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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” February 2015

2015 February 5

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 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: Studio Support and Workshop Time

Do you have a box or folder of projects from earlier meetings – ones that you’d like to finish or explore further, but haven’t quite found the time? Perhaps a technique you learned sparked an idea for a new piece of work, but you’d like some assistance on how to begin or advice on applying the technique.

Studio Support and Workshop Time is two hours that you give yourself, in the company of fellow book- and paper-arts lovers, to learn, share and create in a supportive and encouraging environment.

The meeting will begin with some group time, both for sharing – something you’ve made, a great resource or tool you’ve found, a source of inspiration – and for asking questions or puzzling out challenges you may be having with a project or particular technique.

The remainder of the time will be devoted to creative work. Bring along a project or model from a previous meeting that you’d like to continue working on or develop further, or bring a piece of your own to simply continue working on in the company of others.

Not sure of what to bring? No worries! Every Studio Support and Workshop Time session will have resources or materials for a project. This session, we will offer the opportunity to continue exploring the exciting possibilities of folded-page book sculptures as presented by Marilyn Gillis in January. We still have a stack of hard cover books donated last month for everyone to use, or you can bring few old paperbacks (preferably an inch or more in thickness) to use.

Even if you missed the meeting last month, come try it out – the technique is fairly simple and easy to learn, and as we discovered from the beautiful pieces Marilyn brought in to share with us last month, the possibilities are endless!

Folded book sculptures don’t requires special tools, but a pencil, bone folder, ruler, X-Acto knife and small cutting mat might come in handy. You might also want to bring supplies for decorating your sculpture, such as glue (glue sticks, Aleene’s Fast Tack), decorative paper, ribbon, “fancy-cut” scissors, ink pads or markers, feathers, dried or silk flowers, etc.

January Meeting Reflections

Marilyn GillisAt the January meeting, Marilyn treated us to a wonderful presentation of her folded sculptural pieces created from repurposed books. She led us through her work by explaining her creative process as well as the various techniques she used to create each piece. After demonstrating some simple folding processes, she let us loose to work on our own books.

As simple as Marilyn made it look and sound, we found that there is more to it than just starting to fold. It requires planning and inspiration to create pieces like hers. Thanks, Marilyn, for a great meeting, and thanks to everyone who ventured out on such a cold evening!

We want to encourage everyone to keep folding and working on the book you started at the meeting, or on a new piece. Our plan is to create an exhibit of members’ folded books at the Spring Show at SEABA as an example of what goes on at our meetings. Hopefully, this will encourage and inspire new participants, and expand our membership.

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

B.A.G. News

*** Announcing our Spring 2015 exhibit: Book Works, book-related works by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont!

The theme for our annual exhibit, entitled Book Works, is an intentionally broad one, and can include any work that is related to book arts. We encourage all members and friends to participate, especially those who have not exhibited previously. Work can include new or time honored techniques, book-related pieces and sculpture, and generally any work that can be ‘read’. Start working on your pieces now! If you have ideas but just can’t get yourself going, or if you are stuck on a problem and need advice, bring them/ it to the monthly meeting and let’s help each other out.

The exhibit will take place at the SEABA Center Gallery at 404 Pine Street in Burlington during the month of April. The opening will be on First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd, and we will have a gallery talk on April 8th that will serve as our April meeting. We are thrilled to have a South End location for the show, and excited to have the opportunity to increase awareness of the book arts.

Entries will be due on March 20th, but may be brought to the March 11th meeting. Entries are free for BAG members, and $10.00 each ($25.00 for 3) for non-members. The gallery takes a 30% commission on sales. Click here to download the entry form.

Book Arts News

Bookstock logo*** Bookstock is looking for book artist vendors for their literary festival during July 24 – 26. Last year’s vendors were made up primarily of authors and publishers but they’re interested in adding more book artists this year. The festival is held in Woodstock, VT.

For more information, please contact Mitzi Wilson at or (802) 356-9957.

Book Arts Classes

*** The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is offering Unique Artist’s Books with Eckhard Froeschlin, a visiting instructor based in Scheer, Germany on March 2 – 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Using prints in a book reminds us that the back side exists, as the print becomes a page and part of a three-dimensional and movable object. In this four-day workshop, participants will make books using prints and text to communicate their ideas. Etchings, woodcuts and other types of fine prints, should be prepared for this workshop, merging handwritten texts with poetry, or with block texts (carved into a printing plate), or even with handset type. The aim of this workshop is to create a small edition of artist books.

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

*** The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is also offering Experimental Bookbinding with Roni Gross on March 25 – 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Participants will experiment with letterpress printing using nontraditional techniques like pressure printing and monotypes. Participants will also learn to create flag books and concertina bindings using the prints made on the lettterpress.  No previous experience necessary.

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

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