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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” June 2017

2017 June 7

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 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: How to Package Your Work and Double Needle Coptic Binding with Amy Burns

Handmade books by Amy BurnsAmy Burns, who has been creating and selling handmade books to people around the world for 10 years, will begin our June meeting with a presentation on how she packages and presents her work using simple materials and tools that create a professional yet handmade look.

If you’ve ever considered packaging your own work to sell, you will learn how to create a cohesive look and feel easily and economically.

In the second part of the meeting, Amy will lead a hands-on workshop, demystifying the double-needle Coptic binding. Book covers, page paper, binding thread, and instructions will be provided.

Please bring:

  • Scissors (to trim your thread)
  • Awl
  • Old phone book, cutting mat or punching pad
  • Bone folder
  • 2 or 4 curved bookbinders or upholstery needles, if you have them. If not, there will be needles available to borrow.

Request to more experienced members: Not everyone has specialized tools, like an awl, curved needles, or a bone folder. If you happen to have extra, it would be wonderful if you could bring them in to share with a neighbor who doesn’t. Thanks!



Special Request to Print Challenge Participants: Please bring your Print Challenge Books!

Handmade book of printsHandmade book of printsLast month we had an inspiring Show and Tell of the wonderful books created for the two-part Printmaking/Bookmaking Challenge.

Unfortunately, several people who participated in the challenge were unable to make it to the meeting but would love to see everyone’s books. So, if possible, please bring your book to the June meeting to share with those who missed seeing it.

We have an exciting program planned for the meeting so we won’t be discussing the books, they will just be set up on the side of the room.

May Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingOur get together in May turned out to be a wonderful evening of sharing and mutual admiration. Members who had completed their book from the print challenge spoke about their work, the challenges of working with the varied prints, and their exploration of book forms. The results of the challenge are amazing!

I hope that everyone will exhibit their work in the upcoming show at SEABA, because, really, the world needs to know what a talented and exciting group of artists we are!

Several members also brought more ‘junk box books’ they had made based on our last awesome meeting with Meta Strick. Again, some incredible ideas and execution.

Thanks to all who made the meeting a special event.

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

B.A.G. News

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit*** Show your work at the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s Annual Exhibit!

Correspondence: Book Works, our show for this year, will be held at SEABA on Pine Street in Burlington, during the months of July and August.

This venue gives us a great exhibit space and a lot of exposure to the community. We encourage all members and friends to participate in this show, and to respond to the theme in any way. Work can include new or time honored techniques, book-related pieces and sculpture, and generally any work that can be ‘read’.

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: June 14, 2017. Please bring your work along with the entry form to the June meeting. Work can also be mailed to Marcia. For special arrangements, please contact Marcia. Address and contact info are on the entry form.
  • Opening Reception/Artists’ Talk: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 (not on Wednesday, July 12, as previously announced). This will take the place of our regular July meeting, so there will be no meeting at the UU Church on Wednesday, July 12th.
  • Show dates: July 6 – August 25, 2017

Submissions are limited to 3 pieces per artist. The exhibit entry form and additional information can be downloaded as a pdf or a fillable Word document.

*** Looking for college credit? Ann Joppe-Mercure will be teaching The Art of the Book (GED 673A) at Saint Michael’s College from July 10 – 28, 2017.

Educators and students are invited to explore and create in this studio course addressing the art of the book. Participants will experiment with forms, structures, materials, and concepts as we investigate the limitless possibilities of the book. By surveying the historical need to record and contain knowledge and by examining the work of contemporary book artist students will gain a foundation for their own creative expression of ideas and meaning. Students will make a working portfolio of paper treatments, book models and altered structures then create their own individual art books.

The class will be a working model of a 21st century collaborative community supporting the creative process through practice, constructive criticism, reflecting, and refining technique. The Common Core anchor standards of Craft and Structure and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas will be addressed.

No previous bookmaking or art experience required. Students who have previously taken The Art of Bookmaking (GED 671) and/or Science, Art and Bookmaking: Making Connections (GED 673), are welcome in this class. A $50.00 materials fee is required and due at registration.

For more information, please visit St. Mike’s website.

Book Arts News

UNBOUND 7 logo*** ArtisTree Gallery is looking for submissions for their 7th annual juried exhibit, UNBOUND: VOL VII. The theme of the show is simple – an exploration of what a book can be…art using books as a material or a format.

Bill Hanscom is this year’s juror. The exhibit will be presented in conjunction with the Bookstock Literary Festival in Woodstock, VT.

This call for submissions is open to all New England and New York residents of the U.S. who are 18 years of age or older. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. Note: Reproductions, if used as mixed media, will be considered.

The deadline for submission is June 29, 2017. For more information, please visit the ArtisTree Gallery’s website. or contact Adrian Tans at

Open • Set Bookbinding Exhibition logo*** Now through July 19, 2017, the North Bennet Street School is hosting Open • Set, a traveling, triennial bookbinding exhibition organized by the American Academy of Bookbinding. The exhibit showcases the art of fine design bookbinding and hopes to inspire both new binders and professionals.

The exhibition is intended to be a recognition of the beauty of the craft and a commitment to the public toward a better understanding of this art form. The international exhibition features fifty books and recognizes excellence in craftsmanship and design concept interpretation.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the North Bennet Street School’s website.

Book Arts Classes

Wells College Book Arts 2017 logo

*** In July, the Wells College Book Arts Center is offering its Summer Institute, two week-long intensive courses in letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, artist’s books, lettering arts and font design. Week 1 runs from July 9 – 15 and Week 2 runs from July 16 – 22.

This year’s instructors include Samuel Feinstein, Barb Tetenbaum, and April Sheridan. Wells College is located in Aurora, NY.

Please send inquiries to You can also download the course catalog (pdf) from the Wells College website.

Handmade book by Gabrielle Fox*** The Guild of Book Workers is offering Covered and Visible: Protected Multi-Section Pamphlet Stitch Structure with Gabrielle Fox from July 14 – 15, 2017. The workshop will be held at Dartmouth College Preservation Services in Hanover, NH.

In this two-day class, you will complete at least one full leather binding using the simplest version of this structure. This variation provides the strength and flexibility of a tight backed book with the action of a hollow tube. You may also have time to explore several onlay techniques using pre-thinned leather and decorative papers.

The delight of this structure is the ease with which it opens, closes and the possible variations that can be used for both design and conservation binding. The entire case or cover of the binding is completed before sewing in the text, which is the final procedure or step in the binding. This structure can be kept very simple or adapted to something as complex as a full leather traditional binding with a difference.

Questions regarding registration should be directed to Martha Kearsley at

Please note that you will need to prepare some of the required materials in advance. For more information, visit the Guild of Book Workers website.

*** From July 16 – 22, 2017, Art New England is offering Artists Books: Structure and Story with Julie Leonard. ANE workshops take place in Vermont at Bennington College.

The hand-held, tactile, and serial qualities inherent to the book make it a compelling media for artistic expression. Artist books can be visual, textual, sculptural, traditional or experimental in form. A book’s structure in concert with text and/or image can serve as an essential contextual element.

This course will consider the connections between structure and other content with a goal of creating books in which the physical form plays an integral role in both function and meaning. Participants will learn several book structures for presenting material in alternative formats. Through exercises, ideas will be translated into ‘sketches’ made in book form. Contextual possibilities particular to book work will be examined, including visual and/or textual narrative, serialization, and unifying multiple pages into a cohesive whole.

The class will also address the importance of understanding book structure and basic binding skills in order to produce work with both depth and material integrity.

For more information or to register, please visit the Art New England website.

Handmade book models by Valerie Carrigan*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering Alternative Book Structures with Valerie Carrigan from July 23 – 29, 2017.

This workshop focuses on book structures that lend themselves to the presentation of two-dimensional imagery such as photographs, prints, and paintings. You will make a series of book models including the pivoting panel book and flag book, originated by Hedi Kyle, and variations on the accordion book. All book structures introduced may be opened in the traditional way – page-by-page, or extended for a more sculptural view.

After completing your models, you will spend the remainder of the week creating and sequencing imagery and/or text for the content of your books. Simple letterpress techniques will be discussed and utilized. Participants will be encouraged to pursue the medium of their choice in these book forms.

This workshop is ideal for photographers, painters, printmakers, collage artists – anyone who wants to present imagery in the form of an artist book. No experience is necessary and those with prior experience will have the chance to add to their repertoire of creative book forms.

For more information or to register, please visit the Maine Media Workshops + College website.

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