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August 2011: UVM Special Collections

August 31, 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

"Common Threads" by Candace Hicks

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

"Mapping My World" by Laura Davidson

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

"Home on the Range" by Alicia McKim

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

"Meatball Math" by Alice Austin

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

"Love Re-Turned" by Lois Morrison

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

"Out West" by Carol Blinn

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

"Succession" by Karen Hanmer

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

"The Big Dig" by Laura Davidson

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

Book Arts Guild of Vermont - UVM Special Collections - August 2011

"Gooseberry Creek" by Leonard Seastone

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

July 30, 2011

Next Meeting

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The August meeting will be held at UVM’s Special Collections in Bailey Howe Library. Click here to download a pdf of the directions to Special Collections.


Visit to UVM Special Collections

In August, we will be taking our annual field trip to Special Collections at the University of Vermont. The collection is well-regarded among members of the College Art Association and has grown to over 2,700 volumes. Librarian Prudence Doherty will once again be our gracious guide and will select work for us to view.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can always visit Special Collections on your own. Drop by any time during regular library hours and the staff will be happy to assist you.


B.A.G. News

*** B.A.G. member Elissa Campbell recently attended the Focus on Book Arts conference in Oregon and was treated to a keynote with Laura Russell. Not only is Laura the owner of 23 Sandy Gallery, which has book arts as the focus of gallery exhibitions, but she is also a book artist herself. The keynote, Marketing 101 for Book Artists, was full of great tips. If you’d like to learn more about what was discussed, you can read Elissa’s blog post.

In addition, Elissa wrote blog posts for each of the workshops she attended. You can read those posts by clicking on the links below.

*** Elissa Campbell is planning a wholesale purchase of 0.088 caliper Red Label binders board from Rock Tenn. The cost per 30″ x 41″ sheet is around $4.36, which includes shipping.

If you’d like to take advantage of the wholesale pricing, please let Elissa know as soon as possible. If enough people indicate interest, the cost per sheet could go down as we hit a new price break.


Book Arts Classes

*** B.A.G. member Ann Joppe-Mercure is teaching Bookmaking for Educators 2: Creativity and Innovation this fall at Saint Michael’s College, Thursdays, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This course is a continuation of the exploration of bookmaking for educators and artists. Students will investigate the connections of structure, materials, content and vision as they learn new bookmaking forms and techniques. Students will work cooperatively and independently on furthering their understanding and application of handmade books for the classroom and themselves.

Using the foundation of the Framework for 21st Century Learning students will document their creative process and studio habits of mind. New learning and skills will be directly applied to interdisciplinary curriculum that provides relevant project-based learning using critical thinking and problem solving. This course is applicable to all disciplines and teaching levels. Previous bookmaking experience is recommended.

Registration forms are available on the Saint Michael’s College website.

*** The Garage Annex School in Easthampton, MA is offering Japanese Packaging: Seeking a Narrative with Nancy Moore Bess on September 24-25.

Artist book makers continually search for structures to contain information, ways of organizing material that enhance and support content. Examining the foundations of Japanese packaging is an exciting way to expand your book arts vocabulary. The exposure to familiar and unfamiliar materials and techniques offers a rich variety of innovative formats to tell a story and develop a narrative.

When giving gifts in Japan, packaging is all about presentation! Baskets are stage sets and paper vessels conceal and reveal. Building on these traditions, you will use cane, bamboo, and paper in unique ways with some unusual, additional materials such as screening and acetate. The possibilities go on and on with each project leading to multiple variations and hours of experimentation.

Tuition is $255.00 and the materials fee is $30.00. You can register for the class online.


Book Arts News

*** 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon is soliciting entries for their upcoming show Uncommon Threads. The exhibition will run from September 23 – October 29, 2011.

One of the best aspects of working in the field of book and paper arts is the chance to work with such varied artistic materials and techniques—even traditional handicraft techniques. Think of knitting, embroidery, sewing, beading, felting, needlework, stitching, quilting and any other myriad possibilities. Combine these techniques or materials with a strong concept, meaningful content, a story to tell or a compelling narrative and we have a new era in the book and paper arts.

This exhibit is open to hand crafted book and paper arts related works created as either edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zines, broadsides and sculptural pieces are all encouraged. Any medium, any style, any size.

A maximum of three works may be submitted per artist. Entries must be received online no later than 8/13/11. To read the complete call for entries, please visit the 23 Sandy Gallery website.

*** If you’ve been thinking about subscribing to Letter Arts Review or renewing your subscription, now is a great time to do it. John Neal Bookseller is celebrating its 25th volume of Letter Arts Review with a special offer – subscribe to Letter Arts Review for one-year (4 issues) and you’ll also receive four issues of Bound & Lettered at no extra charge.

The offer expires 8/31/11. You must use this ink to take advantage of the offer.

*** Registration is now closed for the Guild of Book Workers‘ annual Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding.

To be put on the waiting list, send a registration form with a check or money order for the full amount of your registration to: Guild of Bookworkers, PO Box 200984, Denver, CO 80220.

Should spaces become available, they will be filled in order of postmark date of mailed in registration. Your payment will not be processed unless a spot opens up for you.

*** 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. 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.


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

June 30, 2011

Next Meeting

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Please note that there is no meeting in July due to the proximity to the holiday.

The August meeting will be held at UVM’s Special Collections in Bailey Howe Library. Click here to download a pdf of the directions to Special Collections.


Visit to UVM Special Collections

In August, we will be taking our annual field trip to Special Collections at the University of Vermont. The collection is well-regarded among members of the College Art Association and has grown to over 2,700 volumes. Librarian Prudence Doherty will once again be our gracious guide and will select work for us to view.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can always visit Special Collections on your own. Drop by any time during regular library hours and the staff will be happy to assist you.


Reflections on June’s Meeting

15 B.A.G. members came to the June meeting to share their work from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books. The variety of books was astounding – work ranged from tunnel books to design bindings, altered books to pop-ups. The creativity, originality, and craftsmanship of our members are truly inspiring!

Members talked about the creative process and how they worked with different materials and themes. They also shared what technical difficulties were experienced and how they overcame them. All in attendance showed a great appreciation for each other’s talent. We look forward to next year’s exhibit!

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


B.A.G. News

*** Unfortunately, we had to cancel our planned workshop with book artist Daniel Essig due to lack of enrollment. We welcome feedback from our members and would like to know if this type of programming is of interest to you. Please send us an Email if you would like for us to reschedule this workshop in the future.

*** If you missed B.A.G. member Ken Leslie‘s talk earlier this year, you’re in luck – he currently has a show at the Governor’s Office Gallery through July 30th. Arctic Cycles: Artist’s Books and Paintings from the Far North includes his 360-degree landscape paintings, documenting the shifting of light over the course of a year. The Gallery is located at 109 State Street in Montpelier, VT.


Book Arts Classes
*** The North Bennet Street School is offering a number of courses this summer. Jeff Altepeter is teaching Introduction to Leather from July 18-20, 2011. The course is primarily focused on leather paring (thinning the leather) and will include plenty of hands-on practice as well as an in-depth discussion of the materials, tools and techniques used in leather bookbinding.This class is a good introduction to leather bindings and a refresher course for bookbinders interesting in using their long neglected paring knives. Tuition is $675.00. You can register for the class online.

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering a number of book arts classes now through August 2011. Upcoming classes include 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 Codex C: A Late Sixth-Century Coptic Binding with Julia Miller on July 13-15. In this workshop, you will make a full-size model of Codex C (now known as Chester Beatty Ms. 815). Work includes making papyrus board, tying simple endbands, and creating the full leather binding.

The workshop will be supported with short lectures and handouts that include historical background information on Coptic bindings, a reading list, and class instructions. Tuition is $375.00 and the materials fee is $35.00. You can register for the class online.


Book Arts News

*** Registration is now open for the Guild of Book Workers‘ annual Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding. Conference attendees are treated to presentations by leading experts in the fields related to the book and paper arts. Tours of binderies, conservation facilities, rare book libraries and papermaking establishments are regularly arranged in conjunction with the event.

The Seminar limits attendance to 140 people, so if you’d like to attend, register as soon as possible.

*** 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. 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.


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!