North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

If you are interested in more info or joining, please email to

Sunday, April 25, 2021


 According to Wikipedia, "the hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining items that are of interest to an individual collector". The May NORBAG workshop will feature Mary Elizabeth Nelson, aka Emmy, sharing her collection of artists' books. She began collecting books back in the early 1990's. After starting out as a calligrapher she quickly added bookmaking to her art projects. Working with many of the creative ways of embellishing papers and the various methods of folding and binding them into books led Emmy to collect as well as to make books. She will share some of her special books that have been created in a wide variety of print media and issued in all types of book formats. Here is a preview of some of the books she will be sharing with us.

The May workshop does not require you to have any supplies handy as this will be a "Show and Tell" event.

When:   Saturday May 8 at 10 a.m. PST
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    YES, to Dolores Guffey by May 3 to receive the password and instructions
Workshop questions: Mary Elizabeth Nelson
Zoom questions: Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter.

Monday, April 12, 2021


 The April NORBAG workshop featured Sandy Vrem via Zoom teaching about 50 members how to make a variety of “Folded Curiosities”. These prototypes will provide us with some great ideas on how to use the structures in cards or as inserts in books. We look forward to seeing how our members use them in future projects. Thank you Sandy for giving us an inspiring workshop. Catherine von Schwind made a wonderful "Thank You" card using one of the "Curiosities" folds.

Since we don’t have any other photographs of finished projects from the “Curiosities” workshop, we’ll share some photographs of some of the books in the latest exhibition, “Water is…”, in the Sherry Grover Gallery at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA). According to the statement by the museum curators, the exhibit features over 50 works by different book artists meditating upon what water means to them personally—literally, figuratively, and symbolically. Some book structures employed by these artists seem to seek to contain water, while accordion books suggest eternal cycles. Cloth books soften the water’s fall and flag books create waves. We apologize for not having the names of the artists who made these beautiful books.

Thursday, April 1, 2021


* For April Curiosities Workshop Information

 scroll down below this announcement *

a collaborative project between book artists–coast to coast

San Diego Book Arts invites its members, and those of six other book arts organizations, to come together to
CELEBRATE “WHERE YOU LIVE” through a hand-crafted USPS-compliant postcard exchange and freestyle bookmaking project. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to share your love, perception, or impression of where you live, a place you likely got to know inside and out this past year, with fellow book artists. TAKE PART! What a fun way to welcome fellow artists into your home, yard, neighborhood, city, region, or state.
What a cool way to take a virtual journey through their abode or environs–from the Pacific Coast through the Southwest and up into New England.

How It Works

1. Groups of 16 artists will be matched into mini collaboratives.
2. Each artist will design and mail “where you live” themed postcards to their group members.
3. Each artist will design and craft their own “Wish You Were Here” book that displays all 16 postcards from
their group.
4. All “Wish You Were Here” books, from all groups of 16, will exhibit online and in TBA locations.


April 1 Registration Opens
April 21 Registration Closes
May 1 Project Kickoff with Group Assignments
June 15 Deadline for Mailing Postcards
August 1 Deadline to Complete and Photograph Books

Requirements, Registration & Rules

• Participants must be a current member of a participating organization.
• Register for the Project at
• Rules are posted at the above link.
• For questions from NORBAG members, please contact Edge Gerring at or 707-733-5495 


Project Host
San Diego Book Arts (SDBA) CA

Project Partners
Bay Area Book Artists (BABA) CA
North Redwoods Book Arts Guild (NORBAG) CA
Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) WA
PaperWorks AZ
Santa Fe Book Arts Group (SFBAG) NM
New England Book Artists (NEBA) MA