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

2010 November 26

Next Meeting

Wednesday, December 1, 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: Annual Ethnic Potluck with Swap and Sale

Pot Luck: Let’s celebrate the season 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.

Swap & Sale: After the good eats and conversation, we will set out displays for our Third 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. As an added bonus, Richard Langdell will be bringing a batch of his handmade papers to sell.

It should be a fun evening!

Reflections on November’s Meeting

Our November meeting provided us all with a sense of wonder. Judy Brook lead us through both her personal and professional journey with book arts. As a scientist, teacher and book artist Judy designs books with structures and content that are interdependent. She shared book after book where the structures enhanced the beauty and meaning of the content. We were in awe of her books and of Judy.

Lucky for us Judy taught us all to make a book model that demonstrates her expertise. Our book model had French doors and alternate origami map-fold pop-outs. We all had fun with the construction and marveled at the practical and magical qualities of the structure.

Thank you Judy, you are a wonder.

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

Member News

*** There have been a number of changes on the B.A.G. Bookboard this month. Nancy Stone stepped down as Chair after having served in the position since B.A.G.’s formation (thanks Nancy!). Elizabeth Rideout has graciously stepped into the role and we believe that she will do a fabulous job leading our organization into the future.

Jen Alderman has taken over the role of Calendar Keeper from Ann Joppe-Mercure, who remains on the Bookboard as Keeper of the Checkbook.

We are always looking for new folks to join us in planning B.A.G.’s future. If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact us at We’d love to have you join our team!

Book Arts News

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers (NEGBW) has selected Johnny Carrera’s Pictorial Webster’s for its Pictorial Webster’s Exhibition. Please visit the Quercus Press website for more information on the Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary.

The exhibition will open in Boston and will be on view during the Guild of Book Workers’ Standards of Excellence Seminar in October 2011. Copies of the set book are still available. You must submit your Intent to Enter by December 31, 2010.

Please note that membership in the Guild of Book Workers is required for entrance. For more information, please visit the NEGBW blog.

Book Arts Classes

*** The Garage Annex School is offering Metal Binding Meets the Cover Carrier with Daniel Kelm on December 4-5, 2010.

During this two-day workshop we’ll explore the requirements of combining metal with paper, and you will construct a multi-signature codex binding with metal covers.

The text block construction involves signatures that have a primary sewing similar to a pamphlet—but with the incorporation of an exterior rod with tubing spacers. A secondary sewing, beginning and ending with the covers, binds the individual pamphlet signatures together.

In and of itself, learning the concept and execution of a carrier board is worth participation in this workshop. In addition to metal panels, materials such as leather, cloth, and paper will be evaluated for successful use in the cover carrier board system.

You can register for the class online.Tuition is $245 and the material fee is $50.

*** Susan Bonthron of Otter Pond Bindery is teaching the following classes during the month of December:

  • 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.
  • In Secret Belgian Binding you will learn about this structure reintroduced by Hedi Kyle. The binding involves a three-part cover and a special sewing technique. The class will be held on December 11, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • In Drop-Spine Box, you will create a classic cloth-covered box that can be made to hold your treasured objects or pages, or a “book in a box.” The class will be held on December 18, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Book Arts Events

*** 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.”

*** 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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