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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” February 2012

February 10, 2012
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Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church located at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington, VT. We will be in the Sophia Fahs Community Room, a large room located in the basement. Click here for more information on directions/parking.

This will be our first meeting at this new location!


Program: Folded Books with Elissa Campbell

This month’s meeting is inspired by the inventive work of Hedi Kyle – we’re making folded books! We’ll start with Hedi’s fabulous Blizzard Book, followed by her All-in-One Book, a structure created from one folded sheet of paper. Lastly, time permitting, we’ll attempt Alisa Golden’s Origami Pocket Pamphlet, a variation of one of Hedi’s structures.

Paper will be provided, but please bring the following tools:

  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Glue Stick
  • Folding fingers!

IMG 0854 2 VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” February 2012Reflections on January’s Meeting

The January B.A.G. meeting was full of good will and comradeship. Delicious food was shared by all as we munched our way around the room renewing friendships and making new book arts buddies.

Many members brought supplies and creations to sell. We admired and bought then sat down for a good old fashioned Show and Tell book arts style. Members shared current projects, asked for critiques and shared resources. You can view the list of resources on the B.A.G. blog.

Our annual Meet and Munch, Swap and Sale, and Show and Tell proved to be another enriching meeting for all!

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


B.A.G. News

*** As of the start of this month, the Book Arts Guild of Vermont is officially a membership organization!

Your membership will help us to improve and expand our organization’s efforts to act as both an educational and creative resource in the field of book arts. Annual dues are only $35.00 – an annual savings over making a monthly donation to Burlington City Arts.

For more information about the benefits of B.A.G. membership, please download our membership form. Membership forms will be available at our next meeting.

*** There is less than a week remaining for submission of work for our 2012 spring exhibit, Shaping Pages: An Exhibit of Artist Books & Fine Bindings. The exhibit will be hosted by the S.P.A.C.E Gallery in Burlington and will run during the months of April and May, 2012. Our exhibit will be part of the First Friday Art Walk.

Submission details:

  • Entries for the exhibit may be submitted, accompanied by registration forms, until February 15, 2012.
  • All entries are required by the gallery to be for sale. Sale prices must be indicated on the entry form.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by an entry form and a single page artist statement or artist bio.
  • Reading copies (typed or photographed) are required for all multi-paged artist books.

Exhibit Dates: April 6 – May 3, 2012

Artist Reception: April 6, 2012, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. We’ll have a potluck o’ snacks, so it would be fabulous if you could bring some finger food.

All book arts entries and questions should be directed to Nikki King.

Good Luck and Happy Bookmaking!


Book Arts News

*** Julia Miller will be giving a free lecture, Scaleboard Bindings, at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA on April 26th at 6:00 p.m.

Drawing from her study of 350 scaleboard bindings in library collections, Julia Miller explores the variety of structural elements and material combinations used on American imprints bound in scaleboard.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and North Bennet Street School. Please register in advance on the NBSS website.

***The Wells College Book Arts Center has announced its classes for the Book Arts Summer Institute in July 2012. The week-long courses include letterpress printing, binding, calligraphy, Monotype casting, and digital book and font design.

Instructors include Carol Barton, Steve Miller, Daniel Kelm, and Sarah Bryant. You can download the course catalog (pdf) from the Wells College website.


Book Arts Classes

*** Elissa Campbell is teaching a Book Arts Intensive at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on February 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In this one-day, intensive workshop, participants will create several books based on the accordion structure – the basic accordion, panel book, the flexagon, and the flag book. In addition, the structures will incorporate artist trading cards that will be created during the workshop.

No previous experience required – this is a great class for a beginner. To register, contact SPA via phone (802) 479-7069 or Email.

*** Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord is giving a workshop, Gathering of Gifts, at the Center for Creative Wholeness in Newbury, MA on Saturday, February 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

You’ll be making diamond fold books which look complex, but are easy to make. Once you learn how to make the folded sections, you can combine them to make accordions, stars, and necklace books.

For more information, please download the workshop flyer (pdf).

*** Karen Hanmer is teaching a Flag Book workshop at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA on March 10 – 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In this two day workshop, students will make two different styles of flag book. For both styles a sample will be made from kits provided by the instructor, plus a more finished book with students’ imagery and hand written text will be made for one or both as time permits.

For more information or to register, please visit the NBSS website.


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