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

July 27, 2010

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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

Click here to download the directions to Special Collections.


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
  • October: Elizabeth Rideout: Decorative bindings and working with leather

Upcoming B.A.G. Events

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

Book artist Peter ThomasPeter 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.

Date: Saturday August 28
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Hall, Williston Federated Church, 44 N. Williston Rd, Williston, VT
Class & materials fees: $65 (includes $20 materials fee)
Class limit: 12
Contact: Jill Abilock at jabilock[at]japanlink-trans[dot]com

To register, complete and mail the registration form and along with a check for $65 made out to Book Arts Guild of Vermont, to:

Workshop Registration
c/o Jill Abilock
2087 Ferry Rd
Charlotte, VT 05445


Members’ News

*** Carolyn Shattuck will be exhibiting her Artist Books – SPEAKING VOLUMES in the Great Hall of the Salem Courthouse, 58 East Broadway, Salem, NY 12865. The exhibit runs from August 3 – September 6, 2010. An artist reception will be held on August 8 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Carolyn was also featured in the Spring 2010 issue of Bound & Lettered, a journal focusing on the book arts. Included in the article was He Had No Words, a pop-up book that was included in our recent show at the Creative Space Gallery.


Book Arts News:

*** Save the date! The Guild of Book Workers will host their annual Standards of Excellence Seminar in Boston in October 2011. The Seminar offers presentations by leading experts in the book and paper arts. Tours of local binderies, conservation facilities, and other related businesses are arranged during the event.

For more information about the Seminar, please visit the Guild of Book Workers website.


Book Arts Opportunities:

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers has a call for entries for a juried exhibition to be held in conjunction with Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence Seminar in October 2011. The book selected for this exhibition is Pictorial Webster’s: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities printed by Quercus Press. Selected works will be included in a traveling exhibition and a printed catalog. Membership in the Guild of Book Workers is required for entrance. The unbound text block costs $38 (includes shipping) and must be purchased to enter this exhibit.

Please visit the New England Chapter website for more details and instructions on how to purchase the book.


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