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Gallery Talk meets Show and Tell – Prepare to be Inspired!

July 20, 2018

A sharing of B.A.G. member work included in our 2018 exhibits at Studio Place Arts in Barre and at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery in Burlington.


 

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Marilyn Gillis sharing her artist's book

Marilyn Gillis

Elissa Campbell sharing her artist's book

Elissa Campbell

Marcia Vogler sharing her artist's book

Marcia Vogler

Sally Blanchard-O’Brien sharing her artist's books

Sally Blanchard-O’Brien

Rebecca Boardman sharing her artist's book

Rebecca Boardman

Ann Joppe Mercure sharing her artist's books

Ann Joppe Mercure

Hope Baker-Carr sharing her artist's books

Hope Baker-Carr

Nancy Stone sharing her artist's books

Nancy Stone

Jill Abilock sharing her artist's book

Jill Abilock

Marianna Holzer sharing her handbound books

Marianna Holzer

Vera Ryersbach sharing her artist's book

Vera Ryersbach

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Dorsey Hogg sharing her artist's book

Dorsey Hogg

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” July 2018

July 6, 2018

Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 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: Gallery Talk meets Show and Tell – Prepare to be Inspired!

Handmade artist's booksPats on the back and hugs all around – the Book Arts Guild just concluded two amazing exhibitions of members’ work. Both shows (at Studio Place Arts in Barre and at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery in Burlington) feature pieces that intrigued and delighted viewers.

Please join us in July as we explore together the wonderful pieces that appeared in both shows. Contributing artists are invited to talk about the pieces that were displayed, sharing their inspirations, their aspirations and their processes.

Expect to take home new ideas and an invigorated appreciation of the creative process.

Things to bring:

  • Curiosity
  • A sense of adventure!

June Meeting Reflections

Demonstration of piercing book coverIn June, Jill Abilock took us on a two-hour hands-on adventure into the world of Coptic bindings, a stitch dating back to the 2nd century AD.

She guided us through the steps of a method that is her own personal twist on both the binding and cover attachment: her method requires punching fewer holes in the cover, has no thread lines on the inside of the cover that might mar the first or last pages of the book, and delightfully incorporates embellishments as an intrinsic part of the binding.

Jill brought in samples of her own work, which were both elegant and inventive, incorporating unusual materials like wire, fancy paper clips and beads. She provided upcycled materials cut to size from discarded library books for everyone to use to create their own mini artist journal, and templates to take home should they want to make another one.

Thanks to everyone who came to the meeting and even more to Jill for sharing her talents!

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

B.A.G. News

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery*** We’re so sad that both B.A.G. exhibits are over now, but we can always dream about next year!

All pieces that were shown in both the Frog Hollow and SPA exhibits will be at the July meeting for pickup…unless you sold them, in which case – good for you!

* If you are unable to pick up your work at the meeting, please contact Marcia to make alternative arrangements.

For those of you who missed our exhibits, don’t worry! You can view images of all of the pieces in both the SPA exhibit and the Frog Hollow exhibit on the B.A.G. blog.

Book Arts News

UNBOUND exhibit logo*** ArtisTree Gallery‘s 8th annual juried exhibit, UNBOUND: VOL VIII, will open on July 27th and run through August 25, 2018. This exhibit is opening in conjunction with the kick off of the 10th annual Bookstock Literary Festival in Woodstock, VT.

The broad theme of UNBOUND: VOL VIII encompasses all of the possibilities of what we may think or may not think a “book” is. Is it story? An entry to another world? An exploration? What does it indicate? This juried show looks to explore this idea of “the book” and all the ways artists use that format as a stepping-off point or as material to explore new ideas.

An opening reception will be held on Friday July 27th, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please send an email to gallery@artistreevt.org or visit the ArtisTree Gallery’s website.

*** Now through July 22nd, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord has fourteen of her Spirit Books on exhibition in the Hunnewell Building Visitors center at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

The Spirit Books connect my experience of the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. I gather twigs, branches, vines, and roots and use them to cradle stitched wordless books made of handmade papers from around the world.

The Arnold Arboretum is located at 125 Arborway in Boston, MA (Google map). For more information, please visit The Harvard Gazette’s website.

Little Journeys by Elbert Hubbard*** From June 11 – October 1, 2018, the John J. Burns Library at Boston College is hosting the exhibit Dreams of Art & Glory: Book Arts by the Roycrofters.

Roycroft, a reformist community of craftspeople and artists, was created by Elbert Hubbard in 1895, in the village of East Aurora, NY. The artisans who worked there were known as Roycrofters. When Hubbard was unable to find a publisher for his book Little Journeys, he set up a private press to print the book himself, founding Roycroft Press.

His championing of the Arts and Crafts philosophy of work attracted many craftspeople to East Aurora, and he formed a community of printers, furniture makers, metalsmiths, leathersmiths, and bookbinders.

The exhibition focuses on the printing and bookbindings executed by the Roycrofters, and includes an array spanning the modest *Little Journeys* pamphlet series, to beautifully printed and hand-decorated text-blocks, as well as books bound in stunning modelled leather bindings.

The John J. Burns Library is located at 140 Commonwealth Avenue in Chestnut Hill, MA.

*** Now through October 31st, artist Crystal Cawley has work on display in the Hat and Fragrance Textile Gallery at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT.

Cawley merges materials and ideas ranging from collections of old greeting cards and puzzle pieces to discarded library books and worn household textiles, drawing our attention to objects that might otherwise be overlooked. Visitors will encounter more than two dozen works combining the artist’s interests in the form and history of clothing and the possibilities of paper and fabric sculpture with traditional handiwork like embroidery, spinning, and letterpress printing.

For more information, please visit the Shelburne Museum’s website. 

Book Arts Classes

*** The second annual Artist Book Intensive will be held at 26 Split Rock Cove in South Thomaston, ME from August 3 – 5, 2018. The event is sponsored by Midcoast Book Arts.

What is an Artist Book? Do artist books require words? Or images? What about structure as a part of the content? Yes, yes, and yes. Because artists’ books are works of art that use the form of the book. They may be published in small editions, though they are often produced as one-of-a-kind objects. And their subject matter is as varied as any other art form.

Three book making structures and two decorative techniques for book covers and/or content in your books will be taught. All materials will be provided, along with a notebook containing the instructional information covered in the workshops and additional resources.

For more information, please visit the Artist Book Intensive website.

*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering Pop-Ups for Miniature Books with Shawn Sheehy from August 12 to 18, 2018.

By definition, a miniature book cannot be more than three inches in length, width, or depth. Working within this small format, students will learn how to bring drama and excitement to their pop-up book by inserting impossibly large images into a small package. Students will use cardstock and simple hand tools to build and bind, using a pop-up specific technique, a variety of structures that move above, beyond, and behind the page. Students will have time to experiment with their own ideas and recieve engineering advice from the instructor.

No experience is necessary, but previous experience in fiber arts and/or paper craft will speed your progress. This content readily accommodates beginners and advanced makers alike. You will leave the class with a completed popup book and a good understanding of the basics of popup engineering. Once you’ve tackled the skills in small format, you’ll be able to scale up for future projects!

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

*** The Women’s Studio Workshop is currently running its Summer Art Institute with workshops focusing on printmaking, papermaking, and book arts. They offer you time to focus on your work, become energized and inspired, learn new skills, and meet a new community of like-minded artists.

Here’s a sampling of what’s coming up:

Person screenprintingUnfolding Practice with Arzu Mistry will take place from August 6 – August 10. This workshop is based on the artist book Unfolding Practice: Reflections on Learning and Teaching, created by Arzu Mistry and Todd Elkin.

This workshop is for artists from a variety of disciplines, who are interested in sharing and developing processes of reflective practice, and to take a deep dive together into methods of using accordion books as sites for multi-disciplinary reflection, inquiry and art practice. Using a range of book forms and screen-printing techniques, you will document, reflect, plan, and think expansively about your practice as artists.

Indian indigo dye lump

Photo by Evan Izer (Palladian) [CC BY-SA 2.5], from Wikimedia Commons

We’ve Got the Blues: Indigo Dyeing for Paper & Cloth with Mary Hark will take place from August 20 – August 24.

Participants will be immersed in studio production, making use of this powerful and historic color on handmade paper and a variety of textiles. Experienced dyers are encouraged to bring works-in-progress and ideas for new projects. Beginners will be introduced to the process of papermaking with fibers that are appropriate for this immersion dye process – such as Asian fibers, flax, abaca, and linen cloth – as well as shibori resist dye techniques.

Each participant will be supported and encouraged as they use these processes and materials to expand their creative practice with the breadth of possibility offered by the indigo vat. Studio work will be complemented by discussion of the historic and contemporary use of indigo; informal critiques of works-in-progress; and technical information for papermaking and dyeing in home studios and classrooms.

Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of what this color can mean, a portfolio of beautiful samples of indigo blue on cloth and handmade paper, completed work, and the information necessary to continue on this path.

For more information about the workshops or to register, please visit the Women’s Studio Workshop website.

The Coptic-Bound Upcycled Artist Journal with Jill Abilock

June 22, 2018

Handbound coptic book by Jill Abilock

Handbound coptic book by Jill Abilock

Handbound coptic book by Jill Abilock

Handbound coptic book by Jill Abilock

Jill Abilock and Nina Gaby

Demo of piercing book board for coptic binding

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” June 2018

June 10, 2018

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 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: The Coptic-Bound Upcycled Artist Journal with Jill Abilock

Coptic Artist Journal w Paste Paper CoverJoin us in June as Jill Abilock leads us in creating Coptic-bound artists journals from upcycled library books. Making journals from upcycled books is an excellent way of overcoming “blank page” syndrome, since the pages already have writing on them! (To use the book, you simply gesso, color wash or collage over the pages). Coptic-bound books also make excellent artist journals because they lay flat when open.

Jill has invented a method for attaching covers and sewing pages that is so simple and elegant, you might find yourself looking for more old books to cut up turn into artist journals!

Jill will bring book covers and pages from hard-cover books discarded by libraries that she has cut into the perfect size for making portable, Coptic-bound art journals. She will also provide punching templates, thread and beads for sewing the art journals.

Please bring the following tools:

  • Scissors (to trim your thread)
  • Awl, pin vise or needle tool
  • Old phone book, cutting mat or punching pad
  • Bone folder
  • 4 curved bookbinders or upholstery needles (if you have them – if not, there will be needles available to borrow)

Request to more experienced members: Not everyone has specialized tools, like an awl, curved needles, or a bone folder. If you happen to have extra, it would be wonderful if you could bring them in to share with a neighbor who doesn’t. Thanks!

May Meeting Reflections

Marcia Vogler at Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingDid we learn a lot about how to price your work? I think so, and much more! Let’s review:

  • Keep track of your time ( most important) and materials.
  • Decide on a rate per hour to pay yourself
  • Consider your learning time and skill level
  • Consider size and number ( if editioned)
  • Use the commission calculator: (YOUR PRICE) ÷ (100%- commission %) = Z ( Gallery Price)

Voila! And don’t forget to package your work safely and nicely, and take some good photos for posterity.

We all need a pep talk now and then to reinforce our own self-worth, and in extension, the value of our work. Congratulations, everyone, because I felt a definite surge in self esteem and power building throughout the meeting. Thanks to everyone for sharing their experience, knowledge, and energy.

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

B.A.G. News

*** Both Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibits are now open…

…and they look fabulous! We are so very proud of and impressed by the work that our members create. Our membership has so much talent!

Beyond Words: Artworks by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont is in the second floor gallery at Studio Place Arts in Barre and will be open until June 30. SPA has given us a digital image that you can use to help promote the show. Click here to download an image of the flyer that you can share on social networks.

You can view images of all of the pieces in the SPA exhibit on the B.A.G. blog.

The Art of the Book is at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery on Church Street in Burlington and is also open until June 30.

You can view images of all of the pieces in the Frog Hollow exhibit on the B.A.G. blog.

Book Arts News

*** Now through July 22nd, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord has fourteen of her Spirit Books on exhibition in the Hunnewell Building Visitors center at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

The Spirit Books connect my experience of the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. I gather twigs, branches, vines, and roots and use them to cradle stitched wordless books made of handmade papers from around the world.

The Arnold Arboretum is located at 125 Arborway in Boston, MA (Google map). For more information, please visit The Harvard Gazette’s website.

Little Journeys by Elbert Hubbard*** From June 11 – October 1, 2018, the John J. Burns Library at Boston College is hosting the exhibit Dreams of Art & Glory: Book Arts by the Roycrofters.

Roycroft, a reformist community of craftspeople and artists, was created by Elbert Hubbard in 1895, in the village of East Aurora, NY. The artisans who worked there were known as Roycrofters. When Hubbard was unable to find a publisher for his book Little Journeys, he set up a private press to print the book himself, founding Roycroft Press.

His championing of the Arts and Crafts philosophy of work attracted many craftspeople to East Aurora, and he formed a community of printers, furniture makers, metalsmiths, leathersmiths, and bookbinders.

The exhibition focuses on the printing and bookbindings executed by the Roycrofters, and includes an array spanning the modest *Little Journeys* pamphlet series, to beautifully printed and hand-decorated text-blocks, as well as books bound in stunning modelled leather bindings.

The John J. Burns Library is located at 140 Commonwealth Avenue in Chestnut Hill, MA.

UNBOUND exhibit logo

*** ArtisTree Gallery is accepting submissions for their 8th annual juried exhibit, UNBOUND: VOL VIII. The theme of the show is simple – an exploration of what a book can be…art using books as a material or a format. The exhibit will be presented in conjunction with the Bookstock Literary Festival in Woodstock, VT.

This call for submissions is open to all 2D, 3D, installation, assemblage, film and video artists who are working in New England or New York who are 18 years of age or older. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. Note: Reproductions, if used as mixed media, will be considered.

This year the exhibit will be juried by book artist Valerie Carrigan. The deadline for submission is June 29, 2018. All submissions must be made through their online entry form.

For more information, please read the online exhibit prospectus.

You can also contact Gallery Director Adrian Tans at gallery@artistreevt.org.

Two bookbinding presses*** For those of you interested in building your collection of bookbinding equipment, this one’s for you.

There are two used bookbinding presses available for purchase in the Burlington area. As you can see in the picture, both are finishing presses. Compared to the prices for the presses if they were new (check out Talas), you’ll find that these prices are very reasonable.

For more information, please contact Zoe Papas at zoe@zoeink.net.

Book Arts Classes

*** The second annual Artist Book Intensive will be held at 26 Split Rock Cove in South Thomaston, ME from August 3 – 5, 2018. The event is sponsored by Midcoast Book Arts.

What is an Artist Book? Do artist books require words? Or images? What about structure as a part of the content? Yes, yes, and yes. Because artists’ books are works of art that use the form of the book. They may be published in small editions, though they are often produced as one-of-a-kind objects. And their subject matter is as varied as any other art form.

Three book making structures and two decorative techniques for book covers and/or content in your books will be taught. All materials will be provided, along with a notebook containing the instructional information covered in the workshops and additional resources.

For more information, please visit the Artist Book Intensive website.

*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering Pop-Ups for Miniature Books with Shawn Sheehy from August 12 to 18, 2018.

By definition, a miniature book cannot be more than three inches in length, width, or depth. Working within this small format, students will learn how to bring drama and excitement to their pop-up book by inserting impossibly large images into a small package. Students will use cardstock and simple hand tools to build and bind, using a pop-up specific technique, a variety of structures that move above, beyond, and behind the page. Students will have time to experiment with their own ideas and recieve engineering advice from the instructor.

No experience is necessary, but previous experience in fiber arts and/or paper craft will speed your progress. This content readily accommodates beginners and advanced makers alike. You will leave the class with a completed popup book and a good understanding of the basics of popup engineering. Once you’ve tackled the skills in small format, you’ll be able to scale up for future projects!

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

*** The Women’s Studio Workshop is currently running its Summer Art Institute with workshops focusing on printmaking, papermaking, and book arts. They offer you time to focus on your work, become energized and inspired, learn new skills, and meet a new community of like-minded artists.

Here’s a sampling of what’s coming up:

The Moving Book: Drawing & Basic Pop-Up Design with Claire Joyce will take place from July 30 – August 3.

You will delve into the many possibilities of building up your drawings into the pop-up form, from exploding abstract forms to small animated narratives. The condensing and expanding motion of pop-up mechanisms can enhance the drawn image and create a magical handheld experience for the viewer.

Beginning with sketching, basic folds, and structures, participants will create several small single fold projects with a focus on hand-drawn elements. You will build toward combining these techniques into a bound three-page (or more!) pop-up book. Claire will bring some of the pop-up books from her own collection for inspiration and discussion.

Person screenprintingUnfolding Practice with Arzu Mistry will take place from August 6 – August 10. This workshop is based on the artist book Unfolding Practice: Reflections on Learning and Teaching, created by Arzu Mistry and Todd Elkin.

This workshop is for artists from a variety of disciplines, who are interested in sharing and developing processes of reflective practice, and to take a deep dive together into methods of using accordion books as sites for multi-disciplinary reflection, inquiry and art practice. Using a range of book forms and screen-printing techniques, you will document, reflect, plan, and think expansively about your practice as artists.

Person holding cameraParallel Universes: Handmade Paper and Photography with Tatana Kellner will take place from July 9 – July 13.

Person holding cameraArtists will rediscover the excitement of working in the photographic darkroom and the pleasures of making paper by hand. You’ll combine these two tactile processes to create painterly photographic prints on handmade paper.

The first two days will be spent making paper from various fibers, suitable for photographic purposes. You’ll explore making standard and shaped paper, embedding, and pulp painting all in preparation for the darkroom.

Working with traditional photographic negatives (up to 4” x 5”) or making new digital negatives, you’ll spend the rest of the week learning to size and coat the paper before proceeding to print in the darkroom. No previous experience is necessary.

For more information about the workshops or to register, please visit the Women’s Studio Workshop website.

The Art of the Book – exhibit at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery

June 2, 2018

Exhibit Sign for Book Arts Guild of Vermont Exhibit at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery

Measuring Up by Marcia Vogler

“Measuring Up” by Marcia Vogler

Bygone Opportunities by Rebecca Boardman

“Bygone Opportunities” by Rebecca Boardman

Bygone Opportunities by Rebecca Boardman

“Bygone Opportunities” by Rebecca Boardman

Bygone Opportunities by Rebecca Boardman

“Bygone Opportunities” by Rebecca Boardman

Show the Way by Marcia Vogler

“Show the Way” by Marcia Vogler

The Green Rules by Ann Joppe Mercure

“The Green Rules” by Ann Joppe Mercure

We Remember by Ann Joppe Mercure

“We Remember” by Ann Joppe Mercure

Purple Handbound Journal by Marianna Holzer

“Purple Handbound Journal” by Marianna Holzer

Book of Love: Handbound Blank Journal by Marianna Holzer

“Book of Love: Handbound Blank Journal” by Marianna Holzer

Post-Literate by Nina Gaby

“Post-Literate” by Nina Gaby

Wear Your Story: Home by Maryann Riker

“Wear Your Story: Home” by Maryann Riker

Urban Calligraphy #22 by Marilyn Gillis

“Urban Calligraphy #22” by Marilyn Gillis

Urban Calligraphy #24 by Marilyn Gillis

“Urban Calligraphy #24” by Marilyn Gillis

Hidcote by Hope Baker-Carr

“Hidcote” by Hope Baker-Carr

Hidcote by Hope Baker-Carr

“Hidcote” by Hope Baker-Carr

Ebony & Ovary by Debra Kraemer

“Ebony & Ovary” by Debra Kraemer

Fine Art by Elissa Campbell

“Fine Art” by Elissa Campbell

And the Story Goes On... by Dorsey Hogg

“And the Story Goes On…” by Dorsey Hogg

Fishbone Book by Marilyn Gillis

“Fishbone Book” by Marilyn Gillis

Vibrations: Drum Trio by Nancy Stone

“Vibrations: Drum Trio” by Nancy Stone

Homage to Mondrian - 3 Variations by Vera Ryersbach

“Homage to Mondrian – 3 Variations” by Vera Ryersbach

'to reveal' by Jane Ploughman

‘to reveal’ by Jane Ploughman

Urban Calligraphy #21 by Marilyn Gillis

“Urban Calligraphy #21” by Marilyn Gillis

Urban Calligraphy #23 by Marilyn Gillis

“Urban Calligraphy #23” by Marilyn Gillis

Children's Counting Book by Vera Ryersbach

“Children’s Counting Book” by Vera Ryersbach

Mapped and Remapped by Rebecca Boardman

“Mapped and Remapped” by Rebecca Boardman

Mapped and Remapped by Rebecca Boardman

“Mapped and Remapped” by Rebecca Boardman

What Privilege Owes by Marilyn Gillis

“What Privilege Owes” by Marilyn Gillis

Vibrations: Guitar Trio by Nancy Stone

“Vibrations: Guitar Trio” by Nancy Stone

Found Words, Found Worlds by Sally Blanchard-O'Brien

“Found Words, Found Worlds” by Sally Blanchard-O’Brien

From Memory's Unreliable Files by Nina Gaby

“From Memory’s Unreliable Files” by Nina Gaby

Fragments by Debra Kraemer

“Fragments” by Debra Kraemer

Urban Calligraphy #1 by Marilyn Gillis

“Urban Calligraphy #1” by Marilyn Gillis

Urban Calligraphy #2 by Marilyn Gillis

“Urban Calligraphy #2” by Marilyn Gillis

Urban Calligraphy #3 by Marilyn Gillis

“Urban Calligraphy #3” by Marilyn Gillis

Words Can Be Unruly by Dorsey Hogg

“Words Can Be Unruly” by Dorsey Hogg

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