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June 2011: Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books

June 30, 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books - June 2011

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” May 2011

May 31, 2011

Next Meeting

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts, located to the right of City Hall on Church Street in Burlington, VT.

Punch in the code (contact us for code). When the green light glows, pull open the door.

$8 voluntary contribution to Burlington City Arts for their education programs. (Remember, if you write a check, it can be evidence for a tax deductible contribution.)


Program: Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books

B.A.G. members will share their books that have been on display at our exhibit at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery  and then take them home after the meeting.  If you have a book or two you’d like to share that were not in the exhibit, you’re welcome to bring them too!

It will be fun to look more closely as the artist shares the successes and challenges along the route of creation. You can view pictures from the opening on the B.A.G. blog.


Reflections on May’s Meeting

May’s meeting brought a dedicated group in from the rain to create books for Kids To Kids International. This nonprofit organization provides handmade books and educational supplies for children in need around the world. Under the guidance of Ann Joppe-Mercure, different book structures were quickly introduced. Our members chose structures to work with then added inspiration and content.

We completed one folded flap book, two round books, two star accordion books and four flag books. These books along with a bag full of new art supplies generously supplied by attending members will be sent to Kids to Kids International. Imagine, the talents of our Book Arts Guild will now cross international boarders and help to inspire creativity, education and good will.

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


B.A.G. News

Handmade book by Dan Essig*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is pleased to announce that renowned book artist Daniel Essig will be coming to Vermont to offer Wooden Covers, Mica Pages, a three-day workshop from 7/8/11 – 7/10/11.

Developed as early as the fourth century, the book-binding style known as Ethiopian Coptic has withstood the test of time. In this workshop, the elegant sewn-binding structure, combined with the use of traditional wooden covers and alternative mica pages, will introduce a range of creative possibilities for the beginning, the intermediate, and the advanced bookbinder.

Many of Daniel’s sculptural pieces are featured in The Penland Book of Handmade Books, including the amazing book featured on the cover.

Dates: July 8 – 10, 2011 (Friday – Sunday)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (times are approximate – firm times TBA). Expect three full days with a lunch break.
Location: TBA, but will likely be local to Burlington, VT.
Cost: $200 workshop fee + $40 materials fee

Space is limited and BAG members are getting a head start on registering, so sign up as soon as possible! Click here to download the registration form.

*** B.A.G. members Carolyn Shattuck, Nancy Stone, Meta Strick, Ken Leslie, Elizabeth Rideout, Jill Abilock, and Elissa Campbell are opening their studios as part of the state-wide Open Studio Weekend sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council. If you want to visit fellow book artists on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, you can find them in the following locations:

  • Carolyn: Rutland, studio #93
  • Jill: Shelburne, studio #132
  • Elizabeth: Shelburne, studio #132
  • Nancy: Williston, studio #138
  • Meta: Fairfield, studio #171
  • Ken: Hardwick, studio #183
  • Elissa: Montpelier, studio #213

Visit Elizabeth and Jill in The Bindery Place at Shelburne Pond Studios to admire and purchase new books, bindings, and artist books. Enjoy food and live music while you check out the bindery, visit the other nine artist studios, and tour the new sculpture park. Browse an extensive collection of decorative papers and learn about open bindery night.

Nancy will exhibit hand-made books and cards as well as framed and unframed artwork. The paintings and prints will be on sale for 30% off regular prices.

Elissa will have her journals and photo albums on display, along with her one-of-a-kind work. She’ll have a small selection of bookbinding supplies available for purchase, including PVA and bookboard. She has extensive library of books on the subject of book arts, so feel free to stay a while and check out those books you’ve got on your wish list.

You can find maps and directions to studios on the VT Crafts Council website. You can also download a pdf of the 2011 Vermont Open Studio Tour Guide. Please note that this is a really big file – 13.5 MB

Elissa wrote a blog post about all of the book arts studios open for Open Studio Weekend and it includes a Google map to help you plan your trip. You can read the post on her website.

*** B.A.G. member Megan Humphrey is taking part in Frog Hollow‘s collaboration with the Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler Elementary School in an effort to create original works of art. Megan is coordinating the production of a large wall piece combining literacy and art emphasizing “community” with a first grade class.

The exhibit opening is on Friday, June 3rd from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Frog Hollow, 85 Church Street, Burlington. Come by to view the collaborative projects between artists and elementary school students! For more information, please call Frog Hollow at (802) 863-6458.


Book Arts Classes

*** Elissa Campbell is teaching Know When to Fold MORE of ‘Em at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on June 13, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. In this workshop, participants will create several books based on the accordion structure – the nested accordion, the star book, and the tunnel book. No previous experience required – this is a great class for a beginner.
To register, contact SPA via phone (802) 479-7069 or Email.

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering a number of book arts classes now through August 2011. Upcoming classes include Book Marathon!, Alternative Books with Alternative Materials, and Accordion Spine Bookbinding.

Click here to download the complete catalog.

*** The Garage Annex School in Easthampton, MA is offering The Ultimate Album with Daniel Kelm on June 29 – July 1, 2011. The workshop project uses wire edge binding to solve the problems inherent in conventional album structures, for example, a binding that opens poorly; non-archival mounting of the images; and a lack of protection of the images from  handling and abrasion.

Over the course of three days you will attain basic wire edge skills that will enable you to produce a highly-functional, archival album. Tuition is $395.00 and the materials fee is $55.00. You can register for the class online.


Book Arts News

*** Peter and Donna Thomas are co-curating 1,000 Artists’ Books, a gallery-style book to be released in June 2012 by Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books. The book will be part of their 1,000 series and will feature images of artists’ books.

They are looking for submissions in a number of categories. The book is already in the design phase, so the sooner you get your application in, the better the chance of having your work included. Please download the call for entry form for more information.

*** The Shelburne Museum is hosting the exhibit Paperwork in 3D, featuring the work of  25 contemporary artists who transform flat sheets of paper into amazing three-dimensional art. Featured artists include book artists Tom Allen, Brian Dettmer, Sam Ita, and Matthew Reinhart.

Paperwork in 3D explores a variety of themes and techniques including: the Japanese art of origami, cut paper, pop-up books and graphic novels, the mathematics of paper engineering, sculpture, and fashion (cross-referencing the exhibit In Fashion in Webb Gallery). Site specific installations include lighted sculpture in the Round Barn silo by Vermont artist Riki Moss, and rain forest animal and plant sculpture in Kalkin House, created by Emma Hardy from Colorado.

*** The University of Vermont‘s Spring 2011 exhibit, Beyond the Text: Artists’ Books from the Collection of Robert J. Ruben, is on display in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby until June 10, 2011. The featured artists’ books were selected to provide examples of different forms and media, with an eye to high quality. There are accordion books, scrolls, box books, pop-ups, and tunnel books that have known texts, new texts, or no text at all. Both materials and subject matter vary from book to book.

For more information, please call (802) 656-1493 or contact the library via Email.


May 2011: Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure

May 22, 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure - May 2011

Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend 2011

May 16, 2011

Six members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont are participating in the 2011 Vermont Open Studio Weekend:

The numbers refer to a studio’s listing in the Vermont Studio Tour Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a copy of the Guide:

The Google map below includes all of the studios to help you plan your travels. The colors of the studio numbers in this post match the colored markers in the Google map below.

Enjoy your tour!

Book artists participating in Open Studio Weekend 2011

Make that Book Arts Tour map bigger!

More press for the B.A.G. Spring Exhibit!

May 12, 2011

Many thanks to The Mountain Gazette for providing us with such wonderful coverage!

The Mountain Gazette - April 21, 2011

The Mountain Gazette - April 21, 2011

The Mountain Gazette - May 5, 2011

The Mountain Gazette - May 5, 2011

B.A.G. Spring exhibit mentioned in Seven Days!

May 6, 2011

"Big Ideas, Small Books" exhibit mention in Seven Days

Emile A. Gruppe Gallery
22 Barber Farm Road
Jericho, VT 05465
(802) 899-3211

Gallery Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday – Sunday, or by appointment

VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” April 2011

April 28, 2011

Next Meeting

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts, located to the right of City Hall on Church Street in Burlington, VT.

Punch in the code (contact us for code). When the green light glows, pull open the door.

$8 voluntary contribution to Burlington City Arts for their education programs. (Remember, if you write a check, it can be evidence for a tax deductible contribution.)


Program: Kids to Kids with Ann Joppe-Mercure

Come to the May meeting ready to play with book structures and content. Together we will be making books for children and then donating them to Kids to Kids International. This non profit organization packs Friendship Boxes filled with handmade books and educational supplies then delivers them to children in need all over the world. For 20 years that have delivered boxes of hope and friendship to over 50 countries.

Check out the website, then come make books, play with your friends and create a gift of hope. I will provide the paper for the book structures and you can help by bringing the following supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Fun supplies to share like colored pencils, crayons, water colors, stamps, punches, special papers…and anything else that will bring a sense of creative fun to a book for a child.

I will also accept new art supplies like crayons, colored pencils, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, glue sticks, markers and scissors to send to KTKI.

See you there,
Ann


Reflections on April’s Meeting

In early April, Gail Martin introduced a full house of B.A.G. members to Snapology, a form of unit origami using strips of paper to make complex amazing structures. Gail started us all off with folding strips of papers into equal units then unfolding and cutting these units into equally measured unit strips. The papers were then assembled into triangular units that locked together with connecting stips. The more units that connected the more amazing the structure.

While some of us found this to be a snap, others were challenged by the complexity of thinking in three-dimensional forms. The best part of the evening was the colleagueship of our members all helping each other and networking at the same time.

All of us left with a new appreciation snapology and the workings of Gail’s mind to fully understand the structures and process.

Thank you Gail!


Spring Exhibition: Big Ideas, Small Books

Recognizing book artist Nancy Stone for her work with the Book Arts Guild of VermontOn April 17th, the Book Arts Guild of Vermont hosted the opening session for Big Ideas, Small Books, its spring exhibtion at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery. The exhibit features 34 artist books created by 20 B.A.G. members.

In addition to celebrating the opening of the show, we honored the invaluable and generous work of B.A.G. co-founder Nancy Stone. Nancy not only helped to create an organization that offers opportunities for learning and collaboration, but has also fostered lasting friendships. We love you and you’re welcome to rejoin the B.A.G. Bookboard any time!

The show is open now through May 22, 2011. You can view pictures from the opening on the B.A.G. blog.


B.A.G. News

Handmade book by Dan Essig*** Save the date! We are pleased to announce that renowned book artist Daniel Essig will be coming to Vermont to offer Wooden Covers, Mica Pages, a three-day workshop from 7/8/11 – 7/10/11.

Developed as early as the fourth century, the book-binding style known as Ethiopian Coptic has withstood the test of time. In this workshop, the elegant sewn-binding structure, combined with the use of traditional wooden covers and alternative mica pages, will introduce a range of creative possibilities for the beginning, the intermediate, and the advanced bookbinder.

Cost, location and other information about the workshop coming soon.

Many of Daniel’s sculptural pieces are featured in The Penland Book of Handmade Books, including the amazing book featured on the cover.

*** B.A.G. members Carolyn Shattuck, Nancy Stone, Meta Strick, Ken Leslie, Elizabeth Rideout, Jill Abilock, and Elissa Campbell are opening their studios as part of the state-wide Open Studio Weekend sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council. If you want to visit fellow book artists on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, you can find them in the following locations:

  • Carolyn: Rutland, studio #93
  • Jill: Shelburne, studio #132
  • Elizabeth: Shelburne, studio #132
  • Nancy: Williston, studio #138
  • Meta: Fairfield, studio #171
  • Ken: Hardwick, studio #183
  • Elissa: Montpelier, studio #213

You can find maps and directions to studios on the VT Crafts Council website. You can also download a pdf of the 2011 Vermont Open Studio Tour Guide. Please note that this is a really big file – 13.5 MB.

*** Last November, B.A.G. member Marianna Holzer was featured on WCAX’s Made in Vermont. Marianna is the third in her family to work as a bookbinder – her grandfather and father did the same work. Learn more about her history and her work by watching the feature on the WCAX website.

*** Jane Davies‘ new book, Adventures in Mixed Media, was officially released on April 26th. The book includes projects and techniques that guide you in your creative expression through use of collage and mixed media. Congrats to B.A.G. members Elissa Campbell and Jill Abilock, who have their work included in the book. Check it out!


Book Arts Classes
*** Jill Abilock of Six Loons Studio is teaching a series of basic bookbinding workshops at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery this spring. Make your own books and journals! Learn three essential bookbinding techniques in this series of workshops.

  • Basic Bookbinding: The Pamphlet Stitch: This workshop will cover one of the most versatile and basic bookbinding techniques: the pamphlet stitch. We will make several small models exploring different applications of this technique as well as a lovely, soft-covered journal with a wraparound tie. The class meets on May 1, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Basic Bookbinding: The Amazing Accordion: Deceptively simple, the accordion fold can be used alone or in combination with other techniques to make beautiful and innovative books. The accordion books we make in this class will be great for displaying poetry, photographs, paintings or drawings. The class meets on May 9, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Basic Bookbinding: Japanese Stab Binding: Elegant in their simplicity, Japanese stab-bound books are also fun to make. We will make several models of different sewing patterns as well as a book with a handmade paper cover that would make a great journal, sketchbook, scrapbook or guest book. The class meets on May 14, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $40.00 per workshop, $100.00 for all three workshops (includes all materials). Bookbinding tools will be provided for use.

Location: Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, 22 Barber Farm Road, Jericho, VT 05465

For more information or to register, please contact Jill Abilock via Email or phone: (802) 238-0883.

*** Elissa Campbell is teaching 2 upcoming bookbinding workshops at Studio Place Arts:

  • Know When to Fold ‘Em: While the basic accordion book is easy and quick to produce, it can be adapted into more complex and creative books. In this workshop, participants will create several books based on the accordion structure – the basic accordion, panel book, the flexagon, and the flag book. The class meets on May 19, 23 & 26, 2011, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Know When to Fold MORE of ‘Em: In this “sequel” to the Know When to Fold ‘Em workshop, participants will create several books based on the accordion structure – the nested accordion, the star book, and the tunnel book. This intensive, one-day workshop meets on June 13, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To register, contact SPA via phone (802) 479-7069 or Email.

*** Sarah Smith is teaching a series of book arts workshops for the Continuing Education program at Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

  • Bookmaking for the Beginner 2: This workshop explores multi-section books and sewing techniques. Structures included will be supported sewings, such as long stitch and sewing on tapes; exposed sewings, such as the Coptic binding and the Secret Belgian Binding. Some basic pop-ups structures may also be covered. The class meets on May 7, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Pop-up Books: This workshop will help you understand some of the basic ideas behind the history and production of pop-up books. After a discussion and slide talk covering the history of pop-up books, be ready for some hands-on exploration of some basic pop-up structures, including making a few examples of your own. The class meets June 11-12, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration for these workshops is available online. For more information, please visit the Simmons College GSDLIS website.


Book Arts Events

*** The Shelburne Museum will host the exhibit Paperwork in 3D, featuring the work of  25 contemporary artists who transform flat sheets of paper into amazing three-dimensional art. The exhibit opens on May 15, 2011.

On exhibit in the Round Barn, Kalkin House, and the Lighthouse galleries.

Paperwork in 3D explores a variety of themes and techniques including: the Japanese art of origami, cut paper, pop-up books and graphic novels, the mathematics of paper engineering, sculpture, and fashion (cross-referencing the exhibit In Fashion in Webb Gallery). Site specific installations include lighted sculpture in the Round Barn silo by Vermont artist Riki Moss, and rain forest animal and plant sculpture in Kalkin House, created by Emma Hardy from Colorado.

From mid-June to mid-August daily scheduled activities in Kalkin House help visitors explore many of the artistic techniques used by the artists in the exhibition.

Featured artists include book artists Tom Allen, Brian Dettmer, Sam Ita, and Matthew Reinhart.

*** The University of Vermont‘s Spring 2011 exhibit, Beyond the Text: Artists’ Books from the Collection of Robert J. Ruben, is on display in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby. The featured artists’ books were selected to provide examples of different forms and media, with an eye to high quality. There are accordion books, scrolls, box books, pop-ups, and tunnel books that have known texts, new texts, or no text at all. Both materials and subject matter vary from book to book.

For more information, please call (802) 656-1493 or contact the library via Email.


Big Ideas, Small Books at Emile Gruppe Gallery

April 25, 2011

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Big Ideas, Small Books

April 14, 2011

Presenting the
B.A.G. Spring Member Exhibition:

Big Ideas, Small Books

An exhibit of artist books
smaller than 5″ x 5″
in all media relating to book arts

April 17, 2011 – May 22, 2011

at the

Emile Gruppe Gallery logo

Opening Reception
Sunday April 17, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Emile A. Gruppe Gallery
22 Barber Farm Rd.
Jericho, VT 05465
(802) 899-3211

Gallery Hours
Thursday – Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
or by appointment

Edible Book Festival at University of Vermont

March 31, 2011

The University of Vermont is hosting an Edible Book Festival on Friday, April 8, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The International Edible Book Festival began in 1999. Edible book festivals are held around the world on or about April 1. This year, Special Collections is sponsoring the first festival at UVM.

Rules: The rules are simple! Create an edible book or an edible object that is in some way related to books.

Visit these sites for inspiration:

Schedule:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Bring entries to the WID seminar room, 3rd floor of Bailey/Howe Library.
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. View entries and vote for best of show.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Award prizes. Eat our words and play with our food!

Everyone is invited to view and eat.

Location: WID Seminar Room, Bailey/Howe Library (3rd floor)

Registration and Information: To register in advance and for more information, Email uvmsc@uvm.edu. Please mention the name of your book.