Friday, November 18, 2022

Arowana and BIMA


Our November workshop was all about a fish named Arowana. Our instructor, Edge Gerring, was very familiar with Arowana and knew just how to cut Arowana apart and then bring Arowana back together into a very “fluttery” flag book. It was a fun workshop and maybe a little more complicated than other workshops so not everyone completed their structure during the allotted time. So, we only have one example to share and it comes from across the big pond. Many thanks to Edge and to Margaret for sharing.

Margaret Beech (England)

Shapes of Things to Come is the title of the current exhibit in the Sherry Grover Gallery at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) in Washington. This exhibit will continue until February 15, 2023. Here is the introduction to the exhibit:

"The future of the book is here. These works from the Cynthia Sears Artist's Books Collection bend convention, break tradition, and steer a bold course for the future of artist's books. This exhibition features more than forty local, national, and international artists working in diverse formats, materials, and themes."

Here is a sample of some of the wonderful books on display. 

Transpose, 2021
 Islam Aly (Egypt)

Inside Chance, 2000
 Linda Smith (Arizona)

Socrates, Know Thyself, 1999
Stephen Daiber (Massachusetts)

Old Growth: Beneath the Forest Floor, 2015
Lucia Harrison (Washington)

Slices, 2004
Emily Martin, (Iowa)

Take Me, I'm Yours, 2019
Laura Russell (Oregon)

50 Revolutions, 2015
Helen Hiebert (Colorado)

Living With Tassels and Trims, 2019
Robbin Ami Silverberg (New York)

This is the book that goes with the jacket pictured above and 
here is the artist's description of the two pieces:

"I stumbled upon plastic bags filled with samples of textiles, tassels & trim when we were cleaning out my mother’s closets after she died. The remnants found in those bags were pieces of her story: dreams of creating a space and place, a home that defined beauty, projected refinement, and what she would have clarified as happiness.

The result is a cloth book with richly embroidered text & patterns sewn onto a wooden clothing hanger. 
The text focuses on the idea of ritual as movement and movement as reading. Each copy has a unique case made from clothing, which becomes the protection of these words instead of the human body. The viewer must ‘undress’ the book in order to read it."

Sunday, October 30, 2022


Flag books are very eye-catching and often contain several different images. But they can also be a great structure to use for a large single image. Our November workshop will feature a fish named Arowana and an instructor named Edge Gerring who will show us how to create this single image flag book. Edge will provide an image of Arowana but you can use any image that will fit on the 5" x 11" background.


Edge will provide:  Instruction sheet and Arowana image
These will be emailed to you upon RSVP.

Participants need:
  • Pencil and metal edged ruler
  • Scissors, cutting knife and mat
  • Bone folder (scoring board and scoring tool are optional)
  • Glue: PVA, Elmer's, Tacky or extra strong glue stick
  • One (1) piece background card stock 5" x 11" grain short - or any paper that will take 1/2" accordion folds well.
  • One (1) copy of Arowana (or your similar sized image) on cardstock
  • Two (2) covers: stiff board 1 1/2" x 5" grain long
  • Two (2) cover papers 3 1/2" x 6"
  • Optional: paper, cord, ribbon, etc. for a belly band
Here are a couple more images to give you an idea of how this structure goes together.

Workshop Meeting Details:

When:   Saturday November 12 at 10 a.m. PST
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    Dolores Guffey by Nov. 7 to receive the password and instructions
Workshop Questions: Edge Gerring
Zoom Questions:  Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter

Thursday, October 13, 2022


Our October workshop to learn the Diamond Meander Fold was quite a success. Carol DuBosch walked us through the steps to create the folds, make a few cuts, and lastly, collapse those folds into a sweet little book. She provided us with a copy of a quote by William Stafford using her own calligraphy, or we could use our own paper. Carol also showed copies of other books she had made using the same diamond fold. Thank you Carol for another great workshop.

Mary Conley made her book with beautiful two-sided paper.

Bonnie Julien used the paper with calligraphy
that Carol provided and added cover pieces.

Margaret Beech used her own colored paper.

Margaret's cover

The Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) group just held their third annual book exchange. This year the theme was Pathways. It was chosen as a means to help to get to know each other and learn about past experiences, interests and future goals. There were 17 participants and here is a sample of some of the books in the exchange.

Kim Izenman

Belinda Hill

Dorothy McCuiston

Bonnie Julien

Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Abbie Birmingham

Lynn Skordal

John Arbuckle

Lynne Olson

Rachel Watson

Selene Fisher

Laurel Moorhead

Here is a link to view all of the books in the exchange.

Monday, September 26, 2022


There are many different types of meander books. At our October meeting Carol DuBosch will teach us the Diamond Fold Meander using a template and a demo page that will be provided. She will also share many original books she has made over the years using this practical and unusual approach to an accordion fold book. Carol's books contain a wide variety of texts and contents that will hopefully inspire your future bookmaking.

Demonstration Book

Demonstration Book folded with belly band added.

Another demo book, this one written with gouache
and colored with ink that was sprayed with water. 

A different view of the book

Supplies to have for the workshop

  • PDF pages printed to "Actual Size"
  • Trim the page with William Stafford's word to 5.5" x 11" as instructed on the page. We will fold and make the cuts for that page during the class.
  • One (1) piece of text weight paper cut to a rectangle that measures 2:1. Any size will work, so long as the length is twice the width of the rectangle.
  • Cutting mat
  • Xacto knife
  • Metal straight edge
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil

More examples of the Diamond Fold Meander

A close-up view of the folds

This is one book that was made with two Diamond
Fold Meanders that were glued together. Carol will
demonstrate this technique.

Workshop Details:

When:    Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:     Dolores Guffey by October 3 to receive the password and PDF's
Workshop Questions:  Carol DuBosch
Zoom Questions:  Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter

Monday, September 12, 2022


 Our September Criss Cross Accordion workshop taught by Mary Conley was a great success with more than 40 participants. Our thanks go to Mary for showing us a lovely sculptural book that can also hold cards in the "pockets". We discovered that the sizes of the book pieces can also be cut in half to make a smaller version just right for holding ATC cards.

Two books by Bobbie Hayes, one a smaller size,
and both with her beautifully decorated papers.

The smaller book is oriented to lift up,
 rather than from the side like the larger book. 

This book is by Bonnie Julien.

Bonnie's book includes ties of waxed linen thread
inserted through holes punched with a Dremel.

Margaret Beech used Dylusion inks 
to create these beautiful painted covers.

Margaret's book demonstrates how the
crossed pages can be used as pockets.

Humboldt County Library Display

The kiosk at the Humboldt County Library in Eureka has a new display of miniature books made by Edge Gerring. If you are in the area, be sure to check out this great collection. Thank you Edge for sharing your wonderful books with us.