Tuesday, June 28, 2016

SCULPTURAL LEPORELLO with Michele Kamprath

The July workshop is a playful, accordion-like structure made with sections that fit together and include simple pop-up components. This structure lends itself to various approaches including pictures, stamping, decorative paper, collage, and much more. 

Tools and materials to bring:
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife (X-acto)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder
  • 1/4" - 1/2" double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • 6-8 pieces of cardstock 8 1/2" x 11" and/or double-sided paper. A note from Michele about the paper: For one version of this book, plain cardstock was used. For another version, I used decorated cardstock. Either works fine. If you have some decorative cardstock, you may want to bring it to help your book "pop". (You may want plain on the backside and decorative on the front of your individual elements--see photos for examples.)

Decorating possibilities to bring if desired:
  • Stamps, inks, pictures, Washi tape, pens, colored pencils, paper punches, bevel-edged scissors, quotations

What will be provided:
  • Instructions
  • ribbon
  • bevel-edged scissors
  • paper bits

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

Friday, June 17, 2016

Quarto's workshop with Paul Johnson

The following article was submitted by our member across the pond, Margaret Beech. Her UK book arts group, Quarto, invited Paul Johnson to teach a workshop this past April and here is her report.

Paul Johnson, book artist extraordinaire, has an international reputation, and many of his one off books are in American collections. My UK book arts group, Quarto, invited Paul to teach a workshop for our April meeting. While many NORBAG friends were having paper arts fun in Newport, OR, thirteen British book artists were learning from the 'master'. It was as a result of Paul's first publication A Book of One's Own that I got into book arts and I feel I owe Paul a great debt. Had it not been for him I would never have known about NORBAG, become a member and traveled to spend time with you all.

Paul Johnson

Paul was my house guest the night before and we were able to travel to the workshop together. How wonderful to properly meet the man himself. The workshop was a triumph. Together we cut and folded to create a maze book with slip cover. Then the real work began, as in a game of consequences. Starting with our own book we filled a double page spread in response to a given poem using mark making tools, collage, pop ups, whatever seemed appropriate. Then the book was passed to the next person for them to add their contribution on the next double page spread. The book continued to travel--each person was given 10 minutes--until it arrived back with its creator and the whole book was full. A Book of Ours. Very different from our usual workshops and despite some hesitancy to start we all enjoyed the process very much. Paul is a lovely man, a good instructor and more than happy to share his work and techniques.

Very special was the one off carousel book he brought to show us. The whole thing constructed in his trade mark wonderfully coloured papers with the addition of Paul's pen and ink drawings. The book would be around 12" high and when open each page would be about 9" wide. The whole thing is held with paper hinges which means the entire book folds completely flat for carrying. There really were gasps of delight and wonder when Paul displayed the book for us all to enjoy.

Paul brought lots of his small books for us to look at and/or buy. It really was a privilege to have him with us for the day. If you get the chance to take a workshop with him, don't pass up the opportunity.
~ Margaret Beech, York, UK

Thank you Margaret for sharing this wonderful workshop experience with us.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Books by Michele Kamprath

The kiosk at the Humboldt County Library is now featuring books made by NORBAG artist Michele Kamprath. Local members know that Michele has been very active in NORBAG since she joined in 2007. Michele is our librarian as well as a frequent instructor at our monthly workshops. In fact, she will be leading the upcoming July workshop. Please stop by the library to see these beautiful books in person.

Thanks to Lynne Gurnee for arranging the display and providing the photographs.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Origami Fold "Wallet Book" with Bobbie Hayes

Bobbie explains her fun project:  "I was playing on the internet and saw a little “wallet” made by Karen Thomas. It is an origami fold that can use either rectangular or square pieces of paper and can easily be used as a book structure. The finished structure shows both the front and back sides of paper allowing you a lot of different looks. You can use paper decorated on two sides if you like. The structure has many pockets for ephemera. We will sew in a signature using the pamphlet stitch. We will be making three books in the workshop."

Tools to bring: 
  • Cutting mat 
  • Bone Folder 
  • 2 small to medium binder clips 
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Awl 
  • Scissors 
  • Craft knife (X-acto)
  • Needle (for sewing pamphlet stitch)
  • Wax for thread 
Materials to bring:
1 sheet of paper that is any of these  sizes: 12" x 12", 9" x 12", 9" square or 8" x 10". Both sides will show in the finished structure. The paper should not be a very heavy weight paper because it will be folded over itself and gets bulky quickly. Mi-Teintes or Fabriano (98 lb) is too heavy for all of them but I have made it in a 70 lb. drawing paper. Bobbie adds: "Why am I being so vague? Because we will experiment with this and it will be fun (for me) to see all of the variations."

What will be provided: Paper for two books. Participants will provide paper for the third book.

When:     Saturday, June 11 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 6 to Bobbie Hayes - see the newsletter for her contact information.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Photos of May, 2016 Workshop - Basic Japanese Stab Binding by Lynne Gurnee

In May, Lynne GurnĂ©e led our workshop in Basic Japanese Stab Binding.  We had in excess of 25 people. Lynne had us bring covers for two books and she provided pages with delightful haiku poems for one. We did two styles of stitching pattern. 

Two of the haikus:

Under the evening moon,
The snail
is stripped to the waist.

Don’t worry, spiders,
I keep house

Here are the pictures.

When we come into the room, it is empty. All of us set up tables and get ready.

Lynne had us start by folding our pages.

Then we gathered the pages and clipped them together.

And started stitching.

And stitching.

And these were the results.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival - 2016

NORBAG was widely represented (as usual) at this year's Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival (NPBAF) on April 22-24. What fun we had cutting, dyeing, embellishing, folding, stenciling, stitching, tearing, wrapping, and who knows what else, but if it involved paper we probably tried it. There were 21 different workshops with 108 participants and at least 15 were NORBAG members including four instructors (Dolores Guffey, Margo Klass, Randi Parkhurst, and Jackie Wygant).

The festival, sponsored by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, celebrated its 21st year and continues to grow as the largest annual event of its kind on the West Coast. The workshops range in levels of expertise from beginner to advanced so there is usually something to suit everyone. There were a few multiple day classes, but most were only one day. Pictured below is a sampling of photos from the weekend.

Randi demonstrated her box/book sculpture, Patience, at the Instructors show reception.

The instructors were invited to show some of their work in the gallery...some pieces were for sale.

Jackie Wygant, artist and instructor

Two books by Alaskan instructors Margo Klass (top), and Connie Stricks (bottom)

Margo Klass

Tall books by Judilee Fitzhugh and smaller books by our own Dolores Guffey

Randi Parkhurst's piece titled "The Windmill" - it is two books and two boxes that fit together in several ways

Margo's two-day Pocket Book class had many components so our tables got a little messy 

Michele had a little help from Wes stitching her book together - he was really concentrating on the project

Pocket Books - same structure but they became very unique books

The stitching could be done with one or two different colors of thread

The Pocket Book class minus a couple of members...all but three participants were NORBAG members, including our instructor and our mascot, Wes

Instructor Heather Fortner helps to unveil a scarf dyed by a participant in the Eco-Dye class

We each had one silk scarf plus 18 sheets of paper to use. Here Heather demonstrates how to roll the paper & leaf pages onto a dowel

This roll of paper & leaves is tied up tight and ready for a hot bath

Some of the leaves were fresh and some dry

Here is an example of what the paper could look like after the bath and the leaves removed

Two of the vats for boiling the rolls of paper & leaves or scarves and leaves

Two more boiling stations...each had water, vinegar, rust items, and various plant materials such as black walnuts, avocado pits, eucalyptus leaves etc.

Papers drying outside...it wasn't a very warm day so most papers did not dry completely

Heather demonstrated one way to bind the pages into a book, but since our papers did not dry completely we had to wait to do this at home.

If you would like to join in the fun next year put April 21, 22, & 23, 2017 on your calendar now and make sure you are on the mailing list for the festival. To receive a brochure next year email npaf@coastarts.org.

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