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

2013 November 6

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 13, 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: Card Tricks and Book Blitz: Mini Workshops in Cool Techniques

Handmade bookJoin us for a card or mini-book exchange B.A.G.-style called Book Blitz and Card Tricks. Get prepared now and join in the fun!

Design a card or small/simple book structure that has a trick or two; maybe a pop-up, French doors or a window. Bring your completed card or mini-book, along with six undecorated cards or mini-book structures to share. We will have an exchange and then engage in some decorating fun.

Please feel free to join in the fun even if you don’t have time to prepare cards or mini-books to bring. We did a similar program last November and there was more than enough to go around. Like last year, expect to go home with some great new ideas, several new tricks up your sleeve, and a few new cards for the season.

Handmade bookThings to bring:

  • A decorated card/mini-book with a “trick” (optional)
  • 6 card structures of your card/mini-book “trick” to exchange (optional)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Decorative punches
  • Stamps and ink
  • Pens, pencils, markers
  • Decorative papers
  • Fun stuff!

October Meeting Reflections

Nancy StoneWe are lucky to have such an expressive, talented, and kind artist as our friend and B.A.G. founder, Nancy Stone. Nancy delivered an inspiring program on journals, giving us a glimpse into her travels in the real world, her artistic world and her personal journeys. As she pulled out the journals she had made, she shared the history, the techniques, and the value of each in her life. Amazingly, each one was more beautiful than the last. Camping/canoe trips, her beloved dog, and her personal exploration of self worth have all been documented by Nancy in her painterly way.

After inviting us to view her journals, Nancy kindly set up a demo area where she offered up pieces of Yupo paper to play with using walnut ink, watercolor, and crayon. She demonstrated briefly with these favorite materials, and then let us try them out.

The audience generated a lively discussion about journaling and in particular, about personal journals that need to be kept from others’ hands and eyes. Purging by fire at midnight on New Year’s Eve was the consensus, although donating to a repository for women’s journals was offered as an option.

Thanks to all who attended and participated in this important program, and special thanks to Nancy for everything she is and does.

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

B.A.G. News

*** Thanks to all the members who contributed their vote for the Spring exhibit! The winning theme is Botanical Gardens. We are also happy to announce that the B.A.G. Spring exhibit will be hosted by the Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg, in May.

The show will be in conjunction with another artist’s animal portraits, so we would like to promote a dual theme, Nature: Beasts and Botanicals. This broad theme can inspire fantastical, outlandish ideas as well as environmental, natural concepts.

Start planning now, as we would like to exhibit work from every member. More details will go out soon, including a deadline for submissions.

*** Book Arts Guild member Marilyn Gillis has kindly convinced Vermont artist Jane Davies to come north for a one day workshop in February so we can all beat the winter blahs. The workshop, Text and Image Collage, will allow us to explore the power of image/ word relationships as well as learn basic techniques and principles of collage.

We will create expressive pages that can be used for books with found and created text, personal photos, and found/altered imagery. This will be a great way to jump start your ideas for the Spring exhibit.

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014 (snow date: February 22, 2014)
Location: Six Loons Studio at Shelburne Pond Studios
Cost: $40.00 each (if 10 people sign up)

An application/sign up sheet will be available at the November meeting, along with more details.

Holiday Show Poster*** Shelburne Pond Studios is pleased to announce that our annual Holiday Show will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. B.A.G. members Jill Abilock and Lyna Lou Nordstrom will be among those participating.

You are cordially invited to come meet the artists, explore their studios, and discuss their processes. Join us at the big red barn for an exciting opportunity to see the artists in their element.

Shelburne Pond Studios is located at 1260 Pond Road in Shelburne, VT. For more information, contact Jill Abilock at or call (802) 999-4394.

Book Arts News

Artists' book by Maureen Cummins*** In The Past as Present: Making Art from Ephemera, book artist Maureen Cummins will talk about her career and how it evolved from digging in dumpsters and searching flea markets to being a visiting artist in research archives.

She will show slides from book projects based on historical subject matter such as slave narratives, turn-of-the-century homosexual love letters, the Salem witch trials, and the Triangle Factory Fire. Using found printed matter and historical research, her works look at the past in new, and sometimes challenging, ways.

Maureen Cummins is a New York-based artist who has produced over thirty limited edition artist’s books during the last two decades. Her work is represented in over 100 public collections. UVM Special Collections has an especially extensive collection, with 28 of her books.

The presentation will take place on November 8, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, Email or call 656-2138.

Paper by Richard Langdell*** The Paper Room (formerly known as Langdell Paper) at AVA Art Center is holding its annual open studio on Saturday November 16th, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Not only are there going to be 1,000’s of sheets of handmade paper available for purchase, but there will also be refreshments and fun paper-related conversation.

Bring a friend and get 1 FREE large sheet. Buy 10 sheets & get 10 more sheets FREE! Richard is also open to bartering!

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 or Email

Poster Boston Book, Print, and Ephemera Show*** November 15-17, 2013 offers the Boston Book Collectors’ Weekend, an event including both the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair and the Boston Book, Print, and Ephemera Show. The 36th annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Hynes Convention Center during all three days.

At the Back Bay Events Center (a.k.a. the Dorothy Quincy Suite at John Hancock Hall), the Boston Book, Print, and Ephemera Show will take place on November 16th. New England Guild of Book Workers member Thomas Twetten of Craftsbury Books will have a booth at the show and will have some design bindings for sale.

For more information, please visit the event websites.

Book Arts Classes

*** The Folded Book is being offered at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. During a day of intensive folding, students will explore the intersection of origami and bookbinding.

The techniques of traditional paper-folding will be put to work creating structures that draw inspiration from many corners of bookbinding. The accordion fold, the codex, albums, maps, and even boxes and envelopes will all make appearances. Your hands, supplemented by only the simplest set of tools, will transform flat sheets of paper through folding (and the occasional cut), resulting in a variety of elegantly simple and dynamic structures. Each offer many possibilities for experimentation with media and exploration of the reading experience.

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

*** The North Bennet Street School is offering Fundamentals of Bookbinding II with Amy Lapidow on a series of Saturdays, November 16 – December 21, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This course focuses on hardcover structures. Students begin with rounded back case bindings and end with on-set board binding. Throughout the course students, students fine-tune their skills through practice and learn to focus to details such as, endpapers structures and headband variations. Discussion topics include an overview of bindery equipment such as stamping on the Kwikprint and trimming with the plough.

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

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