Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April's Guest Workshop with Margaret Beech

Please Note: April's meeting and workshop will be on a different time and on a different day than usual. We will be meeting on the 3rd Saturday in the morning. But we'll be in our usual location: BSS 166 on the HSU campus in Arcata.

April's Special Guest Workshop with Margaret Beech:
Dottie Alphabet for Non-calligraphers and a Nested Envelope Book with Four Signatures

Come join us for a very special workshop with Margaret Beech, our truly creative member from York, England. Margaret joined NORBAG in March 1998 and has not missed one exchange in all of that time (with the exception of the month when we handed out Chinese takeout boxes to be made into an exchange book). Her joy of book arts and her calligraphy have infected all of us. To date she has participated in over 140 exchanges across the pond to NORBAG. She has also contributed projects for our newsletter, articles for Bound & Lettered and also organized the book exchange between members of Quartro in the UK and members of NORBAG. Please visit her web pages at: to view her books. 

Our workshop will begin with a Dottie Alphabet for non-calligraphers in the morning and continue with a nested envelope book in the afternoon.

Saturday, April 17
9:30 AM: Meet Margaret
10:00 AM: Promptly start learning and practicing the Dottie Alphabet.
Noon: Break for lunch and book exchange. (Please bring a brown bag lunch.)
1:00 PM: Nested Envelope Book in which you will use the Dottie Alphabet you just learned.
Note: If you're not able to join us for the workshop, please feel free to come by from noon to 1 PM to meet Margaret. 

Materials to bring
Monoline pen (Pigma Micro is a good choice--can be .20, .25 or .30 mm. These are available at Ellis Art and Engineering)
New glue stick
Needle, thread, beeswax
Colored felt tip pens or colored pencils
Used postage stamps. Note: there will be extras if you don't have any.
12" square or scrapbooking paper or gift wrap (non-directional)
Envelope linings or other decorative paper (non-directional). Note: Extras will be available. 

We need you, please, to RSVP by April 12 at the latest! Please let us know as soon as you can...How about right now! Margaret will be bringing cut squares of materials that will be put in your books and she has to get these ready. The actual book papers also need to be cut ahead of time and will be provided for you. Please call or email Dolores if you're coming (even if you're not absolutely sure) so there will be enough kits ready for everyone. Dolores's contact info is on page 2 of any newsletter as well as in your membership directory.

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