Sunday, August 25, 2019


On August 10, we were introduced to a new book structure by Dolores Guffey. This structure took a bit of a journey to get to us. It is a Hedi Kyle structure that does not appear in her BOOK, The Art of the Fold.  A book artist and teacher, Erin Sweeny, gave a workshop where she taught this modular book. Our NORBAG member from Pennsylvania, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, attended that workshop. Mary Elizabeth then shared this book (using her eco-dyed papers in the pockets) with Dolores, along with a diagram of the structure. A workshop was born and 15 more of us now are familiar with the structure.

This is a delightful little modular book. Each module is a single piece of paper that makes a pocket and and a page that will act as the base for the next pocket. The structure can be as brief as two pages or as long as your content demands. It can be a miniature book or as wide or tall as you have materials to make it. You can make it with all kinds of papers remembering that both sides of the paper will be displayed. And it is neither restricted by ratios for height and width nor specific measurements to work.

Dolores started the workshop with a great instruction sheet.
 We started with several soon-to-be pages sized 4"x 11".

Each of us did some marking, scoring and clipping.

We ended up with a total of four pages (modules) for our books.

The module, when scored, clipped and folded, made the pocket
 on one page and the support for a second page.

This photo shows how the orange and blue modules fit together. The orange pocket is affixed to the blue full page. The back cover will be a single module without the pocket portion.

This is a fun structure because the modules can be of a singular color or different colors or designs on one side. The pockets can be trimmed or punched or even collaged.

Take a look at our finished books:
These are the samples that Dolores brought to the workshop.

This is a completed structure with each module being a different color and the cards inserted were plain colored also. The first module is blue, the pocket is adhered to the second module which is orange, the pocket insert is purple. Each page displayed a different color combination.

This is a simple version of the structure with a window cut out to show part of the insert.

The front cover of this book has collage elements on it.

Both of these books have an opening in the pocket.

In this book, both the inserted card and the pocket have been cut to display various shapes.

Text is in this book.

This structure is really fun to work with. If you have paper with two different sides, it will look entirely different. The proportions of pocket to page can differ as well as the overall size.

Monday, August 19, 2019


The kiosk inside the Humboldt County Library in Eureka is once again displaying a wonderful show of book art by NORBAG members. Hedi Kyle is one of the most recognized book artists in the world. She is noted for introducing dozens of different book bindings and folds, many of which are described in her book, The Art of the Fold. Collaborating with her daughter, Ulla Warchol, they have produced one of the best "how to" books for book artists. This book is available for check-out at the library.

The current kiosk display features books made in the style of Hedi Kyle. One Panorama Book features the art of local murals, and another has two-sided Asian art. One of the Piano Hinge books was taught by Lara Cox at our March workshop and is made with hand marbled paper, Mylar windows, and decorative fibers. Also on display are examples of Sling Fold and Star Box books that are challenging to make, but fun to operate; colorful Record Pocket Books; Flag Books and Interlocking Loops; a Fish Fold on thirty inch paper; and Tree Folds on hand painted paper and Tyvek. One special book titled “Around the World with Itsy Bitsy Spider” features the familiar song in many languages on the pages of a Spider Book. If you're in the Eureka area, be sure to check out this great display.

Thank you Dianne Byington for this creative display.

Sunday, August 11, 2019


Have you ever wondered how other book art groups get started and how they operate? Our member from York, England, Margaret Beech, recently shared that her local group, Quarto, just created a blog. Along with that blog address ( we asked Margaret to share how Quarto came about.

“It grew out of a calligraphy group meeting in Newcastle who were interested in making small books after taking one of my workshops. The group was founded in September 2001. There were 14 original members and around 20 now, but more like 14-16 regulars. Seven of those original members are still involved. We do have a postal member in Melbourne, Australia. She was visiting a calligraphy exhibition in Durham and met one of our members and took an interest.

Quarto meets from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. four times a year. Every meeting starts with a morning ‘workshop’ from a member, then a packed lunch, usually followed by the book exchange. We do all consider the heart of the meeting to be the book exchange. We sit round a very large table and everyone is expected to talk about the how and why of the making of their book. In the afternoon we will have another ‘workshop’ (from a member) – something not very challenging as we begin to run out of steam. Very occasionally we have brought in a workshop tutor for a whole day session. Paul Johnson has been twice to inspire us. One of the original ‘rules’ of Quarto was that if you attend the meeting, you should bring a book for the exchange. That still applies although not so strictly adhered to as at the start. We have a shared lunch annually during the meeting. This year it will be in October to celebrate our 18th birthday.

We don’t have officers or fees to pay as we get the room courtesy of one of our members who is a prof at the University.  We have always had one member willing to co-ordinate meetings, keep in touch, and bring tea/coffee etc. In the future we are hoping that that job will be shared three ways. Our membership covers a wide geographical area, by UK standards. We meet in Sunderland (northeast coast of England) and people travel from 30 miles to the north, from York 75 miles to the south, and one member comes by train from Leicester which must be 150 miles or more. On the whole, most of our members live in and around Sunderland and Newcastle.

Several of us teach workshops in our own right and some may participate in exhibits with their calligraphy group although many fewer of our members are calligraphers now. In the past we have been invited to exhibit as a group at calligraphy festivals. Over the years we have had various collaborative projects where everyone contributes to a finished book for each member. Because we only meet four times a year these collaborations could take several years to be completed.

I organized a transatlantic exchange with NORBAG members in 2008. Twenty-six book artists took part and we were given the full color treatment in Bound and Lettered in the Dec. 2009 issue. It’s quite natural that over 18 years we have become friends and we do consider that the connections and friendships we have made are just as special as the things we have learned from each other.”

The photos below are examples of some beautiful exchange books created by Quarto members.

Four Map Fold

Accordion with signatures and cutout embellishment

Accordion with cutout tops

Castle book

Circular book

Double accordion

Exploding box

Flag book

Hermit crab

Layer book

Origami fold book

Tag and pocket book

Tunnel book

Thank you very much Margaret for the information about Quarto and Jo Duncan for sending the wonderful photographs from your very talented book artists.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019


The next NORBAG workshop on August 10 will feature a Hedi Kyle structure taught by Dolores Guffey.  Mary Elizabeth Nelson shared this with Dolores after she learned it at a "Book Paper Scissors" workshop taught by Erin Sweeney. It is a very adaptable structure in that you may make the pages using a single color or each page can be a different color. The pocket of one page adheres to the next page. If you are using different colors, then the pocket will be a different color from the page to which it is adhered. Dolores requests that those attending the workshop come with all their pages cut to size.

Materials to bring:

  • 4 pieces of paper cut to 4" x 11" (one piece becomes the front cover) Suggested papers include Mi-Teintes, Fabriano, plain cardstock, or watercolor paper that doesn't crack when folded.
  • 1 piece of paper 4" x 7" (back cover)
  • 1/2" double sided tape (needs to be the type that you remove the protective layer)
  • art work, illustrations, etc., (3" x 6") to be placed in the pockets. The 3" edge may need to be trimmed as necessary to slide into the pocket. Of the 6", only 3 1/2" will be inside the pocket and the remaining 2 1/2" will be visible (see photo above).
Tools to bring:

  • metal ruler, pencil, eraser
  • scissors
  • craft knife, cutting mat
  • scoring tool
  • bone folder
Note: There is an option to cut "windows" in the pocket, so that part of the artwork in the pocket would be revealed before the artwork is removed from the pocket.

When?   Saturday, August 10 at noon
Where?  Eureka Methodist Church, Del Norte and F Streets
Bring?    See list above - with papers cut in advance
RSVP?    Yes, by Wed. Aug. 7 to Dolores. Contact information in the newsletter
Cost?     Free! 

Thursday, July 25, 2019


Saturday, July 13, Edge Gerring and Lynne Gurneé led a workshop that added to the myriad of ways to decorate our paper art with collage. The term collage was coined in the early 20th century and is derived from the French word “coller” which means to glue. The art form combines different images from various sources to make a new whole. We were introduced to the use of napkins and tea bags as one source of decoration.

Lynne and Edge gave us techniques and materials information that would work for all types of collage. They talked about the supports (background) that can be as substantial as book board or to the ephemeral tea bags. They told us of the different adhesives that can be used and the properties of each. They taught how to layer collage. They brought a multitude of napkins for us to use with all kinds of designs such as cute little cats, florals, dragonflies and pretty backgrounds. We were shown how to separate the different ply (layers of the napkin) and how to use the images. We also learned how to have a feathered edge by using a moistened brush around the outline rather that using scissors. (By the way, this is also a good way to get a deckle edge on handmade papers.) Edge and Lynne supplied an excellent information sheet that can be used as a reference for collage.

If the room looks different, it is. We ordinarily have a room in the church event hall.
This day, we met in the Fireside room. Cozier, but not as bright as we are used to. 
And, no, it didn't slow us down a bit.
This is Lynne behind the table of materials she and Edge brought.

Lynne displaying a sample.

Edge (left) demonstrating a technique.

Choosing artwork to use

Cutting the napkin for a support (bookmark this time)

Using Mod Podge to affix the napkin to the support

Affixing a single napkin to a support on lower example. The upper example 
shows how an image might be applied to the printed page.

Affixing multiple images to a support.

More samples of how this works. Notice the leaf at the top of the page. 
It is a leaf that has been affixed to a card. On the right is a little pink
book that we could make using paper that Lynne and Edge brought.

The rest of the pictures are of members busy at work.

Many thanks are due to both Edge and Lynne. We learned about the decorative value of napkins, but we also learned about collage in general.