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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” January 2011

January 31, 2011

Next Meeting

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Note: The meeting has been rescheduled from February 2nd due to Wednesday’s snowstorm.

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.

$8 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: Stamping with Jen Alderman and Gwen Morey

Participants will complete a stamping project with embossing and some cutting – go home with a finished card that you will not want to give away! Bring any stamping questions that you might have – between the two of us, we will answer them for you.

Materials to bring:

  • 3 pieces of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock that coordinate
  • Glue stick
  • Cutting mat
  • X-Acto knife
  • Small sharp scissors
  • Standard card to attach your stamped item
  • Heat gun, if you have one

We hope to see you there!


Reflections on January’s Meeting

Our annual January sharing meeting was an exciting time to glimpse into the ongoing projects and passions of our members. We discussed problems encountered in book projects such as mold and binding solutions.

We marveled at new artist books including miniature leather bound books, a book make completely from found objects, a pocket accordion housing hand signs for babies, a book memorializing a shirt collection, a book with a girdle, and wonderful miniature stab bound books. Many of these will be shown in out upcoming exhibit, Big Ideas, Small Books.

If that wasn’t enough we also admired new tools to cut, score, punch and decorate book cloth. Then there were the numerous recourses of books and magazines to inspire and motivate. Our meeting proved that our guild is alive and thriving with individual creativity and a growing community of bookies.

Other members shared publications, inspiring books, and resources. You can view the list of resources on the B.A.G. blog. We look forward to next year’s “Share & Support” event!

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


Member News

*** In Valentine Vestiges, paper artist & BAG member Megan Humphrey will display works which honor Valentines in their many forms.

The exhibit is in the Pickering Room of the Fletcher Free Library, 135 College Street, Burlington and will be held from February 1 – 27, 2011.

*** BAG member Eliza Collins has generously donated a bookbinding class for four to Bid for the Barn, a statewide online fundraiser auction for Pete’s Greens. Earlier this month, a fire destroyed the barn at Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury.

Eliza will teach a bookbinding class in which up to 4 students can create their own hand-stitched blank books. All materials will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn something new and support a good cause. Bid now!


Book Arts News

*** Volume 7 of The Bonefolder is now available for download. The issue includes a tutorial on the New Oriental Binding Structure by Monique Lallier and Pamela Barrios and images from the 2010 Bind-O-Rama on Pamela Leutz’s The Thread That Binds.

In addition, a newly-created blog named Bonefolder Extras will focus on more time-sensitive topics, such as exhibitions and book reviews. For more information, please contact the publisher, Peter D. Verheyen.

*** The Guild of Book Workers is having a logo design contest for the 2011 Standards of Excellence Seminar in Boston. The logo will be used on promotional materials, the website, and on giveaways at the meeting. Preference will be shown towards entries with Boston or New England related themes. The deadline is March 1, 2011.

For more information, please visit the NEGBW blog.


Book Arts Classes

*** Elissa Campbell is teaching 2 bookbinding workshops at Studio Place Arts this winter:

  • The Handmade Photo Album: In this workshop, you will learn how to create an elegant hard-cover photo album using bookcloth and handmade paper – this is a wonderful keepsake that can hold 4” x 6” photos from your recent vacation or family holiday gathering. The class meets on February 16, 2011, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • The Recycled Accordion Book: In this workshop, you’ll create an accordion book using recycled papers, books, and other found materials. This structure can stand up and be stretched out, making it perfect for display. The class meets on March 9, 2011, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

To register, contact SPA via phone (802) 479-7069 or Email.

*** Burlington City Arts is offering Print and Book with Amy Wild on Tuesdays, April 5 – May 24, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Learn how to silkscreen images and/or text onto paper, creating pages that you will hand-bind using basic Japanese bookbinding stitches.

You can register for the class on the BCA website.


Book Arts Events

*** The 28th annual Paper & Book Intensive will be held at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, MI from May 16 – 27, 2011. This year’s instructors include Carol Barton, Andrea Dezsö, and Julia Miller.

Applications are being accepted online. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2011.

*** Paper, a group show including Elise Whittemore-Hill, Catherine Hall, Grace Weaver, Sumru Tekin, Ella Hill, Kate Donnelly, and Tony Saunders will be held at 215 College Gallery through February 6, 2011. The gallery is located at 215 College Street in Burlington, VT.

Gallery hours are as follows: Friday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. Please call (802) 863-3662 for more information.

*** 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 runs through February 6, 2011.

*** 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.”

Dartmouth College is in Hanover, NH.


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