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Book Blitz and Card Tricks – Member-led Mini Workshops

November 18, 2019

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Paper doll

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade card

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade card

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Hammer, tools, and other supplies

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” November 2019

November 7, 2019

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 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: Book Blitz and Card Tricks

Handmade cardJoin 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

October Meeting Reflections

Librarian Prudence Doherty at UVM Special CollectionsOh how I love the Special Collections visit. It is my favorite meeting of the year, and this year did not disappoint. It feels so grand to be entertained by Prudence Doherty in that lovely space, and to be able to touch and devour the works she has chosen.

First off, we were served a table full of books that had elements of stitching, including some wonderful books full of quilting references and patterns. My favorite, though was the collection of poems, A Strawberry in the Snow. It checked all my boxes – letterpress, linocuts, stitching, cloth binding, beautifully engineered.

The second table setting featured the work of Ellen Dorn Levitt. In this case, the work was presented in boxes that housed her teaching materials, notes, samples, instructions, and some student work. I found it absolutely fascinating to see the organization and detail that she shared with her students. She was obviously adored by them.

All in all, another inspiring evening. Thanks to everyone who attended, and special thanks to Prudence for her time and her compelling narrative.

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

B.A.G. News

*** December Handmade Ornament Exchange

Handmade ornamentsAt our December meeting, we will host an ornament exchange where members and friends are invited to swap handmade baubles. Bring one, take one!

Here’s how it works:

  • Make an ornament to share – instruction or directions on how to make are optional.
  • Bring to the meeting, wrapped in some manner.
  • Swap for another ornament.

That’s it! The only rule is that the ornaments must be handmade.

Need inspiration? Check out these blog posts:

Get making!

Nancy Stone postcards*** Since B.A.G. members have expressed interest in purchasing Nancy Stone’s recently published book, 251 Vermont Vistas, she will bring copies to the November and December meetings.

Originally begun as a book arts project, Nancy painted watercolor ‘postcards’ for every Vermont town that she and her husband visited as members of the VT251 Club. A preview of some pages, with written reflections of towns, can be seen at www.nancystone.weebly.com. With sales tax, the book costs $37.44; cash or checks accepted.

These make unique holiday gifts, capturing the beauty of Vermont’s scenery in all weather and seasons.

Artist book by Carolyn Shattuck*** Carolyn Shattuck will be showing her work at the Boston Art Book Fair from November 8 – 10, 2019.

As one of the largest art book fairs on the East Coast, this curated event will feature over 130 exhibitors, artists and publishers.

With art installations, DJs, workshops, panels, and a chance to mingle with truly innovative artists and creatives of our generation, this year’s fair invites audiences of all ages to engage in an art-filled weekend to expand their ideas about print.

The event is produced by the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) and Bodega and will be held in BCA’s historic Cyclorama.

For more information, please visit the event website.

Book Arts News

*** Prudence Doherty notified us that the Artists’ Book Showcase with Vamp and Tramp Booksellers at UVM Special Collections on November 7th has been canceled.

*** You may be interested in the formation of a new group called New England Book Artists. They plan to meet once a month at the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. The first meeting was held on November 1st and included a discussion of the direction on which the group should initially focus.

For more information or questions, please email Marie Canaves at nebookartists@outlook.com.

*** The conservation treatment of Dante’s 1477 La Commedia will be detailed in an upcoming lecture with independent book conservator Jeffrey S. Peachey. The lecture will be held on November 19 at Schlesinger Library at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

An examination of the remains of earlier binding structures, and decisions that lead to its resewing and rebinding in an alum tawed goatskin conservation binding will be discussed. During the treatment, evidence was found suggesting that the Inferno and Purgatorio cantiche may have circulated separately at one point. Differences between historic 15th century binding practices and modern conservation binding techniques will be highlighted, as will the difficulties of achieving a sympathetic relationship between original and new binding materials.

Observations on the history, nature and idea of conservation rebinding will conclude the lecture, followed by an audience discussion. Conservators, bibliophiles, bookbinders, librarians, Italian scholars, and anyone curious about the physical structure of books will find this lecture of interest.

Book Arts Classes

*** The North Bennet Street School in Boston is offering Surface Gilding with James Reid-Cunningham on November 10th.

Surface gilding creates a luxurious effect on a binding, creating a book that glows. This workshop will focus on techniques for decorating leather, paper, parchment, papyrus with gold leaf over large areas, even over entire boards. Participants will experiment with varieties of glaire for adhering gold; the use of masks to create designs; polishing gold leaf; sealants, coatings and sizes to preserve the gold; and methods of seamless joining of sheets of gold leaf over large areas.

For more information, please visit the NBSS website.

*** On Sunday, November 24th, The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Dos Equis Hand-Sewn Books with Cristina Hajosy.

Hand-bound books create unique formats for presenting photography, prints, and mixed media artworks. Learn techniques for both soft-bound and hard-bound versions of this flexible book structure. The name comes from the 2-needle stitching that crosses back and forth between the signatures or folded sections of the book interior. Decorative papers, book cloths and bead selections will be available in class.

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


Visit to UVM Special Collections

October 24, 2019

Librarian Prudence Doherty at UVM Special Collections

Artists' books at UVM Special Collections

Librarian Prudence Doherty at UVM Special Collections

Slide on a screen at UVM Special Collections

Librarian Prudence Doherty at UVM Special Collections

Ellen Dorn Levitt collection files

Contents of the Ellen Dorn Levitt collection

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting at UVM Special Collections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting at UVM Special Collections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting at UVM Special Collections

"Retell the Tale" by Ruth Laxson

“Retell the Tale” by Ruth Laxson

"Retell the Tale" by Ruth Laxson

“Retell the Tale” by Ruth Laxson

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting at UVM Special Collections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting at UVM Special Collections

"Crazy Quilt" by Maureen Cummins

“Crazy Quilt” by Maureen Cummins

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting at UVM Special Collections

"Deep in the Territory" by Margaret Kaufman

“Deep in the Territory” by Margaret Kaufman

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting at UVM Special Collections

"Composition" by Candace Hicks

“Composition” by Candace Hicks

"Composition" by Candace Hicks

“Composition” by Candace Hicks

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” October 2019

October 2, 2019

Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The October meeting will be held at UVM’s Silver Special Collections in Billings Library at 48 University Place. Click here for directions.

Please note that in October we will not be meeting as usual at the Unitarian Church in Burlington.

Program: Field Trip to UVM’s Silver Special Collections

Prudence DohertyThe October meeting will be our annual visit to UVM’s Silver Special Collections hosted by our own Prudence Doherty. This year we will highlight the work of Ellen Dorn Levitt; artist, printmaker and extraordinary teacher.

The collection of her work was gifted to UVM by her husband and curated by Linda Lembke. This is not to be missed as it is a wonderful opportunity to admire and learn from the best.

Prudence will also share books with collage and sewing to reflect our postcard focus.

* Please bring a pencil, not a pen, if you plan to take notes.

Directions: UVM Special Collections is in the Billings Center. The Special Collections Library is on the second floor but we will meet in the conference room on the first floor just as you enter the front main doors. Parking available at the top of College Street across from Waterman.

September Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingOur September meeting was full to the brim. We first shared our postcard challenge books as each book artist explained their inspiration and techniques. The time we set aside to examine the books was rich with conversation and admiration. Well done B.A.G. members!

You can view images of the challenge books on the B.A.G. blog.

Decorated capital letterThe second part of our meeting was the tag team of Meta Strick and Penne Tompkins sharing how to design creative uppercase letters. The challenge and fun began as we all took off designing our own letters with coaching and support from Meta and Penne.

Their two part workshops with lettering have made us all more aware or our style and consistency. Perfect for book artists.

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

B.A.G. News

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo*** Looking for something to do this weekend? The statewide Fall Open Studio Weekend is taking place on October 5 – 6, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The event is a great way to combine fall foliage viewing and harvest activities with visits to artists across Vermont.

You can download a pdf of the complete Fall Event & Resource Guide from the VT Crafts Council website (this is a really big file). If you’re looking for something closer to you, county-specific maps and directions to studios are also available online.

Book artists Kelly McMahon (#74) and Elissa Campbell (#75) are both participating this time around and are conveniently located within a 5-minute drive of each other. Be sure to stop by!

Book Arts News

*** The current exhibit at UVM’s Silver Special Collections features a selection of miniature books from their Rare Book collection. Librarians and collectors often define miniatures as books that measure 4 inches or less in either direction, although the miniatures on their shelves can measure up to 5.5 inches.

Like their collection, which has grown organically rather than intentionally, books in the exhibit are diverse, ranging from a 16th-century Bible to 21st-century artists’ books. Many of the selections reflect the demand for portable and affordable reading material. The exhibit also includes miniature artists’ books that display creative and innovative ways to work within small dimensions.

Visit Special Collections on the second level of Billings Library to see the exhibit.

*** On Tuesday November 5th at 7:00 p.m., the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts will host Touching, Seeing, Knowing: Movable Books in Nineteenth-Century America, a free lecture presented by Juliet Sperling.

Juliet Sperling researches and writes about American art and visual culture from the 18th to the 20th century, with particular emphasis on the history of moving images. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018, and is a Faculty Fellow in American Art at Colby College.

Her current book project explores how engineered paper – books and prints with kinetic features including layered anatomical illustrations, mechanical political ephemera, and hidden-paneled religious books – revolutionized American encounters with a swiftly changing media landscape. Her research has been supported by institutions including the Luce/ACLS Foundation, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.

The Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is located in Portland, Maine. The lecture will be held in the University Events Room on the 7th floor of the Glickman Family Library.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Goodale at (207) 228-8014 or goodale@maine.edu.

Book Arts Classes

*** The North Bennet Street School in Boston is offering Travel Journals with Amy Lapidow on October 20th. All tools and supplies are provided for this class.

Books that fit in your pocket! Add a pen loop, picture or pocket for memorabilia. Make it waterproof with Tyvek. Tie it up with beads and buttons, or close it with a magnet. This one day workshop explores the possibilities of a versatile book that goes wherever you go.

For more information, please visit the NBSS website.

*** Also at the North Bennet Street School is Fundamentals of Bookbinding, taught by Erin Fletcher from November 4 – 8. Students will learn the foundations of bookbinding by combining hands-on exercises and discussion.

The class starts by exploring non-adhesive structures: soft cover pamphlet, Coptic, historical longstitch and link stitch. The class ends with a look at case bindings, with the creation of two hardcover flatback bindings. Students also learn different structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, tools and equipment.

Throughout the course discussions will cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.

For more information, please visit the NBSS website.


Sharing Books from the Postcard Swap

September 29, 2019

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book of postcards

Handmade book of postcards

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book of postcards

Handmade book of postcards

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book of postcards

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book of postcards

Handmade book of postcards

Handmade book of postcards

Handmade book of postcards

Handmade book of postcards

Handmade book of postcards

Handmade book of postcards

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