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

November 3, 2016

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 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 pop-up cardJoin us for our always-popular annual November tradition: Member-led mini hands-on workshops in the form of a card or mini-book exchange that we call Book Blitz and Card Tricks. Get prepared now and join 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 materials for 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 do a similar program every November and there is always more than enough to go around. As in years past, expect to go home with some great new ideas, several new tricks up your sleeve, and a few new cards for the season.

  • Things 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
  • Bone folder
  • Awl or needle tool
  • Decorative punches
  • Stamps and ink pads
  • Pens, pencils, markers
  • Decorative papers
  • Fun stuff!

October Meeting Reflections

Handmade leather journalElissa Campbell once again delighted us with the opportunity to learn a new three-section sewing pattern while crafting a beautiful little journal with leather covers and a sturdy strap closure.

Using a sewing method from Keith Smith‘s book, 1-, 2- and 3-Section Sewings: Non-Adhesive Binding Volume II, Elissa led us through the process of creating templates, punching patterns and attaching signatures to produce a stylish little book with a decorative, sewn design on the spine. As icing on the cake, she taught us how to fashion one of the many elegant leather strap closures that grace her own finely crafted books.

An exciting note to anyone who missed this wonderful presentation, or would like to delve deeper into the world of leather mini-journals: Elissa will be teaching a Mini Leather Journal Workshop at the Focus on Book Arts conference in 2017!

Thanks to all who attended, and extra special thanks to Elissa for her patience, preparation, and presentation skills.

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


B.A.G. News

Book Arts Guild of Vermont display Friday night at the Burlington Book Festival*** On September 17, 2016, the Book Arts Guild of Vermont proudly participated in the 2016 Burlington Book Festival at UVM’s Davis Center.

The annual event, which traditionally celebrates the book with readings, book signings, panels, and other activities, provided a wonderful venue for exhibiting works from our members and introducing the community to an expanded idea of what a book can be. Judging from the interest and excitement our exhibit generated, we certainly succeeded in our mission to increase awareness of book arts and our guild.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed work to display, to the volunteers who helped with set-up and took shifts at the exhibit, to Burlington Book Festival Founding Director Rick Kisonak for both inviting us and enthusiastically promoting our presence, and to B.A.G. member Nina Gaby for connecting us with the festival and encouraging us to participate!

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


Book Arts News

*** On November 10th, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is presenting the gallery talk Beyond Words with Valentine Talland, Senior Objects Conservator at the museum. The talk is being held in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit Beyond Words: Italian Renaissance Books, open now through January 16, 2017.

The exhibition visits the studies of scholars, princely libraries, places of worship, and printing presses of Renaissance Italy to explore how the ancestor of the modern book was perfected around 1500, thanks to innovations of the previous century. These developments arose from the efforts of Italian humanists, scholars who found inspiration in ancient Rome to create a new book for a brighter future.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is located at 25 Evans Way in Boston, MA.

Admission to the talk is limited to 15 registrants. Click here to register.

*** On November 11th from 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m., the Special Collections Department of the Bailey/Howe Library at UVM will be hosting a show and tell session with Vamp & Tramp Booksellers. Vamp & Tramp, which is based in Birmingham, AL, represents over 400 makers of contemporary fine press and artists’ books.

Come by for this rare chance to look at and handle the best of today’s melding of art and books. NO GLOVES ALLOWED.

The event is free and open to the public. UVM Special Collections is located in Burlington VT. Click here to download a pdf of the directions.

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair*** On December 2-3, the second annual Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair will take place at the Smith College Campus Center in Northampton, MA.

The event includes exhibits, sales, book signings, demonstrations, lectures and features the leading antiquarian booksellers from the region and book artists, letter press printers, book binders, paper makers, wood engravers, stone cutters, and book designers.

The keynote speaker is Ruth R. Rogers, curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library where she develops the collection and lectures on the evolution of the book as material culture, visual communication, and artistic form. Her talk, Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books, will focus on how we “read” artists’ books by deconstructing them to understand how they affect our perception.

For more information, please visit the event website.

Marbled paper by Chena River Marblers*** Chena River Marblers is holding an open studio on December 10 & 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be marbling and bookbinding demonstrations, along with an end-of-year overstock and seconds sale.

The studio is located at 70 Justice Drive in Amherst, MA. For more information, please call (413) 253-2835.


Book Arts Classes

*** On November 12th, the New City Galerie in Burlington is hosting an Upcycle Journal Workshop with Susan Smereka. Susan is currently working as an artist in residence at the gallery.

This workshop begins with disassembling an old hardcover book while learning the intricacies of how books are put together. Then you will rebuild the signatures with pages of the original book, pages from other books and blank journal pages. With waxed linen thread you will be guided through a step-by-step process of binding your new journal together.

No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. Beverages and a vegetarian lunch are included. Please register by November 8.

For more information or to register, please contact Susan.

*** On December 3-4, the North Bennet Street School is offering Enclosures for Preservation and Beyond with Bill Hanscom.

Boxes, wrappers, and slipcases are widely used to house and protect library and archival collections, but they also offer terrific opportunities for artistic exploration. Beyond the protective housing of original works such as books or print portfolios, enclosures can be altered and embellished to complement, enhance, and conspire with their contents. Over the course of this workshop students work to create a reference set of enclosures which neatly nest together.

Students are responsible for bringing the following tools: 12 x 18″ self-healing cutting mat, drafting triangle, and a pencil.

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

*** The Eliot School is offering Magic Books & Paper Toys with Annie Silverman on December 17, 2016.

Using innovative forms from Esther Smith of Purgatory Pie Press, make paper objects like: the Swiss Cross Flexagon, the Snake or Tumble book, the Rolling Ball book, Jacob’s Ladder Flexagon and more. Part book, part toy, these objects make great gifts, invitations or cards.

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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