by building a series of increasingly complex structures that are set in motion either by lifting or moving the figure. As you advance you will combine both pop-up and moveable elements in order to create animated or articulated figures.

For more information about our workshops, please visit our website: We also have a convenient housing and meal plan – it’s a great value! Please visit our lodging page in order to learn more.

*** Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

Lynne Avadenka offers Multiple(s) Choices: Printmaking Laboratory from August 1 – 6. We will explore printmaking techniques that utilize inexpensive materials and can be used in the creation of artists’ books. Plexiglas drypoint, collograph, flexi-cut, stencils, relief printing and pochoir are among the techniques that will be presented. A number of simple, elegant and versatile binding structures, particularly useful in binding single printed pages will be demonstrated. Supply list will be sent upon registration. Register for the workshop online

Lynne is a friend of Linda Lembke, BAG member and mentor to many BAG members.

For more information, please visit the FAWC website.

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