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

November 9, 2018

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 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: Book Blitz and Card Tricks – Member-led Mini Workshops

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

Librarian Prudence Doherty at UVM Special CollectionsOur yearly field trip to UVM Special Collections was indeed special. We met at their new home in Billings Library, a newly renovated space with historic appeal. I was wowed by the impressive fireplace and the rotunda-like room.

Also impressive was the collection of artists’ books chosen for us by University of Vermont Librarian Prudence Doherty. Her introduction to each book gave us a vision of the artist’s intent, while our time alone with the work let us delve deeper into the meaning and content.

It was more about content this year, as many of the books concentrated on September 11 as well as social issues. A big thank you to Prudence for allowing us to enjoy these special books, and to everyone who attended.

Did you know you can visit Special Collections any time? You can make an appointment with Prudence if you are interested in a specific structure or topic, or just show up and browse the collection of Vermont ephemera.

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

B.A.G. News

Handmade ornaments

*** December Handmade Ornament Exchange

At our December meeting, we will host an ornament exchange where members and friends are invited to swap handmade baubles. Bring one, take one!

Here’s how it works:

  • Make an ornament to share – instruction or directions on how to make are optional.
  • Bring to the meeting, wrapped or unwrapped.
  • Swap for another ornament.

That’s it! The only rule is that the ornaments must be handmade.

Need inspiration? Check out these blog posts:

Get making!

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.

Handmade paper ornaments by Rebecca Boardman*** Rebecca Boardman will be teaching The Art of Paper Ornaments at the Barnet Public Library on Tuesday, November 27th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All materials are included.

You will make up to four different ornaments along with the skills you need to make more of them on your own after the class.

To register, call (802) 633-4436 or email barnetpl@hotmail.com.

Handbound leather journal with 5 closures*** Elissa Campbell is teaching Find Closure, a leather journal class at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on November 10, 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

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers to teach simple bookbinding techniques and creative content at two upcoming Girl Scout events. Through these events, NEGBW volunteers will be helping Cadettes earn their Book Artist badge and potentially inspiring future bookbinders.

The first event will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Camp Rice Moody in Reading, MA. The second event will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA. Each event generally lasts from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and carpooling can be arranged.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Lauren Telepak at negbwprograms@gmail.com.

*** November is offering two book-related events in the Boston area.

  • During November 16 – 18, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Hynes Convention Center. Among the events is an exploration of the contemporary world of book arts in Kyoto and Japan, from the perspective of one who has devoted a good part of his professional life to the study and appreciation of the history of the Japanese illustrated book.

For more information, please visit the event websites.

Book Arts Classes

*** On December 15 – 16, the North Bennet Street School is offering Bookbinding 101 with Erin Fletcher.

In this two day class, students get a quick introduction to various bookbinding techniques by exploring three different book structures. The class begins with a simple pamphlet and continues with constructing two multi-signature books known as a flatback case binding and link stitch binding. Finally, students construct a box to house all of their creations. This class is a great way to familiarize yourself with bookbinding and is perfect for those who are curious about the craft.

All tools and supplies are provided for this class.

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

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

Altered Books Workshop with Cristina Hajosy will take place on Sunday, November 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Transform books, old or new, into art objects. The book becomes a canvas, a sculpture or a reliquary of personally meaningful content. Draw inspiration from the book’s author or contents, or purely use the book as a structure. Incorporate paper cutting, collage, bookmaking and other processes. The instructor will have books on hand, or bring your own, along with small objects and images to include.


Paste Paper with Cristina Hajosy will take place on Sunday November 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Paste paper is traditionally used for endpapers and book covers, offering a textural and colorful alternative to marbling. See some historical and contemporary approaches, then create your own. Start with a traditional method, then learn ways to make more creative and painterly versions.


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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