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.

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