North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Sunday, September 26, 2021


 Our October workshop will be a fun interactive structure taught by our member from York, England, Margaret Beech. We will make two identical origami boxes, which when laced together in an ingenious way make a Revolving Cube. Margaret promises that this is much easier than it sounds, but suggests that you watch a short video by NORBAG member Nancy Akerly demonstrating her "Rolling Cube" or 

Special thanks to Nancy for the original instructions.

For one cube you will make two identical size origami boxes, so please cut in advance:

  • Two 7" squares of decorative paper (good weight)
  • Two 2 1/2" squares of the same paper used for the box
  • Three 7" x 1/2" strips for the lacing, colored on both sides. Note: If your paper is lightweight then cut the strips 1" wide, fold in half lengthwise and glue together.
Also, cut the following pieces from light cardstock. Margaret recycles old greeting cards; these will be concealed inside the boxes. Please have them cut in advance.
  • Two 2 1/2" squares (these will reinforce the bottom of each box
  • Eight 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" pieces (these will reinforce the sides of the boxes

When:    Saturday, October 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific time
Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:     YES by October 4 to Dolores Guffey to receive the link, password and Margaret's instructions
Workshop questions: Margaret Beech
Zoom questions: Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for Dolores, Margaret & Bobbie is in the newsletter

Sunday, September 19, 2021


At our last workshop Mary Conley invited us into her studio (virtually) to share some of her beautiful 3D and pop-up books. She also shared how to make her watermelon book and led us through the steps to make a wonderful pop-up rose bouquet. Thank you Mary for a very enlightening workshop. Here are a few screenshots from the workshop.

Mary Conley

The Watermelon book

Looking down at the tunnel book.

The front of the tunnel book pictured above.

Folding the flowers

Positioning the flowers to begin gluing

A beautiful bouquet

After a hiatus of more than a year, the kiosk near the check-out counter at the Humboldt County library in Eureka is once again displaying books made by NORBAG members. Here are a few photos of books currently on display. 

Thank you Kenzie Mullen for curating the display.

Sunday, September 12, 2021


Last spring the San Diego Book Arts group initiated a project where seven book arts organizations came together to celebrate “where you live” through a hand-crafted, USPS-compliant, postcard exchange and freestyle bookmaking project. Groups included: Bay Area Book Artists, New England Book Artists, North Redwoods Book Arts Guild, PaperWorks, Puget Sound Book Artists, San Diego Book Arts, and the Santa Fe Book Arts Group. Named the "Wish You Were Here Project", it was a great success with wonderfully creative postcards being sent all across the U.S. and ultimately bound into each participant's individual book. Here is a link to an on-line gallery where you can see all the beautiful books and postcards.

Fourteen NORBAG members participated in the project and their contributions are shown below.

John Arbuckle

John's postcard

Rosie Arenas

Rosie's postcard

Dianne Byington

Dianne's postcard

Edge Gerring

Edge's postcard

Fran McReynold's postcard

Fran McReynolds

Mary Elizabeth Nelson

Another view of Mary Elizabeth's book

Mary Elizabeth's postcard

Mary Elizabeth's second book 
(she participated in two different groups)

Linda Swanson

Linda's postcard

Catherine von Schwind

Catherine's postcard

Sandy Vrem

Sandy's postcard

Judy Smedberg's postcard
Judy Smedberg

Ruth Dailey's book

Ruth's book with her postcard showing on the right.

Lee Mann's book

Lee's postcard

Laurel Moorhead's book

Laurel's postcard

Jamila Rufaro's book

Jamila's postcard

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this great project and giving us such wonderful eye candy to view.

If the above examples didn't do enough to spark your enthusiasm for creating book art, check out the following link to view the 2021 Puget Sound Book Artists Members' exhibition now on display at Collins Library on the campus of the University of Puget Sound. The exhibit will be up until October 1.