It’s time for my annual nod to the many book artists participating in Open Studio Weekend. All 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 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 #211.
I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the Vermont Studio Tour Guide. The colors of the studio numbers in this post match the colored markers in the Google map below.
There are several ways to get your hands on a map:
- Request a copy from the Vermont Crafts Council
- Print out a full copy
- View detailed maps by county on the Vermont Crafts Council website
First stop on the book arts tour is #88 – Carolyn Shattuck. A seasoned printmaker, Carolyn cuts up scrap monotypes and uses the pieces in her handmade books. Many of her books include pop-up elements to set the scene for her storytelling.
The Book Arts Guild of Vermont has had a wonderful relationship with the Creative Space Gallery over the past few years. As stop #125, the gallery will host the Guild’s spring exhibit, Shaping Pages. The exhibit includes fine bindings and artist books that explore the essential foundations of art in their shape, composition, content, color and more.
#130 When you visit Shelburne Pond Studios, you get two book artists for the price of one! Elizabeth Rideout of Wise Eye Bindery is a master of leather bindings. She’s a graduate of the drool-worthy North Bennet Street School’s bookbinding program and the current Chair of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont.
Jill Abilock of Six Loons Studio creates one-of-a-kind work that is really inspirational. Her compelling storytelling and creative voice are enhanced by her innovative combinations of materials and structure. One of her pieces was recently featured in Vermont newspaper Seven Days.
Studio #135 belongs to Marianna Holzer, a third generation bookbinder following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. Using some of her dad’s old tools, Marianna works on custom bindings and restoration. Check out her feature on WCAX.
Next stop is #172 Meta Strick. Meta has a great philosophy that you can make anything into a book and she’s been teaching for years. In 2011, she participated in The Sketchbook Project and her sketchbook is available for viewing online.
The last stop is #186 – Ken Leslie. Ken primarily creates books in a circular format – a practice that developed out of his dissatisfaction with rectangular painting shapes. His themes often focus on natural cycles, such as day and night. The size of his work ranges from miniature to really ginormous – you can walk through some of his books when they’re open.
If you do go to any of the studios, share your experiences here and I will live vicariously through you. If you have any pictures, I’d love to see them…you can even do a guest post on my blog!