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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” February 2016

2016 February 4

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 18, 2016, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The February meeting will be held at the Living/Learning Center gallery on the UVM campus. Click here for directions to the gallery and here for a map of visitor parking at UVM.

Please note that in September we will not be meeting as usual on the second Wednesday at the Unitarian Church in Burlington.

Program: Spring Exhibit at UVM Living/Learning Gallery

Our Spring 2016 exhibit Book Works: Artists’ Books by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont will take place at the Living/Learning Center gallery on the UVM campus from February 15 – March 18, 2016.

The opening reception and artists’ talk will be on February 18th at 5:30 p.m. This will be in place of our usual February meeting at the Unitarian Church.

We invite anyone with a piece or pieces in the show to talk briefly about their work. Time may be limited in order to give everyone a chance to speak.

The deadline for submissions has passed. However, if you have a piece that you would like to have included in the show, please email Marcia your paperwork by FEBRUARY 9th. That is the final final final date.

For special arrangements for your piece, please contact Marcia. Address and contact info are on the entry form, which can be downloaded here.

January Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingOur January meeting brought out everyone’s creative spirit in the Build-a-Book Round Robin program. Using materials passed on in an envelope, participants assembled these into unique books using a basic pamphlet structure or variation. With each passing of the envelope, the books took on the quirky, surprising results of collaboration.

We all left with a one of a kind journal that expressed the varied nature of our group. I love mine, and can’t wait to do it again!

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

B.A.G. News

*** Rebecca Boardman has been busily working on our collaborative Exquisite Corpse book so that it may be included in our upcoming exhibit. She has two pieces with unidentified artists and would like to credit them for their work.

Please look at the images below and contact Becky if either belongs to you.

Blue haired clown image Blue headed creature image


*** Chinese Sewing Box BookOn March 26th, the Book Arts Guild of Vermont proudly presents the Chinese Sewing Box Book, a one-day workshop with the awesome Erin Sweeney. Erin is a dynamic teacher and artist, and fills a room with excitement and inspiration. Sign up now, as space is limited!

The Chinese Sewing Box Book is a book structure created by the amazing Hedi Kyle – made entirely of folded boxes and enclosures based on paper wallets, and used to store sewing supplies – an origami lovers’ dream! Many things can be housed in this finished structure: surprises, stories, drawings, and prints. Students will leave with one finished book, a pattern to make another, and hopefully the start of a second book!

Erin Sweeney lives and works in southern New Hampshire, where she runs Lovely In The Home Press, and teaches Book Arts and Letterpress printing at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Here’s the scoop:

  • Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Ridgewood Clubhouse, South Burlington
  • Cost: $75.00, including materials (payment is due in full with your registration to reserve a spot)

You can download the registration form here.

Origami cubes*** Many thanks to everyone who folded origami cubes for the Genesis Project. In total, we contributed 168 cubes!

Valerie Hird will be using our cubes, along with thousands of other origami pieces from around the world, to assemble a tree at the Nohra Haime Gallery (730 Fifth Avenue, New York). The exhibition of the tree (including the two weeks when Valerie will be documenting its assembly) will run from March 4 through May 7, 2016.

The official opening reception will be held on Tuesday, March 22. If you can’t attend in person, Valerie is also organizing a live webcast of the reception “where we’ll upload pics, comments and clink wine glasses in real time!”

If anyone is considering heading down to New York for the reception on March 22, or would like to participate in a small gathering locally to join the virtual webcast, please contact Jill.

It’s time to renew your annual membership!

The primary mission of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont is to act as both an educational and creative resource in the field of book arts. Our monthly meetings are $5.00 an evening or free with a $35.00 annual membership. Your membership supports the mission of the Book Arts Guild, pays for our rented space, provides opportunities to exhibit and supports honorariums to presenters.

In addition to the benefits you receive (outlined in the sidebar of this newsletter), your paid membership also enables us to cover expenses such our website and email newsletter – key tools for keeping our book arts community in touch and informed. In addition, you don’t have to pay to submit work to our annual, non-juried book arts exhibition. You’ll also receive a personal thank you from Ann Joppe-Mercure (priceless).

If you have a skill, a passion, a favorite technique or a body of work that others would love to learn about, and then take the leap and volunteer to share it with us as a presenter. If you present at a B.A.G. meeting, you receive free membership for the year. Think about it – we know you have something to share!

If you would like to become a supporting B.A.G. member, click here to download our membership form.


Book Arts News

***  In collaboration with Abecedarian Gallery, Saint Anselm College is presenting CONTEMPORARY BOOK ARTS: 100+ Works, an exhibit of artists’ books co-curated by Kimberly Kersey-Asbury and Alicia Bailey. The exhibit is on view at the Living Learning Commons Galleries at the college and runs now through March 16.

The exhibit includes 85 works on loan to Saint Anselm from Abecedarian Gallery, along with selections from Manchester book artist Erin Sweeney and students at Saint Anselm College. You can view the pieces included in the exhibit on the Abecedarian Gallery website.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 11 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Kimberly Kersey-Asbury at

The Living Learning Commons Galleries at Saint Anselm College are located in Manchester, NH.

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers for an upcoming Girl Scout event. They will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offering programs for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge. In addition, they will run a program for younger scouts.

The event will be held on Saturday March 26, 2016 at Camp Maude Eaton in Andover, MA. They will run a 3-hour program for Cadettes in the morning from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and then have a 2-hour program for younger girls from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. You can volunteer for just one program or make a day out of it and do both!

There will be an introduction and then five stations that the girls will rotate through which may include printing, accordion folds, a pamphlet, origami book, a scroll, decorating paper or a collaborative book, depending on the interests of the volunteers. Each rotation will last for about 30 minutes. The younger girls will have similar programming in a shorter time frame with possibly only four rotations. If you have a book arts technique or project that you’d like to see done with the Girl Scouts please make some suggestions.

You do not need to be a member of the NEGBW to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Todd Pattison at

Book Arts Classes

*** On Sundays February 28 – March 20, the North Bennet Street School is offering Single Signature Binding with Erin Fletcher.

Students begin by making a simple softcover pamphlet booklet then use this basic bookbinding technique and create two different hardcover single signature bindings. The first is a modified stub binding, which pushes the signature away from the spine, allowing the text to open flat. The second is a modified Bradel binding with a leather spine. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I or equivalent experience, no leather experience necessary.

This is an advanced beginner class. Students should feel comfortable with the basics of bookbinding: measuring, cutting and sewing a textblock on tapes; and gluing.

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

Staple binding*** From April 1 – 3, the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers presents Single Section Staple Binding in Stone with Coleen Curry. The workshop will be held at Third Year Studios in Boston.

This three-day class will explore binding structures using real stone veneer in the techniques created by Sün Evrard. Students will construct a modified historical structure with conservation principles in mind, using the stone veneer.

This single-section staple binding is simple but is executed with a lot of care and attention to detail. The pamphlet binding is sewn and then attached to the boards using copper wire as secondary sewing. You will decorate the bindings by cutting into the stone and painting with acrylic. Students will create one binding, and if time allows, we will explore uses of the stone as a decorative element for bindings or boxes.

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

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Case Binding: Flatback Journal with Joshua Crotty on February 20 & 21, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Learn the fundamentals of basic case binding, including signature construction, a common sewing structure, lining up, case making with cloth and decorative paper and casing in. Go home with a small journal and the skills to produce your own case-bound books using a basic set of tools.

For more information about the class, please visit the Eliot School’s website or click here to download the complete catalog.

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