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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” January 2019

January 3, 2019

Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 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: Mini Leather Journals with Elissa Campbell

3 handmade leather journalsStart the new year by adding a Keith Smith 3-signature binding to your collection!

In this hands-on presentation, Elissa will teach you Keith Smith’s Triple Parquet binding, using leather for the cover. This three signature binding creates a lovely decorative pattern on the spine. The book also has an integrated closure that coordinates with the sewing.

All materials will be provided, but please bring the following tools:

  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Bookbinding or tapestry needle

Optional (for punching small holes in leather):

  • Japanese screw punch with a 1.5mm bit
  • Eyelet hole punch with a 1/16″ bit

December Meeting Reflections

Jill AbilockIt was another joyous meeting, filled with lively participation and creative spirit. With Jill Abilock‘s guidance, we cut and folded up some beautiful snowflakes and origami ornaments. Even the simple snowflake that we have all made (thousands of) before received a new look at technique and precision. Thanks, Jill, for sharing your techniques and patterns!

The 2nd Annual Holiday Ornament swap proved to be just as fantastic as the 1st. The sweet creations showed just how talented you all are! I’m already planning for next year’s ornament.

Thank you all for participating, showing up, and caring. Happy Holidays!

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

B.A.G. News

*** It’s time to renew your annual membership!

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 (you can check them out here), 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.

*** Congrats to Dorsey Hogg on the recognition she got in the December 19th issue of Seven Days (and what an awesome photo)! Dorsey Hogg Turns Books Into Sculptures details how she got her start in altered books and shares her creative process. Yes folks, she does it all by hand.

Book Arts News

*** The Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York City is currently hosting A Way With Words: The Power and Art of the Book, an exhibition that presents artworks which draw attention to the long and remarkable history of the book. The show is open now through April 29th.

The exhibit showcases the transformation of everyday books into expressions of identity, community, environmentalism, memory, and reconstructed narratives. Families will see unconventional treatments such as cutting, weaving, tearing, burning, and shredding, as artists transform books into sculptures, animation, drawings, and paintings that capture the book’s significant history and power to inform the public. Children and their families will also create their own artworks inspired by the exhibition.

The exhibit includes works by Cara Barer, Doug Beube, Long-Bin Chen, Casey Curran, Brian Dettmer, Ann Hamilton, Andrew Hayes, Lisa Kokin, Guy Laramée, Mike Stilkey, and Robert The.

*** Also at the Children’s Museum of the Arts is an art installation by Rachel Marks. The Bridge Project: Naturae Liber creates an immersive installation in which families will be invited to see and hear the story of the unnatural forest. With each step into this otherworldly plant life, objects seem familiar yet peculiar. A once recognizable structure, the book, becomes overthrown with cutting, ripping, painting, sanding, and stacking, transforming to create vegetation, vines growing and fungi popping out of windowed portholes.

This site-specific installation of a peaceful forest will be completely constructed head-to-toe from donated used books. The viewers will be invited to walk down the paper trail and immerse themselves in the tranquil and calming environment. Naturae Liber will feature tree trunks created from old book covers, a waterfall created from hundreds of attached pages, live foliage hanging from the ceiling and delicate paper mushrooms growing out from the walls and windows.

*** Now through January 15, 2019, the Bromer Gallery is hosting Goldman and Lee: Shadow and Color, featuring Jane Goldman‘s watercolors and editioned prints from her Audubon Series, together with the color woodcuts of Jim Lee.

The gallery was launched by Bromer Booksellers to mark its fiftieth year as a leading specialist in rare books. It will operate in conjunction with the book shop, and will feature original art, edition prints, and related material, executed by artists whose work is centered upon the idea of the book as art. This new endeavor is a natural extension of Bromer Booksellers’ long history as specialists in the art of the book.

Girl Scout Book Artist Cadette badge*** 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.

Book Arts Classes

*** On February 2 – 3, the North Bennet Street School is offering Italian Paper Bindings with Bill Hanscom.

Explore the history and use of inexpensive paper-covered book structures beginning at the advent of the printed book in Europe and continuing through the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century. Participants will create four models of bindings commonly used in the Italian region including a plain wrapper, laminated case wrapper, basic long-stitch, and paper case. Models will incorporate decorated and handmade papers, as well as historically-employed sewing techniques and end-sheet constructions. Structural variations and decoration will be examined through images and historical examples from the instructor’s collection.

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 winter. Here’s the scoop:

Stab-Bound Books with Dan Paret will take place on 2 Sundays, January 27th and February 3rd, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Stab-bound books are a satisfying and accessible project for beginning book makers. Start with a small partial-cover book and move on to a larger, fully-covered book. You’ll consider a variety of options, including cloth and paper choices, binding patterns, thread sizes and colors. Leave with two carefully made books and an understanding of how to continue your bookmaking journey.


Paste Paper with Cristina Hajosy will take place on Sunday February 17, 2019 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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