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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” February 2013

2013 February 10

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 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.

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Program: Amazing Accordions and Fabulous Flags: An Upcycling Odyssey with Dorsey Hogg

Handmade accordion book by Dorsey HoggConfronted with the depressing task of packing and purging years’ worth of art supplies and unfinished art projects when she and her family moved to Sweden in 2010, Dorsey Hogg resolved to become a master of using on-hand materials.

While in Sweden, she started a study on accordion and flag books using only what she could get for free, secondhand, or at minimal cost. She achieved amazing results using large advertising posters from shopping centers and bus stops. Since returning to Burlington, Dorsey has continued creating books by reconstructing and interacting with whatever she has on-hand.

At our February meeting, Dorsey will share her body of upcycled work, including pieces made by reconstructing used books. She will also lead us in a hands-on project building a multi-accordion book using old movie posters.

Dorsey will provide the posters, but please bring the following tools:

  • Glue Stick
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Bone folder

Reflections on January’s Meeting

Nancy Stone sharing her recent workJanuary’s meeting brought out hearty members on a cold winter’s night. We shared resources, ideas, challenges and book projects. We formed an informal critique group helping members work though possible directions and solutions for works in process. The discussion was rich and the ideas were flowing.

Again we demonstrated that one of the strengths of the Book Arts Guild is our enthusiasm and appreciation of each other and our creative book arts projects.

You can view the list of resources on the B.A.G. blog.

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

B.A.G. News

*** Please note that in 2013, our meeting date has permanently changed to the second Wednesday of the month. The change was made to resolve meeting/holiday conflicts.

Mark your calendars! Our 2013 meeting dates are:

  • February 13, 2013
  • March 13, 2013
  • April 10, 2013
  • May 8, 2013
  • June 12, 2013
  • September 11, 2013
  • October 9, 2013
  • November 13, 2013
  • December 11, 2013


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.

Members are encouraged to submit work for this exciting show. This is a great opportunity to get your work out there, whether you are a first time exhibitor or a seasoned artist. The theme is very accessible, and brings up many references that are unique to each person.

Beyond the reference to The Wizard of Oz, the idea of ‘home’ can suggest family, rooms, objects, memories, and dreams, just to mention a few. Start now with some brainstorming and word association techniques presented by Stephanie Wolff at the September meeting, and generate content for your book.

Handbound leather journals*** B.A.G. member Elissa Campbell is teaching a brand-new class, Leather Pocket Journals, at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on 2 Tuesdays in February 12 & 19, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

In this workshop, you’ll learn 6 bindings that use only leather, paper, and thread – no glue needed! For each binding, you’ll sew 3 sections of folded pages into covers cut from one piece of leather. These bindings are very flexible and allow the books to open completely flat, making them perfect for use as sketchbooks or journals.

Each sewing technique creates a different decorative sewing pattern on the spine and we’ll try out different closure methods. No previous experience required – this is a great class for a beginner. You can even bring in your own leather to customize your book.

To register, contact SPA via phone (802) 479-7069 or Email.

Book Arts News

*** A Book Arts Bazaar, presented by the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts in conjunction with Maine Reads and the Maine Festival of the Book, will take place on April 7th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine.

The Bazaar will feature book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers, and all things related to the book. 50 tables on the first floor of the Wishcamper Center are available for those interested in selling their products to the public. Tables are $45.00 and are for Book Arts related vendors only.

The Wishcamper Center is located at 34 Bedford Street on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus. For more information, download the registration form or contact Rebecca Goodale via Email or phone: (207) 228- 8014.

Books On Tape by Woody Leslie - book art

Books On Tape by Woody Leslie

*** The Book As Art exhibit at the Cooperative Gallery 213 in Binghamton assembles artist’s books from over 30 local and national artists and represents the first local overview of the emerging book art form. Peg Johnston curated the exhibit that runs now through February 23rd.

On February 21st at 7:00 p.m., in an event related to the exhibit, is an artist talk by Bertha Rogers of the Bright Hill Press and Literary Center in Treadwell NY Rogers is not only a book artist, but also curates book arts and showcases poets and artists at the center.

The Cooperative Gallery 213 is located at 213 State Street in Binghamton, NY and is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fridays, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment.

Fashionable Books and Paper Fashion - exhibit poster*** Open now through April 30th at the University of Southern Maine is the exhibit Fashionable Books and Paper Fashion. Exhibitors include Anne-Claude Cotty, Mary Howe, Alex Rheault, Crystal Cawley, Allison Cooke Brown, Julie Stackpole, Susan Perrine, Sissy Buck, Edward Maeder, and Erin Sweeney.

The exhibit features artists’ books on, about, or picturing fashion and/or paper constructions and prints related to apparel of any kind.

These pieces are on display in the glass cases in the UNUM Great Reading Room on the 7th floor of the Glickman Family Library. Some work is also displayed on the walls and on top of the cabinets and book shelves in the Reading Room.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. For more information please contact Rebecca Goodale via Email or phone: (207) 228- 8014.

The USM Glickman Family Library is located at 314 Forest Avenue on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus.

Book Arts Classes

*** Carol Barton‘s most recent newsletter announced that she’ll be teaching at the North Country Studio Workshops at Bennington College in 2014. Unfortunately, there are no further details. If you’re interested in learning more, keep an eye on Carol’s schedule on her website.

Bennington College is located in Bennington, Vermont.

*** Richard Horton will be teaching a photo album structure workshop on May 24-25, 2013 at his book restoration department at Bridgeport National Bindery in Agawam, MA.

The course focuses on eight album page structures based on historical structures. Students will make a set of completed leaves, sew them, make a folding paper cover for them, and make a one-piece folding box for the album. They will then get started on a larger album project which they will complete at home.

For more information and to express interest, contact via Email.

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