Category : Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Open Studio Weekend – central Vermont artisans

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo

Vermont’s Fall Open Studio Weekend is coming up this weekend, October 5 & 6! Artists across the state are madly cleaning their studios just for your visit. That’s right – they want to see you!

Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. They are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.

The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.

Here’s the postcard I sent out to invite folks to my studio (if you’d like to be added to my snail mail list, just let me know):

Handmade book necklaces by Elissa Campbell of Blue Roof Designs

There are more than 20 studios and exhibits you can visit in Washington County alone, but you should stop at my studio first. Yes, I’m bossy like that. I would love nothing more than to share my work with you so come on over!

I’ll have super-yummy Cabot cheese (nope, not getting paid to say that) and maple kettle corn for your snacking pleasure. How could that not motivate you?

There are eight studios/exhibits within a short-ish drive of me and each is well worth a visit. I’ve listed these local studios below, where I’m referring to them by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the gold 2019 Fall Event & Resource Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a guide:

Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists/exhibits):

Note: If you’re wondering why the numbers are different colors, that’s because they correspond with the marker colors on the map I created to help you plan your travels. Behold – the Google Map!

If you plan on coming to the Montpelier area, let me know and I’d be happy to recommend some local restaurants for your dining pleasure.

I hope to see you at the studio!

Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Artist book by Elissa Campbell of Blue Roof DesignsWelcome to your Book Arts guide for Spring Open Studio Weekend 2019!

Vermont Open Studio Weekend is coming up this weekend (May 25 & 26)! I like supporting other book artists when I can, so I dedicate a blog post to them during every open studio event. There are four book artsy studios participating (besides mine) this spring.

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 sadly, they’re not. Look at this way – you’ll get a really great tour of Vermont’s gorgeous landscape while on your travels.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the yellow Spring Event and Resource Guide. The colors of the studio numbers in this post match the colored markers in the Google map. By the way, I’m studio #128.

There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

I tried to find the most direct route between the studios so you could avoid backtracking. This route starts at the northernmost studio and travels clockwise. And away we go!

The first studio is #1, Meta Strick – she does it all. Oh my goodness, her calligraphy! She does wonderful mixed media work, including dolls that have a book component. She has a great philosophy that you can make anything into a book – it should come as no surprise to you that she’s a teacher.

Next is #140, Ken Leslie. Ken often creates books in a circular format – a practice that developed out of his dissatisfaction with rectangular painting shapes. His themes frequently focus on natural cycles, such as day/night and the seasons. The size of his work ranges from miniature to really ginormous – you can walk through some of his books when they’re open.

Stop number three is studio #127 – Kelly McMahon of May Day Studio. Kelly is both a letterpress printer and a bookbinder. She carves many of her designs in linoleum for her beautiful gift wraps (which are totally frame-able). She was lucky enough to intern at the San Francisco Center for the Book, so you know she’s got skills. Kelly’s studio is about 1.6 miles from mine.

Last stop on the tour is studio #48 is Carolyn Shattuck, a seasoned printmaker and bookmaker. She often cuts up scrap monotypes and uses the pieces in her handmade books. For her, the book arts have been the focus of a body of work combining drawing and print assemblage techniques in three dimensional form. Many of her books include pop-up elements to set the scene for her deeply personal storytelling.

Here’s the aforementioned Google Map for planning your route:

If you go to any of the studios, please share your experiences in the comments below. And if you have pictures, I’d love to see them…sadly, I don’t get to leave my studio to visit others during the event.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Montpelier/Worcester Artists

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo

Vermont’s 27th Spring Open Studio Weekend is coming up this Memorial Day weekend, May 25 & 26! Artists across the state are busy creating work and cleaning their studios just for you.

Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. They are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.

The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.

I send out a postcard every time I participate in Open Studio Weekend (yep, people still use mail). Check out the snazzy postcard that went out this time:

Artist book by Elissa Campbell of Blue Roof Designs

If you’d like to be added to my snail mail list, just let me know. I love stamping postcards!

My studio is an obvious first stop on your tour. Books are my thang and I will talk your ear off if you let me. In a good way, I promise.

Once you’ve had your fill of book talk and Cabot cheese, you can easily visit five other artists within a 15 minute drive of my studio. Montpelier and Worcester offer sweet little gems for your studio hopping pleasure. 

I’ve listed these local studios below, where I’m referring to them by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the yellow 2019 Spring Event & Resource Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a guide:

Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):

Note: If you’re wondering why the studio numbers are different colors, that’s because they correspond with the marker colors on the map I created to help you plan your travels. Behold – the Google Map!

If you do plan on coming to the Montpelier area, let me know and I’d be happy to recommend some local restaurants for your dining pleasure.

I hope to see you at the studio!

Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Montpelier Artists

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo

Vermont’s Fall Open Studio Weekend is coming up this weekend, October 13 & 14! If I weren’t participating in the event, I would totally be making my own studio visits.

Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. They are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.

The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.

An extra bit of coolness – the Vermont Crafts Council is coordinating this event with American Craft Week (October 5 – 14), a national celebration of the wonders of American craft. Craft makes our communities vibrant – it encompasses our traditions, history and our way of life.

Since I’ve already mentioned that I’m participating, you know that my studio is a must-see. 🙂 What you might not know is that there are six other locations within a 15 minute drive of here. Montpelier has a sweet little cluster of artists for your studio hopping pleasure. 

I’ve listed these local studios below, where I’m referring to them by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the orange 2018 Fall Event & Resource Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):

Note #1: You can’t see studio #99 on the map below because it’s at the same address as #100 – Google is overlapping the two studios. Bad Google!

Note #2: Studios #99 and #100 aren’t in the Fall Event & Resource Guide because they joined the event after the guide went to print. You find directions to those studios here.

Note #3 (just one more): If you’re wondering why the studio numbers are different colors, that’s because they correspond with the marker colors on the map I created to help you plan your travels. Behold – the Google Map!

If you do plan on coming to the Montpelier area, let me know and I’d be happy to recommend some local restaurants for your munching pleasure.

I hope to see you at the studio!


Open Studio Weekend is part of Vermont Arts 2018, a year-long celebration highlighting the wide variety of arts events taking place throughout the state. Thanks to the Vermont Arts Council for creating this project! You can join the party by following #VTarts2018 on social media (Instagram, Twitter).

Vermont Arts 2018 logo

Spring Open Studio Weekend Recap

Open Studio Weekend has become a lot more complicated with the addition of Anna to our family. While I might have been able to put off my preparations until the last minute before, I don’t have that luxury now. I have to grab every free minute I can in between hanging with the nut baby and running errands.

Here’s what my studio looked like at 12:10 p.m. on Friday:

Blue Roof Designs bookbinding studio

Not too bad, right? Well, then this:

Hey, you! It looks like you barely did anything in the last NINE HOURS. Oh yeah, Anna. Okay, it’s still not too late. Just keep moving and you’ll be fine.

I am so screwed.

It’s pretty much a given that no matter how much I accomplish earlier in the week, I’ll still get little sleep the night before Open Studio. It’s all worth it though – I always get a warm and fuzzy feeling after putting out my yellow sign at the end of the driveway.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend sign

Let me give you a tour! When you walked in my front door, you would have seen this immediately on your left:

Bookshelf full of handmade books by Blue Roof Designs

Then walking towards the studio, this bookshelf would be right in front of you. It’s a bit of a lighting dead zone, but the clip lights help (sorry the pics are so blechy).

Bookshelf full of handmade books by Blue Roof Designs

After entering the door you see in the image below…

Blue Roof Designs bookbinding studio

…you’re in the studio!

Blue Roof Designs bookbinding studio

It doesn’t look like that 1:49 a.m. shot from Friday night, does it? Clean floors! Nothing to trip on! Books, books, books!

On the left wall is another bookshelf, this one filled with my artist’s books – some are one-of-a-kind and some are editions.

Bookshelf full of handmade books by Blue Roof Designs

Right next to the bookshelf is a desk with bookbinding supplies and small books. That metal triangle display thingie (to the left of the Kelsey) is an ornament tree. I started making ornaments last year that include three small leather long-stitch books, strung on wires with beads and they come in a bunch of colors. I plan to have them for sale on Etsy soon.

Blue Roof Designs display for Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Across-ish from the desk is my stack of flat files, topped with a selection of photo albums, accordion books, and collaged cards. And behind those is the ever-watchful, inflatable Jerry French (get your own here).

Blue Roof Designs display for Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Thus ends the studio tour. I’m fairly certain that my studio is smaller than most others on the circuit.

It feels awesome to have a clean studio when folks visit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last for long once the event is over. I’m very talented at both throwing things on and piling things on the floor. But before the mess commences, I get to break it all down.

Thanks so much to all of the wonderful folks who visited me during the weekend – it meant a lot to me to be able to talk about the book arts and share my work with you.

If you couldn’t visit me during the event, just contact me and we can set up a private tour (please, oh please, let me clean first).

The next Open Studio Weekend will be October 13 -14, 2018, so save the date!

Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Montpelier/Worcester/Berlin Artists

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo

Spring may have come late to Vermont this year, but Spring Open Studio Weekend hasn’t – it really snuck up on me this time!

Open Studio Weekend is pretty nifty – it’s 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. The spring event takes place during Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 & 27. 

The event is a part of Vermont Arts 2018, a year-long celebration highlighting the wide variety of arts events taking place throughout the state. You can join the party by following #VTarts2018 on social media (Instagram, Twitter).

Obviously, you’re planning on visiting my studio, right? Good call. 🙂

When you’re done letting me chat you up, you can visit eight other artist studios and arts-related spots in the Montpelier/Worcester/Berlin area, all within a 1/2 hour drive of my studio.

The list below includes everyone in our little cluster of arts happiness. I’ve referred to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the gold 2018 Spring Event & Resource Guide. FYI – There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):

Note: If you’re wondering why the studio numbers are different colors, that’s because they correspond with the marker colors on a Google map I created to help you plan your travels. All hail the Google Map!

If you plan on coming to the Montpelier area, let me know and I can recommend restaurants that are great for experiencing local deliciousness.

I hope to see you at the studio!

Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Handmade leather journal by Elissa CampbellWelcome to the Spring 2017 Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

It’s time for my biannual rundown of the book artists participating in Vermont Open Studio Weekend (May 27 & 28). Some of these talented folks are also members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont (B.A.G.), an organization of which I am a member.

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. Boo.

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 map. By the way, I’m studio #57.

There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

I tried to find the most direct route between the studios so you could avoid backtracking. This route starts at the northernmost studio and travels counterclockwise. Here we go!

The first studio is #30, Meta Strick – she is a Jackie of all trades. She does wonderful mixed media work, including dolls that have a book component. She has a great philosophy that you can make anything into a book – in fact, she recently presented at a B.A.G. meeting focusing on junk box books. It was sooo much fun.

Next stop is studio #2, Shelburne Pond Studios, where you’ll find Jill Abilock of Six Loons Studio. She 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. And the woman is a fantastic folder. In addition, she’s my partner in crime – we’re currently acting as the co-chairs of the Book Arts Guild Vermont.

#153 is Carolyn Shattuck, a seasoned printmaker and bookmaker. She often cuts up scrap monotypes and uses the pieces in her handmade books. For her, the book arts have been the focus of a body of work combining drawing and print assemblage techniques in three dimensional form. Many of her books include pop-up elements to set the scene for her deeply personal storytelling.

When you visit studio #58Kelly McMahon of May Day Studio, you get double the awesome – she’s both a letterpress printer and a bookbinder. I’ve seen her space and let me tell you – I have serious studio envy. She carves many of her designs in linoleum for her beautiful gift wraps (which are totally frame-able). She was lucky enough to intern at the San Francisco Center for the Book and packs a one-two punch, also being a bookbinder. Kelly’s studio is about 1.6 miles from mine.

Last stop on the tour is #48 – Ken Leslie. Ken often creates books in a circular format – a practice that developed out of his dissatisfaction with rectangular painting shapes. His themes frequently focus on natural cycles, such as day/night and the seasons. 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 go to any of the studios, please share your experiences in the comments below. And if you have pictures, I’d love to see them…you can even do a guest post on my blog!

Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Montpelier/Worcester/Berlin Artists

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo

Vermont’s Spring Open Studio Weekend is celebrating its silver anniversary this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 & 28. Twenty-five years is quite a milestone!

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. 

The event is a part of Vermont Arts 2017, a year-long celebration highlighting the wide variety of arts events taking place throughout the state. You can join the party by following #VTarts2017 on social media (Instagram, Twitter).

If you’re planning on visiting my studio (oh, yeah!), you can add on visits to other locations within a 1/2 hour drive of here. The Montpelier/Worcester/Berlin region of Vermont has a sweet little cluster of artists (six, to be exact) for your studio hopping pleasure.

In the lists below, I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the green 2017 Spring Event & Resource Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):

Note: If you’re wondering why the studio numbers are different colors, that’s because they correspond with the marker colors on the map I created to help you plan your travels. Behold – the Google Map!

If you plan on coming to the Montpelier area, let me know and I can recommend some local restaurants for your munching pleasure.

I hope to see you at the studio!

Countdown to Open Studio Weekend…

Yep, it’s that time of year again! In just a few days, I’ll be participating in Vermont’s Fall Open Studio Weekend…and you’re invited!

Vermont Open Studio Weekend invitation

This year, Open Studio Weekend will take place over two weekends – October 1 & 2 and October 8 & 9. Over ninety sites will be open during this time. You can access maps on the Vermont Crafts Council’s website.

Please note that I’m going to be at the Weston Craft Show during Columbus Day weekend, so my studio will only be open during the first weekend

I love this event. Not only does it give me the opportunity to share my creative work, but I also get educate people about the value of handmade things in general. I especially enjoy it when people bring their kids to my studio – kids ask the best questions!

So what can you expect when you come to my studio?

We can start with a tour of my studio – it’s a petite space, but with lots crammed into it. I’ll have a display of both blank books and artist books set up for you to handle – oh yeah, you can touch them (no white gloves necessary).

And if you love paper, you’ll have to check out my massive paper drawers. I went to Japan this past June and I came back with so much paper. You really have to see this stuff – it’s simply gorgeous. And my new sewing scissors are wicked cool. And so are the Japanese bookbinding books.

Speaking of bookbinding books, my library is super huge (get a preview here). Feel free to camp out and browse to your heart’s content. I’m happy to share my favorite titles with you.

Have I mentioned that I love to talk?

Seriously. Just come on over.

If you’re wondering why Open Studio Weekend is taking place over two weekends, that’s because it’s being held in conjunction with American Craft Week, a national celebration of craft work.

American Craft Week 2016 logo

If you’re not in Vermont (and can’t come to my studio), there are still lots of things you can do to celebrate American Craft Week. To see what events are being held in your area, visit the ACW website – activities include workshops, exhibits, and demonstrations.

If you’ve got any questions about Open Studio Weekend, feel free to contact me. I hope to see you this weekend!

Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Pile of handmade leather journals by Elissa Campbell of Blue Roof DesignsWelcome to the 2016 Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

It’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 post match the colored markers in the Google map. By the way, I’m studio #83.

There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

On to the studios!

First stop on the tour is #1, Nancy Stone. Nancy is one of the founders of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont and has mastered the integration of her painting and book-making skills. Not only is Nancy an amazing book artist, she is also a well-known teacher in the book arts throughout Vermont and has inspired many students. 

Next stop is #2, Shelburne Pond Studios, which is where you’ll find Jill Abilock of Six Loons Studio. She 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. And the woman is a fantastic folder. In addition, she’s my partner in crime – we’re currently acting as the co-chairs of the Book Arts Guild Vermont.

Studio #31 belongs to Meta Strick – she is a Jackie of all trades. She does wonderful mixed media work, including dolls that have a book component. It’s quite wonderful to read the “history” of each doll. She has a great philosophy that you can make anything into a book (is it any surprise that she’s a teacher?).

New to Open Studio Weekend this year is Marcie Scudder, studio #35. According to her website, Marcie creates “handmade books that yoke together…words and images into sculptural art.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any images of her work online and I haven’t seen her work for myself. So, if you like surprises, this is the studio for you. Go visit her studio and report back on what you saw – I’m dying to know more.

Next on the tour is #149 – Ken Leslie. Ken often creates books in a circular format – a practice that developed out of his dissatisfaction with rectangular painting shapes. His themes frequently 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.

Last, but not least, is #166 Carolyn Shattuck. A seasoned printmaker, Carolyn cuts up scrap monotypes and uses the pieces in her handmade books. For her, the book arts have been the focus of a body of work combining drawing and print assemblage techniques in three dimensional form. Many of her books include pop-up elements to set the scene for her deeply personal storytelling.

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!

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