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

2019 August 7

Next Meeting: Wednesday, August 14, 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: Developing Your Personal Writing Style, Part 1

Handwriting by Meta StrickMeta Strick, along with the assistance of Penne Tompkins, will lead you through some straightforward exercises to reveal your handwriting patterns and how to make them more uniform. The goal is to help you become comfortable with the idea and practice of using your own hand lettering in your books or any art projects.

It’s a low stress, fun approach that we hope will be useful to all!

Please bring the following:

  • Pencil and eraser
  • Pens and markers
  • Lined sheets of paper
  • Ruler

July Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingThe postcard challenge has really brought out some great and diverse talent. Using the new skills acquired over the last few months of programs, participants went wild with the small format, producing postcards to share and swap. It was a swapping frenzy at the meeting. Now, looking forward to September, I can’t wait to see what you do with them!

The artists’ talk with work from the recent S.P.A.C.E. exhibit gave everyone a chance not only to learn more about each other as artists, but also to talk about purpose, inspiration and method in general. Thanks to everyone for participating, listening, and inspiring.

You are all wonderful. You are my people.

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

B.A.G. News

Nancy Stone postcard*** Nancy Stone’s watercolor postcards are now in a published book that documents the 2.5 year adventure she shared with her husband as they visited each of Vermont’s 251 towns. Originally begun as a book arts project with original paintings and journal entries, the idea of publishing the artwork resulted from many friends requesting a book.

On Wednesday, August 21st, the Williston library is sponsoring a celebration of Vermont’s 251 Club to be held off-site at the Williston Central School auditorium. From 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Nancy’s postcards will be on display as an installation and the book will be available for sale. At 7:00 p.m., Mike Leonard will screen his film One Town At A Time followed by Q & A. The documentary features diverse voices from members of the 251 Club highlighting the spirit that makes each town uniquely Vermont.

Completion of Mike and Nancy’s personal creative projects happened to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the Vermont 251 Club. Begun in 1954, the club has over 6,000 members including residents as well as visitors.

*** Carolyn Shattuck has a retrospective show, Into My Space, open now through September 7th at Compass Music and Arts Center. The exhibit covers the 30+ years of her career as an artist. Work on display ranges from paintings to prints, collages to handmade books, and small to large works.

Compass Music and Arts Center is located at 333 Jones Drive in Brandon, VT.

Leather journals by Elissa Campbell*** Elissa Campbell is teaching another installment of Find Closure at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on August 19 & 20.

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.You’ll leave this workshop with one book measuring 9.5″ x 6.5″, along with a detailed handout and resource list for all materials used.

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 holding its annual meeting on Saturday, August 10th at Cottage Street Studios in Easthampton, MA. Non-members are welcome to attend.

Here’s the event schedule:

  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Traditional Water Gilding demo on a parchment panel with Sarah Pringle of Cinch Custom Finishes
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: NEGBW Annual meeting with light refreshments at Praxis Bindery (Room 4-24)
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Cottage Street Studios Open House and Tag Sale with:
    • Peter Geraty of Praxis Bindery (Room 4-24)
    • Sarah Creighton and Sarah Pringle (#42)
    • Carol Blinn of Warwick Press (#36)
    • Daniel Kelm (#5)

There will be some small demos and lots of bindery equipment and materials for sale.

Cottage Street Studios is located at One Cottage Street. Please email if you plan to attend.


*** UNBOUND IX, a juried book arts show at Artistree Gallery in South Pomfret, VT is open now through August 24th.

The show features art using books as a material or a format. Visitors will have an opportunity to examine curious folios, recent grimoires, tomes turned to sculpture and some works having a relation to “books” in concept only.

Several B.A.G. members have work in the exhibit, so sure to stop by!

*** Kolaj Magazine and ARCMTL seek collage artists who make books as part of their broader practice to present their book-centered projects as part of a symposium on the subject of collage and the book. The full-day symposium will take place on October 4th in Montreal.

In addition to making a brief presentation, book projects will be profiled in a special publication that will accompany the symposium. The deadline for submissions is August 31st.

For more information, please check out the call to artists.

*** In conjunction with the symposium, ARCMTL is hosting VOLUME 2 MTL: Art and the Book, Montreal’s annual conference and fair devoted to art publishing and artists’ books. The conference takes place from October 1 – 6, while the fair will be held on October 5 – 6.

VOLUME 2 MTL presents works and programming in both English and French, including artists and publishers from all over Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere.

For more information, please visit the VOLUME 2 MTL website.

Book Arts Classes

Locked up letterpress type*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering Letterpress Projects for Books with Richard Reitz Smith from August 25 – 31.

The idea of letterpressing content for your artist book can be overwhelming – the decisions are endless and the stakes are high. This project oriented course is designed to provide mentorship that will help you tackle all the details with confidence.

Each student will create a production plan and begin by cutting down their paper and making polymer plates or setting type. On the press, you’ll learn how to arrange your content and align your paper, then run test prints and finally move into production. We will have guest book artists throughout the week present work and offer tips and advice on book making.

In addition to the printed output of this course, students will leave with a better understanding of how to convert images and type into letterpress books and how to develop an efficient workflow when tackling a letterpress edition.

Click here to register. Maine Media Workshops + College is located in Rockport, ME.

*** The North Bennet Street School in Boston is offering Secret Belgian Binding – Three Ways with Erin Fletcher on September 14 & 15. The Secret Belgian binding can be constructed quickly with few tools and virtually no equipment. It opens flat and works best with thinner text blocks.

This workshop explores the Secret Belgian structure and ways to modify it. On day one, students put together two variations of this non-adhesive structure: one with exposed stitches and one with hidden stitches. On day two, students explore modified versions of the Secret Belgian binding developed by book artist, Anne Goy by playing with the length of stitching and incorporating Tyvek.

For more information, please visit the NBSS website.

*** On Sunday, September 22nd, The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts in Boston is offering Star Books with Cristina Hajosy.

A handmade star book can be presented as an artist’s book or as a hanging ornament. Excite viewers with the visual movement and performative qualities of this unusual book structure. Learn basic bookmaking techniques and experiment with hand-marbled papers, mixed media and collage scraps to customize your books.

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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