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

2020 July 5

Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The B.A.G. board has determined that at this time, we will not be having in-person meetings through the summer, at the very least. We do have online programs planned for the next few months, so be sure to check out the newsletter sidebar for the schedule.

This month’s meeting will once again be held via Zoom, an online conference program. 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.

Stay safe!

The B.A.G. Board

Program: Accordion Album with Frames with Amy Lapidow

Accordion album with framesJoin us in July as Amy Lapidow leads us in making a variation on an accordion book, the Accordion Album with Frames. Cloth hinges join panels of matted items, for infinite length and possibilities. You will make a 4 panel model and discuss variations.

This is a great book for both storing and displaying 2-dimensional artwork. You can find directions for the structure on pages 62 – 69 of her book: The Book Art Studio Handbook (ISBN: 9781592538188).

Here’s what you need to prepare for the meeting:


  • X-Acto or mat knife
  • Bone folder
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or glue + brush
  • Cutting mat
  • Waste paper for gluing

Materials prep:

  • 8 pieces of 4 ply mat board (2 ply is fine too) or equivalent 5″ x 5″ or 12.5 cm x
  • 4 things to mat (picture, drawing, etc.) Nothing too thick, 3″ x 3″ or 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm
  • 4 pieces of Japanese paper for hinges or equivalent (tissue – thin paper is ok) 0.5″ x just under 5″ or 1.5 cm x 12 cm
  • Bookcloth 1 piece that we will cut – around 5.5″ x 7″ or 14 cm x 17 cm

June Meeting Reflections

It was great to be in the same room as everyone, well, I mean it looked like you were all in my room, and to have everyone introduce themselves and share something short and sweet. We actually got to meet some of our out-of-town members and friends.

In the sharing portion of the meeting, we heard what Judy, Dorsey, Marilyn, Diana, and Nancy have been up to. How wonderful to have a group where we can share both the excitement of creating and the emotional expression of life’s dealings.

Thank you all for allowing us to admire your work and thoughts.

B.A.G. Member News

*** Spacious Studio Space Available (with access to lots of bookbinding equipment!) beginning August 1

Jill Abilock is looking for someone to share her large, light-filled 625-square-foot studio and bindery, located at Shelburne Pond Studios in a bucolic, rural area of Shelburne, Vermont. The building is a quintessential Vermont dairy barn that has been converted into studios and houses a diverse community of artists.

Fully half of the studio is empty and available to set up, furnish, and equip as you like. As an added bonus, Jill has several book presses, a Kuttrimmer, and other bookbinding equipment that you would be welcome to use.

If interested, please contact Jill at for more information.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** On July 7th, 4:00 p.m. EDT the New England Historic Genealogical Society will host the virtual talk Women in 19th Century American Bookbinderies by Dr. Elizabeth DeWolfe and Todd Pattison. The talk will highlight the extensive use of female labor in American binderies during the 19th century and challenge the narrative that the industrialization of bookbinding was solely the result of mechanization.

You can get more information or register for this free talk by clicking here.

*** Shawn Sheehy is offering the online workshop The Roll-Up/Pop-Up Book on July 17th – 19th. Shawn is a very skilled paper engineer and this workshop is a great opportunity to learn from him in the comfort of your own home.

You have explored the pop-up how-to books. You’re ready to make your own pop-up project. You are stymied by the question: “How do I adapt these classic, foundational structures to make MY OWN structures?” This workshop will help you think through that problem by exploring five different structures at three levels: foundational, transitional, and transformed.

And if that weren’t enough, you will explore an innovative roll-up binding approach (think scroll rather than codex) for the fifteen pop-up folios. In the end, you will have a compact, bound collection of study models that will propel you to the next step of pop-up invention. Beginners are welcome!

For more information, visit Shawn’s website.

*** The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is offering a series of live online demonstrations focusing on a range of processes. Here’s the schedule of what’s available during the month of July:

Wednesday, July 22: Pulp Painting with Kelly Taylor Mitchell

Join artist Kelly Taylor Mitchell as she demonstrates her pulp painting process and shares about her work. Kelly is an artist and educator who lives and works in Atlanta, GA where she is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the Studio Artist Program at The Atlanta Contemporary, as well as an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture and the Art Program Director at Spelman College.

Kelly’s multidisciplinary practice centers oral history and ancestral memory woven into the fabric of the Africana Diaspora, in order to present speculative futures, specifically related to concepts of community autonomy, swamp marronage, and inherited identity.

Utilizing printmaking, papermaking, sculpture, and textiles her work manifests as immersive installations, performative objects, and partnered artists books offering a venue for the sensorial –specifically smell- to connect to, convey, and reimagine rituals and rites of autonomous kin, collectives, and individuals of the Africana Diaspora.

letterpress wood typeTuesday, July 28: Letterpress with Molly Poganski

Join MCBA’s Studio Technician Molly Poganski for a brief introduction to letterpress printing with hand-set wood type. Learn a little print history while watching Molly arrange type on the press, mix and apply ink to the rollers, and print! A finished print will be mailed to you after the demonstration.

Wednesday, July 29: Vegetable Papyrus with Yuka Petz

This demonstration-only workshop will be an introduction to making vegetable papyrus, a proto-paper made solely from fruits and vegetables.

Vegetable papyrus is created by cooking out non-cellulose materials and drying under pressure. This organic and non-toxic artform provides ample opportunities to create stunning patterns and compositions that reveal the delicate veining and organic structures of the fruits and vegetable you work with. Discussion will include different techniques and potential uses and participants will receive detailed instructions and tips for making papyrus at home.

For more information or to register, visit the MCBA website.

*** During the month of July, the Center for Book Arts has two opportunities for taking a workshop with papercutter Béatrice Coron:

Tuesday, July 28: Papercutting Basics

During this two-hour workshop, participants will discover the multiple facets of papercutting by making their own samples of different techniques. Learning basic principles of designing with full and empty shapes, each student will explore adapting pictures they collected to papercutting. Tips and tricks will be shared.

We will start the class with a presentation of the art of papercutting, then we will make one exercise outlining what papercutting is and how it can be used. The second exercise will be a study to adapt any image to papercutting. For the third exercise, we will use origami papers to design a four color mini-book.

Thursday, July 30: Make Your Own Botanical Papercut

In this two-hour workshop, we will design and cut a wall of leaves and flowers for all seasons. Different settings will be shown through slides, offering various options for your cut out. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of paper cutting techniques. Each participant will make their own large-scale botanical cut out.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Both workshops are being offered with a suggested donation. For more information or to register, visit the Center for Book Arts website.

*** The San Francisco Center for the Book is also offering a number of online workshops via Zoom. Here is a selection of what’s available during the month of July:

July 7: Budgeting for Book Arts with Nikki Thompson

It’s time for taxes. Or you have to do a budget for a grant. Or you’re trying to price your book. Yep, a budget will save you in all of these cases.

As a printmaker or book artist working in editions, she’ll teach (and give you a handy Google Sheet) you how to budget. You’ll also go over comparative shopping and diagramming the project. There will be math involved (groan!).

Having a project in mind is helpful for this class. Students should have some familiarity with Google Sheets.

July 16: Exploring the Accordion with Nina Eve Zeininger

Dive into the wide world of accordion bindings with three foundational varieties!

Beloved by bookbinders and artists for their versatility, accordion books come in a variety of formats. In this class students will tackle three styles of accordion bindings: a basic model made from three sheets tabbed together, a tipfolio with cover, and a Leporello structure.

The books made in class will be small in scale but the instructor will discuss how the techniques learned in class can be adjusted to fit accordion books of varying sizes. Students will gain the skills to continue making books on their own and the instructor will provide a PDF handout.

For more information or to register, visit the SFCB website.

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