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

December 8, 2016

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 14, 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: Sarah Frechette presents The Snowflake Man Touring Pop-up Puppet Theater Show

Sarah FrechetteAdded hands-on bonus: Design Your Own Pop-up Puppet Theater!

Join us for a year-end program sure to warm your heart and bring inspired holiday cheer. Puppetkabob artist Sarah Frechette will perform her touring marionette show The Snowflake Man. Combined with her wonderfully artistic puppetry, Sarah uses pop-up book pages as a magical platform to transport the puppet characters, as well as the audience, back in time to tell the story of snowflake photography pioneer Snowflake Bentley.

Pop-up books are a great style of art for communicating stories, as well as, traveling in time and space. As an added bonus, Sarah will share the development & design process she used to create the show’s pop-up book stage, and then teach us how to turn flat colorful pages into a 3D live-action performance using simple angles and moving puppets & props!

Design your own Pop-up Puppet Theater to bring the pages of your favorite book, movie or moment to life. Together, puppets and pop-up books are a great combination for sharing stories and ideas, and make a wonderful project for people of all ages.

Things to bring:

  • Glue (PVA recommended)
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife and blade
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Sarah will supply colorful cardstock paper and shish kabob sticks.


November Meeting Reflections

Folded holiday cardThe ever popular Book Blitz and Card Tricks meeting continued the long standing tradition of sharing clever ideas for the holidays. Showcased techniques included pop-ups, cutouts, accordions, origami stars, box folds, and a unique slider construction.

Amazingly, we packed it in to the usual two hours, but we could have gone on longer with so much sharing. A hearty thanks goes out to all those who attended and participated. Start planning for next year’s meeting!

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


B.A.G. News

*** Congratulations to Judy Sgantas for winning the Gallery Choice Award in 23 Sandy Gallery‘s POP-UP NOW II exhibit! Judy’s book Uri Mwita Mama was inspired by her work with youth in Rwanda going through heart surgery. The book uses Hedi Kyle’s Fishbone Binding.

B.A.G. Book Swap logo*** For those of you participating in the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s first book swap, you’ve got just one week left to complete your book!

Just to remind you – for the first swap, you’re creating a blank book that incorporates recycled materials.

Bring your completed book to the December meeting and we’ll get to swapping! If you can’t make it to the December meeting – you can always mail your book ahead of the meeting. Contact Elissa to give her a heads-up.

We can’t wait to see the final books!

*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s annual membership begins January 2017!

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. A special membership benefit this year is that 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

Sketchbook Project image*** The Sketchbook Project is looking for people to participate in their annual collaborative art endeavor. The concept is simple – you request a blank book and then fill it with your artwork.

You can select from a number of themes, including the following:

  • Distance From Origin
  • Arms and Legs
  • Repeat Pattern
  • Heading East
  • Clasp my Hands
  • Long Stories, Short

Once your book is filled, you send it back and it becomes part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York. Visitors to the library can view sketchbooks contributed by artists from around the world.

The cost is $28.00 to receive a sketchbook and participate in the project. The postmark deadline for The Sketchbook Project 2017 is February 15, 2017. For more information, please visit their website.

Wells Book Arts Summer Institute logo*** The Wells College Book Arts Center has announced its classes for the Book Arts Summer Institute in July 2017. The week-long intensive courses include letterpress printing, bookbinding, calligraphy, typecasting, and font design.

Instructors include Samuel Feinstein, Barb Tetenbaum, Sara Sauers, and April Sheridan.

For more information, please visit the Wells College website.

*** The Paper and Book Intensive (PBI), an annual working sabbatical in the book arts, papermaking, and conservation, has announced its lineup of instructors for 2017:

PBI will take place from May 14 – 25, 2017 at Ox-Bow in Saugatuk, MI. The general application period begins on January 1, 2017. Applications for scholarships are being accepted now through December 30, 2016.

For more information, please visit the PBI 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

*** 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.

*** On Mondays from January 30 to February 3, 2017 the North Bennet Street School is offering Fundamentals of Bookbinding I with Erin Fletcher.

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding through hands-on experience and discussion of both adhesive and non-adhesive books. Learn structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, in addition to proper use of tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, materials selection, and use. Structures covered include coptic, long stitch, and flat back bindings.

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


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