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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” November 2022

2022 November 9

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

This month’s meeting will be held IN PERSON at the University of Vermont’s Silver Special Collections – yay!

We will meet in the Marsh Room in Billings Library (room 308). Visitors should enter through the front doors and proceed straight ahead to the Marsh Room behind the fireplace.

Parking is at the lot behind Ira Allen Chapel (Votey lot), or in the visitors’ lot on College Street. Click here to access directions and parking information on the UVM website.

We are currently trying to figure out how to Zoom the meeting for those unable to attend in person. If you’d like to attend the meeting over Zoom, please contact Elissa and she’ll keep you in the loop.

We look forward to seeing you!

The B.A.G. Board

Woven logoIn continuing with our tradition of choosing a theme for our meetings every year, the B.A.G. Board has selected the theme of Woven for 2022.

Weaving is one of the oldest surviving crafts in history, and is an integral part of all of our lives. We wear woven clothing, we sit on woven seats, we use and admire woven baskets.

In the paper and book world, there are many examples of paper weaving, woven book covers, and woven structures. Here are a few resources to get your brain churning:

The possibilities are kind of endless!

During the meetings this year, guest presenters will guide you through techniques to get you started on your woven explorations. The simplest methods can produce exciting results and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Program: Visit to UVM’s Silver Special Collections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting at UVM Special CollectionsIt’s my favorite meeting of the year!

The November meeting will be our annual visit to UVM’s Silver Special Collections hosted by our own Prudence Doherty, Special Collections Librarian, where we will actually meet in person for the first time in who knows how long. Prudence has a wonderful line up of exciting books for us, so bring a pencil if you’re taking notes.

We will meet in the Marsh Room in Billings Library (room 308). Visitors should enter through the front doors and proceed straight ahead to the Marsh Room behind the fireplace.

Parking is at the lot behind Ira Allen Chapel (Votey lot), or in the visitors’ lot on College Street. Click here to access directions and parking information on the UVM website.

We are trying to figure out how to Zoom the meeting for those unable to attend in person. If you’d like to attend the meeting over Zoom, please contact Elissa and she’ll keep you in the loop.

October Meeting Reflections

Two hands paper weavingMarcia Vogler led our October meeting, sharing a wonderful improvisational approach to paper weaving. She showed us a “sample” accordion book that she had started as a showcase for different styles of paper weaving that ultimately she found pleasing in and of itself as a book!

She demonstrated a very fluid way of working with creating either horizontal or vertical slits in the warp and then weaving in strips, including a way to position secondary cuts to hold in strips. It was both fascinating and fun. She also suggested ways to stamp, write or otherwise embellish paper to use for the weaving strips which creates more visual interest, often creating patterns on both sides of the page.

Many members worked along with Marcia once she started working on a new piece and there were plenty of exciting and interesting pieces created during the meeting. Everyone who attended left feeling inspired to try new techniques and let themselves play with paper weaving!

Thank you Marcia!

B.A.G. Library Corner

Cover of Creative Book ArtThe holiday season is upon us and, this year, the ability to spend time (in person!) with our loved ones.

Celebrate the harvest season with apples and pears created from old books! Clare Youngs‘ tutorial from Creative Book Art provides an easy-to-follow tutorial that will create lovely decorations for your Thanksgiving table.

If you have ideas for books to feature or if you have a B.A.G. library book in your possession from which you’d like to share something, email Sally at

You can check out and download the selection here.

B.A.G. News

*** Support the Book Arts Guild of Vermont by becoming a member!

The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is supported by its members and you have kept us going for more than seventeen (!) years. Our organization is solely run by volunteers and we do what we do because we love the book arts and we love B.A.G.. We continue to be inspired by our community, and the enthusiasm and talents that you bring to our meetings.

Membership dues are our main source of income and we hope that you will show that you value what we have to offer – quality programming, future exhibits, and more – by becoming a member. You get so much value out of your $35.00 and attending just one meeting can give you your full money’s worth.

Just to give you an idea of where membership dues go, here’s a breakdown of B.A.G.’s annual expenses:

  • Zoom subscription: $149.90 per year
  • Vimeo subscription: $84.00 per year
  • Rent: $50.00 per month when we can return to in-person attendance
  • Presenter honorarium: $35.00 per meeting
  • Website and email newsletter: $100.00 per year
  • Presenter reimbursement for supplies: Varies

We hope that you will renew your membership to help us with our annual expenses. You can download our membership form and send it in with your payment by check of $35.00 made out to the Book Arts Guild of Vermont:

Book Arts Guild of Vermont
c/o Ann Joppe-Mercure
10 Brookwood Dr
South Burlington, VT 05403

Thank you so much for your continued support of the guild. We wouldn’t be here without you.

*** Deborah Stuart has some cardstock and paper that’s looking for a new home! She writes:

I would to share some of my extra, particularly those just starting out in bookmaking, without much in the way of supplies. So many of us talk about having too much in our files and cupboards! I am trying to simplify and have more than I need. Lots of colors and shades of cardstock and colors of text-weight and others interesting papers.

I am glad to meet (Springfield/Lebanon/Keene) or have you come to my studio (Springfield) or to mail. Write me at if you want more details.

*** Susan Smereka and Jane Ploughman are co-teaching two classes this month:

  • Haiku Bookmaking will take place on 3 Saturdays, November 19 – December 3.
    During this 3 session workshop, participants will create an artists’ book in a small edition. Beginning with a haiku (yours or someone else’s), you will learn simple print and image making techniques including linocuts and collographs to illustrate the poem. These images will be either hand-printed or printed via a press. When the prints are completed they will be assembled into an innovative book structure called the Australian Reverse Piano Hinge binding. The workshop is open to all interested; printers, bookmakers and those curious to experiment with text and image.
  • The Generative Book will take place on 3 Mondays, November 14 – 28.
    Create a unique artist book while learning new bookmaking and printmaking techniques. This workshop will guide you through a three-part creative process to generate text and images using Gelli plate printmaking and collage. Your completed project will combine your edited and refined creations in a hardcover book with 8 spreads bound with a long stitch variation.

For more information or to register for a workshop, please visit Susan’s website.

Three sheets of decorated paste paper*** Elissa Campbell is teaching Paste Paper Gift Wrap on November 19 & 20 at MakerSphere in Waterbury, Vermont.

Tired of the same old gift wrap? Then this workshop is for you!

Paste papers are made by applying a mixture of paste and pigment to damp paper and then using tools to create pattern and texture on the surface. Different methods will be demonstrated to guide you as you create your own paste papers with vibrant colors. We’ll use methyl cellulose in a paste recipe that’s easy to recreate on your own. We’ll be working with acid-free paper, so you can even use the papers in your bookmaking or other craft projects.

For more information or to register, please visit the MakerSphere website.

Book Arts News

*** PhotoBookWorks 2023 is now open for submissions. This international, juried exhibition will be held March 2-26, 2023 at Spark North Gallery in Denver’s thriving Santa Fe Art District. It is part of a statewide, bi-annual Month of Photography celebration.

The deadline to submit is January 12, 2023. Selections will be made by Gregory Robl, Curator, Special & Distinct Collections, University of Colorado Libraries and Alicia Bailey, Director, Abecedarian Artists’ Books.

Eligible are any hand-crafted bookworks (editioned or unique) that feature photography as primarily element. Photographs may be digital but commercially printed works won’t be accepted into this show.

Full details are online or you can email for a PDF prospectus.

*** The traveling exhibition Pulped Under Pressure will be hosted by the University of Southern Maine from September 7 – December 22, 2022. With traditional hand papermaking at its core, the exhibition underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft. Enticed through touch, these works encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge acknowledgment of some of the most pressing issues (environmental crisis to global marginalization) facing civilization today.

The artists’ multifaceted works incorporate a rich range of printmaking, letterpress, papercutting, and installation with a diversity of recycled disposable materials (junk mail, egg cartons, old cotton t-shirts, ripped denim jeans) as well as old bedsheets, beetroot, heirloom plants, and illuminated el wires. In very unique ways, these artists consider paper beyond its most common function as a passive surface of record or craft. Instead, the material is transformed and embedded with content that turns communication into a public practice.

For more information, please visit the USM website.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering the Secret Belgian Binding with Erin Fletcher on November 12 & 13.

The Secret Belgian binding is a popular structure, used primarily for artist books. This style of binding is simple and easy to construct; it opens flat and is perfect for thinner text blocks. Students will learn 2 different finishing techniques for the Secret Belgian.

For more information or to register, please visit the Maine Media website.

*** The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is offering Digital File Preparation for Binding with Kevin Brown on Wednesdays, November 16 & 30.

Imposition is the process of organizing pages so they appear in the correct sequence when printed and bound. Learn the digital process of imposition using Adobe InDesign so you can print book pages and bind them in whatever book structure you choose, from a simple 16-page pamphlet to a 50+-page multi-signature binding. This virtual workshop is a guide to printing pages for books digitally, including file preparation, paper selection, printer and service bureau options, and binding recommendations based on the number of pages and the edition size (or number of books you’d like to print).

This workshop is designed for folks with binding experience who need training in digital imposition and guidance on printing options from an expert in the industry. Participants must have a general knowledge of bindings they hope to use as well as access to and familiarity with Adobe InDesign.

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

*** The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is offering Holiday & Everyday: A Quick Stack of Notebooks with Karen Hanmer on November 30.

If you’re planning a homemade holiday this year, we’ve got the perfect quickly made handmade present for you! You can construct a bevy of these elegant notebooks in just a few hours. The binding is a Double Pamphlet with Tipped Wrapper, and it is a most satisfying solution for a two-signature text block. The signatures are sewn back-to back with a single pamphlet stitch.

A simple wrapper of text-weight paper is tipped to the text block at the spine and at the fore edges. The spine is square and crisp. The sewing is covered and protected. This simple notebook is easily adaptable from a large-page size to a tiny purse or pocket size. The cover is made from text-weight paper. Choose any color, texture or pattern that would delight you.

For more information or to register, please email John Cutrone at

2 Responses Post a comment
  1. Julia D. Ormsbee permalink
    November 27, 2022

    I have been craving an art project to engage in and as a professional historian and history teacher would love to learn how to make books. Can a beginner, like myself, participate in the Book Guild’s workshops and attend meetings? I would need a lot of mentoring but am willing to work very hard.

    Are there members of the Guild who teach classes?

    Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
    Julia Ormsbee

    • admin permalink
      December 8, 2022

      Hi Julia,

      You’re more than welcome to come to our meetings and we have many beginners who are just starting their journey into the book arts. Several of our members do teach and we put announcements in our newsletter. If you’d like me to add you to our email list, I’d be happy to do so.


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