Sunday, July 15, 2018


Beautiful examples of book art are always on display in the Sherry Grover gallery upstairs at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA). Cynthia Sears, the curator of these exhibits, is the founder of BIMA and an avid collector of artist books. According to an article by Monica Wooten, "Sears believes this art form often takes on highly serious subjects and promotes conversations about interesting and sometimes difficult topics. 'Hand-made books allow you to explore at your own pace as you turn the pages and ponder what is being said and how the artist is expressing it...before having to put into words your feelings and thoughts.' Sears sees these books, unique and awesomely artistic, as catalysts for uncovering important feelings and thoughts and then leading to needed conversation." 

The following photographs are of books featured in the Chapter 13 Lyricism and Laughter exhibit that closed in June. 

The Chicken or the Egg by Deborah Peek

Deep in the Willow Woods

Two Books by Shane Miller

Emily Dickenson XXXVIII by Sam Garriott Antonacci

Altered State One by Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Some Things Fishy by Carolyn Terry

Drawing the Crow by NORBAG member Kathy Dickerson.

Ever and Ever: Telling Time by Grimm's by Barbara Berger

Cancelling Out by JoAnna Poehlmann

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


At the July workshop Dolores Guffey will teach us a Hedi Kyle structure with four pivoting panels. A great feature of this structure is that artwork can be shown on both the front and back of the panels since they pivot, or just on the fronts if so desired. The overall structure is 16" x 6" when fully extended, and 3 1/2" x 6" when closed.

Four Pivoting Panels

Materials to bring:

  • 1 piece Mi-Teintes, Fabriano, or paper of similar weight, 17" x 6" grain short (grain running the same direction as the 6" side)
  • 2 pieces Mi-Teintes, Fabriano, or paper of similar weight, 7" x 6" grain short (these will be the covers for the book). Please have these papers cut ahead of time.

Artwork for your panels:

  • Four rectangles 2 1/2" width x 3 1/8" high, to fit on panels, but won't cover the upper and lower pointed areas; OR four rectangles 2 1/2" wide x 4 1/4" high, which will be trimmed to cover the entire pivoting panel. Optionally, if you want to cover both sides of the panels, bring eight pieces of art in one of the two measurements you choose from above. Members who RSVP will be emailed diagrams which will show different examples of sizes and shapes for what will go on the panels.
  • Artwork suggestions: your own artwork, magazine illustrations, decorative papers, rubber stamped images, collage, calligraphy. The back side of the panels can be either artwork, text describing the front art, or left blank.

Tools to bring:

  • Craft knife with new blade (x-Acto, or similar cutting knife)
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Bone folder
  • Glue stick & scrap paper to work on

   Saturday, July 14, at noon

Where:  Eureka Methodist Church, Del Norte & F Streets
Bring:    See above list
Cost:     50 cents for instructions and templates
RSVP:    YES, by July 9 to Dolores, her contact information is in the newsletter

Saturday, June 23, 2018

PSBA Members' Exhibit

The Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA), which also includes at least five NORBAG members, is currently holding its eighth annual exhibit. According to the exhibition catalog: "On display at the University of Puget Sound Collins Library are books by artists from all over the Pacific Northwest working with a great diversity of materials and methods. Each piece is a fresh take on what a book can be and how its creator thinks and imagines." The exhibition will continue through July 27, 2018. To view photos of every book in the exhibit visit the following website at Collins Library:

The Collins Memorial Library Award went to NORBAG member Bonnie Halfpenny for her book titled, With a Compass, Without a Map.

This book is a tribute to four talented women. It includes photo transfers,
scans, as well as hand and machine stitching

Photographs by Bonnie Halfpenny

The curator's choice award went to Jan Dove for her book, The Horsemen.

Jan works in Photoshop using layers to create her book that is pigment
 printed on paper.

The award of Excellence went to Isabel Duffey for her book titled, Unpacking.

Shown here, the book (box) is unfolded, but it all folds up into a perfect 4.25" cube.
It has letterpress printed panels with a combination of photopolymer plates, handset
type and linoleum cuts.

Photograph by Isabel Duffey

The following photographs are a small selection of books taken the opening night of the exhibition.

NORBAG member Kathy Dickerson is shown by a poster that includes her box titled,
Random Idea Generator in a Box, on the right second row from the bottom.
Shubahlup-Grit City by Angela Yoder
Copse by Carrie Larson
Chronos and Kairos by Debbi Commodore
Who Wrote the Book of Love? by Dorothy McCuistion
Blooming Verses by Elizabeth Walsh
The Packard Book by Gabby Cooksey
Grandpa, the Boy, and the Goat by NORBAG member John Arbuckle
Crow Anting by Jan Ward
Imagining Spring by Laurie Strong
Bark Beetle Book Vol. XIA and B: Tenaway Log by Suze Woolf
Forming Common Threads by Mari Eckstein Gower
Body Parts by NORBAG member Bonnie Julien

Monday, June 18, 2018


On June 9, 2018, Michele Kamprath led a workshop for a strap journal. We started with a text block of four signatures. It is a simple text block made with a kettle stitch at the head and tail of the spine and a single long stitch in the middle. What sets this book apart is that the long stitch is sewn over a strap that is then woven through the cover to bind the cover to the text block.

As usual, we all started with the same instructions and ended up with many different looking books.

Michele brought several examples of how the strap can connect to the covers.

This is Donna G's book that shows the structure (both front and back cover). You can clearly see the long stitches through the window cutout. The strap stayed on the inside of the cover and then popped out and right back in.

The text block is made of four signatures with a kettle stitch at the head and tail
of the text block. A paper strip is caught by a single long stitch in the middle.

The paper is folded to make the one-half inch spine in the middle of the cover.

We "dry fit" the book in the cover. The band is not yet connected to the cover. Also notice that the cover extends beyond the signature. It will be folded back (to the inside) to result in an uncut lead edge for strength and appearance. It can also cover some of the mechanics of the structure.

Our next step was to measure the opening in the cover of the spine to show the stitching and the strap. There are several ways to cut this hole. It can be as simple as a cutout, or cutting an "I" that looks like cupboard doors that open resulting in two small cuts and two folded edges, or cutting an "X" cut that results in four folded edges.

 The next photos show variations for the strap.

This strap comes outside the opening and then is buried within the cover.

This strap starts outside of the cover and then weaves in-out-in on the cover.

This strap stays inside the cover until it pops out with a decorative cut end.

The front part of this strap stays outside of the hole and dips into a crescent shaped slit on the left. The back side of the strap is extended around the front and into another crescent shaped cut.

Take a look at the variety of books.

Hope you like them.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


In celebration of Flag Day, June 14th and Independence Day, July 4th, members of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild have displayed flag and star structure books in the Humboldt County Library kiosk. Included are single and double flag books made with photographs, watercolor paintings of local landscapes, artwork, butterfly prints, and a signal-flag message.  Star books included feature tunnel pages, pockets, cut outs, recycled book pages, poetry, educational, artistic, and entertaining formats representing Matisse, Frida Kahlo, and other creative varieties.

e Flag Books f
“...a fold has two sides, each going in a different direction.
If a flag is pasted to one side of the fold,
 it will lie down heading in one direction; if pasted to the other side,
 the flag will lie pointing in the other direction.”
by Shereen LaPlantz
The flag book structure was developed in 1979 by Hedi Kyle.

e Star Books f
Star Books come in a variety of structures which form a star shape. 
Variations include
“ a triple layer accordion fold book,” “two sets of signatures... bound together with spacers...” and
“three layers of concertina folds, with cutouts, sewn together on the fore edge” and other star folds.
by Shereen LaPlantz

Thank you Dianne Byington for providing the photographs and creating this display.