Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August Workshop Photos

At the August workshop, Edge Gerring guided our members through Michael Jacobs’ “Flip Card” structure. Following are photos of the cards being made, and even some of them in action!

Applying the double-sided tape

Flipping the pages

Flipping through more pages

Sequence 1

Sequence 2

Sequence 3

The group hard at work on their cards.
Thank you to Edge for guiding this workshop and Dolores for providing the photos.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

The Summer 2016 book art exhibit is titled Everything - Including the Kitchen Sink. This is the eighth chapter of exhibits in the Sherry Grover Gallery upstairs at the museum. The explanation for this exhibit is: "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." This exhibit will run through October 2 and admission to the museum is free. If you are in the area there are also artist lectures and open book tours that relate to the books featured in the exhibit. For more information about these events and museum hours check the website for details:

Thursday, August 4, 2016

FLIP CARD WORKSHOP with Edge Gerring

Come to the August NORBAG workshop and learn how to make flip cards. These fun action cards can be adapted for many uses. The pages flip smoothly back and forth when a tab is pulled or pushed. These cards will fit into standard size envelopes, but the size can also be adjusted to meet your preferences (suggested paper size is listed below).

Tools to bring:
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife (X-acto)
  • Metal Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone Folder
  • 1/4" - 1/2" double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
Materials to bring:
  • One 2-3/4" x 11" piece of cardstock (grain short)
  • One 8" x 2-1/2" piece of cardstock (grain short)
  • Five pieces of cardstock 3-1/4" x 2-1/2" (grain long)
  • Optional: One 4" x 9-1/8" piece of board or heavy cardstock to use as a mounting piece.
  • Note: The cardstock can be decorative or plain paper that can be decorated with flat embellishments such as stamps, stickers, pictures or words to be glued on.
What will be provided: Instructions and examples to study.

When:  Saturday August 13 at 12 noon
Where: Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets in Room 8. This is a room change for this workshop. Go through the playground and enter the first door to find Room 8, also known as the Fireplace Room. Signs will be posted to guide you. This is a temporary meeting place due to our regular room being unavailable this month.
Bring:   See the above list
Cost:    $1.00
RSVP:   Yes! by August 8 to Edge Gerring. Her contact information is in the newsletter.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

June and July, 2016 Workshop Photos

In this post we are featuring photos from both the June and July 2016 NORBAG workshops.

Bobbie Hayes conducted the origami fold "wallet book" workshop in June and so didn’t have a chance to take photos. At that workshop we were fortunate to have Lara Cox show examples of her kirigami which is a variation of origami that includes folding and cutting paper. In addition to her exchange book, she brought two hats inspired by 1920's era fashion. The various fold elements include free form flowers as well as spiral cuts and a kirigami fishnet to partially cover the face. The photos below show Lara's beautiful examples of "kirigami fascinators".

The July workshop, titled "Sculptural Leporello", was taught by Michele Kamprath. A leporello is an accordion-like structure that can be of any number of pages. 
Take a look at all of the variations!

There are two basic components of the leporello. The pink is the card with a single "V" fold and the green/pink is the same size card that is folded into a "W" and collapses inside the single fold.

The outer "W" fold can be cut, stamped or decorated in almost any manner.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Surface Design

There is a new display of NORBAG artist's books in the kiosk at the Humboldt County Library. This display features different methods of surface design. According to the sign in the display, surface design refers to the methods artists use to color or decorate the papers in their books. Some examples of this include marbling, stamping, painting, linoleum block printing, spattering, sanding, sponging, and embossing. This display will be up until early September so if you're in Eureka stop by to check it out.

Thank you to Lynne Gurnee for arranging the display and providing the photographs.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

PSBA Members' Exhibition

The Needle & the Sword: The Early Women's Movement in Twenty-Four Hankies
by Lynn Skordal
The Puget Sound Book Artists Sixth Annual Members' Exhibition is on-going at Collins Memorial Library on the campus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. There are 60 works by 38 artists in this exhibit that opened June 2 and runs through July 30. The exhibit features a wide variety of book forms including some that are quite sculptural. There are also some very unique materials, methods of assemblage, and bindings used. More information about the exhibit can be found at the Collins Library website where you can access photos of all the books from the links on the right hand side of the page. Also, check out PSBA's blog for more information about this busy organization at: Here is a sample of some of the wonderful books in the exhibition.

Ballot Box by Bonnie Thompson Norman (Collins Library Award)

Cabin by Bonnie Larson

Girl Interpreted by Mari Eckstein Gower

Higgley Piggley by Lynn Skordal

For the Mad Dog Bites : 17th Century Advice by Susan Brown

The Science & Art of Being Cultured by Lynne Knopp

Finding Our Way in Paper by Deborah Greenwood and Lucia Harrison

Conversation with Stones by Jan Dove

Twig and Leaf by Jan Ward

Visible by Debbi Commodore

Whose Fault is it Anyway by Kathy Dickerson