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

March 5, 2015

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 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: Collage Inspiration: Postcard-a-Day with Marcia Vogler

Join us in March for a creative, hands-on session with Marcia Vogler, who will share her techniques and inspiration for Postcard a Day – a daily practice of collage and written word that has helped her stay in touch with both herself and ailing friends.

Using painted papers, magazine tears, used calendar pages, or simply paper scraps, we will create simple collages – abstract or representational – that can be made quickly into mail art to be shared with others. Marcia has sent an original postcard to friends receiving chemotherapy and/ or radiation treatments almost every day since August 2011. She continues because it has become an important part of her day. Examples of her work can be found here and here.

Come for a fun, creative evening, and leave with art that will make someone else’s day special!

Please bring:

  • Glue stick
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Collage materials you would like to work with
  • Markers, colored pencils, etc.
  • Paints, inks, and rubber stamps and anything else you would like to use to embellish your card(s)

February Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingThe cold and snowy winter weather did not deter our hardy group from coming out for the February meeting. We started with some sharing time, allowing participants to get to know each other and express their intention for the meeting. We then moved on to creative time, where people pulled out projects and ideas, and worked happily in each others’ company.

Whether we actually got something done, or just enjoyed the spirit of the meeting, the time passed quickly. New relationships were formed, and new projects formulated. Look for more information on an upcoming collaborative project!

Studio Support and Workshop Time is a new format for our meeting, and we would be interested to know what comments you may have.

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


B.A.G. News

*** Call for Entries:  Book Works, book-related works by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont!

Entries are due on March 20th!  If you are not bringing your entry to the March 11 meeting, please make sure to make arrangements with Marcia to receive your entry!

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 been working on a folded book sculpture based on Marilyn’s workshop and intend to submit it to the show, please let Marcia know. We would like to group these together as an example of what can be gained from attending our meetings. 

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

*** The annual Book Arts Bazaar will be held on Sunday, April 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Wishcamper Center on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus. This festival with book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, and writers is dedicated to all things related to the book. The event is sponsored by USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts.

Book arts related vendors may register for a table before March 15th. Please download this PDF for more information and the registration form.

You may also contact Rebecca Goodale at goodale@maine.edu or (207) 228-8014 for more information.

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 Mitziw@hotmail.com or (802) 356-9957.


Book Arts Classes

The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is sponsoring a workshop with Jim Croft to be held at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA. The workshop, Wooden Boards and Cloth Spine – Long Stitch Binding, takes place on March 14 – 15, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A textile spine is strong, flexible and doesn’t care how many holes you punch into it. Using wood for covers results in a quickly made, durable book. To make it, you need only a bone folder, thread, needle, and maybe an awl. The book can be made with a rounded spine that has a natural shoulder, if desired.

Students will begin the class making their own case by splitting and shaping their boards. As the case dries, students will be treated to a bonus demonstration on shaping bone tools with the opportunity to start their own tool. The workshop will progress through the sewing structure to complete their bindings.

Registration is available online. For more information or if you have any questions, please email negbwprograms@gmail.com.

*** 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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