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

2015 October 7

Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 14, 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: Light Up Your Books: LEDS and Other Cool High-Tech Twists with Jill Dawson

Day of the Dead paper circuit

Dazzling foliage, plump pumpkins, and things that go bump in the night are all hallmarks of autumn in Vermont. In the spirit of celebrating the season’s delights, you are invited to participate in an electrifying, hands-on session where we’ll be playing with paper circuitry to add some spark to a greeting card or single-sheet mini-booklet.

Come experiment and play to discover how paper circuitry – in combination with bookbinding and the writing process – may be used as a tool for brainstorming and communicating ideas. Come armed with an idea for an autumn inspiration that you’d like to illuminate (and possibly write about).

Please bring scissors, clear tape, a bone folder, and colored pencils.  Optionally, you may also want to bring along paints, markers, or collage materials.

All basic circuitry supplies will be provided.

September Meeting Reflections

Prudence DohertyOur September meeting was BAG’s annual trip to Special Collections at the University of Vermont. Prudence Doherty, public services librarian, hosted our meeting. She introduced us to numerous art books that were recently acquired for the artist book collection. She explained the process of selecting books to complement and extend the vision of UVM’s collection.

Our members and quests enjoyed being able to touch and explore the new books. We all came away with new appreciation for the art of the book.

Thanks to Prudence for her selection and guidance and thanks to UVM for valuing and collecting artist books.

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

B.A.G. News

Spring Exhibit at UVM Living/ Learning Gallery

Announcing our Spring 2016 exhibit: Book Works, book-related works by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont! The exhibit will take place at the Living Learning Center gallery on the UVM campus from February 15 – March 18.

We encourage all members and friends to participate in this broadly themed show. Work can include new or time honored techniques, book-related pieces and sculpture, and generally any work that can be ‘read’. We would love to provide studio support at meetings prior to the show, where participants can seek help and advice on their projects, so bring in your work in progress to share with others.

After such a fantastic show last year at SEABA, we’re excited to see what comes next for everyone!

More details about the show to come!

Book Arts News

*** The American Printing History Association will have their annual conference, Printing on the Handpress & Beyond, on Friday, October 23rd, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The conference, held at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will examine and show you the creative ways these earliest printing machines are employed today by printers, artists, scholars, and educators.

A vendor fair will take place at the Wallace Center on the 2nd floor. 21 vendors will be on selling their wares including rare books and limited editions, artists’ books, tools, supplies, crafts, and fine art related to paper, print, and book arts.

The event is free & open to the public. RIT is located in Rochester, NY.

*** On Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m., there will be an illustrated talk sponsored by The New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers and The Ticknor Society. Historical Bookbinding in the British Isles 1660-1800 will be presented by Stuart Bennett.

Bennett’s 2004 publication, Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles 1660-1800, examined booksellers’ and bookbinders’ records as well as thousands of historical bindings to offer a new analysis of how books came to be bound in early modern Britain. One reviewer called the study “a tool for the discerning book connoisseur [which] fills a long-standing gap in the bookbinding literature that, in retrospect, is as self-evident as a missing front tooth.”

The lecture is being held at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.

Book Arts Classes

*** Valerie Carrigan will be teaching Book Ornaments at the Messenger Press Studio at the Beaver Mill in North Adams, MA. The workshop will be on Saturday November 21, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learn to make miniature handmade books that also function as hanging ornaments. Through unique paper folding, hard covers, and the addition of a ribbon and bead, you will make beautiful structures that transform in shape from a book to an ornament. You will leave this workshop with a handful of book ornaments in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns! No experience necessary.

The workshop is sponsored by is 183 Art School of the Berkshires. To register, please call them directly at (413) 298-5252.

*** Masscribes is hosting a workshop with Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord on Saturday November 7th, at the Sportsman’s Club in Norwood, MA.

Book Play is an introduction to simple bookmaking and its possibilities for creative exploration. It is bookmaking at its most friendly and accessible – no rulers or precious papers, no designing or planning ahead. The emphasis is on freedom and possibility – how the simplest forms can be adapted, varied, and combined to unlock our creative juices. Using mostly recycled materials, we’ll make intimate books that fold and fan, hang and stand. Most of the time will be spent making books but there will be opportunities to add calligraphy.

For more information, please contact Nita Padamsee at or Elissa Barr at

*** On October 17 & 18, the North Bennet Street School is offering Medieval Long- and Link-Stitch Bindings with Bill Hanscom.

Long-and link-stitches connect the text block directly to the limp parchment cover and can be used individually or in combination to create striking exposed-sewing patterns on the spine. After examining models and images of historical bindings, participants choose from a number of templates and create two structures using traditional techniques and features such as fore-edge flaps and string-and-button closures.

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

*** From January 26 – 31, 2016, Daniel Essig will be teaching Wooden Books – Greek & Centipede Binding at the North Country Studio Workshops in Bennington, VT.

Easily master the centipede stitch by first understanding the structure and workings of this ornate 7th century Greek binding. Using simple hand tools to begin, we will drill, shape, and smooth our wooden book covers. Sealing the covers with milk paint will create a leathery appearance. We will adorn our books with the centipede stitch using two different colors of thread. This elegant sewing structure, combined with wooden covers, opens a wide range of possibilities for both the beginner and the advanced bookbinder.

Applications are now available and the review process begins June 1st. For more information or if you have any questions, please visit the NCSW website.

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