Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Welcome to the 2016 Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio WeekendIt's time for my annual rundown of the book artists participating in Vermont Open Studio Weekend (coming up on May 28 & 29). Some 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 at the bottom of this post, which includes all of the studios to help you plan your travels. I wish I could say that the book arts studios are close to each other, but they're not. Sad face.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
21 May 2016 Continue Reading

Happy National Notebook Day!

I just discovered that today is National Notebook Day. This is the inaugural year for the event - it will take place on the third Thursday of May each year.I couldn't find much information about the holiday. I'm assuming that the organizers would like for everyone to just grab a journal and get writing. Wouldn't one of my journals be perfect for that?If you're doing something special today, let folks know about it by using the hashtag nationalnotebookday when posting to social media.I started wondering how new holidays happen, so I did some poking. In general, it seems that you just declare that something is a holiday and then get others to recognize it.Apparently, the King of Holidays is Chase’s Calendar of Events. If you get in there, you're golden. It doesn't cost anything - just fill
19 May 2016 Continue Reading

Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Central Vermont Artists

Vermont's 24th Spring Open Studio Weekend is on the horizon - this coming Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 & 29. Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a wide variety of artists and craftspeople in their studios, some of which are only open to the public during this event. I can't believe that this is my 11th year participating in the event! In honor of the occasion, perhaps I should treat myself to the traditional 11th anniversary gift of steel - this stainless steel Kelm folder by Shanna Leino would be so heavenly!If you're planning on visiting my studio (oh, yeah!), you can add on visits to other great artists within a 1/2
17 May 2016 Continue Reading

Pages in The Book of Craig

This is the last post in my series documenting The Book of Craig: A Creative Festschrift, a book I recently completed commemorating the decade that Craig Nutt worked as Director of Programs at CERF+. The project was three months in the making and includes contributions from over 40 people. If you haven't yet read about the binding of this book, you can do so here.When you turn the book's pages, you get to know Craig through the eyes of those who know him - artists, CERF+ staff and board members, colleagues, and other FOCN (Friends of Craig Nutt). You can tell that not only are people deeply grateful for Craig's work, but they also see him as a person of great character, creativity, and most of all, humor. It is no coincidence that the
13 May 2016 Continue Reading

The Book of Craig

In my last post, you saw the page that I created for The Book of Craig: A Creative Festschrift (yep, that's the name). Now I can show you the finished book.Before I do that, here are some book-related numbers:Total pages: 40Thread length used: 10 yardsBinding time: 296 minutes (4.93 hours)Total production time: 595 minutes (9.92 hours)Number of times I wrote the word "dammit" in my work journal: 1I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my friend Jill for making me an awesome set of weights - they were indispensable during sewing. Those signatures really liked to wiggle!As you can see in the image below, there are blue post-its on the last page of the book. Whenever I use the Coptic stitch, I always put post-its on
11 May 2016 Continue Reading

Tyvek Craig

Many moons ago, I worked at CERF+ (it was called CERF back then). During my time there, Craig Nutt came on board as the director of programs. After nearly ten years with the organization, Craig recently retired from his position to return to work in his furniture studio. By the way, you must click on his name and check out his furniture - it's fabulous.I was contacted by Cornelia Carey, CERF+'s executive director, to create a commemorative book for Craig. As I mentioned in this post, individual pages were sent to 100 people to create a piece for inclusion in the book. Participants had two months to complete their work, after which the pages were collected and given to me for binding.Now that the book has been presented to Craig, I can show you what I've been up to! Today's post focuses
9 May 2016 Continue Reading

Even more Chinese Sewing Box

My name is Elissa and I can't stop making the Chinese Sewing Box.As I mentioned in this post, I wanted to make the structure using reversible Unryu. So that's what I did.I have a nice stash of the stuff - the colors are bright and it has a lovely texture. While the paper starts out a bit stiff, it softens as you fold it. I found that rubbing the surface of the paper with a bone folder helped to soften it further.The main drawback with using this paper is that when you make folds, it's really hard to see them. Even when I made super-sharp creases, after I opened up the paper it was fairly impossible to see what I had just done. I found that it helped to keep my paper
5 May 2016 Continue Reading

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