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 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

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: 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