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Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Handmade coptic bound journal by Elissa Campbell of Blue Roof DesignsWelcome to the 2014 Book Arts Guide to Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend

It’s time for my annual nod to the many book artists participating in Open Studio Weekend. 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 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 #91.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the purple 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:

First stop is #2 Meta Strick. Meta really 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. Meta has lots of fans, so don’t be surprised if you get to her studio and it’s mobbed. Perhaps pick up some coffee and a snack before you head on over?

Next stop is Shelburne Pond Studios, where you’ll see #17, Lyna Lou Nordstrom. She is a wonderful printmaker, focusing her work on the painterly aspects of monoprinting. Her techniques include the silkscreen process, collagraph and solar plate etching.

The last stop is #90 Kelly McMahon of May Day Studio. Kelly is a letterpress master, carving 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.

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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Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Eastern Washington County Artists

Vermont Open Studio Weekend 2010Vermont’s 22nd Open Studio Weekend is just around the corner (October 4 & 5)! If you’re planning on visiting my studio (you know you are…), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here.

There are 11 studios and galleries participating in eastern Washington County. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of pottery, woodworking, painting, and more.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the purple 2014 Vermont Studio Tour 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):

I created the map below to help you plan your travels. Because the studios are so close to each other, you can visit quite a few of them within a short period of time.

Have fun!


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Open Studio Weekend wrap-up

I had a wonderful time visiting with folks during this past weekend’s Open Studio Weekend. Many thanks to those who came by!

OSW is always a great excuse to get my studio in shape (and it needed it). Here are some pictures of the studio (so shiny!):

Bookbinding studio of Blue Roof Designs

Handmade books by Blue Roof Designs

Handmade books by Blue Roof Designs

It seems no one noticed (or at least mentioned) the inflatable Jerry French that watches over the studio. It’s kinda my version of “Where’s Waldo?”

One of the highlights of the weekend was a visit from Linda, a former student of mine who brings me goodies on occasion. I was happy to be able to give her one of the journals I made with the leather she gave me recently.

This time, Linda brought me a batch of travel ephemera from a recent trip to England.

Travel ephemera

Included in the fabulous stash were maps, travel tickets, and French cigarette wrappers. I’m looking forward to playing with my new treasures!

 

Elissa’s Picks for Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logoWelcome 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. Some of my suggestions are listed below.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the Vermont Studio Tour Guide 2014. 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:

First stop would be #110, Judith Reilly. Her work is seriously wonderful and Judy is a serious sweetheart (and a good hugger). To consider her a quilter just doesn’t do her justice – she really paints with fabric. In her own words, her pieces “express both realistic and fantastic interpretations in a catawampus and quirky style”.

#167, Mary Hill of Mary Hill Studios would be my next stop. Mary is a vibrant person and her work reflects it. She creates inspirational banners that beckon you to listen to the messages within. I commissioned her to make me a banner that says “cheese” and it hangs prominently in my studio. You’re in for a treat if you visit Mary this spring, as she has a participatory truck painting project in store for you.

Next I’d visit Kristin Richland of Sweet Enemy Art, #170. I really can’t describe Kristin’s work better than she does – “I do enjoy the spookier side of the art world as much as I do the cuter side, so consider yourself warned.” Her paintings of creatures and critters are the work of an active imagination, the one you wish you never lost when you grew up. I love love love her monsters. I want to hug them. And run screaming from them. It’s the best of both worlds.

Lastly, I’d visit #197 Trenny Robb and Bob Michaud of High Beams. Trenny and Rob create light fixtures from copper and brass and use real leaves and petals, mica, fabric, and parchment in the shades. The mica shades are particularly awesome – when the lamps are lit, the glowing color is just mesmerizing. You can check out their most recent work on this Pinterest board.

Overall, these studios aren’t very close to each other (although Mary and Kristen are nearly neighbors). If you split your tour up between two days, it should be doable.


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Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Handmade coptic journalsWelcome to the 2014 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. 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 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 #215.

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:

First stop on the book arts tour is #94 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.

Next stop is #147, Marianna Holzer. In the Holzer family, binding and preserving books is a family tradition. Marianna is a third generation bookbinder following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps. Before founding a bindery of her own in 2008, Marianna helped to preserve and restore the permanent records of hundreds of municipalities across the United States for thirty years. The history behind her work is reason alone to go see her studio. You can read more about Marianna in this recent article in Seven Days.

When you visit Shelburne Pond Studios, you’ll be able to see two artists. At studio #151, 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. And the woman is a fantastic folder.

#152, Lyna Lou Nordstrom, is the other artist with a studio at Shelburne Pond Studios. She is a wonderful printmaker, focusing her work on the painterly aspects of monoprinting. Her techniques include the silkscreen process, collagraph and solar plate etching.

Next stop is #155, Nancy Stone. Nancy is one of the founders of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont [insert Elissa’s sweet gaze of admiration here]. Not only is Nancy an amazing book artist, she is also a well-known teacher in the books arts throughout Vermont and has inspired many students.

#180 Meta Strick. Meta really 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. Meta has lots of fans, so don’t be surprised if you get to her studio and it’s mobbed. Perhaps pick up some coffee and a snack before you head on over?

The last stop is #194 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. Check out this blog post to see some of his work from a recent exhibit at the Vermont Supreme Court.

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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Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Montpelier/Calais Artists

Vermont Open Studio Weekend 2010Vermont’s 22nd Open Studio Weekend is just around the corner (May 24 & 25)! If you’re planning on visiting my studio (you know you are…), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here.

There are 7 studios participating in the Montpelier/Calais area. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of sculpture, handmade tiles, painting, photography, hand hooked rugs, and more.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the green 2014 Vermont Studio Tour 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):

I created the map below to help you plan your travels. Because the studios are so close to each other, you can visit quite a few of them within a short period of time.

Have fun!


Make that map bigger!

Open Studio Weekend recap

This past weekend I participated in the third annual Fall Vermont Open Studio Weekend. As always, it begins with the cleaning of the studio.

Wiggum was not pleased with the amount of work I made him do and staged a sit in (lay down) in my studio in protest.

Silver standard poodle laying on the floor

For those of you who weren’t able to attend, here are some more pictures of my oh-so-clean studio (and parts of the hallway).

Bookshelves full of handmade books

Bookshelves full of handmade books

Bookshelves full of handmade artists' books

I’ll be participating in Open Studio Weekend in spring 2014 (Memorial Day weekend), so mark your calendars now – I’d love to have you come!

Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Handmade leather journalsWelcome to the 2013 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. A few 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 #124.

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:

First stop on the book arts tour is #70, Lyna Lou Nordstrom. She is a wonderful printmaker, focusing her work on the painterly aspects of monoprinting. And if you stop by her studio, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own free jello print – they’re so much fun to make!

Next is #93 Meta Strick. Meta really 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. Meta has lots of fans, so don’t be surprised if you get to her studio and it’s mobbed. Perhaps pick up some coffee and a snack before you head on over?

Amy Cook #83 is the next stop. Not only does Amy make books, but she’s also a sculptor, painter, curator, and interior designer. And if that’s not interesting enough, she’s the first American woman to receive a PhD in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. A visit with Amy is certainly going to offer you fascinating conversation about her work.

The last stop is #110 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. Ken shared his work at a Book Arts Guild meeting and it was wonderful!

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!

Make that Book Arts Tour map bigger!

Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Central Vermont Artists

Fall 2013 OSW logo

Vermont’s 3rd Fall Open Studio Weekend is just around the corner (October 5 & 6)! If you’re planning on visiting my studio (you know you are…), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here.

There are 12 studios participating in the Central Vermont area. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of pottery, sculpture, quilting, mixed media, painting, ironwork, and more.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the orange 2013 Vermont Studio Tour 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):

I created the map below to help you plan your travels. Because the studios are so close to each other, you can visit quite a few of them within a short period of time.

Have fun!


Make that map bigger!

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