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

June 30, 2011

Next Meeting

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Please note that there is no meeting in July due to the proximity to the holiday.

The August meeting will be held at UVM’s Special Collections in Bailey Howe Library. Click here to download a pdf of the directions to Special Collections.


Visit to UVM Special Collections

In August, we will be taking our annual field trip to Special Collections at the University of Vermont. The collection is well-regarded among members of the College Art Association and has grown to over 2,700 volumes. Librarian Prudence Doherty will once again be our gracious guide and will select work for us to view.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can always visit Special Collections on your own. Drop by any time during regular library hours and the staff will be happy to assist you.


Reflections on June’s Meeting

15 B.A.G. members came to the June meeting to share their work from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books. The variety of books was astounding – work ranged from tunnel books to design bindings, altered books to pop-ups. The creativity, originality, and craftsmanship of our members are truly inspiring!

Members talked about the creative process and how they worked with different materials and themes. They also shared what technical difficulties were experienced and how they overcame them. All in attendance showed a great appreciation for each other’s talent. We look forward to next year’s exhibit!

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


B.A.G. News

*** Unfortunately, we had to cancel our planned workshop with book artist Daniel Essig due to lack of enrollment. We welcome feedback from our members and would like to know if this type of programming is of interest to you. Please send us an Email if you would like for us to reschedule this workshop in the future.

*** If you missed B.A.G. member Ken Leslie‘s talk earlier this year, you’re in luck – he currently has a show at the Governor’s Office Gallery through July 30th. Arctic Cycles: Artist’s Books and Paintings from the Far North includes his 360-degree landscape paintings, documenting the shifting of light over the course of a year. The Gallery is located at 109 State Street in Montpelier, VT.


Book Arts Classes
*** The North Bennet Street School is offering a number of courses this summer. Jeff Altepeter is teaching Introduction to Leather from July 18-20, 2011. The course is primarily focused on leather paring (thinning the leather) and will include plenty of hands-on practice as well as an in-depth discussion of the materials, tools and techniques used in leather bookbinding.This class is a good introduction to leather bindings and a refresher course for bookbinders interesting in using their long neglected paring knives. Tuition is $675.00. You can register for the class online.

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering a number of book arts classes now through August 2011. Upcoming classes include Alternative Books with Alternative Materials and Accordion Spine Bookbinding.

Click here to download the complete catalog.

*** The Garage Annex School in Easthampton, MA is offering Codex C: A Late Sixth-Century Coptic Binding with Julia Miller on July 13-15. In this workshop, you will make a full-size model of Codex C (now known as Chester Beatty Ms. 815). Work includes making papyrus board, tying simple endbands, and creating the full leather binding.

The workshop will be supported with short lectures and handouts that include historical background information on Coptic bindings, a reading list, and class instructions. Tuition is $375.00 and the materials fee is $35.00. You can register for the class online.


Book Arts News

*** Registration is now open for the Guild of Book Workers‘ annual Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding. Conference attendees are treated to presentations by leading experts in the fields related to the book and paper arts. Tours of binderies, conservation facilities, rare book libraries and papermaking establishments are regularly arranged in conjunction with the event.

The Seminar limits attendance to 140 people, so if you’d like to attend, register as soon as possible.

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

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.


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