North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Sunday, April 28, 2024


 The May NORBAG workshop will be taught by our member from Victoria, BC, Mary Conley. The Interlocking Accordions structure is a variation of a book by Kit Davey. Mary describes it as being "fairly easy to make". As you can see from the following photographs, the structure is perfect for showcasing art or photos.


Two (2) long accordions
  • One is 4.5 inches tall and 30 inches long. This is the illustrated part of the book. It needs to be folded into 10 pages that are 3 inches wide. Lightweight paper, like wrapping paper, is recommended.
  • The second accordion is 4.5 inches tall by 24 inches long. A stiffer paper is cardstock. This piece needs to be folded into 8 pages that are 3 inches wide.
  • Bone folder
  • Xacto knife or box cutter
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Template: Cut from cardstock a rectangle measuring 4.5 x 3 inches.

When:   Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    To Dolores Guffey by May 6 to receive the password
Workshop Questions:  Mary Conley,
Zoom Questions: Bobbie Hayes
Contact information is in the newsletter.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024


At the April NORBAG workshop we made Girdle books (not really related to the kind of girdles that are worn as foundation garments 😉). The design for our books came from structures used during the middle ages that hung down from a person's belt. In this day and age, this type of book would work great as a nature journal where one could have their hands free, but the book would be very accessible. Lara Cox was our instructor and she did a great job leading us through this project. Now that we know the basics of how this structure works, it will be very interesting to see if our members come up with some other interpretations of the design. Thank you Lara for introducing us to this historical structure. Below are a couple of examples of books made during the workshop.

Sherrill Story

Sherrill's husband demonstrated
 how to wear her book.

Bonnie Julien

Inside cover of Bonnie's book.

Colette Fu

In November 2023 the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) welcomed artist Colette Fu for a month-long residency. Fu's work is a melding of her photography and pop-up engineering. Featured below are some of the books that were exhibited in the Sherry Grover gallery.

The legend is that Butterfly Mother gave birth
to 12 eggs, the origin of all living things.

Miao Fishing Contest