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

2013 October 4

Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 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.

Program: Artist Book Journals with Nancy Stone

Nancy Stone will share her Artist Book Journals, inspiring us to think in terms of documenting a day, a trip, or a greater passage of time. She’ll demonstrate materials and her travel-lightly, -then-build-a-book-back-home technique. Although there won’t be time to do book binding, she will hand out illustrated directions for the Coptic Stitch and teach us her famous Coptic Macarena dance steps to better grasp this versatile book binding stitch. Nancy will also bring watercolor and walnut ink on YUPO paper – some of the novel materials she uses to make her wonderful journals – for us to try out at the end of the presentation.

*** If you have created hand-made journals, please bring your one favorite book to share with the group. ***

Nancy Stone is a Vermont painter, book artist and art teacher. She is a member of the Bryan Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont Artists Association, the VT Crafts Council and a Signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. Her acrylic and watercolor paintings have received numerous best-in-show awards, and her hand-made artist’s books have been in juried shows throughout the state. Nancy has also mentored and inspired countless artists in pursuit of their own muse, both in her 24-year career teaching art in public schools and as the Co-Founder of the Book Arts Guild of VT.

September Meeting Reflections

Amy BurnsAt the September meeting our very own Amy Burns shared her finely crafted skills at packaging her book art wares. She has created a unified rich look with tags and clear envelopes that enhance her beautiful books. Amy also shared her experience in selling at craft events and over the web.

After answering our many question Amy went on to teach us how to make a sewn signature book from recycled food boxes. Fun! Thanks Amy.

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

B.A.G. News

*** On October 5 & 6, the statewide Open Studio Weekend is offering a wonderful selection of book artsy studios for you to visit (and great foliage!).

If you’re up for a tour, you can find your comrades in the following locations:

Elissa created a Google Map with all of the locations to help you with your tour. You can find maps and directions to studios on the VT Crafts Council website. You can also download a pdf of the 2013 Fall Vermont Open Studio Tour Guide. Please note that this is a really big file.

*** Help Choose the Theme of Our 2014 Book Arts Guild Show!

In September, we invited everyone to submit ideas for the theme of our 2014 Book Arts Guild Show. We now invite you to vote on the ideas we received. Choose the theme that gets your creative juices flowing, and simply Email your choice to Jill at Please put “2014 Show” in the subject line, and put your choice in the body of the email message.

Please choose one of the following themes:

  1. The Sound of Music
  2. Ego Trip
  3. Through the Looking Glass
  4. Along the Road
  5. Botanical Gardens
  6. Bound by Tradition
  7. Lost and Found

The deadline for voting is October 31, and the winning theme will be announced in our November newsletter. Thanks for participating!

*** Judy Sgantas‘ husband Mark is a cardio/thoracic nurse at Fletcher Allen and he and a team of six are going to Rwanda in February to do heart surgery on 16 young people. They have had rhuematic fever and as a result they have valve damage. The group they travel with is Team Heart. Judy would love to send with him with journals for all 16 patients and if they end up with more, they would go to an orphanage.

The journals need to be hardcover because they walk everywhere – so sturdy and mobile are key. Use your imagination – attach one to a belt or over the shoulder. Donations are needed by February 1st so that they can be packed up in Boston and shipped along with all of the medical supplies.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Judy for more information.

Book Arts News

*** The Paper and Book Intensive has announced its lineup of instructors for 2014 (including Ken Leslie!):

The full course cat­a­log, includ­ing course descrip­tions and other per­ti­nent infor­ma­tion, will be post on the PBI website in the first week of November.

Book Arts Classes

Handmade books by Bexx Caswell*** On October 5th, the New England Guild of Book Workers is co-sponsoring a Coptic and Bookworm Binding workshop with the Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine. The workshop will be held at the Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose Room at the USM Portland Campus.

In this workshop, participants will work with Bexx Caswell, bookbinder and book conservator from Iowa City. Caswell will lead participants to create three hardcover, non-adhesive bindings in miniature.

For more information and to register, please visit the USM website.

*** Bill Hanscom is teaching Enclosures for Preservation and Beyond on October 13, 2013 at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. Boxes, wrappers and slipcases are widely used to house and protect library and archival collections, but they also offer terrific opportunities for artistic exploration.

Beyond the protective housing of original artistic works such as books or print portfolios, enclosures can be altered and embellished to complement, enhance, and conspire with their contents. Over the course of this workshop students will work to create a reference set of enclosures which neatly nest together.

For more information or to register, please send an Email to or call (617) 521-2803. The workshop will be held at 300 The Fenway.

Paper by Chena River Marblers*** The North Bennet Street School is offering Paper Marbling with Chena River Marblers on October 26 – 27 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The first day of this two-day workshop gives students a basic introduction to paper marbling. Learn many traditional combed marbled patterns as well as the basic stone pattern. Prepare your own marbling size and papers for marbling and learn how to make simple combs for independent future use.

On the second day, learn additional combed patterns, the beautiful Spanish Moire style of marbling and the Turkish Ebru (Flower Style) marbling.

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

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