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

2022 January 9

Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 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


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: Woven Paper Hearts

Woven paper heartsAt our January Zoom meeting we will start the theme for the year of Woven by making variations of woven paper hearts with Penne Tompkins and Becky Boardman. We will also look at some remarkable examples of where you can take these basic structures.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need to complete the project:

  • Text weight papers in contrasting colors and/or patterns. Origami paper works well too.
  • Scissors or X-acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Some form of adhesive – glue stick, adhesive dots, etc.
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Templates (print these out in advance of the meeting)
  • Hole punch and string if you want to make a hanging ornament (optional)

We hope to see you there!

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

December Meeting Reflections

Woman holding up zineWho wants to do that again?

Not only was it super fun to make a zine, it was even more fun to see and hear how others approached it. The end results were totally amazing and informative. We learned about QR codes, huipil, cricuts, alternative folds, and French doors – all just fabulous.

Best of all, we learned a lot about each other, which is the whole point of getting together!

Thanks to all who participated and attended. Each month seems to be a record for attendance, and as we enter the new year seemingly farther away from in-person meetings, the time we spend together seems more important.

B.A.G. Library Corner

Book Art Studio Handbook - book coverLet’s kick off the new year with a tutorial from the Book Arts Guild’s own Amy Lapidow! Featured in her book Book Art Studio Handbook with co-author Stacie Dolan, the pretty Woven Album would be a great book to capture memories from throughout your year.

The structure is a modified Jacob’s Ladder construction, can be adjusted to fit as many leaves as you like, and is flexible enough to add inclusions and stay flat. The possibilities are endless with this project

If you have ideas for books to feature or if you have a library book in your possession you’d like to share something from, email Sally at salblanch@gmail.com.

You can check out and download the project 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 fifteen 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.

*** New this year – you can now pay your dues using Venmo!

Our account is BAGofVT, listed under businesses.

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.

*** B.A.G. member, illustrator, and cartoonist Amy Burns will have her work on display from February 16 – March 31 at Espresso Bueno in Barre, VT. Alongside Amy’s framed works, originals, prints, cards and comics will be work by mixed media painter Keilani Lime.

Work is available for viewing and purchase during the following hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Espresso Bueno is located at 248 N Main Street.

*** B.A.G. member, bookmaker, and printer Jane Ploughman will be co-teaching Decorative Paper & Book Structures with artist Susan Smereka.

In this introductory workshop, you’ll learn the process for paste paper, Gelli plate printing, and Japanese marbling, called Suminagashi. The decorative paper you make will be incorporated into book structures such as single sheet, a single flag, and accordion with a hard cover.

For your final book project, you will be working on content. If you have some bookbinding experience, this workshop will not only refresh your knowledge, but give you some new skills.

The workshop will take place at Susan Smereka’s studio space in Burlington, VT (Howard Street off of Pine), with your choice of dates:

  • January 21 – February 18, Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • March 1 – March 29, Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Susan at susansmereka@gmail.com.

Handmade pop-up books*** Elissa Campbell is teaching Pop-Up Basics: The Movable Book at CraftStudies on January 29. The workshop will take place at A Lucky Girl Studio in Norwich, VT.

If you want to add more magic to your cards and artist books, then give pop-ups a try! Also known as paper engineering, pop-ups use cuts and folds to create motion and energy in paper structures.

Through the creation of a series of pop-up cards, students will learn the basics of three-dimensional construction, including box supports, props, and straddles, then bind these cards into a book, which will become a handy reference for future work.

No previous experience is required. You’ll feel more comfortable in the workshop if you have experience using an X-Acto knife.

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

Book Arts News

Book presses*** Bech Evans is selling two hand-crafted book presses that were inspired by antique cast iron nipping presses.

The interior dimensions of the yellow press are 10″ high by 11 3/8″ wide. Bed and three platens are 3/4″ baltic birch and measure 11″ x 13″. A durable clear finish was applied over the paint and on the bed and platens.

The frame of the pink press is shaped from laminated baltic birch. A durable clear finish is applied over the paint. The screw is a Jorgensen 12″ press screw.

Both presses are available for purchase on Craigslist (click on the links above). Prices are negotiable.

For more information or to buy a press, please contact Bech at (601) 985-8482.

*** Join the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for their 14th annual Illustrated Accordion exhibition.

Each year the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC) sponsors a non-juried exhibition The Illustrated Accordion, showing in the KBAC Gallery in spring. Open to all emerging and established artists, this exhibition focuses on books created in the accordion form.

The Illustrated Accordion exhibition focuses on books created in the accordion form. The structure of an accordion book is simple: a long piece of paper is folded into pages that can be read like a book or spread open and displayed like a banner. Featuring works of book artists from all over the world, the books in this exhibit take this book form to a new level.

Entries are being accepted online, now through January 24, 2022.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Katie Platte at katie@kalbookarts.org or (269) 373-4938.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** Kit Davey has a number of online classes available during the month of January. Here are two of them:

On January 10, Kit is teaching How to Make a Pop Up and Out Book. When you open the pages of this book a card is pushed up and out, just like a toaster.

On January 15, Kit is teaching How to Make an Interlocking Folds Book. This sculptural book is made with two strips of folded paper which “lock” into each other.

In both classes, she will show you the easy steps to make the book and finish it in class.

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

*** The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is offering Exposed Sewing with Decorative Guards & Self-Locking Wrapper with Karen Hanmer on January 22.

For centuries paper has served as a quick, elegant, and economical covering material for books. This versatile material can create structures ranging from pocket notebooks to conservation friendly bindings to a case durable enough for a heavily-used manual.

Exposed Sewing with Decorative Guards features colorful link stitch sewing and slivers of decorative paper visible on the spine. The covers are hooked around the first and last signatures before sewing, then sewn normally along with rest of the text block. A quick-to-construct self-locking flap keeps the text block clean and secure.

This workshop is appropriate for intermediate binders, beginners who are ready for a fast-paced workout, and anyone who wants to add more paper cases to their repertoire.

For more information or to register, please email John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu.

*** The Center for Book Arts is offering Paper-cutting on Stage: Kamishibai and Paper Theaters with Béatrice Coron on January 27.

A paper-cut stage can take many forms including a tunnel book, multi-layered card, or an artist book. The class will draw inspiration from examples of paper stages from Japan, Victorian England, and more.

Students will consider how the kind of stories they want to tell can inform the structure they choose for their paper stage. Then Coron will share paper-cutting techniques that will allow students to create their own unique paper stages.

The class will also discuss various methods of activating a paper-cut stage like stop animation, video, and live performance. Finally, Coron will share tips, tricks, and resources to help students continue paper-stage-making in the future.

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

*** The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is offering the Paired Station Binding with Rosae Reeder on January 27.

Similar to a Coptic binding, the paired station binding has an exposed spine featuring a decorative sewing. With multiple sewing stations along the spine, the paired station binding can be used to sew sections or gatherings of pages, as well as single sheets.

In this virtual workshop, learn how to make a paired station binding using a combination of sections and single sheets with a soft paper cover. Traditional Coptic bindings, thread variations, and methods for adding boards to make a hardcover binding will be discussed.

While all skill levels are welcome, this multiple-section binding is technical and basic bookbinding experience may be helpful.

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


VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” December 2021

2021 December 2

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 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: Zine Swap Sharing

Zines text

Our December meeting will be a sharing of your amazing ZINES.

Come prepared to guide us through your zine creation and share your process. The variety of zines made by our 20+ participants is so creative and full of surprises. Get ready for an evening of inspiration and fellowship.

Zine you there!

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

November Meeting Reflections

Handmade cardsTraditionally, the November meeting (formerly Book Blitz and Card Tricks) has been one of my favorites. Participation is always at a high and ideas flow freely. The new program, simply called Paper Tricks, did not disappoint. Volunteers showed their simple, complicated, or just plain fun ideas using their awesome paper skills.

We also caught up with Gail Martin and her collection of miniature books that was in the show at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild. Wonderful all around.

Thanks, everyone, for presenting, participating, and just plain showing up. We continue to buoy each other up, and look forward to a future when we can meet in person.

You can download Elissa’s card template here.

B.A.G. Library Corner

Book cover for Adventures in BookbindingWe all know that food is the most important part of the holiday season. What about creating a journal to house your holiday recipes?

Jeannine Stein’s Adventures in Bookbinding gives us a step-by-step guide to creating a quirky coptic-bound, decoupage journal – that even incorporates real spoons! Whether you use this tutorial to create a junk journal of gathered recipes or to create a blank book to copy your recipes by hand, Stein’s method is fun to follow or easy to customize to your own vision.

If you have ideas for books to feature or if you have a library book in your possession you’d like to share something from, email Sally at salblanch@gmail.com.

You can check out and download the project 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 fifteen 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.

*** Mary Ellen Manock is offering up her stash papermaking supplies to anyone interested. She’s got a blender, instructions, straw, and cellulose materials to wet down and make paper. She also has some color aid paper (glossy brilliant color).

The catch is that she needs to get everything out of her garage by this weekend as she is closing on her house. If she can’t get any takers, then she will bring everything to the ReStore.

If you’re interested, please contact Mary Ellen at memanock@mac.com.

Book Arts News

*** Join the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for their 14th annual Illustrated Accordion exhibition.

Each year the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC) sponsors a non-juried exhibition The Illustrated Accordion, showing in the KBAC Gallery in spring. Open to all emerging and established artists, this exhibition focuses on books created in the accordion form.

The Illustrated Accordion exhibition focuses on books created in the accordion form. The structure of an accordion book is simple: a long piece of paper is folded into pages that can be read like a book or spread open and displayed like a banner. Featuring works of book artists from all over the world, the books in this exhibit take this book form to a new level.

Entries are being accepted online, now through January 24, 2022.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Katie Platte at katie@kalbookarts.org or (269) 373-4938.

*** Now through December 6, Abecedarian Artists’ Books is accepting submissions for its upcoming show, Lettered & Bound. The exhibit will be on view at Dayton Memorial Library, Regis University, in Denver, CO in February 2022 and Tallyn’s Reach Public Library in Aurora, CO in March 2022.

Eligible are book works that include calligraphy (the art of beautiful writing) as a primary element. Book works can be unique, editioned, traditionally bound, created using experimental forms (e.g. folded forms), wall mounted (e.g. scrolls) or loose sheets presented in a portfolio or box. Calligraphy is here defined as human mark making that draws upon traditional forms of calligraphy or modern, gestural, or abstract forms.

For more information or to submit work for consideration, please visit the Abecedarian Artists’ Books website.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** The Austin Book Arts Center is offering the Watercolor Sketchbook with Beatrice Baldwin on December 10.

Learn some basic bookbinding skills in this 3-hour workshop. Students will create a hard-cover book with pages of watercolor paper (140 lb Arches cold press). It is an accordion fold construction, so the book opens wide and the pages lay flat, perfect for sketching or watercolor.

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

*** The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is offering A Wardrobe of Paper Cases with Karen Hanmer on December 11,

In this one session online workshop you will quickly construct a text block using a very speedy sewing technique. This will free up the remainder of our time together to concentrate on folding a variety of paper cases to dress this text block ”mannequin.” As each case is presented, suggestions will be given on appropriate sewing techniques and endsheet constructions for that particular structure.

All structures are low or no adhesive. All can be constructed in a sparsely-equipped home studio with minimal specialized equipment.

This workshop is appropriate for intermediate binders, beginners who are ready for a fast-paced workout, and anyone who wants to add more paper cases to their repertoire.

For more information or to register, please email John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu.

*** The Center for Book Arts is offering Zines, Zines, Zines! with Beth Sheehan on December 16.

In this two-hour virtual workshop for beginners, the instructor will give an overview of the multifaceted history of zines and teach participants to make their own!

Participants will learn simple image-making techniques like pochoir and easy-to-do zine structures including variations on the accordion book.

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


VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” November 2021

2021 November 4

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 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: Paper Tricks – Books, Cards, and Garlands

Paper turkey cardWe have rebranded our annual November tradition from Book Blitz and Card Tricks to Paper Tricks! Member-led mini demonstrations can include any paper-centric item, including mini books, holiday cards, ornaments, garlands, or any other form you come up with.

While we are unable to be together IRL, we can still celebrate each others’ creativity. Your task – design an item that has a trick or two; maybe a pop-up, French doors, a window, or unusual material or structure.

Here’s where we need YOU.

We are seeking volunteers to share their paper manipulation during our Zoom meeting. You will simply hold up your creation for us to see and demonstrate how you made your paper item. We can post follow up references on Chat if desired.

Contact Marcia to secure a spot in the spotlight. The more members who participate, the richer our meeting will be.

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

October Meeting Reflections

Sally Knight and book on ZoomWe are all missing IRL meetings and the socializing that we enjoyed during those times. But I really felt the camaraderie in our group at our meeting in October where artists shared work from the NEKAG show.

There was a lot of giving going on in the form of positive feedback, helpful ideas, and general admiration. And what’s not to admire? We had very positive feedback from the gallery, and succeeded in one of our main missions, to further the public knowledge of book arts.

So thank you to all the artists who participated in the show, and special thanks to those who shared their work more intimately at the meeting. It’s always inspiring to me to know where ideas come from, and how they make it into book form. How does that happen for you? What makes you create a book? Ah, these questions deserve discussion.

B.A.G. Library Corner

Book cover - Fold It & Cut ItWe’re entering the holiday season once again and beginning to put our gift lists together. And what could make a gift giving prettier than Naomi Shiek’s leafy gift set?

In her book, Fold It and Cut It, Shiek provides templates and instructions for creating intricate hand-cut leaf designs for gift tags, gift wrap, and ribbon. Together, these designs make any gift something special.

If you have ideas for books to feature or if you have a library book in your possession you’d like to share something from, email Sally at salblanch@gmail.com.

You can check out and download the project here.

B.A.G. News

Zines text*** We have over 20 participants in the B.A.G. Zine Swap Challenge!

Remember to mail your 10 zines by November 20th to:

Ann Joppe-Mercure
10 Brookwood Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403

Here’s a recap of the details:

  • Create your zine using an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper – it should be an 8 page origami structure (one-sheet book).
  • The final zine size should be 4.25″ x 2.75″.
  • Make 10 copies of your zine and fold them.
  • Optional fun – create a box or wrap to contain your zines.

We will mail packets of 10 assorted zines to you in late November, just in time to share them at our December B.A.G. meeting

251 Vermont Vistas*** B.A.G. Co-Founder Nancy Stone will selling her book 251 Vermont Vistas from a booth at the Made in Vermont Marketplace put on by Vermont Business Magazine. The book is a collection of original watercolor ‘postcards’ that she painted over several years as she and her husband visited each of Vermont’s 251 towns and cities. To preview the book or to order on-line, visit Nancy’s website.

The Marketplace will take place on Saturday, November 20th from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Double Tree by Hilton Burlington on Williston Road. It will welcome exhibitors who make unique Vermont products, from food to spirits to woodworking to Vermont clothing and more.

The timing of the event, a week before Thanksgiving, enables people to start shopping for holiday gifts early. With all the talk of supply chain shortages, now is the time to buy local for Christmas.

For more information please visit the Made in Vermont Marketplace website.

*** Emma Percy is teaching Zines & Book Arts at River Arts in Morrisville on December 5.

Zines have a recent but rich history as an underground mode of sharing information, art, and new ideas with other like-minded creative folks. This workshop will explore what zines and artist’s books are and what they can be, introductory layout, printing, and bookbinding techniques to get you started, as well as things to consider when beginning a do-it-yourself publishing or bookmaking project.

A zine can be anything from a folded sheet of paper to a beautifully crafted booklet, and with help and inspiration from Emma’s extensive zine library and scrap paper collection, we will all make a few small zines as well as the foundation for a larger artist’s book where you can let your creativity shine!

For more information or to register, visit the River Arts website.

*** This one comes to us from Nancy Stone:

Gwendolyn Evans is seeking someone to help her with technology for creating pages of her own writing that can be put into a handmade book. Due to vision loss, she is unable to do this herself. She has “always wanted” to make a book using her original content that would be bound within covers created from her work with polymer clay.

She can be reached at (802) 879-2706 or at gwendolynvt@gmail.com.

Book Arts News

*** Now through November 16th, the Baker-Berry Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH is hosting The New England Guild of Book Workers 40th Anniversary Exhibition.

This exhibition highlights the creative range and skills of the current members. The work bridges traditional fine binding to innovative design binding where book forms are re-imagined using unconventional materials in new experimental ways.

If you can’t make it to the exhibit, you can view a catalog of the work online.

For more information, please visit the Baker-Berry website.

*** Now through November 20, 23 Sandy Gallery is presenting UNSEEN, and exhibition of book arts featuring 76 works juried by Fulbright recipient and book arts educator Barb Tetenbaum, Jordan Eddy (director of form & concept), and Erin Mickelson (owner of 23 Sandy).

Artists were asked to consider the invisible forces that can shape our lives and surface in unexpected ways – physically, psychologically and philosophically. Work ranges from traditional codexes and interactive and exquisite corpse-style works to reactive sound art books and sculptures.

You can view all of the included work on the 23 Sandy Gallery website.

*** Now through December 6, Abecedarian Artists’ Books is accepting submissions for its upcoming show, Lettered & Bound. The exhibit will be on view at Dayton Memorial Library, Regis University, in Denver, CO in February 2022 and Tallyn’s Reach Public Library in Aurora, CO in March 2022.

Eligible are book works that include calligraphy (the art of beautiful writing) as a primary element. Book works can be unique, editioned, traditionally bound, created using experimental forms (e.g. folded forms), wall mounted (e.g. scrolls) or loose sheets presented in a portfolio or box. Calligraphy is here defined as human mark making that draws upon traditional forms of calligraphy or modern, gestural, or abstract forms.

For more information or to submit work for consideration, please visit the Abecedarian Artists’ Books website.

*** Now through December 11, the Center for Book Arts is hosting CBA 2021 Faculty Fellow Colette Fu‘s exhibition, What the Butterfly Dragon Taught Me, Dimensional Stories in Paper.

The exhibition showcases Fu’s mastery of complex three-dimensional compositions engineered from paper and her own photographs – a practice she has honed over almost two decades.

CBA recorded an artist talk with Fu, where she both discussed the individual stories of each work and spoke to the overall series they are part of – We Are Tiger Dragon People.

You can watch Fu’s talk on YouTube.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is offering the Sewn Boards Binding with Karen Hanmer on November 13.

This variation on the Sewn Boards Binding is based on Gary Frost’s first prototype. It is held in University of Iowa Library Historical Bookbinding Model Collection. A quick and utilitarian notebook, the outer card folios are glued shut, the spine lined, and a breakaway spine wrapper is added while covering the book in sturdy bookcloth.

Expect a fast-paced workshop; some binding experience and familiarity with basic concepts like folding and paper grain direction will be helpful.

For more information or to register, please email John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu.

*** The Center for Book Arts is offering Intro to Tunnel Books with Maria G. Pisano on November 17 & 18.

In this workshop, students of all experience levels will learn how to make tunnel books. A tunnel book is a wonderful book structure that creates the optical illusion of perspective through accumulated layers.

Traditionally a tunnel book is accompanied by supporting concertinas sides, which make the work collapsible, portable, and easily viewable. The reader is able to hold a tunnel at eye level and marvel at it!

Students will work with their own images to create the book. The images should all be related in theme and subject matter to facilitate a successful outcome.

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

*** The Austin Book Arts Center is offering the Secret Belgian Binding with Kevin Auer on three Mondays, November 29, December 6, and December 13.

Developed by the Belgian artist Anne Goy in 1986 this binding has a similar appearance to a Japanese stab binding. The structure uses a primary and secondary sewing. The sewing creates a distinct thread pattern on the cover and it is a very sturdy binding that allows the book to open completely flat.

In this class we will create a three-piece cover using book board. This board will be covered in paper. The cover pieces will then be sewn together to create the case and the unique sewing pattern. Once the case is completed the textblock will be sewn directly onto the cover using the existing sewing to anchor it in place. We will explore two different sewing methods for connecting the textblock to the case.

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

*** The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is offering Fuzzy Books with Joanna Manning on two Tuesdays, November 30 and December 7.

Chase away the cold pricklies with some warm, fuzzy, hand-felted artist’s books! In this interactive workshop, get acquainted with needle felting materials and turn wool into a miniature artist’s book of your design.

Craft your own miniature book creation with simple techniques and minimal materials. Learn basic wool felting techniques including how to create and use stencils, fill in shapes, blend colors, and master fine details like thin lines, sharp edges, and dots.

This beginner-friendly workshop doesn’t require any previous knowledge or skills. A materials list will be provided and you’ll walk away with your own unique finished project, plus techniques to continue making more after the workshop.

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


The Art of the Book: Is it a Book? – exhibit at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Gallery

2021 November 3

Homage to Mondrian by Vera Ryersbach

Brambles by Josette Lee

Untitled by Penne Tompkins

Moments by Penne Tompkins

Vermont Dreamscapes by Sally Knight

Urban Calligraphy 23 by Marilyn Gillis

Urban Calligraphy 22 by Marilyn Gillis

Something that you feel will find its own form (Kerouac) by Nina Gaby

Secret Scribbled Notebooks For Your Own Joy – (Kerouac) by Nina Gaby

Urban Calligraphy by Marilyn Gillis

Urban Calligraphy 20 by Marilyn Gillis

Child’s Play by Rebecca Boardman

The Pond in Spring by Deborah Stuart

Bound Together by Jane Ploughman

Urban Calligraphy 2 by Marilyn Gillis

Urban Calligraphy 3 by Marilyn Gillis

Oh Sweet Tomatoes by Marcia Vogler

Homage to Matisse by Vera Ryersbach

Bath Time by Debra Kraemer

A Rude Awakening by Rebecca Boardman

Homage to Henry Rousseau by Vera Ryersbach

Flower/Book by Carol Hendrickson

Homage to Jasper Johns by Vera Ryersbach

Touching Other People’s Stories by Dorsey Hogg

A Show of Hands by Marcia Vogler

Written in Stone by Ann Joppe-Mercure

Expressions in Indigo by Debra Kraemer

Nightscape by Pam Wright

Found Words, Found Words by Sally Blanchard-O’Brien

Lotus Harbor by Carolyn Shattuck

Creature Comfort by Linda Whelihan

There Are No Human Races by Rebecca Boardman

Pipsqueak’s Adventure Pop-Up Book by Diana Dunn

Pipsqueak’s Tunnel Book by Diana Dunn

Urban Calligraphy 6 by Marilyn Gillis

Urban Calligraphy 5 by Marilyn Gillis

Seachange Haiku by Nancy Stone

AT A LOSS 394: Threatened & Endangered Animals by Lynn Ocone

Medicinema by Elissa Campbell

Time Traveler’s Coat by Marcia Vogler

Legs (b) by Rebecca Boardman

Legs (a) by Rebecca Boardman

For the Birds by Carole McNamee

Bursting by Marilyn Gillis

The Nest by Marilyn Gillis

Cinnamon Sticks by Marilyn Gillis

Prayer of Peace by Ann Joppe-Mercure

The Improvable Landscape by Patricia Reilly

Bottled Up by Amy Burns

Afternoon Walk by Amy Burns

An Apple A Day by Maryann Riker

Hope Springs by Patricia Reilly

Butterflies by Marilyn Gillis

It Takes a Village by Sally Knight

Watershed by Carol Hendrickson

Fragments by Debra Kraemer

Slice of Life by Debra Kraemer

Nests by Marilyn Gillis

Forget Not by Beverly Keim

Creepy Crawlers by Josette Lee

Book Fair by Gail Martin

Circular Reasoning by Carole McNamee

Urban Calligraphy 18 by Marilyn Gillis

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” September 2021

2021 September 3

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 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: Make a Zine and Prepare to Swap!

One-sheet book coverSeptember brings a different kind of energy to life, doesn’t it? Let’s get together and make a zine!

In our June meeting, Emma Percy introduced us to zine culture and showed us examples from their collection. Now is our chance to practice the craft.

Our own Amy Burns will share some of her own comic zines and ideas on how to create your own. We will then make a one page fold book together, that can be printed on any home printer, and share a variety of versions to stimulate your creativity.

Ann Joppe-Mercure will introduce a new mail art challenge with a Zine Swap, that will enable us to see each other’s work in real life.

Here’s what you will need:

  • A print out of this template at actual size
  • 2 – 4 sheets of plain 8.5″ X 11″ paper
  • Drawing/writing tools – your favorite pen is good, markers, etc.
  • Subject matter – optional, but if you want to start some content, it’s nice to have a subject

B.A.G. Library Corner

Cover of Ultimate Cardmaking by Sarah BeamanSummer is ending, the holidays will be here before we know it, and with another mail art challenge on the horizon it’s a good time to review our envelope making skills. In her book Ultimate Cardmaking, Sarah Beaman shows us three different ways of crafting handmade envelopes.

The tutorials show how to use a template, trace an existing envelope, or create a pillow envelope to house three-dimensional contents. These easy to follow instructions will be sure to inspire the perfect enclosure for any mail art creations.

If you have ideas for books to feature or if you have a library book in your possession you’d like to share something from, email Sally at salblanch@gmail.com.

You can check out and download the selection here.

B.A.G. News

The Art of the Book logo*** Now through September 25th, the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s group show, THE ART OF THE BOOK: IS IT A BOOK? will be on view at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

NEKAG is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and is located at 430 Railroad Street.

Our reception is being rescheduled, at which time we hope that participating artists will be able to speak about their work. Stay tuned for more information.

*** Speaking of our exhibit, be sure to check out page 50 in this week’s issue of Seven Days. We received a great review:

A current show at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury, were it an actual book, would have to be called a page-turner. Unputdownable. A best seller.

Our own Ann Joppe-Mercure also got a special mention for her work Written in Stone.

Can’t get your hands on a copy of the paper? Never fear – you can read the issue online.

*** The Rochester Public Library‘s 10th anniversary international exhibit, Art of the Book & Paper, is open now through November 1. The opening reception will be held on September 29 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

B.A.G. members Carolyn Shattuck, Debra Kraemer, and Dorsey Hogg have work that was juried into the exhibit. Dorsey’s pieces Bound to History won 2nd place and Delicious won Honorable Mention, both in the Altered Books category.

All of the work can be viewed in the online exhibit program.

Book Arts News

*** The Vermont Folklife Center is currently accepting applications for its Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The program works to sustain and pass down traditional art forms (bookbinding included!) in the state of Vermont .

The purpose of the program is to provide funding to help compensate the master artist for their time and to cover the cost of travel and of materials used during the apprenticeship. Accepted master artist/apprentice pairs are supported with up to $2,000.00 of funding.

Applications for the 2021-2022 cycle are due by September 17, 2021. For more information and to access the application, please visit the VFC website.

Wood letterpress type*** The Museum of Printing in Haverill, MA is offering free admission on September 18 as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day.

The museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the graphic arts, printing and typesetting technology, and printing craftsmanship. In addition to many special collections and small exhibits, the museum contains hundreds of antique printing, typesetting, and bindery machines, as well as a library of books and printing-related documents.

The on Museum Day, the museum will be hosting the Alphabet Factory, an interactive printing experience for all ages. While admission is free, you will need a Museum Day ticket for admission. Each ticket is valid for two visitors. You can download a ticket here.

September 18th is also the day of the museum’s Garage Sale. There will be lots of letterpress items for sale – printing presses, printing equipment, metal cuts, halftones, books, and other goodies.

*** The third annual Peace Paper Project street intervention will take place at City Hall Park in Burlington on Saturday, September 25 from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Johnny LaFalce and Drew Matott with their bicycle powered paper pulp beater team up with A Revolutionary Press to pedal-pulp contemporary issues into messages of empowerment, peace, and love.

The public is invited to hand pull a sheet of paper made from a unique blend of pulped material and fibers. The identity of the mystery fiber source in the pulp vat will be revealed that day. A Revolutionary Press will set up its mobile letterpress print station for those wanting a free print on this paper. The selected quote will relate to the mysterious material incorporated in the pulp mixture.

*** The American Precision Museum in Windsor is hosting a temporary exhibit from now until September 13. Letters and Stitches features rarely seen typewriters and sewing machines from the museum collection.

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is offering Moving Circles: Volvelles with Stephanie Wolff on September 18.

Volvelles, sometimes known as wheel charts, have a centuries-long history. They have been used in historic books, in promotional materials, and in devices to aid computation. Two or more circles turn to show information through cut out windows. This workshop covers a basic version of a volvelle and discussion of variations and ideas about incorporating content.

Our focus in this workshop will be on making models and learning how these function in order to create more complex and finished versions after the workshop. Volvelles are fun to make as cards, personalized gifts or to include in artists’ books.

For more information or to register, please email John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu.

Suminagashi marbling*** The Center for Book Arts is offering Suminagashi Marbling with Sheryl Oppenheim on September 21.

Suminagashi is the oldest form of marbling, dating back to at least the 12th century. It is totally distinct, both in material and methods, from the size-based marbling practiced in Turkey, Iran, and Europe.

In this class you will learn about the history of Suminagashi, materials, and techniques, and you will each work at home to make your own Suminagashi marbled paper.

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

*** The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is offering the Slotted Tape Binding with Rachel Schend on September 28.

In this virtual workshop, learn how to construct a Slotted Tape Binding, a multiple-section binding sewn on tapes (thin strips paper) that features a decorative paper cover. Learn how to sew book pages onto paper tapes using a French web-sewing technique. Then, make a paper cover while considering a number of unique design possibilities.

Each technical step in the process will be demonstrated and participants will come away with a completed book. Some historical background and design alternatives will also be presented.

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


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