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

2019 February 7

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 13, 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.

Picture the Possibilities: Imagery for Books

Join us as we kick off 2019 with a multi-month exploration of various methods and materials for adding imagery to your books. Whether you have an illustrator’s hand or stand proudly in the stick-figure league, you can create books rich in imagery through techniques as diverse as collage, stenciling, and even stitchery.

Join us for an adventure in learning that’s bound to add richness and dimension to your work!

Program: Imagery for Books Part 1 – Collage with Marcia Vogler and Marilyn Gillis

Collage by Marcia VoglerCo-presenters Marcia Vogler and Marilyn Gillis will start off our first Imagery for Books meeting by sharing wonderful examples of their own work to illustrate how collage can be used in bookmaking. They will introduce various collage techniques, methods, and mediums; offer tips on finding and creating papers and collage materials; and suggest ways to enhance your collage.

In the latter portion of the meeting, we will gain hands-on collage experience by participating in an exciting, round-robin collage-athon to loosen our creativity and free our imagination.

Come prepared to have fun, be inspired, and learn a lot!

In addition, please bring the following:

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Image-rich magazines
  • Small painted or art paper scraps

B.A.G. News

*** Support the Book Arts Guild of Vermont by becoming a member!

The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is supported by its members and you have kept us going for more than ten years. Our organization is solely run by volunteers and we do what we do because we love the book arts and we love B.A.G. We continue to be inspired by our community, and the enthusiasm and talents that you bring to our meetings.

The Board of Directors recently met to plan the year ahead and decided to give members a picture of B.A.G.’s annual expenses.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Rent: $50.00 per month
  • Presenter honorarium: $35.00 per meeting
  • Website and email newsletter: $100.00 per year
  • Presenter reimbursement for supplies: Varies

If you’ve done the math, you’ll see that we need a minimum of $910.00 (not including supply reimbursement) to cover our annual expenses.

Membership dues are our main source of income and we hope that you will show that you value what we have to offer – quality programming, field trips, exhibits, and more – by becoming a member. You get so much value out of your $35.00 and attending just one meeting can give you your full money’s worth.

We hope that you will renew your membership or join us as a new member at the February meeting. If you will not be at the meeting, you can download our membership form and send it in with your payment.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the guild. We wouldn’t be here without you.

*** Announcing the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s annual exhibition!

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at SPACE GalleryThe S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington has kindly offered to host our annual show this year. We are excited to be in a wonderful space in Burlington from June 7 – 29! The title for the show will be Bound to Happen, and is open to any interpretation from the artists.

Here are some important dates:

  • Entry due date: May 31, 2019
  • Exhibit dates: June 7 – 29, 2019
  • Opening reception: June 7, 2019, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

More details will be offered at a later date, but let’s get working!

Have questions? Please ask Marcia.

Blizzard book and variations by Elissa Campbell*** Elissa Campbell is teaching Blizzard of Blizzards, a folded book class at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on March 9, 2019.

If this winter is giving you the blues, here’s a reason to like it a bit more – book artist Hedi Kyle’s famous Blizzard Book was invented during a snowstorm! This gem of a book has a spine made of folded pockets that lock pages into place without using adhesive. The folded components can be modified to create other structures that Hedi affectionately refers to as the Blizzard Clan.

In this class, you’ll start by making the book that started it all, the Blizzard Book. As time allows, you’ll complete up to five variations including the Blizzard Box, the Blizzard Pocket, and the amazing Wheel of Fortune. All of these structures are intended to house your choice of content – for example, business cards, ticket stubs, or fortune cookie fortunes.

You’ll leave this workshop with a completed set of books and a basic knowledge of folding and bookbinding technique. You will receive a detailed handout and resource list for all materials we use.

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

Book Arts News

Cut paper art by Carolyn Guest*** Now through March 2nd, the Chandler Gallery is showing Paper Possibilities, an exhibit of ten Vermont artists who use paper in diverse and innovative ways. They have cut, printed, painted and sculpted paper in to a visual feast.

In an artist’s hand and mind paper is never blank but full of possibilities. Those diverse possibilities are reflected in each artist’s unique approach.

Featured artists include May Babcock, Beth Barndt, Lian Brehm, Joan Curtis, Carolyn Guest, Ann Kresge, Lyna Lou Nordstrom, Susan Osgood, Kirstin Quick, Philip Robertson, Deb Sharpe Lunstead, J. Turk, and Joanne Vecchiola.

The Chandler Gallery is located in Randolph, VT.

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

Book Arts Classes

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is hosting a one-day paste paper workshop with Madeleine Durham on either March 23rd or 24th. The workshop will take place at the Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, MA.

In this workshop you will learn the brush technique that Madeleine has developed over the last many years. You will learn what kind of brushes work best and how to hold them so that you create a variety of lines, shapes, and patterns. You will also learn tricks for blending colors.

You will leave the class with a basic knowledge and ability to create straight lines, wavy lines, subtle blending techniques and geometric patterns. Madeleine’s paste paper technique is delightfully spontaneous. Come to class ready to have fun!

Registration is available online. Due to the limitations of the NEGBW’s registration system, you will not be able to choose between the two available days. After you register, please contact them with your preferred date.

*** From February 25 – March 1, the North Bennet Street School is offering Fundamentals of Bookbinding I with Erin Fletcher.

Students will learn the foundations of bookbinding by combining hands-on exercises and discussion. The class starts by exploring non-adhesive structures: soft cover pamphlet, Coptic, historical longstitch and link stitch. The class ends with a look at case bindings, with the creation of two hardcover flatback bindings. Students also learn different structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, tools and equipment.

Throughout the course discussions will cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties. Please bring a notebook with you to class. All tools and supplies are provided for this class.

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

*** On Sunday, March 17th, The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Altered Books with Cristina Hajosy.

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.

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

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