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Hardcover Basics with Ann Joppe-Mercure

September 20, 2018

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting sign

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade books in progress

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade books in progress

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade books in progress

Handmade books in progress

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Handmade books

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

September 5, 2018

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 12, 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: Hardcover Basics with Ann Joppe-Mercure

Hinged hardcover bindingsJoin us in September for a fun and informative hands-on foray into hard cover bindings. Ann Joppe-Mercure will share her simple and elegant methods for making hinged hardcover bindings with book cloth and paper.

We will make hard covers with soft spines for a small accordion book and a sewn signature book. Then we will practice making a covered hard spine cover to hold post-it-notes. All three items will be useful for future reference or as small handmade gifts.

Ann will provide the cardboard, glue, book pages and post-it-notes, along with extra papers and book cloth.

Please bring:

  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sewing cord
  • X-Acto knife
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue brush
  • Glue stick
  • Book cloth and any special papers (if you have them)

Note: If you have extra tools, it is always appreciated if you can bring them to share with others who would like to participate but may not have tools of their own. Thank you!

w to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol

But wait, there’s more!

Elissa Campbell will once again be bringing in her advance copy of Hedi Kyle‘s much-anticipated book The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures.

This book is not due to hit stores until October, so this is your chance to check it out before getting it for yourself.

August Meeting Reflections

Jill AbilockThe August meeting brought some new faces to our group, and we are always thankful for that. We had time for short introductions, and surprisingly, everyone seemed to have ‘paper’ in their statements. It’s reassuring to know we have like minded people surrounding us.

Jill Abilock was kind enough to offer personal tutoring for her version of the coptic binding, as well as kits for those of us who missed her previous instruction (June meeting). Thanks, Jill!

It is a reminder that there are endless variations to the structures we learn, and that experimentation can bring wonderful results. The studio support and workshop time format gave the participants an opportunity to chat about , well, paper, and also about current and future happenings for our group, notably the Burlington Book Festival and the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair. Read about the opportunities to participate in the News Section.

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

B.A.G. News

Book Arts Guild of Vermont display at the Burlington Book Festival*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is proud to be participating in this year’s Burlington Book Festival on October 12 – 14, 2018 at the UVM Alumni House Silver Pavilion. This annual event celebrates the written word by offering readings, book signings, panels, workshops, demos, family activities, and special events.

The Book Arts Guild has been enthusiastically invited to exhibit original works at the festival to introduce the community to book arts and increase awareness of our organization. We will have an exhibit during the evening opening ceremonies on Friday, October 12 as well as on Saturday, October 13 throughout the day. During the exhibit time, we have also committed to demonstrating various book structures (not hands-on workshops).

In addition to very generously providing the Book Arts Guild exhibit space free of charge, the Burlington Book Festival is also offering Book Arts Guild members the opportunity to sell original artists’ books and book-related work with no commission or fee.

Here are the opportunities for participation:

  • Exhibit/Sell Artists’ Books:

You can submit new work or something you have previously exhibited. If you would like to submit work for the exhibit, please download the entry form and bring it, along with your work, to the September 12th Book Arts Guild meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to submit work, please email Jill Abilock by Monday, September 10th to make arrangements to get your work to her.

  • Volunteer at the Book Arts Guild exhibit and/or help with set up and/or break down:

Book Arts Guild Exhibit volunteers at the at the 2016 Burlington Book Festival found the experience fun and rewarding. Opportunities at the upcoming festival include:

          –> Friday evening set-up
–> Saturday morning set-up
–> Exhibit Volunteer (2 – 3 hour shift)
–> Saturday evening break down

Please email Jill if you would like to volunteer!

Book Arts Guild of Vermont at the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont has once again reserved table space at the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair in Northampton, MA. The Fair will take place Friday, November 30th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Smith College.

This is an opportunity for the Book Arts Guild to spread the word about book arts, show and sell work, and meet other like minded book people. Last year, a group of members stayed at an Airbnb during the show and had a great time together.

If you are interested in participating by manning the table, helping to set up and break down, and/ or having work shown, please contact Marcia.

Handbound leather journal with 5 closures*** Elissa Campbell is teaching Find Closure, a leather journal class at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on September 22, 2018.

Consider this workshop the equivalent of a Closure Dressy Bessy. First you’ll complete a soft cover, leather book using a variation of the long stitch binding. Then comes the fun part – you’ll experiment with a variety of ways to secure those books. You’ll explore ways to use buttons, leather straps, and metal hardware to create up to 5 closures per book (as time allows).

Bring your own embellishments (buttons, ribbons, etc.) that you’d like to use for closures – there will be time for discussion and problem-solving as a group.

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

Book Arts News

*** On September 7th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., the Free First Friday at the Shelburne Museum brings you an opportunity to see Crystal Cawley‘s marvelous work in the Hat and Fragrance building (there are some cool samplers too) for free!

And as a bonus, she will have an artist talk at 6:00 p.m. for you to learn about her innovative multimedia creations after which you can join the artist to view her work. The talk is at the Pizzagalli Center.

Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated.

*** Now through October 8th you can view BOOKS: MATTER and MAGIC at the gallery at GreenTARA Space. The show is about books, their making, and the spirit behind them.

Genese Grill‘s painted work Almandal Grimoire: The Book as Magical Object is a large-scale set of written and drawn on wood panels, while Diane Gayer‘s Of Earth and Being is a book of photographs at the intersection of man and nature and was printed on the Heidelberg Press at Villanti Printers, Milton, VT. While very different in production and finished entity, both books speak to the magical realms of existence.

GreenTARA Space is located at 3275 US Route 2 in North Hero, VT, in the center of the Village. For more information, please call (802) 355-2150.

*** On Friday October 12th at 4:00 p.m., the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts will host Building A Sustainable Visual Art Practice, a lecture with Andrea Dezsö.

Andrea Dezsö is a visual artist who works across a broad range of media including drawing, painting, artist’s books, embroidery, cut paper, animation, sculpture, site-specific installation and public art. Dezsö’s permanent public art has been installed in two New York City subway stations, at the United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania and at CUNY BMCC Fiterman Hall in Lower Manhattan. Community Garden, Dezsö’s mosaic in the New York City subway was recognized as Best American Public Art in 2007 by Americans for the Arts.

Dezsö exhibits in museums and galleries around the world. She is Associate Professor of Art at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and maintains studios in NYC and in Western Massachusetts.

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

*** On September 29 & 30, 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.

Bookbinding 101 or equivalent experience is a prerequisite.

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

*** On Saturday, October 13, 2018, the Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts is hosting a Tunnel Book workshop with Andrea Dezsö. The workshop will be held in room 424 in Luther Bonney Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

When popped open tunnel books reveal miniature, multi-layered worlds viewers can peek into as into dioramas. Structurally, tunnel books belong in the same family as carousel books and toy theaters and were extremely popular during the Victorian era. In this class students will create a fully developed one-of-a-kind artists book of their own design, based on a four-layer, hand-cut and assembled single scene tunnel book developed by Dezsö using either a subtractive (paper cutting), an additive (collage) method or a mix of the two;

Students will learn to rapid prototype by first creating a tunnel book model to understand the form, followed by creating their fully developed books. Students will be encouraged to consider composition, layering, materials and to treat form and content as an interdependent whole as they create their one-of-a-kind tunnel books. All levels welcome.

Register online or call (207) 780-5900.

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA has two book arts classes coming up this fall. Here’s the scoop:

Marbled paperPaper Marbling with Cristina Hajosy will take place on Sunday, September 16th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Create beautiful swirls and mottling colors on paper with several forms of marbling. Learn Turkish- style marbling on water thickened with carrageenan (Irish moss). Experiment with a range of materials, colors and papers to create lovely, unique designs.

Marbled paper is striking when used as book end papers, portfolio covers, and more. Beginner to advanced students welcome.


Wild Journals with Susan Porter will take place from October 4 – November 8. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Create colorful, textured art journal pages, using paint, printmaking techniques, stamping, stenciling and collage. Transform your pages into intricate, multilayered surfaces. Add dimensions by cutting and folding. Add extensions, pop-outs, windows and pockets. Make each page a one-of-a-kind canvas for words, drawings, images and photographs. Bring a blank journal; all other materials will be provided.


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


Studio Support and Workshop Time…Upcycled Coptic-Bound Artist Journal Continued

August 26, 2018

Jill Abilock showing one of her handbound books

Handbound books by Jill Abilock

Handbound journals by Jill Abilock

Jill Abilock demonstrating how to punch cover holes for coptic binding

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Sewing a coptic stitch book

Sewing a coptic stitch book

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Sewing a coptic stitch book

Sewing a coptic stitch book

Handbound coptic journal

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

August 4, 2018

Next Meeting: Wednesday, August 8, 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: Studio Support and Workshop Time…Upcycled Coptic-Bound Artist Journal Continued

Demonstration of piercing book coverStudio Support and Workshop Time is two hours that you give yourself, in the company of fellow book- and paper-arts lovers, to learn, share and create in a supportive and encouraging environment. The meeting is devoted to creative work. Bring along a project or model from a previous meeting that you’d like to continue working on or develop further, or bring a piece of your own to simply continue working on in the company of others.

In June, Jill Abilock led us in creating Coptic-bound artists journals from upcycled library books and shared an alternative method for attaching covers to Coptic-bound books. During this studio support session, Jill will be on hand to guide us through the the steps needed to finish the Coptic-bound journals we started during the June meeting. Please be sure to bring the materials (text pages, covers, template and thread) that Jill provided in June. If you were unable to attend the June meeting, Jill has a few extra kits available, and can share the basics of her unique cover attachment method as time permits.

To work on the Coptic 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
  • Curved bookbinders or upholstery needles (four) (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!

w to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol

But wait, there’s more!

In addition to the planned Coptic fun, Elissa Campbell will also be bringing in her advance copy of Hedi Kyle‘s much-anticipated book The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures.

This book is not due to hit stores until October, so this is your chance to check it out before getting it for yourself.

July Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingOH wow. I am reflecting all of the awesomeness that our group has produced! It’s so bright, like a huge full moon in the summer sky.

The meeting was filled with positive energy, fueled by the talented artists who shared their work from our two shows. It’s so inspiring to find out the story behind each piece, the skill required, and the thought process each artist takes to create their art and to express their ideas.

Thank you, all you talented people, for sharing your intent, work habits, quirkiness, etc. We look forward to next year’s show! And in the meantime, it is always welcome at our meetings to show something you’re working on, to ask questions, get feedback, or simply bask in the admiration of others. That’s what we’re here for.

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

B.A.G. News

Book Arts Guild of Vermont display at the Burlington Book Festival*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is proud to be participating in this year’s Burlington Book Festival on October 12 – 14, 2018 at the UVM Alumni House Silver Pavilion. This annual event celebrates the written word by offering readings, book signings, panels, workshops, demos, family activities, and special events.

The Book Arts Guild has been enthusiastically invited to exhibit original works at the festival to introduce the community to book arts and increase awareness of our organization. We will have an exhibit during the evening opening ceremonies on Friday, October 12 as well as on Saturday, October 13 throughout the day. During the exhibit time, we have also committed to demonstrating various book structures (not hands-on workshops).

In addition to very generously providing the Book Arts Guild exhibit space free of charge, the Burlington Book Festival is also offering Book Arts Guild members the opportunity to sell original artists’ books and book-related work with no commission or fee.

Here are the opportunities for participation:

  • Exhibit/Sell Artists’ Books:

You can submit new work or something you have previously exhibited. If you would like to submit work for the exhibit, please download the entry form and bring it, along with your work, to the September 12th Book Arts Guild meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to submit work, please email Jill Abilock by Monday, September 10th to make arrangements to get your work to her.

  • Volunteer at the Book Arts Guild exhibit and/or help with set up and/or break down:

Book Arts Guild Exhibit volunteers at the at the 2016 Burlington Book Festival found the experience fun and rewarding. Opportunities at the upcoming festival include:

          –> Friday evening set-up
–> Saturday morning set-up
–> Exhibit Volunteer (2 – 3 hour shift)
–> Saturday evening break down

Please email Jill if you would like to volunteer!

Artist books by Nina Gaby

*** Other Alphabets: Dimensional Memoir is BAG member Nina Gaby’s solo show opening on September 7th in the Rebecca Lawrence Gallery at the AVA Gallery and Art Center. Gaby currently works in mixed-media, focusing on single edition artist books which explore the intersection of narrative and object.

The show runs through October 3rd and offers a two-day workshop in conjucntion with the show where participants will concieve and construct their own dimensional memoir in words and clay.

The AVA Gallery and Art Center is located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH.

For more information visit AVA’s website.

*** B.A.G. member Elissa Campbell was recently accepted to teach at the 2019 Focus on Book Arts conference in Forest Grove, OR. The conference is held very other year and offers workshops taught by the very best in the fields of bookbinding, printing, decorating papers, paper making, books design and publishing.

In addition, she was also accepted to teach in the summer of 2019 at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH. The Morgan Conservatory is the largest arts center in the United States dedicated to every facet of papermaking, book arts and letterpress printing and to cultivating the talents of established and emerging artists.

Stack of matboard

Photo by Runa27 on Wikipedia

*** Chelsea Linder over at the Artists’ Mediums Art Shop wanted us to pass along that as a framer, she (obviously) cuts archival matboard. If you’ve got small projects or things that don’t require heavy bookboard, you can get archival 4 ply mat pieces for super cheap. Chelsea mentioned that she’s got many small pieces (5×7’s @ 5¢ and 8×10’s @ 10¢ each).

The Artists’ Mediums Art Shop is located at 286a Old Route 15 in Cambridge, VT.

Book Arts News

Gold leaf

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

***  The New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers is hosting a gilding demonstration on Thursday, August 9th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dust off your tools and break out your gold. Recent North Bennet Street School graduate Jon Simeon presents an informal summer weeknight gilding demo at the Washington Street Art Center. Come see what he’s working on and get an up close tutorial on French gilding techniques. An onlay tutorial may follow if there’s time.

Admission is $10.00 per person at the door. Please note that this is a demonstration only event.

The Washington Street Art Center is located at 321 Washington Street in Somerville, MA. For more information please call (617) 623-5315.

UNBOUND exhibit logo

*** ArtisTree Gallery‘s 8th annual juried exhibit, UNBOUND: VOL VIII is open now through August 25, 2018.

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.

Big congratulations to B.A.G. members Marcia Vogler, Dorsey Hogg, Nina Gaby, and Debra Kraemer for having their work juried into the exhibit!

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

***  The New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers will hold its annual meeting at Dartmouth College on August 10 – 11. On Friday evening, there will be a tour of the Rauner Special Collections Library followed by a reception with light refreshments. On Saturday, participants are invited to attend two half-day workshops with Bill Hanscom and Sarah Smith. The annual meeting will take place during lunch.

Here’s the scoop on the workshops:

Freestyle Composition with Sarah Smith
In this visit to the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College we’ll make letterpress printed posters/decorative paper. One of our Vandercook presses will be set up with a large wood type word cloud and another Vandercook will be set up with a smattering of relief images from our eclectic collection. We’ll get creative with the layering of prints between the presses and you’ll go home with a bunch of fun papers to work with on your books (or to hang on the wall)!


Blizzard Books with Bill Hanscom
Learn to make three variations of Hedi Kyle’s Blizzard Book: The Blizzard Book, Blizzard Pocket, and Blizzard Boxes. Participants will use a variety of utilitarian and decorative papers to fold up wonderful structures that are part book, part container with lots of potential for artistic experimentation and decorative embellishment. You will also have the opportunity to use rubber stamps and stencils to add some color and excitement to your origami creations.


The workshops are limited to 20 participants, but all members are welcome to attend the annual meeting on August 11th. Please register for lunch if you plan to only attend the meeting. To register, please click here.

For more information, please visit the NEGBW 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.

Book Arts Classes

*** Sunset Lodge Workshops is hosting Hand Bookbinding with Juliayn Coleman from September 2 – 8. Sunset Lodge is located on Lake Damariscotta, ME.

In this hands-on bookbinding workshop, you will make one simple nonadhesive book each day. The structures will range from the earliest binding styles to contemporary, and they are geared towards beginner through intermediate skill level.

In addition to the binding, you will explore at least 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 bookbinding.

Workshop space is limited to 12 Hand Bookbinding students. A list of bookbinding tools and what to bring will be sent upon registration.

For more information and to register, please contact Noah Kahn by email or call (510) 427-0297.

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA has two book arts classes coming up this fall. Here’s the scoop:

Marbled paperPaper Marbling with Cristina Hajosy will take place on Sunday, September 16th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Create beautiful swirls and mottling colors on paper with several forms of marbling. Learn Turkish- style marbling on water thickened with carrageenan (Irish moss). Experiment with a range of materials, colors and papers to create lovely, unique designs.

Marbled paper is striking when used as book end papers, portfolio covers, and more. Beginner to advanced students welcome.


Wild Journals with Susan Porter will take place from October 4 – November 8. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Create colorful, textured art journal pages, using paint, printmaking techniques, stamping, stenciling and collage. Transform your pages into intricate, multilayered surfaces. Add dimensions by cutting and folding. Add extensions, pop-outs, windows and pockets. Make each page a one-of-a-kind canvas for words, drawings, images and photographs. Bring a blank journal; all other materials will be provided.


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


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

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