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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” April 2020

April 6, 2020

We hope that you’re managing to hang in there during these crazy times. Please let us know how you’re doing and what you’re up to – we can share your messages with other members to help us stay connected.

In order to secure the health of our members and the community, the B.A.G. Board has decided to cancel the April meeting. As of now, we don’t know if there will be a May meeting.

We’ll be watching how things progress over the coming weeks and determine when it’s safe to resume our meetings. We’ll stay in touch with updates.

Stay safe and sane!

The B.A.G. Board

Looking for book artsy things to do while stuck at home?

*** From April 15 – May 20, Helen Hiebert is teaching an online class, Flexible Book Structures. Join Helen in creating a series of flexible book structures that fold and unfold, collapse and expand, and feature innovative attachments and connections.

Flexible Book Structures logo
You’ll create six book objects, the equivalent of a weeklong workshop during this 6-week class. A new lesson will be in the classroom each Wednesday, and you can work from the comfort of your own home or studio at any time throughout the week. Hop into the online classroom anytime to ask questions and share your projects and ideas in a supportive and creative on-line community.

For more information or to register, visit Helen’s website.

*** The Center for Book Arts also has a selection of online classes throughout the month of April. These classes are offered with a suggested donation, which will be used to pay the instructor and to cover the class expenses.

Here are two that might be of interest:

April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: During the Quarantine Book class with Johanna Maierski, you will learn how to make your own handmade quarantine book using found materials.

Students are encouraged to use found materials in their home: invoices they don’t want to pay, scrap paper, love letters, old leaves from their Monstera plants, fabric, plastic foil, yarn, needles, hammers, clips, etc.

The class will also serve as a space for seeking advice on bookmaking techniques and learning the different kind of zines formations to produce their own quarantine book. The class also includes a discussion of the materials gathered by the class, to collaboratively find a solution for binding for each individual project.

For more information or to register, click here.


April 14 & 21, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: In Artist Books & The Everyday with Ben Denzer, students will conceive and create their own artist books using the everyday materials they are currently quarantined with.

In the first session, Ben will introduce a working definition of the term “Artist Book,” share a survey of historical examples, and detail basic bookmaking techniques. A discussion will follow, along with each student describing their initial ideas and available materials.

Between sessions, Ben will be available for one-on-one conversations to give feedback and construction advice.

In the second session, each student will share their completed artist book in a group critique.

For more information or to register, click here.

*** The Guild of Book Workers‘ Board of Directors has generously decided to make all videos on the Guild of Book Workers’ Vimeo page available to rent, FREE of charge for the next month. This offer is open to everyone, regardless of membership status.

Enter the code GBW4FREE during checkout to reduce the cost of the rental to $0.00. Rentals are available as streaming content for 7 days. This code will expire on April 17, 2020.

If you have any difficulty using this promo code, please contact GBW President Bexx Caswell-Olson.Technical questions relating to the Vimeo website should be directed to Vimeo.

*** Check out the monthly Are You Book Enough challenge on Instagram. The rules are simple – create a book based on the monthly theme and post it on Instagram using the assigned tags. This month’s theme is Machine and you’ve got the whole month to work on something!

Are You Book Enough image with 2020 themes

The project has been going on for over 3 years and even if you’re not going to participate, there are wonderful books to look at if you search for #areyoubookenough.

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*** Announcement: Spring/Summer member exhibit, Page Turners: Artist’s Books by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Our spring/summer exhibit will take place in June at ArtHound Gallery in Essex, Vermont. The theme, Page Turners, is open-ended, allowing for unlimited interpretation. All members are invited and encouraged to contribute new or old work.

This new gallery offers a beautiful space for the exhibit, surrounded by work from artisans all over Vermont. All work must be FOR SALE.

Here are some important dates:

  • Entry due date: May 27, 2020. No entries will be accepted after this date. Artists are encouraged to bring work and appropriate paperwork to the May 13th B.A.G. meeting.
  • Exhibit dates: June 6 – 30, 2020
  • Opening reception: June 6, 2020. Times to be determined.

Now is a great time to get to work on a piece! Don’t you have more time on your hands?


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