Sunday, May 12, 2019


The 24th annual Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival was held this past April.  Twenty-two of the 105 people listed in the roster of participants are members of NORBAG including four who were instructors. The three day event featured a great selection of both one and two day classes. Everything from eco-dyeing to paper bead making, various boxes to spirit houses, and paper decoration to different binding techniques were offered. There were several evening events where one could visit with other participants and view examples from the various workshops, check out the beautiful books and art at the Instructor's Exhibition, and listen to some featured speakers. We especially enjoyed hearing NORBAG member Margo Klass, talk about her Artist in Residence experience on Boulder Creek, Alaska with her husband Frank Soos. Following are photos contributed by Edge Gerring, Dolores Guffey, Bobbie Hayes and Bonnie Julien.

Margo Klass displays her book documenting her Artist in Residence
experience with her husband, Frank Soos.

Photographs, poetry, and journal entries are recorded in the little books
that fit into the empty niches and are displayed along with found objects
such as stones, bones, and wood.

The book is comprised of various boxes that
accordion fold together into a neat package.

 Spirit House workshop participants display their houses.

Dolores's house has an Asian decor.

Randi Parkhurst displays her house made with her hand painted papers.
She taught the Paper Bead making workshop.

Travel Kraft boxes before covering with decorative papers.

Bonnie's finished box

Dolores used her marbled paper to cover the top and trays.

Michele Kamprath's kraft box.
Kraft box by Mary Humphrey

Donna Gephart's Kraft box.

John Arbuckle was also an instructor and had this beautiful book
in the Instructor's Exhibit. His classes were Art Journal in a Pouch,

Vintage Letter Art Journal, and Bound Tunnel Book.

These gorgeous books in the Instructor's Exhibit show off the long stitch binding 
(Let the Spine Speak) taught by Connie Stricks, a member 
of the Northwoods Book Art Guild in Alaska.

Margo's entry in the Instructor's show featured the same box structure
she taught in a workshop and that she used for her Boulder Creek book seen above.

The colorful spines of Becky McAllister's books from Connie's class
definitely illustrate the title of the "Let the Spine Speak" workshop.

Michele Kamprath's beautiful books from Connie's workshop.

Beads by Mary Humphrey

Donna Gephart's book from Margo's class.

 Dianne Byington's lovely book from the Altered Book Journal workshop.

Dolores' miniature book with wood covers.
Eco-dyed papers by Becky McAllister

Thursday, May 2, 2019


Hedi Kyle's book, The Art of the Fold, (available in the NORBAG Lending Library) provides a wealth of information and examples of some wonderful book structures. The May NORBAG workshop will feature two of those folds, the fishbone and the tree. Dianne Byington will instruct us on the difference between them and how to make them along with some variations. Some basic skills to be covered are paper folding, mountain fold, valley fold, and because of the many folds, we will review how to determine grain direction of papers to prevent cracked folds.

Tree fold, with varying page lengths

Tools and Materials to Bring:
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife or X-acto knife
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Scoring tool - paper will be scored multiple times so bring your favorite scoring tool: clear gridded ruler, measuring rules, ruler, or scoring board
  • Embossing stylus or pointed bone folder
  • Double-sided tape, 1/4" wide suggested

Materials Provided:

  • Paper, decorative on one side, white on the other 

Fishbone fold, with sharp folds

Fishbone fold, with soft folds

WHEN:    Saturday, May 11 at noon
WHERE:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte and F Streets
BRING?   See list above
COST:     50 cents
RSVP:     YES! by Wednesday May 8 to Dianne Byington, contact information will be in the newsletter.

Monday, April 29, 2019


At the Saturday April 12 workshop and book exchange Melissa Brown taught us the Miura Fold used by NASA for their solar displays. The fold enables an astronaut to open a small folded packet by holding the two opposite corners and simply pulling in opposite directions without having to unfold multiple times. It is also a handy way to fold a map because it refolds into its original shape easily.

Melissa supplied each of us with maps cut to 8 ½” x 11” to work with so that all of the folded paper looked the same. First we folded the page into an accordion fold with 5 panels. Using an odd number made things easier. After the first folds we had an accordion folded piece of paper that was 11” long and about 1 ¾” wide. Melissa used a huge piece of paper so that we could see what she was doing as she was walking around the room. Since we all used the same paper, there wasn't much variation to see.  

If you take the top left corner and the bottom right corner 
and pull them in opposite directions, the paper opens wide.
We progressed to fold the long accordion at not quite 90ยบ degrees from the long side. The last step was to open the paper and refold yet again. There is no way to explain without lots of drawings and even more words. You can download a PDF file from the International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics at Not only do you get instructions, you also receive a bit of history.

We didn't discuss how to use these in books. If you have any ideas please let us know.

Melissa told us not to bring a ruler but then she told us to make a five panel fold without the ruler. She showed us a method of using an accordion folded piece of paper that results in equidistant folds that can be applied to your project to divide it into five sections. You can use the equidistant markings on a ruler without actually using math (for example, 8 ½” paper divided by 5 equals 1.7” per colum or 1 and 11.2/16ths). Again, words cannot fully explain the process. The NORBAG Compendium of Project Pages, Volume II, page 53 shows us how to do this. 

Remember the Piano Hinge Accordion Book March workshop? We didn’t finish many of our books and a few people brought them in for display this month. Here are the pictures.

There is an opening in the cover to continue the feel of this structure made with windows.

This is a paste paper technique on acetate.

Nature bits and pieces
Decorative threads

Tuesday, April 23, 2019



Now on display in the kiosk inside the Humboldt County Library are 26 nature themed books created by members of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild. Peggy Marrs water colored plants and animals and bound them into a lovely book. Dolores Guffey used her marbling technique on corrugated paper, die cut into tree shapes and placed them in the accordion folds of a book with nature quotes. Bobbie Hayes created a flag book based on nature walks along the Hikshari’ Trail. Lynne Gurnee created Mylar windowed views of nature in a piano hinge accordion book. Michele Kamprath used autumn colors and dry leaves to print on black and white papers in a flora book. Edith Fuller, in Oregon, made a beautiful book with painted nature prints by a local artist. Carole Maurer, in Pennsylvania, hand lettered a whirligig book, The Mosquito, and reminded us that the mosquito is Alaska’s unofficial state bird. And that describes a few of the beautiful books that celebrate our wondrous earth. 

From the Earth Day website: In nature, nothing exists alone. - Rachel Carson, 1962

Sunday, April 14, 2019


Our member from York, England, Margaret Beech, knows how to plan ahead. Her motto is "it's never too early to make a start". She recently sent photos of her progress working on holiday cards for the December exchange. She decided to write down how many stages are involved in the making of one card...multiplied by at least thirty for the exchange. So far there are 17 stages including the signature. At a certain point she'll go into production line methods which will speed things up, but it's a while before she has a finished card. She writes "it's always easy to make one card, but I need to keep in mind how easy (or not) that will be to scale up". Here's a sneak preview of Margaret's holiday get busy on yours!

Planning ahead for the coming year of exchanges can begin as early as November when the new themes will be revealed. While some people work best under pressure, others need to plan ahead without a deadline looming. Of course some themes remain the same each year such as Valentine cards in February, Project Page or ideas from the compendiums in May, and the holiday cards in December. But once the new themes are released, consider choosing your favorite (no matter what month it is scheduled) and begin work. It will feel good to be "ahead of the schedule" and perhaps it will even help to inspire you for your next book, maybe the one that has the most difficult theme.

Thank you Margaret for sharing your progress on your holiday cards and for being an inspiration for so many aspects of book art.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


The April workshop will feature Melissa Brown teaching an origami fold that is used by NASA. Although we won't be deploying solar arrays, we will learn how to transform an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper into a flat, compact 1" x 4" packet. This fold is named for its inventor, Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura.

Bring a pencil and your favorite bone folder, but ditch the ruler. Melissa will teach us how to use a piece of paper to divide our project into even sections. No measuring (whew!).

If you want to decorate your project, feel free to bring pens, pencils, etc., but that's extracurricular. 

Tools to bring:
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder
  • Optional: materials to decorate your project

Melissa will supply:
  • Paper and written instructions

When?   Saturday, April 13 at noon
Where?  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
RSVP?    Yes, by April 10 to Melissa (contact information in the newsletter)
Cost?     50 cents

Friday, March 15, 2019

Hedi Kyle - Piano Hinge Workshop

The March 2019 meeting was very busy. Hedi Kyle structures were the theme. We had a total of 22 exchange books. Our “Show and Tell” table was full too. And the workshop had about 21 of us. Lots of things to see and do.


Lara Cox taught us the Hedi Kyle structure from The Art of the Fold found on pgs. 144-147. The structure is a marriage of the simple accordion fold and a piano hinge. The pages are made from a double length folded in half with the folded edge at the fore edge. Then we cut a window through the entire page and put a mylar pocket between the folded page and filled it with things of choice. Those windows can be viewed separately, but also as a marriage of images because they are all see through.

This was an unusual workshop. It sounds like it should be easy and quick. Fold an accordion, make a few cuts on the accordion spine, fold the pages over, cut out windows, fold mylar, put “stuff” inside the mylar. Done and done quickly. That did not happen on Saturday. Lara led us through all the steps easily. There were a few questions about where to cut the accordion that were immediately resolved. But things slowed down with the “put stuff into the mylar pockets.” Also, the marriage of structure and content was delightful. Our members, recognizing that you would see the contents of a single page and all pages at the same time, recognized the need for thought and creativity. We don’t have a lot of finished books because people wanted to spend time working on content at home. The members will bring their finished books to the next meeting.
Lara brought several examples of this structure.

The square cut from the cover is much smaller than the interior windows.
 It gives a taste of what is to come.

When opening the book, you see all of the inclusions at once
 or simply concentrate on the topmost page.
 (Note: sorry for the reflections.)

This sample shows how the contours of the book can be changed.  

This is the interior of the above book. Lara has an unusual paper being used in the windows. She explained that she was doing suminagashi and between prints, she used a torn strip of paper to remove the unused ink. She saved them and they are the contents of these mylar pockets.


After making a 16 panel accordion fold, we clipped the ends together
 to make sure that the horizontal cuts in the spine were identical.

The vertical cuts were different from end to end so the piano hinge worked.

We added a bit of tape on the inner edge of the cutouts so that the opening
 would hold the "hotdog on a stick" piece of wood stay in place.

Checking for fit of the stick.

When we put the ends together and slid in the stick,
 the marriage of the two structures was easily seen.
  The pages will be affixed to the accordion.

Spine finished, we folded the double length pages in half and using the orange jig, cut a hole in each folded page. In this picture, the folded edge of the light blue/lavender page is on the left.

Next was the mylar. Some of us used gloves
 to make sure we didn't leave any fingerprints on the mylar.

As usual, each member brought their own creativity to their pages. 
This member is using a background photo with geometric shapes floating above.

Feathers? Yes. 

Next comes someone with photograph cutouts and lacy sheets.

This member brought some mylar that had been used as a pastepaper base. Interesting? Yes!

Threads. On several layers of pages.

Just scraps (as shown in Hedi Kyle's book).

Circus signs.

Looking through the pages. 

Show and Tell Table

The Show and Tell table this month included more examples of the workshop
 structure as well as works in process, experimentation and awesome books. 

This was the March project page.

This is a pop-up book that actually used the book pages for the pop-ups.

As usual, we laughed, we worked, we had fun!

 If you have made it this far, go back to the top of the blog and click on Flickr gallery. The exchange pictures are up!