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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” August-ish 2011

2011 September 5

Next Meeting

Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the B.C.A. Center (formerly known as the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts), located to the right of City Hall on Church Street in Burlington, VT.

In the past week, we have watched with horror at the destruction that Tropical Storm Irene has inflicted on our treasured state. Our thoughts and hearts are with those affected by the storm and we hope that our members and their families are safe.

Please check in on our Facebook page and let us and others know that you’re okay.

Note: The events listed in this newsletter may be located in affected areas and could therefore be inaccessible. Before traveling, please call ahead to the venue to ensure that it is open.

Program: Piano Hinge Binding with Jill Abilock

Assembled without adhesives or sewing, piano hinge bindings offer a tremendous range of creative possibilities. Signatures wind around dowels to produce a beautiful woven spine with an amazing array of design possibilities. Piano hinge books also open into circular forms, inspiring flights of structural fantasy.

During the September meeting, Jill Abilock will lead a hands-on workshop in piano hinge binding basics. Participants will make a small piano hinge journal that is sure to wet your appetite to explore this wonderful book structure. Jill will also share her unique and unusual piano-hinge-bound creations.

Jill will provide the paper and dowels, just bring your enthusiasm and the following tools:

  • Bonefolder
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Small, sharp scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Awl or needle tool


  • Embossing tool (for scoring paper)
  • Sandpaper (for smoothing the dowels)

Reflections on August’s Meeting

Our August meeting at the University of Vermont’s Special Collections Department provided a relaxed atmosphere to explore artists books hand selected by Prudence Doherty, Public Services Librarian and B.A.G. member. Prudence searched the shelves and brought out a sampling of books loosely fitting into the categories of food, home and place.

Our group was a mixture of members, new members, future members, spouses and out-of-state guests. All of us were inspired by the different structures, contents and materials used to create artists books. The evening ended with a beautiful sunset that left us all with a sense of appreciation for nature and the creative spirit.

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

B.A.G. News

*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont continues to change and grow. As part of that growth, the board is exploring new locations for our monthly meetings. We have several leads, but if you know of a space that would be low cost or free and would be appropriate to our meetings, please contact Jill via Email.

*** We received the following response from Kids to Kids International for the books and art supplies we sent earlier this year:

Dear Book Arts Guild of Vermont,

We received the box of beautifully made books, art supplies and the $25 donation sent to Kids to Kids International, and want you to know how grateful we are for all you sent. We are excited by the books your guild created. They are just wonderful and unique and will be used to inspire others to create special books as well.

Thank you so much for your continued involvement in Kids to Kids International. We will be sure to send the art supplies where they are needed.

Corinne Wynne, KTKI

*** B.A.G. member Lorraine Reynolds had two pieces chosen for inclusion in UNBOUND, a juried show that explores the idea of “the book” and all the ways artists use that format as a stepping off point. The show runs now through September 6, 2011 at the Artistree Gallery in Woodstock, VT.

*** B.A.G. members Marianna Holzer 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 October 1 & 2, you can find them in the following locations:

  • Marianna: Hinesburg, studio #79
  • Elissa: Montpelier, studio #139

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

Book Arts Classes

*** Susan Bonthron is teaching a 2-day Tunnel Book class from September 17 – 18, 2011. The all-inclusive fee for the class is $160.00 and includes lunch. For more information, please contact Susan via Email for more information or to register.

*** The North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA is offering Non-adhesive bookbinding with Amy Lapidow on Saturdays, September 10 – October 8, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The course covers a historic range of sewn bindings as alternatives to traditional case bindings. Through demonstrations and exercises, students learn to construct simple pamphlets, long stitch, coptic and others as time allows. Topics include basic folding, cutting and sewing skills; matching appropriate structures to materials and intended use; paper selection; and structural opportunities for decoration.

Tuition is $675.00 For more information or to register, please call (617) 227-0155.

*** Elissa Campbell is teaching a Book Arts Open Studio at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on October 12, 19, and 26 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This experimental workshop is like a mini retreat, where students who have taken some book arts classes in the past can explore taking their artist books to a new level. A wide range of tools and materials will be available for you to try, including collage, carved block stamps, image transfer, Dremel, and paper cutting. Different binding techniques will also be explored.

This workshop is best-suited to someone with previous book arts experience. To register, contact SPA via phone (802) 479-7069 or Email.

Book Arts News

*** There are currently two exhibits in Vermont featuring the work of book artist Claire Van Vliet. Now throught September 26th, the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center is showing Claire Van Vliet: A Celebration of Paper, an exhibit of the artist’s pulp paintings and handmade books. The museum is located at 10 Vernon Street.

If you’re closer to Montpelier, you can visit Paper Works, an exhibit running now through the end of September at the Governor’s Gallery. The Gallery is located in the Pavilion Office Building at 109 State Street. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and photo identification is required for admittance.

*** The Friends of Dard Hunter is trying something new this year – they’ve created a number of smaller, more intimate conferences which draw both existing members and recruit new, potential members from the local area who otherwise might find it too expensive or inconvenient to travel to a distant conference.

The Northeast Regional Conference will be held in Pittsfield, MA in October. The preconference will take place from October 18 – 19, 2011 and will feature papermaking at the Crane Museum of Papermaking using some historic moulds, carving linoleum blocks for steam-roller prints and creating books for a local book bomb. All the activities at Crane are free.

The conference will take place from October 20 – 22, 2011 and is designed to be less formal and less structured than regular annual meetings. One main focus of the meeting is to broaden the awareness of the paper and book arts among area educators, as well as to broaden exposure of the Friends of Dard Hunter.

To view the conference schedule, please visit the Friends of Dard Hunter website.

*** The CIAO Gallery, a non-profit artist cooperative gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is calling for artwork for the Rocky Mountain Art Book Collection Exhibition. Participants will receive a blank sketch pad to do whatever they please artistically during several months. All mediums are welcome. Notebooks must arrive at the gallery for submission by 5:00 p.m., December 1, 2011.

The participation fee is $25.00. The exhibition will run from December 15, 2011 – January 15, 2012. Download the prospectus for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Michele E. Walters at (307) 733-7833 or via Email at

*** 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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