Monday, October 18, 2021

REVOLVING BOX RECAP




Margaret Beech's revolving cubes workshop was great fun. More than 40 participants joined on Zoom. We each made two identical origami boxes and threaded straps around them to create a cube that would revolve in four directions and then move back to the original place. There were "squeals of delight" as everyone played with their new "toys". Margaret told us that this structure has no real purpose, but it sure is fun to play with. In a serendipitous way, it turns out that these boxes could have a purpose beyond being a sculptural plaything.

During the workshop, our technical coordinator Bobbie, had the brilliant idea to make two more boxes that could be inserted upside down into each of the open origami boxes. These boxes then serve as added reinforcement and give a more finished look when the boxes are revolving. Because one could also hide little things inside the boxes they now have a useful purpose. Margaret suggested that you make these new boxes 1/2" smaller than the originals. I tried making my new set of boxes just 1/4" smaller and they fit snuggly, but still can be easily removed. It might depend upon the type of paper you use so it's good to make a model first to see what size works best.

Thank you to Margaret for a very fun and unique workshop, and to Bobbie for her very clever addition.

Margaret Beech


Here are photos of some of the boxes made by our members.

Bobbie Hayes

Bobbie Hayes


Carol DuBosch

Carol DuBosch

Mary Elizabeth Nelson

Mary Elizabeth used her beautiful cyanotype paper.



Kathy Warren


Kathy Warren


Margaret Beech's example shows the addition of the
second set of boxes.

Second set of boxes shown on the right. They do not need
the added reinforcement we used on the original boxes.






If our local members have an opportunity to visit the Humboldt County Library in Eureka, they will find a new display of our artist books and cards. Here are some photos.








Thank you Kenzie for the display and Dolores for the photographs.

















Sunday, September 26, 2021

REVOLVING CUBE

 Our October workshop will be a fun interactive structure taught by our member from York, England, Margaret Beech. We will make two identical origami boxes, which when laced together in an ingenious way make a Revolving Cube. Margaret promises that this is much easier than it sounds, but suggests that you watch a short video by NORBAG member Nancy Akerly demonstrating her "Rolling Cube"

youtu.be/yEEmcmEgQkE or tinyurl.com/vcjn2dr3 

Special thanks to Nancy for the original instructions.




For one cube you will make two identical size origami boxes, so please cut in advance:

  • Two 7" squares of decorative paper (good weight)
  • Two 2 1/2" squares of the same paper used for the box
  • Three 7" x 1/2" strips for the lacing, colored on both sides. Note: If your paper is lightweight then cut the strips 1" wide, fold in half lengthwise and glue together.
Also, cut the following pieces from light cardstock. Margaret recycles old greeting cards; these will be concealed inside the boxes. Please have them cut in advance.
  • Two 2 1/2" squares (these will reinforce the bottom of each box
  • Eight 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" pieces (these will reinforce the sides of the boxes

When:    Saturday, October 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific time
Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:     YES by October 4 to Dolores Guffey to receive the link, password and Margaret's instructions
Workshop questions: Margaret Beech
Zoom questions: Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for Dolores, Margaret & Bobbie is in the newsletter

Sunday, September 19, 2021

3D and POP-UP RECAP

At our last workshop Mary Conley invited us into her studio (virtually) to share some of her beautiful 3D and pop-up books. She also shared how to make her watermelon book and led us through the steps to make a wonderful pop-up rose bouquet. Thank you Mary for a very enlightening workshop. Here are a few screenshots from the workshop.

Mary Conley

The Watermelon book

Looking down at the tunnel book.

The front of the tunnel book pictured above.



Folding the flowers

Positioning the flowers to begin gluing

A beautiful bouquet

After a hiatus of more than a year, the kiosk near the check-out counter at the Humboldt County library in Eureka is once again displaying books made by NORBAG members. Here are a few photos of books currently on display. 







Thank you Kenzie Mullen for curating the display.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

WISH YOU WERE HERE

Last spring the San Diego Book Arts group initiated a project where seven book arts organizations came together to celebrate “where you live” through a hand-crafted, USPS-compliant, postcard exchange and freestyle bookmaking project. Groups included: Bay Area Book Artists, New England Book Artists, North Redwoods Book Arts Guild, PaperWorks, Puget Sound Book Artists, San Diego Book Arts, and the Santa Fe Book Arts Group. Named the "Wish You Were Here Project", it was a great success with wonderfully creative postcards being sent all across the U.S. and ultimately bound into each participant's individual book. Here is a link to an on-line gallery where you can see all the beautiful books and postcards.

Fourteen NORBAG members participated in the project and their contributions are shown below.

John Arbuckle

John's postcard

Rosie Arenas

Rosie's postcard

Dianne Byington

Dianne's postcard

Edge Gerring

Edge's postcard


Fran McReynold's postcard

Fran McReynolds

Mary Elizabeth Nelson

Another view of Mary Elizabeth's book

Mary Elizabeth's postcard

Mary Elizabeth's second book 
(she participated in two different groups)


Linda Swanson

Linda's postcard

Catherine von Schwind

Catherine's postcard

Sandy Vrem

Sandy's postcard

Judy Smedberg's postcard
Judy Smedberg


Ruth Dailey's book

Ruth's book with her postcard showing on the right.

Lee Mann's book

Lee's postcard

Laurel Moorhead's book

Laurel's postcard

Jamila Rufaro's book

Jamila's postcard




Many thanks to everyone who participated in this great project and giving us such wonderful eye candy to view.

If the above examples didn't do enough to spark your enthusiasm for creating book art, check out the following link to view the 2021 Puget Sound Book Artists Members' exhibition now on display at Collins Library on the campus of the University of Puget Sound. The exhibit will be up until October 1.