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

2011 July 30

Next Meeting

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

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.

B.A.G. News

*** B.A.G. member Elissa Campbell recently attended the Focus on Book Arts conference in Oregon and was treated to a keynote with Laura Russell. Not only is Laura the owner of 23 Sandy Gallery, which has book arts as the focus of gallery exhibitions, but she is also a book artist herself. The keynote, Marketing 101 for Book Artists, was full of great tips. If you’d like to learn more about what was discussed, you can read Elissa’s blog post.

In addition, Elissa wrote blog posts for each of the workshops she attended. You can read those posts by clicking on the links below.

*** Elissa Campbell is planning a wholesale purchase of 0.088 caliper Red Label binders board from Rock Tenn. The cost per 30″ x 41″ sheet is around $4.36, which includes shipping.

If you’d like to take advantage of the wholesale pricing, please let Elissa know as soon as possible. If enough people indicate interest, the cost per sheet could go down as we hit a new price break.

Book Arts Classes

*** B.A.G. member Ann Joppe-Mercure is teaching Bookmaking for Educators 2: Creativity and Innovation this fall at Saint Michael’s College, Thursdays, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This course is a continuation of the exploration of bookmaking for educators and artists. Students will investigate the connections of structure, materials, content and vision as they learn new bookmaking forms and techniques. Students will work cooperatively and independently on furthering their understanding and application of handmade books for the classroom and themselves.

Using the foundation of the Framework for 21st Century Learning students will document their creative process and studio habits of mind. New learning and skills will be directly applied to interdisciplinary curriculum that provides relevant project-based learning using critical thinking and problem solving. This course is applicable to all disciplines and teaching levels. Previous bookmaking experience is recommended.

Registration forms are available on the Saint Michael’s College website.

*** The Garage Annex School in Easthampton, MA is offering Japanese Packaging: Seeking a Narrative with Nancy Moore Bess on September 24-25.

Artist book makers continually search for structures to contain information, ways of organizing material that enhance and support content. Examining the foundations of Japanese packaging is an exciting way to expand your book arts vocabulary. The exposure to familiar and unfamiliar materials and techniques offers a rich variety of innovative formats to tell a story and develop a narrative.

When giving gifts in Japan, packaging is all about presentation! Baskets are stage sets and paper vessels conceal and reveal. Building on these traditions, you will use cane, bamboo, and paper in unique ways with some unusual, additional materials such as screening and acetate. The possibilities go on and on with each project leading to multiple variations and hours of experimentation.

Tuition is $255.00 and the materials fee is $30.00. You can register for the class online.

Book Arts News

*** 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon is soliciting entries for their upcoming show Uncommon Threads. The exhibition will run from September 23 – October 29, 2011.

One of the best aspects of working in the field of book and paper arts is the chance to work with such varied artistic materials and techniques—even traditional handicraft techniques. Think of knitting, embroidery, sewing, beading, felting, needlework, stitching, quilting and any other myriad possibilities. Combine these techniques or materials with a strong concept, meaningful content, a story to tell or a compelling narrative and we have a new era in the book and paper arts.

This exhibit is open to hand crafted book and paper arts related works created as either edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zines, broadsides and sculptural pieces are all encouraged. Any medium, any style, any size.

A maximum of three works may be submitted per artist. Entries must be received online no later than 8/13/11. To read the complete call for entries, please visit the 23 Sandy Gallery website.

*** If you’ve been thinking about subscribing to Letter Arts Review or renewing your subscription, now is a great time to do it. John Neal Bookseller is celebrating its 25th volume of Letter Arts Review with a special offer – subscribe to Letter Arts Review for one-year (4 issues) and you’ll also receive four issues of Bound & Lettered at no extra charge.

The offer expires 8/31/11. You must use this ink to take advantage of the offer.

*** Registration is now closed for the Guild of Book Workers‘ annual Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding.

To be put on the waiting list, send a registration form with a check or money order for the full amount of your registration to: Guild of Bookworkers, PO Box 200984, Denver, CO 80220.

Should spaces become available, they will be filled in order of postmark date of mailed in registration. Your payment will not be processed unless a spot opens up for you.

*** 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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