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My worktable got no action today.
The first presentation for the VCC was about how artists can use social media for promoting Vermont Open Studio Weekend. I had a very lively audience with lots of questions. I like when people keep me on my toes!
The next presentation was done with my dear friend, Jill Abilock of Six Loons Studio – we talked about the basics of using a Dremel.
The topic was inspired by Jill Timm‘s workshop, The Amazing Dremel. Our presentation was in no way meant to replace the fabulousness that is Jill’s workshop. In fact, she’s teaching not too far from here next month – the New England Guild of Book Workers is hosting her workshop on May 10 – 11 at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA.
We take safety seriously at the Book Arts Guild of Vermont and we brought face masks for everyone to wear while we worked on dusty materials. It was fun presenting to an audience of masked women!
And I achieved my one goal for the presentation – to not bleed. I figured that blood might be a deterrent to anyone wanting to try a Dremel for the first time.
The project was cake box books, but I didn’t have any cake. I had to make a vegetarian chili book instead.
My book now lives in my pantry, next to the bag of vegetarian chili mix it rendered homeless. I still need the directions on how to make it!
If you’d like to check out the show, here’s the scoop:
Creative Space Gallery
235 Main Street
Vergennes, VT 05491
Dates: May 3, 2012 – June 24, 2012
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Overall, it was a favorable review. For that reason, it’s hard for me to express my concern that the writer doesn’t seem to know much about the book arts. The following comments worried me:
None of the works is an actual book, of course. Among the techniques in evidence here are repurposing book pages in sculptural constructions; making “pages” out of something else, such as cloth; referencing the concept of books in a mixed-media facsimile; and using printed text within a wholly un-book-like artwork. Some pieces in the exhibit seem to qualify as “book” art only because they are constructed from paper. But then, who said there were rules?
Even though I’m not happy with how the book arts were portrayed in the review, I’m excited that my book was singled out:
If there were a Funny Award in this exhibit, it would have to go to “Little Known Facts About Crap,” by Elissa Campbell. Inside the covers of this small book are tiny paper “pages” the shape and color of turds. On these Campbell has written nonsensical “facts,” such as “Holy crap can be repaired with duct tape.” With an apt self-deprecation that many legitimate authors ought to display, she concludes, “The contents of this book: total crap.”
I now have a virtual Funny Award in my studio. Whee!
And I’d like to point out that she did state that my piece was a book, didn’t she?
Inside the covers of this small book are tiny paper “pages” the shape and color of turds.
Not only does the gallery host exhibits, but it also manages a number of artist studios. Overall, it’s a breathtaking creative environment.
The show at the S.P.A.C.E Gallery was one of the stops on the First Friday Art Walk, a Burlington event held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. It was mobbed!
I was thrilled to have my book Little Known Facts About Crap in the exhibit…
…and even more thrilled to see folks checking it out…
…and even more thrilled to learn that it sold at the opening!
This is the first time that I’ve seen a red dot next to my name. It’s weird and I like it!
I wonder if they’ll give the red dot to me when the show ends. Should I ask?
Yes, I’m a dork.
Guild members submitted some seriously fabulous work for the show. One of my favorite pieces is Marcia Vogler’s Dream Burger:
Everything Marcia makes is super-awesome. That’s right Marcia – if you’re reading this, you now know that I think you have mad skills.
If you’d like to check out the show, here’s the scoop:
266 Pine Street Burlington, VT 05401
Dates: April 6, 2012 – April 28, 2012
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tonight I’m doing a workshop for the Book Arts Guild of Vermont – folded books. The structures I’m teaching were either invented by Hedi Kyle or were inspired by her work.
I wanted to make sure that I had the structures nailed down, so today I worked on making models. I had hoped to get the models done before today, but I’m in week three of the never-ending cough. I am sick of being sick!
I am loving Alisa Golden‘s book Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms. It has directions for a number of folded structures, including Hedi’s Crown Binding – I’ll be teaching this binding tonight.
Today was all about accordion books.
I love making accordion books because they give me the opportunity to use whatever fun papers catch my fancy.
This week has been crazy.
I’m trying to make as many books as possible so I can bring them to my first show of the holiday season – the Art and Artisans Holiday Market. This is my first year attending the show as a visiting artist – I’m so excited!
My studio looks like a bomb went off in it. Seriously.
There are piles of everything everywhere. At least the piles of accordion books are pretty.
Today’s worktable was off-site as I attended the monthly meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont (B.A.G.). On the menu – making my first piano hinge book.
I know what you’re thinking – you never made a piano hinge book before? At least 5 people at the meeting asked me that.
Nope, never made one before. I can’t do everything, try as I may.
I was loving the fluorescent colored paper – it reminded me of the 80′s. The little triangles we cut from the pages looked like teeny paper birds. Brightly colored birds on a Fiskar sky.
Here’s the spine of my completed book:
And here’s the obligatory wingspan shot:
Many thanks to B.A.G. member Jill Abilock for teaching such a fun workshop!
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. This month’s meeting was our annual trip to UVM Special Collections at the Bailey/Howe Library. As I’ve mentioned before, Special Collections at UVM has a spectacular artist book collection and is well-regarded by the College Art Association.
I always get a lot out of our visits – Prudence Doherty does a wonderful job of selecting books for us to view. If I remember correctly, the book themes chosen for us included home, food, and animals.
I loved the letterpressed Meatball Math, by Alice Austin. The structure was cool – kind of like a caterpillar. I’m also big fan of math and orange things.
I loved this colophon for Out West by Carol Blinn of Warwick Press. It included swatches of two materials used in both the book and its accompanying box – Japanese Sugi Veneer and De Wint handmade paper. I’d love to include swatches in my colophons going forward.
I adored Common Threads by Candace Hicks. This book is one of a series of hand-embroidered canvas books created in the style of a composition notebook. Everything is hand-stitched – every single word.
The book is insane. In a good way.
I liked the cover technique on The Mexican Dog-Tosser by Lois Morrison. She cut out the letters from a light piece of paper and then layered it over a darker material to make the letters appear.
I usually leave Special Collections feeling both inspired and overwhelmed – I get such a flood of ideas. Thankfully, I take detailed notes and can refer to them in the future when I’m ready.
Peter and Donna Thomas are awesome.
There, I said it.
Then they came to Vermont to lecture at UVM Special Collections and to teach a workshop for the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. It was then that I fell in love with one of their editioned books, but stupidly didn’t buy it.
I thought about that book for a year. It conveyed a message that was so perfect for the time in my life when I saw it. I missed it.
So I did something about it. Now mine.
The book measures 1 5/16″ x 1″ x 1/4″. It’s bound in leather and all of the pages are letterpressed. The copyright date makes me laugh – the book’s sentiment was probably appropriate back then too.
I love it.
There was a post on the Book Arts listserv today that mentioned that Peter and Donna had taped an interview with Park City Television. You can watch it below.
Did I mention how awesome they are?