North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, April 10, 2023


Many thanks to Diane Williams who taught us a very clever and adaptable one page structure at our April workshop. If you enjoy decorating rooms, like for a dollhouse, then this structure is for you! All you need to get started is a square piece of paper that you fold into 16 even squares and you're halfway there. Of course you don't have to use the four spaces as "rooms", but many of us were intrigued by how Dolores Guffey decorated hers using photographs of dollhouse rooms. Here are photographs of her "rooms".

Dolores did not glue her "rooms" together
so that they could also be displayed in an
accordion orientation.

The kitchen

The Living Room

The bathroom

The bedroom

The structure can still be arranged together for display.

If you would rather not decorate your structure as "rooms", here is an example from Margaret Beech.

Margaret also left her book in accordion format
so that it
 can be displayed different ways.

Scripts, Scribes & Scribbles

Those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest are very lucky that book art and other endeavors relating to the making and sharing of books and zines is so prevalent. There are multiple book art organizations, museums and libraries with wonderful collections and various exhibitions showcasing the art. One can almost always find an exhibit to visit.

Currently, until April 26th, Scripts, Scribes & Scribbles is on display at Collins Memorial Library on the campus of the University of Puget Sound. This exhibit "brings together examples of handwriting and illustrates how handwriting has been taught, reproduced, and reimagined over the past five hundred years. Displaying a range of books and manuscripts from the Collins Memorial Library collection and many private donors and collectors, the exhibition makes the role of handwriting in the age of print, newly legible.

The exhibit also includes artifacts and tools used in the act of writing, including a central part of the exhibition, a 19th century ladies writing desk (Bonheur du jour), inkwells, pens, quills and much more."

Here are a few photographs from the exhibition.

Changes by Bonnie Larson

Pocketbook by Nancy Brones.
 This book was sized to fit into a typical pocket
 of a women from the 18th century. The text is
 from the nursery rhyme "Lucy Locket".

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