North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Thursday, February 28, 2019


The March NORBAG workshop will feature Lara Cox teaching Hedi Kyle's Piano Hinge Accordion book. This book structure is a variation of the piano hinge album. A fun part of the structure is the individual folios which feature window cut-outs filled with Mylar inserts (pockets). The Mylar allows light to pass through the pages, creating shadows, reflections and see-through parts depending on your design. This allows the maker to run wild with content such as collage material, stencils, prints, drawings and photographs to name a few options.

Tools to Bring:

  • Cutting mat
  • X-acto knife or similar tool
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil
  • Double sided tape (Note: this structure uses quite a lot of tape.)
  • Paper Clips

Materials to Bring:

  • Content for Mylar pockets such as cutouts that produce shadows or other ideas such as mentioned in the above description. Please note that there are four pages and the see-through part of the pages will measure 3.5" tall x 5" wide.
  • For the accordion hinge: One (6" x 12") piece of text weight paper (90 gsm).
  • For the pages: Four (6" x 17") pieces of cover weight paper (Mi-Teintes works well).
  • For the covers: Two (6" x 17.5") pieces of cover weight paper such as Mi-Teintes.

Lara will supply:

  • Instructions
  • For the pockets: Mylar sheets (Four pieces measuring 4.5" x 12").
  • For the hinge: Wooden rod measuring 6" long

When:   Saturday, March 9, at noon
Where:  Eureka Methodist Church, Del Norte & F Streets
Bring:    See above list
Cost:     $2
RSVP:    Yes, to Lara by Wed. March 8 (contact info in the newsletter).

Saturday, February 23, 2019


Handmade books using many traditional and modern techniques are now on display in the kiosk at the Humboldt County Library. Various kinds of book bindings such as single and double needle Coptic, Japanese stab binding, French Link, Secret Belgian, Slinky, and Long Stitch are included. There are small folded books containing pages of poetry, a multi-page pop-up book, and several Accordion variations including one with decorative lacing on the fore edges of each page. You will also find examples of surface designed cover papers, original lino-cut reduction prints, eco-dyed, watercolor, and paste papers. It's an extravaganza of handmade books by members of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild.

Friday, February 15, 2019


North Redwoods Book Arts Guild has its own traditions. In December we do not have a workshop. Instead, it's a social event with a holiday card exchange similar to a cookie exchange where members sign up in advance and then make an edition of cards one for each participant. At our September workshop we have a theme called "Second Chance" that encourages us to use a theme that we may have missed. In February, the tradition is to celebrate the holiday with a Valentine's Day card exchange and the workshop is devoted to making Valentine cards for Seniors receiving home delivered meals and for the residents of board and care homes.

This year Lorraine Miller-Wolf was back to lead our Valentine card making workshop. Lorraine brought some materials for us to use and invited us to bring any other materials we would like. It's always an interesting workshop because we get to see many working styles. Some members are spontaneous with their creations. Other members come with materials that are built around a particular theme; the creativity having started at home. Both methods result in a multitude of great cards for our Seniors. 

This is Lorraine. She has been leading this workshop for several years. 
It is a lovely gift to the Seniors in the community.

The card on the left shows a paper technique that we learned
 in a previous workshop.
 On the right, you can see the current newsletter project.

Toward the bottom of the photo, you can see a page of LOVE stamped paper
 for inserting into Becky's cards.
Not only are Seniors happy with the cards, so is Kristi.

We had five tables of people making cards 
with lots of laughter and talking around those tables.

Not only do we have differences in style and aesthetic of these cards, we even have different physical styles for working. Michele stands a lot during her playtime.

Look at all of the lovely tools that Debbi has!

Edge takes a minute to see what others are doing.

This is just a tiny part of the cards we made!

Show and Tell Table

We have a table where we display items that we are working on, techniques we've learned and books we've made that aren't entered into the exchange.

Lynne G's fish bone book

Lara Cox's folding tree.

I can hardly wait for the next "Show and Tell" next month. You will see more of the pictures in the future.

Sunday, February 10, 2019


A new exhibit at Collins Memorial Library on the campus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington demonstrates what can happen when some encyclopedias outlive their purpose. In June of 2018 members of Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) and other local artists were invited to take home a discarded encyclopedia volume and transform it into an art object that may or may not resemble its original form. The artists created new structures and gave new life, meaning and relevance to the volumes. The pages and spines were deconstructed, shredded, stitched, molded, folded, drilled and stacked resulting in pieces of art that demonstrate the unique approaches to each individual's creative process. Pictured here is a sample of some of the wonderful "books" on display. This exhibit will run through May 12 and is well worth a visit.

Mary Queen of Scots by Judy Cook

Anamnesis by Patricia Chupa

by Bonnie Julien

by Mark Hoppmann

by Lucia Harrison

A Shred of Humanity by Mark Hoppmann

Food For Thought by MalPina Chan

by Theresa Owens

by Kim Izenman

Lady Britannica by Jan Ward

by Gabby Cooksey

Principal Designers, Maloy Moore & Carlisle Huntington

Index Evolved by Dorothy McCuistion

by Deborah Greenwood
The paper for this book was made from the shredded volume
and tiny letters can be seen in the specks within the paper.

by Theresa Owens

Boots by Leslie Levenson

by Becky Frehse

by Sharon Styer

Friday, February 1, 2019


The February Valentine workshop will be led by Lorraine Miller-Wolf. Once again we will be making valentines for people receiving the Senior Nutrition home delivered meals, participants at the senior lunch sites, kidney dialysis patients and people living in our local convalescent and board and care homes. Last year Lorraine distributed 1000 valentines...many made by NORBAG members! She received a note last March from one of the board and care homes: "Many thanks from our residents for the lovely valentines! Your kindness year after year is so appreciated. Sometimes our residents have no family other than our facility staff and so these beautiful cards bring some cheer and happiness." That says it all! If you can't come to the meeting/workshop, but would like to contribute your handmade valentines, just contact Lorraine:

Materials to Bring:

  • Miscellaneous papers suitable for valentines
  • Paper doilies
  • Ribbon, lace and other adornments
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue or glue stick
  • X-acto knife & cutting mat
  • Stamps and stamp pads
  • Scrap paper to protect table surface

When?   Saturday, Feb. 9 at noon
Where?  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
Bring?    See above list
RSVP?    No
Cost?     None