North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Meander, Maze, Ox & Plow Books with Dolores Guffey

It's amazing what you can make with a single sheet of paper! Whether it is called a maze, meander, or whatever, the important feature is that it only takes one sheet of paper. There are numerous cutting patterns that provide variations to the end product and Dolores will demonstrate at least eight of them. This workshop is designed to provide you with prototypes...samples to take home and make books galore whenever the spirit moves you.

A sample of Dolores' single sheet fold books

Tools to bring:
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue stick
  • Metal ruler (at least 12" long)
  • X-acto or craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Needle & thread
  • *Rubber stamps & stamp pads
  • *Punches
* Optional

Materials that will be provided:

Dolores will provide all the papers needed (her stash has gotten too large and this is a great way for her to recycle and share). We will be putting surprises within the structures... such as signatures, pop-ups, wow folds, and opportunities for your own creativity. Written instructions will also be provided.

When:   Saturday, April 9 at 12 Noon
Where:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
Bring:    See list above
RSVP:    YES! by April 5 to Dolores (contact information is in the newsletter)
Cost:     50 cents

Friday, March 25, 2016

A visit with Randi Parkhurst

Welcome to the studio of Randi Parkhurst in Olympia, Washington.  This is where you’ll usually find Randi and her three canine assistants Sadie, Isis, and Maxine. While we usually associate Randi just with book related artwork, that is by no means her only creative endeavor.  She also paints, weaves, knits, and will try most any kind of art. Since her mother, Nikki, is also an accomplished artist Randi comes by her talent naturally. Her studio is filled with art work, mostly her own, but also contains signs, pictures, and other items that provide a spark for her creativity. When she needs inspiration she spreads out things that she loves…colored pens and pencils, organic things like seeds and shells, old metal objects, and beautiful papers. Pictured below are photos of Randi and her studio. For links to vimeos of two of her most popular pieces, Patience and Tansu Gothic, visit her website

Randi with Isis and Tansu Gothic

The studio inspiration wall

Favored items

Randi makes paper beads

Lots of beads!!

Smaller books on display

Randi's beautiful hand painted papers


Randi and her lap assistant, Maxine

Monday, March 14, 2016

March Library Kiosk Display

Have you been to the Humboldt County Library recently? If not, it's time for a visit to see a new display of NORBAG artists' books. Travel oriented books and journals are featured. One look at these books and you'll be anxious to start planning your next vacation as well as the perfect structure to document your memories. It looks like our members have been to some wonderful locations and have found beautiful ways to share them in their book art.

Thank you to Lynne G for creating this display.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Slit Fold Pop-Up with Edge Gerring

Are you intimidated by pop-up techniques? If so, here is your chance for some instruction. At the March NORBAG workshop you will learn how to make a pop-up card that can be used for any occasion or incorporated into the signatures of a book. Instruction sheets and finished examples will be provided. For those who already know the "Slit-Fold" technique or who finish quickly and want to make a second card, Edge will be prepared to teach a slightly more complicated pop-up called a "Step Fold".

Edge's festive pop-up birthday card.
 Materials and Tools to bring:
  • (1) 8.5" x 5.5" Card stock for the cover
  • (1) 8" x 5" card stock for inside layer
  • Decorative papers
  • Embellishments suitable for the occasion you choose (birthday, wedding, graduation, etc.)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Bone folder
  • Scrap paper for gluing on
When:   Saturday March 12 at 12 noon
Where:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
RSVP:    YES! by March 7 Edge's contact information is in the March newsletter
Cost:     50 cents