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Saturday, January 23, 2016

January NORBAG Workshop

In January, our workshop taught us about a Leporello structure.  Instead of a single piece of paper folded as an accordion/concertina, you have separate folded sections glued to each other to form an accordion fold that is not limited by the length of a single piece of paper. 

According to "Steeped in history, this binding technique takes its name from Don Giovanni’s manservant, Leporello, in Mozart’s famous opera.   A notorious lothario, Don Giovanni seduces so many women that when Leporello displays a tally of them all, it unfolds concertina-like across the stage, as a list of considerable length!"

Sounds quite elegant and posh. Not so for this workshop. Margaret B. from the UK sent us an exchange book that is brightly colored and exuberant. Since Margaret is in the UK, Dolores did the workshop.

Things started neatly. We started by picking five papers of different colors to make the cards.
Then things started getting a little out of hand when we started adding scrap paper and punches for the surface design.

Then the tables exploded with color.

In the bottom right, you can see that the covers were folded in half and that was the base unit used in the Leporello.
We made a WOW fold in a different color and added it to the folded card.
The next several pictures show many of our designs.

By the way, here is a picture of Ellen G. who takes and posts all of the photos of the exchange books on Flickr. She is taking pictures while the rest of us are at play in the workshop! Make sure to tap the Flickr pictures button to see the books in full color that are just black and white in the newsletter. The last photos displayed are from the December Card Exchange. The current month of pictures are usually up by the time you receive the next month's newsletter.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival 2016

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) at Nye Beach, Festival headquarters 

It's time to save the weekend of April 22-24 for a great time playing with all kinds of paper projects in the beautiful coastal town of Newport, Oregon. This year's Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival promises to be one of the best ones ever with seven classes each day to choose from. Offering 12 one-day classes, 3 two-day classes, and 1 three-day class there is bound to be something to inspire every book and paper enthusiast. The official schedule with registration materials will be mailed out sometime in the next month, but we were able to get a sneak peek of the list of classes and instructors.

One-Day Classes:

  • Mixed Media Cards & Embellishments for Books with Cheri Aldrich
  • Eco Dying of Paper & Fabric with Heather Fortner
  • Loves Me Loves Me Not/Crepe Paper Flowers with Sarah Gayle
  • Collage Play 2: All About Texture with Glenda Goodrich
  • Exposed Bindings with Dolores Guffey
  • Mini Paper Book Mobile with Kathy Karbo
  • Accordion in a Case with Moe Snyder
  • Make Your Mark (Long Stitch Journal, Sumi Ink) with Moe Snyder
  • Fishbone Fold Book with Connie Stricks
  • Paper from Mushrooms with David Summerlin
  • The Art & Craft of Collage with Arlene Warner
  • Paste Paper Evolution with Jackie Wygant
Two-Day Classes:

  • Indigo Dyeing & Books with Judilee Fitzhugh & Marilyn Zornado
  • Pocket Books with Margo Klass
  • The Amazing Dremmel with Jill Timm
Three-Day Class:

  • The Magical Book Box with Randi Parkhurst

The following photos are from past Festivals.

The Instructor's Show in the upstairs gallery at the VAC

No, we're not making a salad here, but a nature inspired collage 
for the pages in the journal below

Completed hand-printed botanical journals

Painted papers drying before assembly

Completed books from a Margo Klass workshop

Completed projects from two participants

A collection of completed structures

One of many benches awaiting visitors to enjoy the beautiful scenery at Nye Beach
NORBAG members have traditionally been prominent participants of the Festival so let's make 2016 our biggest showing ever. If you aren't already on the mailing list call (541) 265-6569 or email Khlo (registrar) at