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

2012 December 6

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


There will be no change in location – 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.

Program: Annual Ethnic Potluck with Swap and Shop

Book Arts Guild of VT Swap and ShopBack by Popular Demand! Join us in December for our Annual Ethnic Potluck with Swap and Shop!

Pot Luck: Let’s celebrate the season with terrific potluck for our December meeting. At past dinners, members have brought a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, main dishes, and desserts. Bring your best dish, favorite dish, traditional family dish, an ethnic dish and let’s enjoy a meal together. Plan to bring food that does not need to be reheated.

Swap & Shop: After the good eats and conversation, we will set out displays for our Annual Swap and Sale. You are invited to bring in items that are a result of your own creativity and/or bring in materials that you no longer need, knowing that they will inspire someone else’s creativity (i.e.: art papers, fabric, art supplies, tools, overstock items, book arts specialty, magazines, etc.).

Decide whether your offerings will be available for swapping for someone else’s goodies or for sale, and make a sign so designating that. If you have items to sell, make signs (or tags) displaying the price/sales tax.

It’s always a fun evening, with lots of yummy eats and cool book arts treats, and a wonderful way to wrap up the year!

Don’t forget, our meeting date has permanently changed to the second Wednesday of the month!

November 2012: Book Blitz and Card TricksReflections on November’s Meeting

Our November meeting, also our second annual Card Tricks and Book Blitz, was a creative explosion of fantastic ideas. Attendees shared many techniques that could easily be adapted for many uses, holiday or otherwise.

Pop ups, accordions, and embroidery were some of the tricks that we all learned and then tried during the hands-on portion of the evening.
Thanks to all for making it a fun night of creative camaraderie.

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

B.A.G. News

*** More on that meeting date change – everyone has done a great job this year of adjusting to our new schedule of meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. However, this year the 3rd Wednesday of December is only six days before Christmas.

Fortunately, we have successfully changed the date of our December meeting to the 2nd Wednesday of the month (December 12th). Many thanks to Christina Fulton and the Unitarian Universalist Society Church of Burlington for being so accommodating!

Studio Place Arts logo*** B.A.G. is happy to announce that our 2013 spring exhibit, There’s No Place Like Home, will be hosted by Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT. The show will take place at the same time as an exhibit on children’s literature in the Main Floor Gallery.

The exhibit will be in SPA’s Third Floor Gallery from June 4 – July 6, 2013. The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2013. The official call for artists will go out soon, along with more details on the exhibit.

Book Arts News

sheets of handmade paper*** The AVA Gallery and Art Center will be holding an Open House on Saturday December 8th, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. As part of this event, The Paper Room (formerly known as Langdell Paper), will be open.
Not only are there going to be 1,000’s of sheets of handmade paper available for purchase, but there will also be a door prize and refreshments.

The AVA Art Center is located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH. The Paper Room is on the second floor in studio #209. For more information, please call (802) 222-0503.

*** Chena River Marblers in Amherst, MA is holding an open studio on December 8 & 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be marbling and bookbinding demonstrations, along with an end-of-year overstock and seconds sale. For more information, please call (413) 253-2835.

*** The College Book Art Association‘s 2013 annual meeting will be held at Yale University on January 4 – 5, 2013. The theme of Art from Artifact: Teaching & Learning from the Object encourages us to explore how teaching and learning from objects can benefit book arts education.

The entire program for the two-day meeting can be found online (pdf). Registration is available online. For more information, please contact Jae Rossman via Email:

Book Arts Classes

*** Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord is giving a workshop, Calling the Quiet: Making Books for Meditation and Reflection, at the Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, in North Andover, MA on December 12th from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Making books combines the calm and comfort of handwork with the opportunity for reflection. Using recycled materials, we’ll make five simple books on a variety of themes and a box to hold them. No art experience or creative confidence is needed; this workshop is truly for everyone.

You can register online or call for more information: (978) 682-8815.

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Tiny Books with Jennifer Erin Hughes on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Make awesome little books that fit in the palm of your hand: stab, accordion, single sheet fold-out books and a few more.

Jennifer will also be teaching Leather-Bound Coptic Books on March 10 & 17, 2013, from 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. This simple, elegant, exposed-spine, sewn book dates back to the 2nd century AD. Learn the basics of coptic binding to create a beautiful leather-covered blank book.

For more information these classes, please visit the Eliot School’s website or download the complete catalog.

*** The North Bennet Street School is offering Fundamentals of Bookbinding I with Amy Lapidow on a series of Saturdays, January 26 – February 23, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students will learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion.

The course will cover non-adhesive structures and case bindings, which will teach structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, tools and equipment. Throughout the course discussions will cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.

For more information or to register, please visit the NBBS’s website.

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