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

2010 October 30

Next Meeting
Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts, located to the right of City Hall on Church Street in Burlington, VT.

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: The Relationship Between Book Content and Structure, presented by Judy Brook
We will explore how letting the content of a book influence the structure of the book can lead to a stronger concept and more cohesive piece of art. I will show examples from my collection and also the “Book of Books” that my biology students made to illustrate key biological concepts.
For example: The “booklet” on the replication of DNA actually replicates as students work with it. We will create a “make it and take it” booklet that includes an exploding map-fold structure.
Please bring a bone folder, medium-large sized scissors, and a glue stick to the meeting.

Bookbinder Elizabeth RideoutReflections on October’s Meeting
Our October meeting was jam-packed with BAG members eager to learn about working with leather. Elizabeth Rideout demonstrated the basics of working with leather, constructing a case, and casing-in. She displayed books in various states of completion, which helped to illustrate the process.
Elizabeth talked about the different creative choices one could make that would impact both the aesthetic and structural qualities of the completed book. We learned about leather grain and the differences between adhesives. One of the highlights of the meeting was watching her pare leather on a litho stone – she makes it look so easy!
You can view images from the meeting on the B.A.G. blog.

Vermont artist Bradley FoxMember News
*** Sadly, BAG member Bradley Fox passed away during the weekend of October 16/17. Bradley was a founding member of East Johnson Plein Air Club.
A community gathering celebrating Bradley’s life and creative work will be held Friday, October 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Vermont Studio Center‘s Gallery 2 on Pearl Street in Johnson.

Book Arts News
*** Central Vermont Adult Basic Education in Morrisville, VT is looking for someone to teach a papermaking workshop to members of its writing class. For more information, please contact Jennifer McKay.
*** Harcourt Bindery in Boston, MA is clearing out their older stock and is offering bookcloth at a steep discount:

  • 200 yards 39″ Oddesy bookcloth, navy blue (paper backed, priced @$2.50/yard, 10 yard minimum. This is similar to Cialux or Brillianta book cloth.
  • 400 yards 45″ Roxite Record Buckram, tan/grey color, priced at $3.50/yard, 25 yard minimum. 100 yards or more @$2.75/yard.

Shipping is additional. For free samples, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Harcourt Bindery, 80 Cambridge St., Charlestown, MA 02129, attn: Robert.
*** Book arts blogger Dennis Yuen is having a contest with a prize of a $50 gift certificate to Paper Mojo. Create something that has been inspired by Halloween from any sheet of paper – it should be no larger than letter-size (8.5 ”x 11”). There are no restrictions on the form and colors –  fold, tear, paint, draw or write! Send an Email to Dennis with a photo of your entry by midnight (EST) on November 1st. For more details, visit Dennis’ website.

Book Arts Classes
*** Elizabeth Rideout is teaching a 3-day workshop at the Shelburne Craft School, Miniature Book Ornaments in Leather. Students will learn basic leather work technique and assemble two full leather miniature books. No previous experience required. The class meets on November 13, 20, and December 4, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
You can register for the class online or call (802) 985-3648 for more information.
*** Susan Bonthron of Otter Pond Bindery is teaching the following classes during the month of November:

  • In Two Portfolios, students will make two gorgeous portfolios with book cloth and paste or marbled paper. You will learn a special paper and book cloth lamination technique that will serve you well on other projects. The class will be held on November 13, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • In Long-Stitch Books, you will make two models of long-stitch books, one with a handmade paper cover, and one with bonded leather cover. The class will be held on November 20, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Susan at (802) 257-0003.

Book Arts Events
*** Now through November 27th, Susan Bonthron has one of her artist books featured in Tri-Fold: New Perspectives on Book Arts at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Over 70 artists are represented in the show, which promises to be exciting and intriguing.
*** The Book Unbound & The Book Arts at Dartmouth is currently on display now through November 24th in Baker Main Hall at the Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth College. The exhibit highlights the book and the book arts at Dartmouth and was curated by Stephanie Wolff and Deborah Howe, both staff of Dartmouth College Library Preservation Services. Dartmouth College is in Hanover, NH.
*** The North Bennet Street School is having their 18th Annual Open House on November 5 & 6, 2010. You’ll have the opportunity to see work in progress and visit with bookbinding instructors and students. They also have a gallery where you can buy specialized hand tools. For more information about the Open House, please visit their website.
*** The Guild of Book Workers’ traveling exhibition Marking Time will be on display at the Baker-Berry Library at Darmouth College from November 5, 2010 – March 20, 2011. According to exhibit curator Karen Hanmer, “Marking Time showcases the rich diversity of backgrounds, talents, and interests that has been a hallmark of Guild membership for over 100 years. Exhibitors are conservators and bookbinders; also arts educators, full-time studio artists, and people with jobs outside the arts.”
*** The 34th annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair takes place November 12-14, 2010 at the Hynes Convention Center.
Members of the North Bennet Street School will have a table on cultural row displaying work by the bookbinding students.
*** Carole Hendrickson, Linda Rubenstein and Susan Bonthron will be in a three-woman show of travel journals called Paper Trails at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. The show opens on Saturday, November 6th and runs through February 6, 2011.

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