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

2020 May 7

As you know, Vermont’s Stay Home order is in effect until May 15th due to COVID-19. For this reason, there will be no May in-person meeting.

That’s right – we said in-person.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

We will have this month’s meeting via Zoom, an online conference program. You will need to have Zoom downloaded on your computer, phone, or tablet in order to access the meeting. If you’ve never attended a Zoom meeting before, check out this video – it will go over the basics of how to join a meeting.

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

Stay safe!

The B.A.G. Board

Program: The Nested Accordion Pop-Up Fold Book on Zoom with Elissa Campbell

Nested Accordion Pop-Up Fold BookOh yeah – we’re having a program!

This month, Elissa will be teaching you the Nested Accordion Pop-Up Fold Book, a structure created by Peter and Donna Thomas. You can find it in their book More Making Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects.

Here’s what you’ll need to participate:


  • X-Acto knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder
  • Glue stick
  • PVA (optional, if you’d like to make a hard cover)
  • Glue brush (optional)


  • 1 piece medium weight card stock (similar to Canson Mi-Teintes), grain short: 2″ x 14″
  • 1 piece medium weight card stock, grain short: 2.75″ x 17.5″
  • 2 pieces bookboard, grain long: 2.875″ x 1.875″ (optional, if you’d like to make a hard cover)
  • 2 pieces cover material, grain long: 3.875″ x 2.875″ (optional)

If you plan to attend, please contact Elissa so she can send you the Zoom meeting details.

We hope to see you online!

B.A.G. News

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

We are sad to announce that our spring/summer exhibit at ArtHound Gallery has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Please continue to work on your submissions, and we will plan to see them another day (hopefully at an exhibit).

Book Arts News

*** The Community College of Vermont in Brattleboro is looking for someone to teach Introduction to Book Arts starting in the Fall of 2020.

The ideal candidate has a master’s degree in a visual arts field, but CCV can make adjustments for a person who has significant teaching, exhibit, or professional experience in an area.

Candidates can apply at this link. If you have any questions, please contact Ginger Gellman, Coordinator of Teaching & Learning.

Quarantine Fun

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

Here’s one that might be of interest:

June 1, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: In Botanical Books: Make Your Own Seed Paper with Iviva Olenick, you will learn how to make paper pulp from recycled paper by hand. You will adapt household tools to incorporate into making paper, including a sieve or strainer, cheesecloth, a silkscreen if you have one, and a food processor or blender.

You will explore the natural dyes, colorants, or textural inclusions (scraps of fabric, lace, yarn) you can add to their paper pulp. Finally, you will incorporate seeds into the paper which can then be planted in the garden.

For more information or to register, click here.

*** The Guild of Book Workers‘ Board of Directors has extended its offer of making all videos on the Guild of Book Workers’ Vimeo page available to rent, FREE of charge through the end of the 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 May 31, 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.

*** If you’re on Facebook, check out the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University Libraries – they’re live on their Facebook page for Book Arts 101: Home Edition every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m..

Each week, they talk about books and craft, usually coming in at under half and hour.

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