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Mini Hands-On Workshops: Book Blitz and Card Tricks

November 27, 2015

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting sign

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Craft supplies and tools

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade card and kits

Handmade pop-up card

Handmade origami book

Sewing a handmade book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade card and kits

Handmade paper trees

Directions for handmade paper trees

Directions for handmade paper trees

Handmade cards

Handmade cards

Directions for handmade card

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade paper trees

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade paper gift bags

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” November 2015

November 4, 2015

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church located at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington, VT. We will be in the Sophia Fahs Community Room, a large room located in the basement. Click here for more information on directions/parking.


Program: Card Tricks and Book Blitz: Mini Workshops in Cool Techniques

Handmade card

Join us for our always-popular annual November tradition: Member-led mini hands-on workshops in the form of a card or mini-book exchange that we call Book Blitz and Card Tricks. Get prepared now and join the fun!

Design a card or small/simple book structure that has a trick or two; maybe a pop-up, French doors or a window. Bring your completed card or mini-book, along with materials for six undecorated cards or mini-book structures to share. We will have an exchange and then engage in some decorating fun.

Please feel free to join in the fun even if you don’t have time to prepare cards or mini-books to bring. We do a similar program every November and there is always more than enough to go around. As in years past, expect to go home with some great new ideas, several new tricks up your sleeve, and a few new cards for the season.

Things to bring:

  • A decorated card/mini-book with a “trick” (optional)
  • 6 card structures of your card/mini-book “trick” to exchange (optional)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Awl or needle tool
  • Decorative punches
  • Stamps and ink
  • Pens, pencils, markers
  • Decorative papers
  • Fun stuff!
BONUS: At the November meeting, we will also kick-off our first official BAG Collaborative Book Project: an Exquisite Corpse Book. Collaborative Project Coordinator Rebecca Boardman will explain the concept and distribute templates that you can take home and use to create an exquisite corpse to contribute to the book.

We’re planning to display the book at our upcoming Spring 2016 exhibit, Book Works (Living Learning Center Gallery, UVM campus, February 15 – March 18, 2016), and hope that everyone will be inspired to participate!


October Meeting Reflections

Jill Dawson

Jill Dawson literally lit up our evening, both with her innovative bookworks and her circuit- making instructions. We all came away with paper works that actually did light up, and a small bit of knowledge of the tech world.

Jill inspired  us to reach a little further into that world, and to explore the endless possibilities that new technology can afford the book and paper artist in all of us.

Thanks, Jill, for a dazzling evening.

You can view images from the meeting on the B.A.G. blog.


B.A.G. News

Spring Exhibit at UVM Living/ Learning Gallery

Announcing our Spring 2016 exhibit: Book Works, book-related works by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont! The exhibit will take place at the Living Learning Center gallery on the UVM campus from February 15 – March 18, 2016.

We encourage all members and friends to participate in this broadly themed show. Work can include new or time honored techniques, book-related pieces and sculpture, and generally any work that can be ‘read’. We would love to provide studio support at meetings prior to the show, where participants can seek help and advice on their projects, so bring in your work in progress to share with others.
For inspiration, try searching on Pinterest for book arts boards. Here are a few links to get you started:

After such a fantastic show last year at SEABA, we’re excited to see what comes next for everyone!

More details about the show to come!


Book Arts News

*** Now through December 13th, the Middlebury College Museum of Art is presenting The Art of Storytelling: Five Tales from Asia, Then and Now. The exhibit includes a beautiful combination of ancient and modern illustration.

The five Asian tales at the center of this exhibition have inspired artists for centuries and continue to capture the imaginations of comics writers and graphic designers today. This exhibit explores many of the painted and printed interpretations of these compelling narratives from the sixteenth century to the present.

The works are drawn from the collections of the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Harvard Art Museums, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and Harvard-Yenching Library, and are complemented by contemporary comics, illustrations, and other digital media.

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers will have a booth at the upcoming Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

Volunteers are needed to sit at the booth during the following hours:

  • Friday, November 13: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 14: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 15: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

It’s a great opportunity to meet interesting people, promote the GBW, and talk about books to other like-minded individuals.

They want to have two volunteers in the booth at all times. To volunteer please email Todd Pattison at bookandtile@att.net. All volunteers will get free entry into the Fair!

*** Also on November 14th is the Boston Book, Print and Ephemera Show, billed as the “other Boston book show”. The show will be held at the Back Bay Events Center (a.k.a. the Dorothy Quincy Suite at John Hancock Hall).

You can attend for free if you register online before November 13th.

Paper by Richard Langdell*** The Paper Room (formerly known as Langdell Paper) at AVA Gallery and Art Center is holding its annual open studio on Saturday December 5th, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This event is part of AVA’s annual Open House.

Not only are there going to be 1,000’s of sheets of handmade paper available for purchase, but there will also be refreshments and fun paper-related conversation.

The AVA Art Center is located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH. The Paper Room is on the second floor in studio #209. For more information, please contact Richard at rlangdell@gmail.com.

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers for an upcoming Girl Scout event. They will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offering programs for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge. In addition, they will run a program for younger scouts.

The event will be held on Saturday November 7th at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA. They will run a 3-hour program for Cadettes in the morning from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and then have a 2-hour program for younger girls from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. You can volunteer for just one program or make a day out of it and do both!

There will be an introduction and then five stations that the girls will rotate through which may include printing, accordion folds, a pamphlet, origami book, a scroll, decorating paper or a collaborative book, depending on the interests of the volunteers. Each rotation will last for about 30 minutes. The younger girls will have similar programming in a shorter time frame with possibly only four rotations. If you have a book arts technique or project that you’d like to see done with the Girl Scouts please make some suggestions.

You do not need to be a member of the NEGBW to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Todd Pattison at bookandtile@att.net.


Book Arts Classes

*** Valerie Carrigan will be teaching Book Ornaments at the Messenger Press Studio at the Beaver Mill in North Adams, MA. The workshop will be on Saturday November 21, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learn to make miniature handmade books that also function as hanging ornaments. Through unique paper folding, hard covers, and the addition of a ribbon and bead, you will make beautiful structures that transform in shape from a book to an ornament. You will leave this workshop with a handful of book ornaments in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns! No experience necessary.

The workshop is sponsored by is 183 Art School of the Berkshires. To register, please call them directly at (413) 298-5252.

*** Masscribes is hosting a workshop with Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord on Saturday November 7th, at the Sportsman’s Club in Norwood, MA.

Book Play is an introduction to simple bookmaking and its possibilities for creative exploration. It is bookmaking at its most friendly and accessible – no rulers or precious papers, no designing or planning ahead. The emphasis is on freedom and possibility – how the simplest forms can be adapted, varied, and combined to unlock our creative juices. Using mostly recycled materials, we’ll make intimate books that fold and fan, hang and stand. Most of the time will be spent making books but there will be opportunities to add calligraphy.

For more information, please contact Nita Padamsee at padamseedesigns@verizon.net or Elissa Barr at penpusherink@gmail.com.

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Coptic Binding with Ken Gilbert on December 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

With Coptic binding, sections of paper are sewn through their folds and attached with stitches across the spine, without any glue. Make a blank book using this ancient, elegant technique, and cover it with either cloth or decorative paper.

For more information about the class, please visit the Eliot School’s website or click here to download the complete catalog.


Light Up Your Books: LEDS and Other Cool High-Tech Twists with Jill Dawson

October 20, 2015

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting sign

Samples of paper circuits

Handmade books by Jill Dawson

Handmade books by Jill Dawson

Handmade book by Jill Dawson

Handmade book by Jill Dawson

Supplies for paper circuitry

Jill Dawson handout - Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Jill Dawson

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Jill Dawson

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Sample parallel paper circuit

Jill Dawson

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Paper circuitry

Handmade card with LED light

Handmade card with LED light

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Paper circuitry with LED lights

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade card with LED light

Handmade card with LED light

Handmade card with LED light

Example of paper circuitry

Handmade card with LED light

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” October 2015

October 7, 2015

Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church located at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington, VT. We will be in the Sophia Fahs Community Room, a large room located in the basement. Click here for more information on directions/parking.


Program: Light Up Your Books: LEDS and Other Cool High-Tech Twists with Jill Dawson

Day of the Dead paper circuit

Dazzling foliage, plump pumpkins, and things that go bump in the night are all hallmarks of autumn in Vermont. In the spirit of celebrating the season’s delights, you are invited to participate in an electrifying, hands-on session where we’ll be playing with paper circuitry to add some spark to a greeting card or single-sheet mini-booklet.

Come experiment and play to discover how paper circuitry – in combination with bookbinding and the writing process – may be used as a tool for brainstorming and communicating ideas. Come armed with an idea for an autumn inspiration that you’d like to illuminate (and possibly write about).

Please bring scissors, clear tape, a bone folder, and colored pencils.  Optionally, you may also want to bring along paints, markers, or collage materials.

All basic circuitry supplies will be provided.


September Meeting Reflections

Prudence DohertyOur September meeting was BAG’s annual trip to Special Collections at the University of Vermont. Prudence Doherty, public services librarian, hosted our meeting. She introduced us to numerous art books that were recently acquired for the artist book collection. She explained the process of selecting books to complement and extend the vision of UVM’s collection.

Our members and quests enjoyed being able to touch and explore the new books. We all came away with new appreciation for the art of the book.

Thanks to Prudence for her selection and guidance and thanks to UVM for valuing and collecting artist books.

You can view images from the meeting on the B.A.G. blog.


B.A.G. News

Spring Exhibit at UVM Living/ Learning Gallery

Announcing our Spring 2016 exhibit: Book Works, book-related works by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont! The exhibit will take place at the Living Learning Center gallery on the UVM campus from February 15 – March 18.

We encourage all members and friends to participate in this broadly themed show. Work can include new or time honored techniques, book-related pieces and sculpture, and generally any work that can be ‘read’. We would love to provide studio support at meetings prior to the show, where participants can seek help and advice on their projects, so bring in your work in progress to share with others.

After such a fantastic show last year at SEABA, we’re excited to see what comes next for everyone!

More details about the show to come!


Book Arts News

*** The American Printing History Association will have their annual conference, Printing on the Handpress & Beyond, on Friday, October 23rd, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The conference, held at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will examine and show you the creative ways these earliest printing machines are employed today by printers, artists, scholars, and educators.

A vendor fair will take place at the Wallace Center on the 2nd floor. 21 vendors will be on selling their wares including rare books and limited editions, artists’ books, tools, supplies, crafts, and fine art related to paper, print, and book arts.

The event is free & open to the public. RIT is located in Rochester, NY.

*** On Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m., there will be an illustrated talk sponsored by The New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers and The Ticknor Society. Historical Bookbinding in the British Isles 1660-1800 will be presented by Stuart Bennett.

Bennett’s 2004 publication, Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles 1660-1800, examined booksellers’ and bookbinders’ records as well as thousands of historical bindings to offer a new analysis of how books came to be bound in early modern Britain. One reviewer called the study “a tool for the discerning book connoisseur [which] fills a long-standing gap in the bookbinding literature that, in retrospect, is as self-evident as a missing front tooth.”

The lecture is being held at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.


Book Arts Classes

*** Valerie Carrigan will be teaching Book Ornaments at the Messenger Press Studio at the Beaver Mill in North Adams, MA. The workshop will be on Saturday November 21, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learn to make miniature handmade books that also function as hanging ornaments. Through unique paper folding, hard covers, and the addition of a ribbon and bead, you will make beautiful structures that transform in shape from a book to an ornament. You will leave this workshop with a handful of book ornaments in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns! No experience necessary.

The workshop is sponsored by is 183 Art School of the Berkshires. To register, please call them directly at (413) 298-5252.

*** Masscribes is hosting a workshop with Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord on Saturday November 7th, at the Sportsman’s Club in Norwood, MA.

Book Play is an introduction to simple bookmaking and its possibilities for creative exploration. It is bookmaking at its most friendly and accessible – no rulers or precious papers, no designing or planning ahead. The emphasis is on freedom and possibility – how the simplest forms can be adapted, varied, and combined to unlock our creative juices. Using mostly recycled materials, we’ll make intimate books that fold and fan, hang and stand. Most of the time will be spent making books but there will be opportunities to add calligraphy.

For more information, please contact Nita Padamsee at padamseedesigns@verizon.net or Elissa Barr at penpusherink@gmail.com.

*** On October 17 & 18, the North Bennet Street School is offering Medieval Long- and Link-Stitch Bindings with Bill Hanscom.

Long-and link-stitches connect the text block directly to the limp parchment cover and can be used individually or in combination to create striking exposed-sewing patterns on the spine. After examining models and images of historical bindings, participants choose from a number of templates and create two structures using traditional techniques and features such as fore-edge flaps and string-and-button closures.

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

*** From January 26 – 31, 2016, Daniel Essig will be teaching Wooden Books – Greek & Centipede Binding at the North Country Studio Workshops in Bennington, VT.

Easily master the centipede stitch by first understanding the structure and workings of this ornate 7th century Greek binding. Using simple hand tools to begin, we will drill, shape, and smooth our wooden book covers. Sealing the covers with milk paint will create a leathery appearance. We will adorn our books with the centipede stitch using two different colors of thread. This elegant sewing structure, combined with wooden covers, opens a wide range of possibilities for both the beginner and the advanced bookbinder.

Applications are now available and the review process begins June 1st. For more information or if you have any questions, please visit the NCSW website.


Visit to UVM Special Collections

September 23, 2015

Prudence Doherty, University of Vermont Public Services Librarian

Prudence Doherty, University of Vermont Public Services Librarian

Prudence Doherty, University of Vermont Public Services Librarian

BAG meeting at UVM Special Collections

BAG meeting at UVM Special Collections

BAG meeting at UVM Special Collections

"11 English & 11 Russian Palindromes" by Dmitry Sayenko

“11 English & 11 Russian Palindromes” by Dmitry Sayenko

"11 English & 11 Russian Palindromes" by Dmitry Sayenko

“11 English & 11 Russian Palindromes” by Dmitry Sayenko

"11 English & 11 Russian Palindromes" by Dmitry Sayenko

“11 English & 11 Russian Palindromes” by Dmitry Sayenko

"11 English & 11 Russian Palindromes" by Dmitry Sayenko

“11 English & 11 Russian Palindromes” by Dmitry Sayenko

"In the Event of a Moon Disaster" by Melissa Wagner-Lawler

“In the Event of a Moon Disaster” by Melissa Wagner-Lawler

"In the Event of a Moon Disaster" by Melissa Wagner-Lawler

“In the Event of a Moon Disaster” by Melissa Wagner-Lawler

"In the Event of a Moon Disaster" by Melissa Wagner-Lawler

“In the Event of a Moon Disaster” by Melissa Wagner-Lawler

"The Book of Darkness" by Michele Burgess and Chard deNiord

“The Book of Darkness” by Michele Burgess and Chard deNiord

"The Book of Darkness" by Michele Burgess and Chard deNiord

“The Book of Darkness” by Michele Burgess and Chard deNiord

"Hazel Hall" by Barbara Henry & Barbara Mauriello

“Hazel Hall” by Barbara Henry & Barbara Mauriello

"Hazel Hall" by Barbara Henry & Barbara Mauriello

“Hazel Hall” by Barbara Henry & Barbara Mauriello

"Hazel Hall" by Barbara Henry & Barbara Mauriello

“Hazel Hall” by Barbara Henry & Barbara Mauriello

"Interluceo" by Helen Hiebert & Béatrice Coron

“Interluceo” by Helen Hiebert & Béatrice Coron

"Interluceo" by Helen Hiebert & Béatrice Coron

“Interluceo” by Helen Hiebert & Béatrice Coron

"Interluceo" by Helen Hiebert & Béatrice Coron

“Interluceo” by Helen Hiebert & Béatrice Coron

"Interluceo" by Helen Hiebert & Béatrice Coron

“Interluceo” by Helen Hiebert & Béatrice Coron

"1 in 3" by Jaime Lynn Shafer

“1 in 3” by Jaime Lynn Shafer

"1 in 3" by Jaime Lynn Shafer

“1 in 3” by Jaime Lynn Shafer

"Unbound" by Jessica Peterson

“Unbound” by Jessica Peterson

"Unbound" by Jessica Peterson

“Unbound” by Jessica Peterson

"Adam's Mark" by Julie Shipley, Mary Simpson, and Andrew Miller-Brown

“Adam’s Mark” by Julie Shipley, Mary Simpson, and Andrew Miller-Brown

"Adam's Mark" by Julie Shipley, Mary Simpson, and Andrew Miller-Brown

“Adam’s Mark” by Julie Shipley, Mary Simpson, and Andrew Miller-Brown

"Anthro(A)pology" by Maureen Cummins

“Anthro(A)pology” by Maureen Cummins

"Anthro(A)pology" by Maureen Cummins

“Anthro(A)pology” by Maureen Cummins

"Anthro(A)pology" by Maureen Cummins

“Anthro(A)pology” by Maureen Cummins

"Orientation Cube" by Islam Aly

“Orientation Cube” by Islam Aly

"Orientation Cube" by Islam Aly

“Orientation Cube” by Islam Aly

"Marginalia 1" by Islam Aly

“Marginalia 1” by Islam Aly

"Marginalia 1" by Islam Aly

“Marginalia 1” by Islam Aly

"Camp Fire Cookery" By Alicia Bailey

“Camp Fire Cookery” By Alicia Bailey

"Camp Fire Cookery" By Alicia Bailey

“Camp Fire Cookery” By Alicia Bailey