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Book arts bucket list

I've been visiting a lot of travel blogs lately and I found that most of them have something in common - bucket lists. For those of you who don't know, a bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you die. I find the concept of a bucket list to be both hopeful and morbid at the same time. However, I realized that I've been keeping a list in my head for a while - a list of book arts-related things. I decided that it was time to write it all down. It's a bit overwhelming to see all of these items in one place and I wonder how much of it is actually possible to accomplish (some of it is crazy-dreaming). I
28 May 2015 Continue Reading

Elissa’s Picks for Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Welcome the third in my series of blog posts about ways to plan your Open Studio Weekend tour. In this post I listed the book arts studios I'd visit if I were touring this weekend. Of course, I would also visit studios by artists working in other media. The batch of studios listed below belong to my fellow board members of the Vermont Crafts Council. These are some hardworking folks, volunteering their time for a great organization and creating fantastic work. I'll be referring to studios by both name and number - the number refers to a listing in the green Vermont Studio Tour Guide 2015. The colors of the studio numbers in this post match the colored markers in the Google map below. There are several ways
19 May 2015 Continue Reading

Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Welcome to the 2015 Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend It's time for my annual nod to the many book artists participating in Open Studio Weekend. Many of these talented folks are also members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont, an organization I hold near and dear to my heart. I created the Google map below, which includes all of the studios to help you plan your travels. Unfortunately, the book arts studios aren't very close to each other. By the way, I'm studio #185. I'll be referring to studios by both name and number - the number refers to a listing in the green Vermont Studio Tour Guide. The colors of the studio numbers in this post match the colored markers in the Google
14 May 2015 Continue Reading

Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Central Vermont Artists

Vermont's 23rd Spring Open Studio Weekend coming (May 23 & 24)! If you're planning on visiting my studio (and why wouldn't you?), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here. There are 12 studios/galleries participating in the Central Vermont area. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of pottery, jewelry, photography, mixed media, painting, woodworking, and more. I'll be referring to studios by both name and number - the number refers to a listing in the green 2015 Vermont Studio Tour Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map: Pick up a copy at Artisans Hand Craft Gallery at the intersection of State and Main Streets in Montpelier (they're an official Regional Information Center) Print out a full copy (warning -
11 May 2015 Continue Reading

Good mail day

It's that time of year again - just over two weeks to go until Vermont's Spring Open Studio Weekend! My postcards arrived today - I just ordered them on Monday and here they are, all the way from California. Thanks Modern Postcard! Here's a better view of the front of the postcard: A big thank you goes to my hubby for taking that awesome photo! If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll be getting one of these beauties in the coming week. If you’d like to join my snail mail list, just contact me and I'll hook you up - I've got a stamp with your name on it!
7 May 2015 Continue Reading

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