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 #213.
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 #93 – 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. One of her books is among the many amazing pieces in Inventive Structures: Books beyond the Codex, an exhibition juried by Hedi Kyle.
#132 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. I seriously envy her collection of tools.
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.
#138 – Nancy Stone is the third stop on the tour. Nancy is one of the founders of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. 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. In addition to her bookmaking, Nancy also works in watercolors and often incorporates painting techniques in her work.
Next stop is #171 Meta Strick. Meta has been my super-awesome booth neighbor at the Vermont Hand Crafters holiday show for several years. During slow moments, I usually wander in her booth to look at her wonderful mixed-media pieces. She has a great philosophy that you can make anything into a book.
The last stop is #183 – 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 recent 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!