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

April 6, 2020

We hope that you’re managing to hang in there during these crazy times. Please let us know how you’re doing and what you’re up to – we can share your messages with other members to help us stay connected.

In order to secure the health of our members and the community, the B.A.G. Board has decided to cancel the April meeting. As of now, we don’t know if there will be a May meeting.

We’ll be watching how things progress over the coming weeks and determine when it’s safe to resume our meetings. We’ll stay in touch with updates.

Stay safe and sane!

The B.A.G. Board

Looking for book artsy things to do while stuck at home?

*** From April 15 – May 20, Helen Hiebert is teaching an online class, Flexible Book Structures. Join Helen in creating a series of flexible book structures that fold and unfold, collapse and expand, and feature innovative attachments and connections.

Flexible Book Structures logo
You’ll create six book objects, the equivalent of a weeklong workshop during this 6-week class. A new lesson will be in the classroom each Wednesday, and you can work from the comfort of your own home or studio at any time throughout the week. Hop into the online classroom anytime to ask questions and share your projects and ideas in a supportive and creative on-line community.

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

*** The Center for Book Arts also has a selection of online classes throughout the month of April. These classes are offered with a suggested donation, which will be used to pay the instructor and to cover the class expenses.

Here are two that might be of interest:

April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: During the Quarantine Book class with Johanna Maierski, you will learn how to make your own handmade quarantine book using found materials.

Students are encouraged to use found materials in their home: invoices they don’t want to pay, scrap paper, love letters, old leaves from their Monstera plants, fabric, plastic foil, yarn, needles, hammers, clips, etc.

The class will also serve as a space for seeking advice on bookmaking techniques and learning the different kind of zines formations to produce their own quarantine book. The class also includes a discussion of the materials gathered by the class, to collaboratively find a solution for binding for each individual project.

For more information or to register, click here.


April 14 & 21, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: In Artist Books & The Everyday with Ben Denzer, students will conceive and create their own artist books using the everyday materials they are currently quarantined with.

In the first session, Ben will introduce a working definition of the term “Artist Book,” share a survey of historical examples, and detail basic bookmaking techniques. A discussion will follow, along with each student describing their initial ideas and available materials.

Between sessions, Ben will be available for one-on-one conversations to give feedback and construction advice.

In the second session, each student will share their completed artist book in a group critique.

For more information or to register, click here.

*** The Guild of Book Workers‘ Board of Directors has generously decided to make all videos on the Guild of Book Workers’ Vimeo page available to rent, FREE of charge for the next month. This offer is open to everyone, regardless of membership status.

Enter the code GBW4FREE during checkout to reduce the cost of the rental to $0.00. Rentals are available as streaming content for 7 days. This code will expire on April 17, 2020.

If you have any difficulty using this promo code, please contact GBW President Bexx Caswell-Olson.Technical questions relating to the Vimeo website should be directed to Vimeo.

*** Check out the monthly Are You Book Enough challenge on Instagram. The rules are simple – create a book based on the monthly theme and post it on Instagram using the assigned tags. This month’s theme is Machine and you’ve got the whole month to work on something!

Are You Book Enough image with 2020 themes

The project has been going on for over 3 years and even if you’re not going to participate, there are wonderful books to look at if you search for #areyoubookenough.

B.A.G. News

*** Announcement: Spring/Summer member exhibit, Page Turners: Artist’s Books by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Our spring/summer exhibit will take place in June at ArtHound Gallery in Essex, Vermont. The theme, Page Turners, is open-ended, allowing for unlimited interpretation. All members are invited and encouraged to contribute new or old work.

This new gallery offers a beautiful space for the exhibit, surrounded by work from artisans all over Vermont. All work must be FOR SALE.

Here are some important dates:

  • Entry due date: May 27, 2020. No entries will be accepted after this date. Artists are encouraged to bring work and appropriate paperwork to the May 13th B.A.G. meeting.
  • Exhibit dates: June 6 – 30, 2020
  • Opening reception: June 6, 2020. Times to be determined.

Now is a great time to get to work on a piece! Don’t you have more time on your hands?


According to Accordions, Part 3 – Flag Books with Marcia Vogler

March 25, 2020

Marcia Vogler holding a flag book

Marcia Vogler holding a flag book

Flag Book

Flag book materials

Flag Book

Flag Book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Making a flag book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Making a flag book

Making a flag book

Making a flag book

Elizabeth Rideout holding a flag book

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

March 4, 2020

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 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.

Welcome to According to Accordions!

Often underestimated, the accordion book has more to it than meets the eye. This structure provides endless possibilities for construction, and multiple options for display and presentation. In our March meeting, we will continue with our multi-meeting exploration of the accordion book structure.

Prepare to be inspired by the versatility and potential of accordions!

Program: According to Accordions, Part 3 – Flag Books with Marcia Vogler

At the next B.A.G. meeting, Marcia Vogler will be teaching us how to make Flag Books. This structure literally builds on the accordion fold.

Flag booksOriginally developed by Hedi Kyle for her work April Diary, the foundation of the deceptively simple Flag Book structure is an accordion folded spine. Rows of flags attached to opposing sides of each of the spine’s “mountain” folds allow the artist to fragment and layer a number of complementary or contrasting images and narratives.

When read page by page, the viewer sees disjointed fragments of image and text. When the spine is pulled fully open, these fragments assemble a panoramic spread. This transformation is accompanied by a delightful flapping sound. The spine and covers provide opportunities for additional imagery.

– Karen Hanmer

Please bring more samples of accordion books to share!

All materials will be provided but if you are able, please bring the following:

  • Cutting mat
  • Straight edge or ruler
  • X-Acto knife or the like
  • Bone folder
  • PVA, Fast Tack or other white glue and/or a glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Small stamps or images to attach to your flags (1″ high)

If you don’t have any of these things, don’t worry extras will be available.

February Meeting Reflections

Becky BoardmanIt was a full house for our second installment of According to Accordions, which featured the Star/Carousel structure. Becky Boardman showed us models and examples, then led us through the steps to make this multi-layered structure.

May I say how much I loved this? And it was the perfect little Valentine’s gift for my Valentine! I will come back to this structure again and again.

Thanks, Becky, and thanks to everyone who showed up. You are all ‘stars’.

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

B.A.G. News

*** Announcement: Spring/Summer member exhibit, Page Turners: Artist’s Books by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Our spring/summer exhibit will take place in June at ArtHound Gallery in Essex, Vermont. The theme, Page Turners, is open-ended, allowing for unlimited interpretation. All members are invited and encouraged to contribute new or old work.

This new gallery offers a beautiful space for the exhibit, surrounded by work from artisans all over Vermont. All work must be FOR SALE.

Here are some important dates:

  • Entry due date: May 27, 2020. No entries will be accepted after this date. Artists are encouraged to bring work and appropriate paperwork to the May 13th B.A.G. meeting.
  • Exhibit dates: June 6 – 30, 2020
  • Opening reception: June 6, 2020. Times to be determined.

Pop-up books*** Elissa Campbell is teaching The Moving Book – Pop-Up Basics at the Bayside Activity Center in Colchester, VT on March 21st.

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, you’ll learn the basics of three-dimensional construction, including box supports, props, and straddles. You’ll then bind these cards into a book, which will become a handy reference for future work.

Register online or print out the registration form and mail it in.

Book Arts News

*** On April 3rd, Dartmouth College‘s Baker-Berry Library presents Skins to Draw on: A Parchment Making Demonstration with Jesse Meyer from Pergamena Leathers.

Parchment is a material made from animal skin; often calfskin, sheepskin, or goatskin. Its most common use is as a material for writing on, drawing on, for documents, notes, or the pages of a book, codex or manuscript. Jesse will demonstrate the techniques involved in the production of parchment, with participants trying their hands in the process. He’ll have lots of samples of his work for you to peruse along the way.

No registration necessary. Feel free to stop by Book Arts Room 21 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. to check it out.

To learn more about Pergamena visit their website.

*** Dartmouth College is also hosting An Evening with Graham Patten and his Convolutingly Engineered Books on May 18th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Come spend a bit of time with bookbinder and conservator Graham Patten as he shows us his work, including his invention, the Continuously Convoluting Carousel. This multiplex carousel structure is the first of its kind. It can be inverted on itself indefinitely, revealing a sequence of four different hidden openings or displays. A variation on the Jacob’s Ladder toy, the Continuously Convoluting Carousel employs the same double-action hinges that gave the original toy its characteristically illusive motion.

We will look at a number of Patten’s incredible design bindings, while he takes us through his design process and show us how to make a simplified version of the structure.

No registration necessary. The presentation is being held in Book Arts Room 21 of Baker-Berry Library.

Book Arts Classes

*** Juliayn Coleman is offering Hand Bookbinding from August 30 – September 5 at Sunset Lodge on Lake Damariscotta, ME.

In this hands-on workshop, you will create three non-adhesive books. The structures will range from the earliest binding styles to contemporary, and they are geared towards beginner through intermediate skill levels.

In addition to the binding, you will explore three different ways to decorate paper for the covers of your books: paste paper, suminagashi, and plant printing. The goal is to create a harmonious set of beautiful books, learn simple structures that you can take home and repeat on your own, and let your creative mind explore the medium of book binding.

For more information, please visit the Sunset Lodge Workshops website.

*** The North Bennet Street School in Boston is offering Sewn Board & Drumleaf Binding with Amy Lapidow on Sunday, March 22nd.

The sewn board binding, is a great structure that uses minimal tools and is infinitely adaptable. Dress it up or down, and it opens flat! Its sibling, the drum leaf binding is akin to a board book and is perfect for images. You will make both in this course.

For more information, please visit the NBSS website.


According to Accordions, Part 2 – Star Books with Becky Boardman

February 27, 2020

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Star / Carousel books

Star / Carousel book

Star / Carousel book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Folding paper

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Folding paper

Star / Carousel book

Star / Carousel book

Resources:

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

February 7, 2020

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 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.

Welcome to According to Accordions!

Often underestimated, the accordion book has more to it than meets the eye. This structure provides endless possibilities for construction, and multiple options for display and presentation. In our February meeting, we will continue with our multi-meeting exploration of the accordion book structure.

Prepare to be inspired by the versatility and potential of accordions!

Program: According to Accordions, Part 2 – Star Books with Becky Boardman

Star and carousel books

At the next B.A.G. meeting, Becky Boardman will be teaching us how to make Star/Carousel books. This structure uses accordion folds that are “nested”, making it a kind of tunnel book.

Please bring more samples of accordion books to share! If you have played with the woven accordion structure Dorsey taught us please show us what you did! The more books we look at the greater our repertoire becomes.

All materials will be provided but if you are able, please bring the following:

  • Cutting mat
  • X-Acto knife or the like
  • Bone folder
  • PVA, Fast Tack or other white glue and/or a glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Scraps of colored or decorative paper, can be as small as 3” x 3” or less
  • Double-sided tape

If you don’t have any of these things, don’t worry extras will be available.

January Meeting Reflections

Dorsey HoggWe were lucky enough to have the Queen of Complex Accordions kick off our special multi-meeting series. Dorsey Hogg gave us the basics and then introduced us to a twist, using interlocking layers to form multiple accordions into one structure. She wowed us with examples of her intricate altered book structures, and shared some insight into her start as a book artist.

Many other participants shared accordion books they had made as well, making it a lively and fun evening. For me, there is maybe nothing so satisfying as a nicely folded accordion made with smooth, crisp paper, so I am looking forward to the next meetings so we may all fold together again.

Thanks, Dorsey, and thanks to everyone who showed up and folded stuff.

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

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 ten 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, field trips, 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:

  • Rent: $50.00 per month
  • Presenter honorarium: $35.00 per meeting
  • Website and email newsletter: $100.00 per year
  • Presenter reimbursement for supplies: Varies

If you’ve done the math, you’ll see that we need a minimum of $910.00 (not including supply reimbursement) to cover our annual expenses.

We hope that you will renew your membership or join us as a new member at the December meeting. If you will not be at the meeting, you can download our membership form and send it in with your payment.

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

*** Announcement: Spring/Summer member exhibit, Page Turners: Artist’s Books by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Our spring/summer exhibit will take place later this year and all members are invited and encouraged to contribute new or old work. The theme, Page Turners, is open-ended, allowing for unlimited interpretation.

Our exhibit location has yet to be determined, so stay tuned for more details.

Secret Belgian Binding*** Elissa Campbell is teaching the Secret Belgian Binding at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on February 10 & 11.

The not-so-mysterious Secret Belgian binding was developed to have the appearance of a Japanese stab binding, but also to have the ability of opening flat. The structure was invented by Anne Goy in the mid-1980’s and was relatively unknown until Hedi Kyle introduced it to the United States.

The text block is sewn is first, before attaching the covers with an intriguing woven sewing pattern – no glue is needed! This hard cover binding is perfect for use as a journal or sketchbook.

You will receive a detailed handout and resource list for all materials we use. Some previous experience with bookbinding is helpful, but not required.

Register online or contact Studio Place Arts at (802) 479-7069.

Book Arts News

*** On Wednesday February 12th from 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., join the Dartmouth Library Book Arts Workshop in the East Reading Room in Baker Library for What Is Small Press and Where Is it Going? A Talk with Matvei Yankelevich of Ugly Duckling Presse.

Ugly Duckling Presse began its life as a xeroxed zine and slowly transformed into a Brooklyn-based nonprofit small press led by a volunteer collective that has brought out more than 250 titles to date. Throughout its history, UDP has favored emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and its books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, and periodicals often contain handmade and letterpress elements, calling attention to the labor and history of bookmaking.

Matvei Yankelevich is one of the founding members of the Ugly Duckling Presse editorial collective. At UDP, he curates the Eastern European Poets Series since 2002, and has co-edited 36 issues of the poetry magazine 6×6 and 40 issues of the Emergency Gazette, and has edited and designed countless books, chapbooks, and poetry broadsides. He teaches translation and book-making workshops, as well as literary seminars at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, among other institutions, and is a member of the Writing faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

No registration is necessary for the event.

*** Now through March 20th, the Baker-Berry Library at Dartmouth College is hosting Specimens: Artists Books and their Kin from the Dartmouth Collection. The exhibit was curated by Sarah Smith, Book Arts Workshop Program Manager.

Over the years, artists, designers and craftsmen working in the realm of “book arts” have influenced each other in many ways – sometimes without knowing. The works in this exhibit, whether called artist books, fine press books, zines, or examples of design bindings, involve an artistic approach to the book as a form and method of conveying beautiful design and/or provocative content and in so doing reveal the book as an art form itself.

These books can be found in Rauner Special Collections, Sherman Art Library‘s Special Collections as well as in the open stacks. They’ve included the call numbers and other information to help you find these books and others like them. Hopefully, you too will be inspired by these books to learn more and maybe even make one!

Book Artist Cadette badge*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers to teach simple bookbinding techniques and creative content at two upcoming Girl Scout events. Through these events, NEGBW volunteers will be helping Cadettes earn their Book Artist badge and potentially inspiring future bookbinders.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 7th at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA. There will be 2 sessions: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Carpooling can be arranged.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Lauren Telepak at negbwprograms@gmail.com.

Book Arts Classes

*** On Sunday, February 9, 2020, The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Star Books with Cristina Hajosy.

A handmade star book can be presented as an artist’s book or as a hanging ornament. Excite viewers with the visual movement and performative qualities of this unusual book structure. Learn basic bookmaking techniques and experiment with hand-marbled papers, mixed media and collage scraps to customize your books.

For more information about the class, please visit the Eliot School’s website.

*** The North Bennet Street School in Boston is offering Sewn Board & Drumleaf Binding with Amy Lapidow on Sunday, March 22nd.

The sewn board binding, is a great structure that uses minimal tools and is infinitely adaptable. Dress it up or down, and it opens flat! Its sibling, the drum leaf binding is akin to a board book and is perfect for images. You will make both in this course.

For more information, please visit the NBSS website.


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