Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Basic Japanese Stab Binding

Join Lynne Gurnee on May 14 for an afternoon making two small Japanese stab binding books. One will feature humorous haiku poems by Kobayashi Issa, and the other will be a simple "ledger book" which can be used as a purse notepad.

A fun historical note: in the Edo period (1603-1868) "completed ledgers were often strung together and tied with a long cord so that in case of fire --a common occurrence in crowded Japanese towns-- they could be flung into a nearby well and later retrieved without damage to either paper or ink" (source: Japanese Bookbinding, by Kojiro Ikegami, and available from the NORBAG library.

Materials to bring for the haiku book:
  • 2 pieces 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" cardstock for covers, grain short
  • Decorative paper 1 1/8" x 3" to glue on the front cover for decoration
Materials to bring for the ledger book:
  • 4 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" text weight paper, cut in half short ways resulting in eight 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" sheets
  • 2 pieces of colored or decorative cardstock, 2 3/4" x 7 3/4" grain short, for the covers
Tools to bring:
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cutting mat or magazine
  • X-acto or craft knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Awl
  • Needle for sewing
  • Bone folder
  • 2 small to medium binder clips
  • Glue stick
  • Bees wax (optional)
  • Waste paper for gluing on
  • Perle cotton or other strong binding thread (Lynne likes yarn for the ledger book--be sure to have a needle that is compatible with your thread choice)

When:     Saturday, May 14 at 12 noon
Where:    Eureka Methodist Church on Del Norte & F Streets
Cost:       $1.00
Bring:      See list above for tools and papers
RSVP:      Yes! by May 9 to Lynne Gurnee--see the newsletter for her contact information

Monday, April 25, 2016

Workshop by Dolores Guffey on April 9, 2016

We met on April 9 for a workshop by Dolores Guffey to make structures from a single sheet of paper. These structures can be found on the internet under the names "meander", "maze", and "ox and plow". Instructions included diagrams with various cutting patterns along with project pages from the October 2015 and September 2014 utilizing the maze and meander structures. We were even given a tip from the compendium on how to divide without measuring. Most of the books were made without need for measuring.

These are the samples that Dolores provided.

We started by folding our pages to create grids.

Then, using the grid, we cut the cutting.

The last step is to fold the pages.

Take another look at Dolores' samples to see how one sheet of paper can be made into so many different shapes and sizes.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) has a small but growing Permanent Art Collection. While their main focus is on contemporary works from the Puget Sound Region and includes various media such as painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, and jewelry art, one upstairs room is dedicated to book art that is curated by and from the collection of BIMA Founder Cynthia Sears. The current exhibit began in February and closes June 5. It is titled: Artists Books: Chapter 7 - Form and Content. As reported on the website, "In Artist's Books, form and content are closely--often inextricably--bound.  It is not just the content that provides the meaning of the piece, it is everything else as well!  The structure may be as much a part of the story as whatever text or image is used. Another way of thinking about this is: what you say and how you say it are the same thing.
Cases are often an integral part of the book, the first step in the viewing process.  The books are frequently mixed-media, composed of many steps and processes.  They are meant to be experienced--touched and interacted with--to get the entire "story".
More than any other form of contemporary art, artist's books are valued purely on the strength of the content, structure and message--not on the name or fame of an artist.  They are therefore considered by many to be the friendliest and most democratic subset of contemporary art."
If you are ever in the Seattle area I recommend a visit to this wonderful museum. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and general admission is free. The museum is located at 550 Winslow Way E. just across from the ferry terminal so it is very convenient for walk-on passengers who take the 30 minute ferry ride from Seattle. For more information about the museum and exhibits go to: www.biartmuseum.org. Here are some photos from the current exhibit.

Summer Hat with Flower by Diane Jacobs

Kiwi, A Goose's Tale by Diane Walker

The Veil by Julie Chen

Evidence of Compression by Julie Chen

The Fortune Teller by Malini Gupta

Fresnel's Tower by Charles Hobson

Like Small Birds Singing: Book of Haiku by Shane Miller

Beauty in Use by Claire Van Vliet, poetry by Sandra McPherson

Panorama by Julie Chen

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Meander, Maze, Ox & Plow Books with Dolores Guffey

It's amazing what you can make with a single sheet of paper! Whether it is called a maze, meander, or whatever, the important feature is that it only takes one sheet of paper. There are numerous cutting patterns that provide variations to the end product and Dolores will demonstrate at least eight of them. This workshop is designed to provide you with prototypes...samples to take home and make books galore whenever the spirit moves you.

A sample of Dolores' single sheet fold books

Tools to bring:
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue stick
  • Metal ruler (at least 12" long)
  • X-acto or craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Needle & thread
  • *Rubber stamps & stamp pads
  • *Punches
* Optional

Materials that will be provided:

Dolores will provide all the papers needed (her stash has gotten too large and this is a great way for her to recycle and share). We will be putting surprises within the structures... such as signatures, pop-ups, wow folds, and opportunities for your own creativity. Written instructions will also be provided.

When:   Saturday, April 9 at 12 Noon
Where:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
Bring:    See list above
RSVP:    YES! by April 5 to Dolores (contact information is in the newsletter)
Cost:     50 cents

Friday, March 25, 2016

A visit with Randi Parkhurst

Welcome to the studio of Randi Parkhurst in Olympia, Washington.  This is where you’ll usually find Randi and her three canine assistants Sadie, Isis, and Maxine. While we usually associate Randi just with book related artwork, that is by no means her only creative endeavor.  She also paints, weaves, knits, and will try most any kind of art. Since her mother, Nikki, is also an accomplished artist Randi comes by her talent naturally. Her studio is filled with art work, mostly her own, but also contains signs, pictures, and other items that provide a spark for her creativity. When she needs inspiration she spreads out things that she loves…colored pens and pencils, organic things like seeds and shells, old metal objects, and beautiful papers. Pictured below are photos of Randi and her studio. For links to vimeos of two of her most popular pieces, Patience and Tansu Gothic, visit her website www.parkhurstpaperarts.com.

Randi with Isis and Tansu Gothic

The studio inspiration wall

Favored items

Randi makes paper beads

Lots of beads!!

Smaller books on display

Randi's beautiful hand painted papers


Randi and her lap assistant, Maxine

Monday, March 14, 2016

March Library Kiosk Display

Have you been to the Humboldt County Library recently? If not, it's time for a visit to see a new display of NORBAG artists' books. Travel oriented books and journals are featured. One look at these books and you'll be anxious to start planning your next vacation as well as the perfect structure to document your memories. It looks like our members have been to some wonderful locations and have found beautiful ways to share them in their book art.

Thank you to Lynne G for creating this display.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Slit Fold Pop-Up with Edge Gerring

Are you intimidated by pop-up techniques? If so, here is your chance for some instruction. At the March NORBAG workshop you will learn how to make a pop-up card that can be used for any occasion or incorporated into the signatures of a book. Instruction sheets and finished examples will be provided. For those who already know the "Slit-Fold" technique or who finish quickly and want to make a second card, Edge will be prepared to teach a slightly more complicated pop-up called a "Step Fold".

Edge's festive pop-up birthday card.
 Materials and Tools to bring:
  • (1) 8.5" x 5.5" Card stock for the cover
  • (1) 8" x 5" card stock for inside layer
  • Decorative papers
  • Embellishments suitable for the occasion you choose (birthday, wedding, graduation, etc.)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Bone folder
  • Scrap paper for gluing on
When:   Saturday March 12 at 12 noon
Where:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
RSVP:    YES! by March 7 Edge's contact information is in the March newsletter
Cost:     50 cents