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

2011 April 28

Next Meeting

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 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.

$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: Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure

Come to the May meeting ready to play with book structures and content. Together we will be making books for children and then donating them to Kids to Kids International. This non profit organization packs Friendship Boxes filled with handmade books and educational supplies then delivers them to children in need all over the world. For 20 years that have delivered boxes of hope and friendship to over 50 countries.

Check out the website, then come make books, play with your friends and create a gift of hope. I will provide the paper for the book structures and you can help by bringing the following supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Fun supplies to share like colored pencils, crayons, water colors, stamps, punches, special papers…and anything else that will bring a sense of creative fun to a book for a child.

I will also accept new art supplies like crayons, colored pencils, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, glue sticks, markers and scissors to send to KTKI.

See you there,

Reflections on April’s Meeting

In early April, Gail Martin introduced a full house of B.A.G. members to Snapology, a form of unit origami using strips of paper to make complex amazing structures. Gail started us all off with folding strips of papers into equal units then unfolding and cutting these units into equally measured unit strips. The papers were then assembled into triangular units that locked together with connecting stips. The more units that connected the more amazing the structure.

While some of us found this to be a snap, others were challenged by the complexity of thinking in three-dimensional forms. The best part of the evening was the colleagueship of our members all helping each other and networking at the same time.

All of us left with a new appreciation snapology and the workings of Gail’s mind to fully understand the structures and process.

Thank you Gail!

Spring Exhibition: Big Ideas, Small Books

Recognizing book artist Nancy Stone for her work with the Book Arts Guild of VermontOn April 17th, the Book Arts Guild of Vermont hosted the opening session for Big Ideas, Small Books, its spring exhibtion at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery. The exhibit features 34 artist books created by 20 B.A.G. members.

In addition to celebrating the opening of the show, we honored the invaluable and generous work of B.A.G. co-founder Nancy Stone. Nancy not only helped to create an organization that offers opportunities for learning and collaboration, but has also fostered lasting friendships. We love you and you’re welcome to rejoin the B.A.G. Bookboard any time!

The show is open now through May 22, 2011. You can view pictures from the opening on the B.A.G. blog.

B.A.G. News

Handmade book by Dan Essig*** Save the date! We are pleased to announce that renowned book artist Daniel Essig will be coming to Vermont to offer Wooden Covers, Mica Pages, a three-day workshop from 7/8/11 – 7/10/11.

Developed as early as the fourth century, the book-binding style known as Ethiopian Coptic has withstood the test of time. In this workshop, the elegant sewn-binding structure, combined with the use of traditional wooden covers and alternative mica pages, will introduce a range of creative possibilities for the beginning, the intermediate, and the advanced bookbinder.

Cost, location and other information about the workshop coming soon.

Many of Daniel’s sculptural pieces are featured in The Penland Book of Handmade Books, including the amazing book featured on the cover.

*** B.A.G. members Carolyn Shattuck, Nancy Stone, Meta Strick, Ken Leslie, Elizabeth Rideout, Jill Abilock, and Elissa Campbell are opening their studios as part of the state-wide Open Studio Weekend sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council. If you want to visit fellow book artists on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, you can find them in the following locations:

  • Carolyn: Rutland, studio #93
  • Jill: Shelburne, studio #132
  • Elizabeth: Shelburne, studio #132
  • Nancy: Williston, studio #138
  • Meta: Fairfield, studio #171
  • Ken: Hardwick, studio #183
  • Elissa: Montpelier, studio #213

You can find maps and directions to studios on the VT Crafts Council website. You can also download a pdf of the 2011 Vermont Open Studio Tour Guide. Please note that this is a really big file – 13.5 MB.

*** Last November, B.A.G. member Marianna Holzer was featured on WCAX’s Made in Vermont. Marianna is the third in her family to work as a bookbinder – her grandfather and father did the same work. Learn more about her history and her work by watching the feature on the WCAX website.

*** Jane Davies‘ new book, Adventures in Mixed Media, was officially released on April 26th. The book includes projects and techniques that guide you in your creative expression through use of collage and mixed media. Congrats to B.A.G. members Elissa Campbell and Jill Abilock, who have their work included in the book. Check it out!

Book Arts Classes
*** Jill Abilock of Six Loons Studio is teaching a series of basic bookbinding workshops at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery this spring. Make your own books and journals! Learn three essential bookbinding techniques in this series of workshops.

  • Basic Bookbinding: The Pamphlet Stitch: This workshop will cover one of the most versatile and basic bookbinding techniques: the pamphlet stitch. We will make several small models exploring different applications of this technique as well as a lovely, soft-covered journal with a wraparound tie. The class meets on May 1, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Basic Bookbinding: The Amazing Accordion: Deceptively simple, the accordion fold can be used alone or in combination with other techniques to make beautiful and innovative books. The accordion books we make in this class will be great for displaying poetry, photographs, paintings or drawings. The class meets on May 9, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Basic Bookbinding: Japanese Stab Binding: Elegant in their simplicity, Japanese stab-bound books are also fun to make. We will make several models of different sewing patterns as well as a book with a handmade paper cover that would make a great journal, sketchbook, scrapbook or guest book. The class meets on May 14, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $40.00 per workshop, $100.00 for all three workshops (includes all materials). Bookbinding tools will be provided for use.

Location: Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, 22 Barber Farm Road, Jericho, VT 05465

For more information or to register, please contact Jill Abilock via Email or phone: (802) 238-0883.

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

  • Know When to Fold ‘Em: While the basic accordion book is easy and quick to produce, it can be adapted into more complex and creative books. In this workshop, participants will create several books based on the accordion structure – the basic accordion, panel book, the flexagon, and the flag book. The class meets on May 19, 23 & 26, 2011, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Know When to Fold MORE of ‘Em: In this “sequel” to the Know When to Fold ‘Em workshop, participants will create several books based on the accordion structure – the nested accordion, the star book, and the tunnel book. This intensive, one-day workshop meets on June 13, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

*** Sarah Smith is teaching a series of book arts workshops for the Continuing Education program at Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

  • Bookmaking for the Beginner 2: This workshop explores multi-section books and sewing techniques. Structures included will be supported sewings, such as long stitch and sewing on tapes; exposed sewings, such as the Coptic binding and the Secret Belgian Binding. Some basic pop-ups structures may also be covered. The class meets on May 7, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Pop-up Books: This workshop will help you understand some of the basic ideas behind the history and production of pop-up books. After a discussion and slide talk covering the history of pop-up books, be ready for some hands-on exploration of some basic pop-up structures, including making a few examples of your own. The class meets June 11-12, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration for these workshops is available online. For more information, please visit the Simmons College GSDLIS website.

Book Arts Events

*** The Shelburne Museum will host the exhibit Paperwork in 3D, featuring the work of  25 contemporary artists who transform flat sheets of paper into amazing three-dimensional art. The exhibit opens on May 15, 2011.

On exhibit in the Round Barn, Kalkin House, and the Lighthouse galleries.

Paperwork in 3D explores a variety of themes and techniques including: the Japanese art of origami, cut paper, pop-up books and graphic novels, the mathematics of paper engineering, sculpture, and fashion (cross-referencing the exhibit In Fashion in Webb Gallery). Site specific installations include lighted sculpture in the Round Barn silo by Vermont artist Riki Moss, and rain forest animal and plant sculpture in Kalkin House, created by Emma Hardy from Colorado.

From mid-June to mid-August daily scheduled activities in Kalkin House help visitors explore many of the artistic techniques used by the artists in the exhibition.

Featured artists include book artists Tom Allen, Brian Dettmer, Sam Ita, and Matthew Reinhart.

*** The University of Vermont‘s Spring 2011 exhibit, Beyond the Text: Artists’ Books from the Collection of Robert J. Ruben, is on display in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby. The featured artists’ books were selected to provide examples of different forms and media, with an eye to high quality. There are accordion books, scrolls, box books, pop-ups, and tunnel books that have known texts, new texts, or no text at all. Both materials and subject matter vary from book to book.

For more information, please call (802) 656-1493 or contact the library via Email.

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