North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

September Workshop: Activities

September finds us back in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building with dimmer lighting than we would like but with lots of room for a larger number of participants. (All desks have outlets, so if you have a portable light, feel free to plug in!). We always start the meetings with our book exchange and members enjoy seeing the artists present their books.
Michele reads her book on bugs

Connie uses pink Valentine papers to create a photo album

Pat shows a book of her photos of Palm Springs botanicals

Bobbie shows off pivoting panels of her 10 cats

Dolores Guffey gave another great workshop—this time on an accordion structures with faux-woven spines. All pages were pre-cut (thank you Dolores) but workshop participants got to choose the style of the spine and then figure out how to adapt the general instructions to meet their needs.

A demo of accurate accordion folding

The accordion completed

Cutting initial slots
Weaving the pages

Different styles of weaving
Careful cutting
Final Results!
The book structure and its instructions should be included in the Project Page for next month's newsletter. Now that members have completed their prototypes, we'll see many creative variations of this structure in the months to come.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

NORBAG's New Website Address

North Redwoods Books Arts Guild has expanded our website and changed the address. Many thanks to member, John Anderson, for constructing the site. Please visit and bookmark the page. and note the following pages:

  • Home: The sidebar will highlight current book art news.
  • Workshop: The sidebar will maintain a running list of workshops held in the current year, complete with a link to photos taken during the actual workshop. The bottom of the sidebar includes a link to the list of workshops taught since 1995.
  • Exchange: The sidebar lists the exchange themes for the current year. This will be really handy if you cannot find your newsletter! If we have the photos of the exchange books, you will see an active link on that theme. The main text describes how we run the exchanges.
  • About Us: The sidebar lists officers and has a contact. The main text describes a bit about our guild community.
  • Join Us: The sidebar contains a link to a pdf file of all of the books in the Guild library. If you're thinking about buying a book, check the list as we may have it. There is also a link to a printable membership form. The main text lists the benefits of becoming a member.
  • Blog: This directs you to our blog. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Arts Alive, 2010

Our third annual Book Arts exhibition with Eureka Books was wonderful in so many ways. The redesigned cabinetry and floor space made it very easy for the crowds to move around and view all of the books and the 1000 Books hanging from the mezzanine railings added to the festive atmosphere. The great variety of book structures and the fact that these art objects could be picked up and enjoyed resulted in the audience receiving quite an education in the book arts. People were fascinated with Dolores Guffey's demonstration of sewing an exposed spine binding called "Bow Tie" and people enjoyed refreshments provided by Scott, Jack, Amy, and Peggy of Eureka Books.

 One of the main tables in back of the store.
View from the mezzanine. 
View of the front of the store.
This great shot shows most of the display space with the 1000 Books.
Dolores demonstrating a sewing frame and book cradle.
Michele "wearing" her Differential Equations pocketBook.
Sandy rearranging what remained of 1000 Books.
Many thanks to NORBAG participating artists, the Exhibition Committee, volunteers who helped construct 1000 Books, our member photographers, and Scott Brown of Eureka Books for being such a great, supportive partner in this event.
You'll enjoy seeing all of the books on Flickr:
Eureka Books Exhibition 2010
*Mouse over photos to identify artists and you can click on Slideshow.

Monday, September 6, 2010

September Workshop: Accordion with a Faux-Woven Spine

This relatively simple structure has a number of variations. All paper materials needed to make this book will be provided; you will need to bring the following:
  • Notebook
  • Pencil
  • Good eraser
  • Metal ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife (X-Acto or otherwise) with a fresh blade
  • Cutting mat (or an old magazine on which to cut)
  • Double sticky tape and/or glue stick
  • Material fee: $1.00
RSVP is essential, as Dolores needs to precut all of the materials prior to the class. Please let her know no later than Wednesday, September 8th. Her contact information is in the newsletter on the first page as well as the sidebar on p. 2.

Please also note that we'll be returning to our old room, Behavioral and Social Sciences 166 on the HSU Campus. We'll be meeting Saturday, September 11 at noon.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

1000 Books Reception

Last night Eureka Books held a reception for The Humboldt Literacy Project. We are hoping to sell 1000 of our handmade books to support this project. Thank you all NORBAG members for your hard work on this project. If you are interested in purchasing any of these books, please call Eureka Books at: (707) 444-9593.
Houses and boxes made from publicity postcards.
Sandy Vrem coordinated the effort.
Sandy explains how NORBAG members made 1000 books.
People enjoying the 1000 Books and getting a sneak preview of our upcoming exhibition.
Scott Brown of Eureka Books; Michele Olsen, president of NORBAG; Sandy Vrem, coordinator of the project; Bonnie Julien, board member; Katy Yanke, member

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sneak Preview

A group of guild members spent most of Thursday setting up for our Friday night event (1000 Books) and our Saturday evening exhibition (Arts Alive). Thank you book ladies! (Michele is behind the camera)
 Marie (look for Sandy's face above the railing)
Ilene assembling strings of books
Sandy hanging strings of books in the window
Bonnie unpacking books for the exhibition
Dolores setting books in the display case
Books, Books, and More Books

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Book Art at First Street Gallery

If you are visiting NORBAG's exhibit at Eureka Books during Arts Alive this weekend, be sure to stop by HSU's First Street Gallery in Eureka. This month the featured artists are HSU faculty and staff. JoAnn Berke, art professor at HSU and supporter of the book arts, has an entry titled "It's All French to Me". You'll enjoy the way she uses a book in this sculptural piece. See you there.

Library Kiosk, Travel and 1000 Books

Bonnie has changed the NORBAG kiosk in the Humboldt County Library. 

The current theme is "Travel" but it also features information about our work, "1000 Books" to raise money for the non-profit agency, The Humboldt County Literacy Project. Our members have made over 1000 books to sell for $1 each, with the money all to go to this worthy cause. Please enjoy the slideshow below, but of course, seeing the actual kiosk is even better.