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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” January 2014

January 2, 2014

Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 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: Waterfall Flip Book with Rebecca Boardman

Join us in January to ring in the New Year with a hands-on program in which we explore the creative possibilities of waterfall flip books and cards. Rebecca will share models she has created of some of the variations that are possible, and show videos of commercially made cards.

She’ll then lead us in constructing at least one version of this structure. As time allows we’ll all be challenged to come up with our own unique way of using this moveable structure, and then have fun sharing what we’ve all created.

Rebecca will bring templates for at least a couple versions of the waterfall flip book. Please bring the following tools and materials:

  • X-Acto knife/cutting blade
  • Cutting mat
  • Straight edge to cut against
  • Bone folder
  • Quick Dry glue if you have it handy – (Rebecca will also bring some for us to use)
  • Drawing implements, stamps, small punches, ideas for brief text – whatever you might want to use to create the content of this book.

Today I Begin the Story of My Life by Christina on Etsy VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” January 2014December Meeting Reflections

December’s meeting brought out our brave members on a snowy evening. We shared resources, ideas, challenges and creative work. We created an informal support group to help each other work though problems with work in process. The feedback was generous and welcomed.

Our Guild members have such enthusiasm and appreciation of each other and our creative book projects. We are a lucky group!

You can view the list of resources on the B.A.G. blog.

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


B.A.G. News

*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is happy to announce that the Spring exhibit will be hosted by the Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg, in May. The show’s theme will be Nature: Beasts and Botanicals.

This broad theme can inspire fantastical, outlandish ideas as well as environmental, natural concepts. Find inspiration everywhere: on your daily walk, at your birdfeeder, on Pinterest, and at the library. Whether or not you have exhibited with us in the past, all members and friends are encouraged to submit work.

Deadline for submission will be April 1st, and we’re not kidding.

*** Vermont artist Jane Davies will be teaching a one day workshop in South Burlington on February 22, 2014. The workshop, Text and Image Collage, will allow us to explore the power of image/ word relationships as well as learn basic techniques and principles of collage.

We will create expressive pages that can be used for books, with found and created text, personal photos, and found/altered imagery. This will be a great way to jump start your ideas for the Spring exhibit, and to lose those winter blues.

  • Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Ridgewood Clubhouse, South Burlington
  • Cost: $55.00

Click here to download the registration form.

Today I Begin the Story of My Life by Christina on Etsy 2 VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” January 2014*** B.A.G. member Elissa Campbell is teaching The Recycled Accordion Book at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on February 20, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In this workshop, we will create an accordion book using recycled papers, books, and other found materials. This structure can stand up and be stretched out, making it perfect for display. You don’t have to spend lots of money on supplies to make a book – your recycle bin offers lots of creative possibilities!

To register, contact SPA via phone (802) 479-7069 or Email.

*** We want to know how we can best serve you! Within the next few weeks, you will be receiving a short survey about B.A.G. It is an online survey so there will be nothing to print out and mail – simply click on the link and answer a few short questions.  We are striving to best meet the needs of our book arts community, and your feedback is both vital and greatly appreciated!


Book Arts News

*** The New England Historic Genealogical Society cordially invites you to a reception on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the 2013 opening of its conservation lab for the care and repair of materials held in its Library and Special Collections. A presentation by Deborah Rossi, NEHGS Conservation Technician, will be followed by group tours of the lab.

The Genealogical Society is located at 99 Newbury Street, Boston, MA in the first floor of the Treat Rotunda. Directions to NEHGS can found at AmericanAncestors.org/directions. R.S.V.P. by January 2, 2014 to drossi@nehgs.org.


Book Arts Classes

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Carousel Books with Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This sculptural book opens to form several shadow box-style pages in the round, like a carousel or zoetrope. Create images by cutting, drawing and painting, then precisely cut, fold and assemble accordion pages.

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

*** Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has announced their 2014 summer workshop lineup:

If you would like to receive a course catalog or be added to their Email list, please contact them at haystack@haystack-mtn.org or (207) 348-2306. Haystack is in Deer Isle, ME.

*** Now celebrating its 31st year, the Paper & Book Intensive is a working sabbatical for practitioners and motivated beginners in the book arts, papermaking, and conservation. PBI will be held at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, MI from May 11 – 22. Available classes include:

  • Line by Line: an Introduction to Gold Finishing with Samuel Feinstein
  • Paper and Place with Ann Marie Kennedy
  • Designing Toroidal Books: Follow the Fold and Stray No More! with Ken Leslie
  • Printing in Relief with Ryan O’Malley
  • Three Case Styles for Three Bookbindings with Priscilla Spitler
  • More Than a Book, More Than a Box with Cor Aerssens
  • From Pulp to Pages: Innovative Possibilities with Kerri Cushman
  • The Secret Ledger of Pepo Albizzi with Barbara Korbel
  • Pennsylvania German/Anabaptist Bindings in America before 1880 with Chela Metzger & Erin Hammeke
  • Impress Me: An Artist’s Approach to Embossing Leather for Books with Bonnie Stahlecker    

Applications are being accepted online until April 15th, but acceptance letters are sent out in mid-February, so timely application is encouraged. For more information, please visit PBI’s website.

*** The Penland School of Crafts has announced their 2014 spring and summer workshop lineup:

  • 4/20 – 4/26: The Artist as Traveler with Gail Rieke
  • 5/25 – 6/6: Eastern Papermaking Possibilities with Aimee Lee
  • 5/25 – 6/6: Forms in Paper with Elizabeth Alexander
  • 6/8 – 6/20: Word, Image, Text, Books with Julie Leonard
  • 6/22 – 7/4: Living Inside the Book with Sara Glee Queen & Kathy Steinsberger
  • 7/6 – 7/18: Books with Bulk with Daniel Essig & Dolph Smith
  • 7/20 – 8/5: Sculpting with Handmade Paper with Jo Stealey
  • 8/10 – 8/22: Box Making & Enclosure Design with Sarah Bryant
  • 8/24 – 8/30: Onion Skin Binding with Benjamin Elbel

Registration is available online. For more information, please visit Penland’s website.


December 2013 meeting resources

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A number of resources were shared at the December 2013 meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. Links to these resources are listed below.

Celebrating Book Arts

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One Day Workshop with Jane Davies

December 11, 2013

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Text and Image: Telling Stories in Collage

Did you ever want to express yourself in words and images to make beautifully expressive collage? In this workshop with Vermont artist Jane Davies we will explore the power of image-word relationships by pushing beyond traditional “illustrated text” or “photo with caption” formats into a world of complex layers of meaning, exciting surprises, and personal expression.

We will use found text as well as learn many ways of creating our own text.  Likewise, we’ll incorporate found images, personal photos, altered imagery (including transfers), and our own artwork. We’ll play with fanciful juxtapositions, create mood and atmosphere with color, explore new narrative possibilities, as well as learn basic techniques and principles of collage composition.

Visit Jane’s blog for a view into her work and teaching skills.  Very inspiring!

  • Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Ridgewood Clubhouse, South Burlington
  • Cost: $55 (Payment due in full with registration to reserve a spot!)
  • Materials: Materials list will be supplied with registration confirmation

Click here to download the registration form. Please send your completed registration form with a check made out to Book Arts Guild of Vermont, to:

Jane Davies Workshop
c/o Marcia Vogler
1510 Hinesburg Road
Charlotte, VT 05445

Spots in the workshop will be filled in the order in which the applications are received. You will receive confirmation of your registration via e-mail. After registration, you will be sent a list of tools to bring to the workshop.

Refund Policy
Cancellations made prior to 15 days before the first class will receive a refund for the full amount. Cancellations made within 8-14 ¬days before the first class will receive a 75% refund if the spot is able to be filled from the wait list or a 50% refund if the spot is not able to be filled. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 7 days before the first class. Cancellations due to emergencies will be handled on an individual basis. A full refund will be given if the class is canceled by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont.

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” December 2013

December 6, 2013

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 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: Celebrating Book Arts

Join us in December as we celebrate our personal successes, challenges and inspirations in the vast field of book arts.

Bring along your creations to show and tell, share a useful tip, technique or tool you’ve discovered, tap into the collective knowledge of the group to puzzle out a challenge you may be having with a project, or bring us all in on what’s inspired you in the past year – anything from books you’ve read or classes you’ve taken to Pinterest boards, blogs and YouTube videos.

You are also welcome to simply come and soak it all in. In either case, expect to leave energized, inspired and eager to entertain your own creative muse!


November Meeting Reflections

unnamed VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” December 2013Our third annual Card Tricks and Book Blitz meeting drew a large audience, and delivered on the promise of learning new tricks and simple (or maybe a little complex) structures.

Participants shared stories about where their techniques, cards, and structures came from, and followed with demonstrations. Variations on pop-ups, tunnel structures, and flag books were some of the ideas presented to start off the holiday season with good spirits.

Thank you everyone for sharing your talent, time, and enthusiasm.

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


The Book Arts Guild of Vermont Needs You!

The primary mission of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont is to act as both an educational and creative resource in the field of book arts. One of the main ways we strive to achieve this is by offering interesting, enriching and inspiring presentations at our monthly meetings. Your presence at meetings goes a long way to supporting this effort – every presentation is enhanced by everyone who attends.

There are two additional – and crucial – ways that you can help us continue to provide high-quality programs every month. The first would be to recognize that you have a skill, a passion, a favorite technique or a body of work that others would love to learn about, and then take the leap and volunteer to share it with us as a presenter. We are truly a group of eager learners, and your efforts will be rewarded with respect, admiration and gratitude.

The second way that you can help keep our programming strong is by becoming a member. In addition to the benefits you receive (outlined in the sidebar of this newsletter), your paid membership enables us to cover expenses such as the fee for our wonderful, well-lit meeting space (which includes free parking!). It also allows us to reimburse presenters for travel expenses and materials, and pays for our website and email newsletter – key tools for keeping our book arts community in touch and informed.

If you would like to become a presenter (or would even just like to explore the possibility), please contact Programs and Events Chair Jill Abilock.

If you would like to become a supporting B.A.G. member, click here to download our membership form – when completed, send it to:

Book Arts Guild of Vermont
c/o Elissa Campbell
846 Gallison Hill Rd,
Montpelier, VT 05602


B.A.G. News

*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is happy to announce that the Spring exhibit will be hosted by the Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg, in May. The show’s theme will be Nature: Beasts and Botanicals.

This broad theme can inspire fantastical, outlandish ideas as well as environmental, natural concepts. Find inspiration everywhere: on your daily walk, at your birdfeeder, on Pinterest, and at the library. Whether or not you have exhibited with us in the past, all members and friends are encouraged to submit work.

Deadline for submission will be April 1st, and we’re not kidding.

*** Vermont artist Jane Davies will be teaching a one day workshop in the Burlington area on February 22, 2014. The workshop, Text and Image Collage, will allow us to explore the power of image/ word relationships as well as learn basic techniques and principles of collage.

We will create expressive pages that can be used for books, with found and created text, personal photos, and found/altered imagery. This will be a great way to jump start your ideas for the Spring exhibit, and to lose those winter blues.

  • Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
  • Location: Burlington area, exact location to be determined
  • Cost: $55.00 (note revised cost)

Click here to download the registration form.

*** B.A.G. member Amy Burns is showing 2 pieces at Aprons-R-Us, an exhibit in the gallery at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, VT. The exhibit celebrates the apron through personal response and historical and cultural artifacts.

The show is open now through January 1, 2014. The opening reception is Friday, December 6, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

*** We want to know how we can best serve you! Within the next several weeks, you will be receiving a short survey about B.A.G. It is an online survey so there will be nothing to print out and mail – simply click on the link and answer a few short questions.  We are striving to best meet the needs of our book arts community, and your feedback is both vital and greatly appreciated!


Book Arts News

*** The Boston Athenæum will be holding a conservation open house on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. A panel discussion, Beyond the Athenæum: Life After the Laboratory, will take place at noon.

Behind the glass doors of the Conservation Laboratory, Athenæum staff work to stabilize, preserve, and restore the Athenaeum’s antiquarian and contemporary treasures. Stop by to get a behind-the-scenes look at treatments at the Athenæum, and watch as conservators demonstrate conservation and bookbinding techniques throughout the day – washing paper, paring and gilding leather with antique brass tools, and mending damaged paper documents.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. The Athenæum is located at 10½ Beacon Street in Boston, MA.

unnamed2 VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” December 2013*** Chena River Marblers is holding an open studio on December 14 & 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be marbling and bookbinding demonstrations, along with an end-of-year overstock and seconds sale.

The studio is located at 70 Justice Drive in Amherst, MA. For more information, please call (413) 253-2835.

*** The New England Historic Genealogical Society cordially invites you to a reception on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the 2013 opening of its conservation lab for the care and repair of materials held in its Library and Special Collections. A presentation by Deborah Rossi, NEHGS Conservation Technician, will be followed by group tours of the lab.

The Genealogical Society is located at 99 Newbury Street, Boston, MA in the first floor of the Treat Rotunda. Directions to NEHGS can found at AmericanAncestors.org/directions. R.S.V.P. by January 2, 2014 to drossi@nehgs.org.


Book Arts Classes

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Carousel Books with Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This sculptural book opens to form several shadow box-style pages in the round, like a carousel or zoetrope. Create images by cutting, drawing and painting, then precisely cut, fold and assemble accordion pages.

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

*** The North Bennet Street School is offering Copperplate Script with Maryanne Grebenstein on Saturday – Sunday, December 14 – 15, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The beautiful business ‘hand’ of the 18th and early 19th centuries known as Copperplate Script will be taught in this hands-on workshop. Developed centuries after the broad-edged style of traditional calligraphy, this pointed pen style is useful for wedding invitations and other stationery items, as well as poetry and other framable pieces.

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