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

2020 August 9

Next Meeting: Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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: Revisiting Accordions: Let’s Have a Sew-In with Marcia Vogler

accordion book with sew-insAh, the versatility of the accordion. In this workshop, Marcia will lead you in exploring different methods of adding pages to the accordion with sewing. Using the 3-hole pamphlet stitch and the 5-hole butterfly stitch, you will attach sections to an accordion spine in 2 different ways, then look at methods of adding covers with sewing or glue.

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


  • Card stock for accordion spines and covers: 4.25″ x 11″ ( 8.5″ x 11″ cut in half lengthwise) grain short if possible (6-8 pieces)
  • Text weight for sections:
    • 4.25″ x 7″ (12 pieces)
    • 4.25″ x 8.5″ (12 pieces)
  • Linen thread, waxed or unwaxed


  • Cutting mat
  • X-acto knife
  • Bone folder
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Punching cradle or magazine
  • Awl
  • Needle

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

July Meeting Reflections

Bookbinding Zoom meeting screenshotThe July Zoom meeting gave us a chance to learn from Amy Lapidow, author of the Book Art Studio Handbook. She led us through the steps for the Accordion Album with Frames, a project from the book.

While teaching through Zoom is a challenge, Amy sailed through the project and we sailed along with her. Another great accordion structure with so much potential!

Thanks, Amy, and thanks to all who Zoomed along with us.

B.A.G. News

US Postal Service mail box*** Mail Art Challenge – Make 2 Receive 2!

This August we are offering a quick fun challenge for B.A.G. The concept is to create 2 fun Mail Art envelopes and mail them. Then you will receive two fun Mail Art pieces in your mail.

Here’s what you need to do to participate:

  1. Watch the first lesson or more of the MAIL IS MAGIC video series produced by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
  2. Join the challenge by emailing Ann by August 19. Include your name and address.
  3. Receive two names with addresses from Ann by August 21.
  4. Create two Mail Art envelopes and send then on their way by September 2.
    • Please note that the Mail Art envelope is a suggested option but you are encouraged to be as creative as you wish. This is all for fun and art should be apolitical.
  5. Receive two pieces of Mail Art. Sharing will be at our September BAG meeting.

We hope you’ll get in on the fun!

Book Arts News

*** On 8/26/20, the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers will host its Annual Meeting online. The meeting is open to both members and non-members.

There will be a presentation by Sarah Pike who will be speaking about the various services she offers at FreeFall Laser. Three different makers will also speak about how they’ve used laser-cutting in recent projects: Amy Borezo, Andrea Dezsö, and Aspen Golann.

Following the discussion, Chapter Chair Erin Fletcher will give updates on chapter business.

RSVP: Please register here if you plan to attend. Zoom info will be sent prior to the meeting.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** The San Francisco Center for the Book has an online series of virtual tours called Shelter in Studio.

The focus is to chat with folks (SFCB Staff, instructors, and community members) about projects and processes that keep hands and minds engaged. Stop on by every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. PT for a half hour studio visit.

You can view videos of past visits (Coleen Curry, Macy Chadwick, Jennie Hinchcliff) by visiting the SFCB website.

*** On August 19, Yuka Petz is teaching Split-Page Books as a virtual workshop in association with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Also known as mix-and-match books, split-page books are simple, yet compelling structures that encourage lots of hands-on engagement.

In this workshop, you will examine a variety of artist-made and commercially printed examples and then make your own folded and sewn variations of split-page books. You will also discuss creating split-page books in collaboration with adults and children, and how to structure content to create cohesive books that retain the play of chance operations. Participants will also have the option to collaborate on a split-page book with other class members, to be completed after the workshop.

For more information or to register, visit the MCBA 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 August:

August 25 & 27: Suminagashi Marbled Notebook with Juliayn Coleman

Suminigashi is a relaxing and fun way to marble paper, with little set-up, little clean-up, and yet the results can be stunning. Many types of paper will accept the ink, and consequently it’s a great way to make use of ordinary paper, or to think of fine paper in a new way. There is some flexibility in the dimensions of the finished book, so students may make use of the paper they already have.

Join us for a couple hours in this fun and creative project as we float ink on water, observing the ripples that form, and transfer them to paper as the record of a moment. In the second session, we’ll use some of our paper to make a simple binding for a blank book you can use.

Gold flakesAugust 29 & 30: Contemporary Gilding with Solange Roberdeau

Using a contemporary version of gilding, the process of applying paper-thin sheets of metal to a surface, workshop participants will learn how to add metal to paper, wood and stone in their own shapes and patterns.

Over the course of two 2-hour sessions, Solange will walk participants through the nuances of this technique from how to effectively prepare a variety of material surfaces and apply metal leaf as a compositional element.

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

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