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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” September 2018

2018 September 5

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 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: Hardcover Basics with Ann Joppe-Mercure

Hinged hardcover bindingsJoin us in September for a fun and informative hands-on foray into hard cover bindings. Ann Joppe-Mercure will share her simple and elegant methods for making hinged hardcover bindings with book cloth and paper.

We will make hard covers with soft spines for a small accordion book and a sewn signature book. Then we will practice making a covered hard spine cover to hold post-it-notes. All three items will be useful for future reference or as small handmade gifts.

Ann will provide the cardboard, glue, book pages and post-it-notes, along with extra papers and book cloth.

Please bring:

  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sewing cord
  • X-Acto knife
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue brush
  • Glue stick
  • Book cloth and any special papers (if you have them)

Note: If you have extra tools, it is always appreciated if you can bring them to share with others who would like to participate but may not have tools of their own. Thank you!

w to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol

But wait, there’s more!

Elissa Campbell will once again be bringing in her advance copy of Hedi Kyle‘s much-anticipated book The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures.

This book is not due to hit stores until October, so this is your chance to check it out before getting it for yourself.

August Meeting Reflections

Jill AbilockThe August meeting brought some new faces to our group, and we are always thankful for that. We had time for short introductions, and surprisingly, everyone seemed to have ‘paper’ in their statements. It’s reassuring to know we have like minded people surrounding us.

Jill Abilock was kind enough to offer personal tutoring for her version of the coptic binding, as well as kits for those of us who missed her previous instruction (June meeting). Thanks, Jill!

It is a reminder that there are endless variations to the structures we learn, and that experimentation can bring wonderful results. The studio support and workshop time format gave the participants an opportunity to chat about , well, paper, and also about current and future happenings for our group, notably the Burlington Book Festival and the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair. Read about the opportunities to participate in the News Section.

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

B.A.G. News

Book Arts Guild of Vermont display at the Burlington Book Festival*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is proud to be participating in this year’s Burlington Book Festival on October 12 – 14, 2018 at the UVM Alumni House Silver Pavilion. This annual event celebrates the written word by offering readings, book signings, panels, workshops, demos, family activities, and special events.

The Book Arts Guild has been enthusiastically invited to exhibit original works at the festival to introduce the community to book arts and increase awareness of our organization. We will have an exhibit during the evening opening ceremonies on Friday, October 12 as well as on Saturday, October 13 throughout the day. During the exhibit time, we have also committed to demonstrating various book structures (not hands-on workshops).

In addition to very generously providing the Book Arts Guild exhibit space free of charge, the Burlington Book Festival is also offering Book Arts Guild members the opportunity to sell original artists’ books and book-related work with no commission or fee.

Here are the opportunities for participation:

  • Exhibit/Sell Artists’ Books:

You can submit new work or something you have previously exhibited. If you would like to submit work for the exhibit, please download the entry form and bring it, along with your work, to the September 12th Book Arts Guild meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to submit work, please email Jill Abilock by Monday, September 10th to make arrangements to get your work to her.

  • Volunteer at the Book Arts Guild exhibit and/or help with set up and/or break down:

Book Arts Guild Exhibit volunteers at the at the 2016 Burlington Book Festival found the experience fun and rewarding. Opportunities at the upcoming festival include:

          –> Friday evening set-up
–> Saturday morning set-up
–> Exhibit Volunteer (2 – 3 hour shift)
–> Saturday evening break down

Please email Jill if you would like to volunteer!

Book Arts Guild of Vermont at the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont has once again reserved table space at the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair in Northampton, MA. The Fair will take place Friday, November 30th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Smith College.

This is an opportunity for the Book Arts Guild to spread the word about book arts, show and sell work, and meet other like minded book people. Last year, a group of members stayed at an Airbnb during the show and had a great time together.

If you are interested in participating by manning the table, helping to set up and break down, and/ or having work shown, please contact Marcia.

Handbound leather journal with 5 closures*** Elissa Campbell is teaching Find Closure, a leather journal class at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on September 22, 2018.

Consider this workshop the equivalent of a Closure Dressy Bessy. First you’ll complete a soft cover, leather book using a variation of the long stitch binding. Then comes the fun part – you’ll experiment with a variety of ways to secure those books. You’ll explore ways to use buttons, leather straps, and metal hardware to create up to 5 closures per book (as time allows).

Bring your own embellishments (buttons, ribbons, etc.) that you’d like to use for closures – there will be time for discussion and problem-solving as a group.

Register online or contact Studio Place Arts at (802) 479-7069.

Book Arts News

*** On September 7th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., the Free First Friday at the Shelburne Museum brings you an opportunity to see Crystal Cawley‘s marvelous work in the Hat and Fragrance building (there are some cool samplers too) for free!

And as a bonus, she will have an artist talk at 6:00 p.m. for you to learn about her innovative multimedia creations after which you can join the artist to view her work. The talk is at the Pizzagalli Center.

Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated.

*** Now through October 8th you can view BOOKS: MATTER and MAGIC at the gallery at GreenTARA Space. The show is about books, their making, and the spirit behind them.

Genese Grill‘s painted work Almandal Grimoire: The Book as Magical Object is a large-scale set of written and drawn on wood panels, while Diane Gayer‘s Of Earth and Being is a book of photographs at the intersection of man and nature and was printed on the Heidelberg Press at Villanti Printers, Milton, VT. While very different in production and finished entity, both books speak to the magical realms of existence.

GreenTARA Space is located at 3275 US Route 2 in North Hero, VT, in the center of the Village. For more information, please call (802) 355-2150.

*** On Friday October 12th at 4:00 p.m., the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts will host Building A Sustainable Visual Art Practice, a lecture with Andrea Dezsö.

Andrea Dezsö is a visual artist who works across a broad range of media including drawing, painting, artist’s books, embroidery, cut paper, animation, sculpture, site-specific installation and public art. Dezsö’s permanent public art has been installed in two New York City subway stations, at the United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania and at CUNY BMCC Fiterman Hall in Lower Manhattan. Community Garden, Dezsö’s mosaic in the New York City subway was recognized as Best American Public Art in 2007 by Americans for the Arts.

Dezsö exhibits in museums and galleries around the world. She is Associate Professor of Art at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and maintains studios in NYC and in Western Massachusetts.

The Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is located in Portland, Maine. The lecture will be held in the University Events Room on the 7th floor of the Glickman Family Library.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Goodale at (207) 228-8014 or

Book Arts Classes

*** On September 29 & 30, 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.

Bookbinding 101 or equivalent experience is a prerequisite.

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

*** On Saturday, October 13, 2018, the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is hosting a Tunnel Book workshop with Andrea Dezsö. The workshop will be held in room 424 in Luther Bonney Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

When popped open tunnel books reveal miniature, multi-layered worlds viewers can peek into as into dioramas. Structurally, tunnel books belong in the same family as carousel books and toy theaters and were extremely popular during the Victorian era. In this class students will create a fully developed one-of-a-kind artists book of their own design, based on a four-layer, hand-cut and assembled single scene tunnel book developed by Dezsö using either a subtractive (paper cutting), an additive (collage) method or a mix of the two;

Students will learn to rapid prototype by first creating a tunnel book model to understand the form, followed by creating their fully developed books. Students will be encouraged to consider composition, layering, materials and to treat form and content as an interdependent whole as they create their one-of-a-kind tunnel books. All levels welcome.

Register online or call (207) 780-5900.

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA has two book arts classes coming up this fall. Here’s the scoop:

Marbled paperPaper Marbling with Cristina Hajosy will take place on Sunday, September 16th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Create beautiful swirls and mottling colors on paper with several forms of marbling. Learn Turkish- style marbling on water thickened with carrageenan (Irish moss). Experiment with a range of materials, colors and papers to create lovely, unique designs.

Marbled paper is striking when used as book end papers, portfolio covers, and more. Beginner to advanced students welcome.

Wild Journals with Susan Porter will take place from October 4 – November 8. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Create colorful, textured art journal pages, using paint, printmaking techniques, stamping, stenciling and collage. Transform your pages into intricate, multilayered surfaces. Add dimensions by cutting and folding. Add extensions, pop-outs, windows and pockets. Make each page a one-of-a-kind canvas for words, drawings, images and photographs. Bring a blank journal; all other materials will be provided.

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

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