VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” November 2012

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


There will be no change in location – 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.

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Program: Book Blitz and Card Tricks

Join us for a card or mini-book exchange B.A.G.-style called Book Blitz and Card Tricks. Get prepared now and join in 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 six undecorated cards or mini-book structures to share. We will have an exchange and then engage in some decorating fun.

Handmade Card Samples

Please feel free to join in the fun even if you don’t have time to prepare cards or mini-books to bring. We did a similar program last December and there was more than enough to go around. Like last year, 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
  • Decorative punches
  • Stamps and ink
  • Pens, pencils, markers
  • Decorative papers
  • Fun stuff!

Don’t forget, our meeting date has permanently changed to the second Wednesday of the month!

Lyna Lou NordstromReflections on October’s Meeting

Our October meeting featured Lyna Lou Nordstrom, who demonstrated both monoprinting and gelatin print techniques. After sharing examples of her own work, which features natural patterns and plant materials, she shared her methods and techniques with the eager group.

In the hands-on part of the program, Lyna Lou provided the materials as well as inspiration to get us going on our own prints. The meeting went longer than usual because the group was having so much fun! Thanks to Lyna Lou, participants came away with exciting small works of their own.

A big thank you to both Lyna Lou for lugging all the materials to the meeting and to Jill for setting up and cleaning up.

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

B.A.G. News

*** More on that meeting date change – everyone has done a great job this year of adjusting to our new schedule of meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. However, this year the 3rd Wednesday of November falls on the day before Thanksgiving and the 3rd Wednesday of December is only six days before Christmas.

Fortunately, we have successfully changed the dates of our November and December meetings to the 2nd Wednesday of the month (November 14th and December 12th). Many thanks to Christina Fulton and the Unitarian Universalist Society Church of Burlington for being so accommodating!

Studio Place Arts logo*** B.A.G. is happy to announce that our 2013 spring exhibit, There’s No Place Like Home, will be hosted by Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT. The show will take place at the same time as an exhibit on children’s literature in the Main Floor Gallery.

The exhibit will be in SPA’s Third Floor Gallery from June 4 – July 6, 2013. The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2013. The official call for artists will go out soon, along with more details on the exhibit.

Book Arts News

sheets of handmade paper*** The Paper Room (formerly known as Langdell Paper) at AVA Art Center is having an open studio on Saturday November 10th, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Not only are there going to be 1,000’s of sheets of handmade paper available for purchase, but there will also be free paper, a door prize, and refreshments.

The AVA Art Center is located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH. The Paper Room is on the second floor in studio #209. For more information, please call (802) 222-0503.

*** Chena River Marblers in Amherst, MA is holding an open studio on December 8 & 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be marbling and bookbinding demonstrations, along with an end-of-year overstock and seconds sale. For more information, please call (413) 253-2835.

*** Non-Visible and Intangible: Artists Books Respond to E-Books is a series of events and a gallery exhibition on the topic of Artists Books in the Digital Age held at the Harold F. Johnson Library, Hampshire College in November 7-16, 2012.

The events explore how technology has affected all aspects of artists books – from production to creation to access and use. Some of the works on display in the exhibit Pulp to Pixels: Artists Books in the Digital Age explore interactive generative art with text and image, some function as books in their own right but can be enhanced with technology, and others require a smartphone or tablet to view them at all.

The Harold F. Johnson Library is located at 893 West Street, Amherst, MA. For more information, please visit the event website.

*** November 16-18, 2012 offers the Boston Book Collectors’ Weekend, an event including both the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair and the Boston Book, Print, and Ephemera Show. Patrons purchasing an admission ticket for Saturday, November 17th to either of the two shows will receive a complimentary admission pass to the other show, good for entry on Saturday only.

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Hynes Convention Center during all three days. On Saturday, November 17th at 5:00 p.m., rare book librarians Martin Antonetti and Ron Patkus will offer an illustrated presentation on the history and work of the press in The Art of the Book in Wales.

The Boston Book, Print, and Ephemera Show will take place on November 17th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Back Bay Events Center. Tom Twetten of Craftsbury Antiquarian Books will be exhibiting some design bindings.

Book Arts Classes

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Tiny Books with Jennifer Erin Hughes on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Make awesome little books that fit in the palm of your hand: stab, accordion, single sheet fold-out books and a few more.

Jennifer will also be teaching Leather-Bound Coptic Books on March 10 & 17, 2013, from 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. This simple, elegant, exposed-spine, sewn book dates back to the 2nd century AD. Learn the basics of coptic binding to create a beautiful leather-covered blank book.

For more information these classes, please visit the Eliot School’s website or download the complete catalog.

*** The North Bennet Street School is offering Calligraphy Concertina: A Hand-Lettered Accordion Book with Maryanne Grebenstein on December 1 – 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In this workshop, students make a one-of-a-kind accordion book while perfecting basic calligraphy forms. Calligraphy, layout decoration and accordion-style binding is taught. Some experience in hand-lettering is recommended but not required.

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

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