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South Africa Scouts – Reader Badge

As I've mentioned in previous posts (here, here, here, and here), I have a special interest in bookbinding-related scout badges. I recently discovered the Reader Interest Badge from SCOUTS South Africa and while not a bookbinding badge, it does include a requirement that's conservation-related (just in time for Preservation Week). 6. Discuss the care and repair of books with the examiner, and show the examiner some of your own books. SCOUTS South Africa is a pretty cool organization - it's open to children and adults, from age 7 - 30. Founded in 1907 by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, it encourages public service and environmental awareness through hands-on activities and projects.
1 May 2015 Continue Reading

It’s Preservation Week!

April 26 - May 2, 2015 marks Preservation Week, a time when institutions work to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and conserving both public and private collections. The event is sponsored by the Association for Library Collections & Technology Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). From the ALA website: Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal,
28 Apr 2015 Continue Reading

Trip to Miller’s Thumb

Yesterday, I took a snowy (yes, I said snowy) drive to Greensboro, VT for my annual drop off of work at The Miller's Thumb gallery. The gallery is located in a historic grist mill that was built in 1792 - it operates on a seasonal basis. This will be my 4th year showing my work at the gallery. It's a really beautiful space - open with lots of natural light. As you can see below, the gallery hasn't opened for the season yet. You'll have to wait until May 15th to get your art fix. I brought a selection of photo albums, journals, and cards. The gallery staff always does a great job with displaying my work. As I mentioned above, the gallery doesn't open for the season
24 Apr 2015 Continue Reading

Happy World Book and Copyright Day!

World Book and Copyright Day is an annual event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The day is also known as the International Day of the Book. The event was created to honor the value of books and promote reading. It also hopes to increase awareness of copyright laws. Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO said the following about books: Books are invaluable platforms for freedom of expression and the free flow of information – these are essential for all societies today. The future of the book as a cultural object is inseparable from the role of culture in promoting more inclusive and sustainable pathways to development. Heck yeah! In celebration of the date, events (book fairs, conferences) are being organized
23 Apr 2015 Continue Reading

Cover To Cover 20th Anniversary Edition

I recently found out through the 23 Sandy Gallery blog that Lark Books has just published the 20th anniversary edition of Cover to Cover. The book, by the late Shereen LaPlantz, is a classic. It's hard to imagine improving it, but it includes updated photography and is in full color. Pretty much everyone I know owns the original book - it's a standard among members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. It was the first book on bookbinding that I bought. Whenever someone asks me for a good introduction text on bookbinding, I always recommend it. I don't yet own the new edition, but it will make its way into my library soon. If you own it, I'd love to hear what you think about the
17 Apr 2015 Continue Reading

Open Studio Weekend is coming!

One sure sign of spring is the arrival of the Vermont Open Studio Weekend guides. This year's guide is a vibrant green - very springy! I was thrilled to find that there's an Artist Books section included in the guide - I'm glad that there's enough of us to warrant inclusion! Vermont Open Studio Weekend will take place during Memorial Day Weekend - May 23 & 24, 2015. You can request a map from the Vermont Crafts Council website.
15 Apr 2015 Continue Reading

Book Works exhibit

The most recent meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont took place at the SEABA Gallery - it was the setting for our current group show, Book Works. I'm always impressed by the quality and variety of work that is created by members of our Guild. Here's a description of the show: The artists redefine the normal concept of the book, using various mediums and techniques to construct or reconstruct pieces that tell a story, and can be 'read' in some way by the viewer. A group of books altered by folding and manipulating pages represents the outcome of the guild's monthly meeting program where members share skills and encourage creative work. Other works represent the broad definition of the book as explored by painters, textile
9 Apr 2015 Continue Reading