North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, May 13, 2024


 We had a great workshop on May 11 learning how to make an interlocking accordion. Mary Conley led us through the steps of how to put together this simple yet adaptable structure. Perhaps the best part is that there is no sewing and minimal gluing required. The size can be altered as long as you keep the ratio the same between the two accordion strips. We also learned a nifty little tip on how to easily fold a 10 sided accordion. Many thanks to Mary for coming up with this variation of a structure she learned from another NORBAG member, Kit Davey.

Here are some of the books that were made during or after the workshop.

Emmy Nelson

Stephanie Weigel

Michele Kamprath

Dolores Guffey

Notes from the Art Lab

By Bonnie Halfpenny

If you live anywhere near Minneapolis I’m sure you’re aware of the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts (MCBA). If not, you can still benefit by a visit to their excellent website at Now housed in a facility called Open Book, it is part of a comprehensive literary and book arts facility that served some 82,000 patrons of all ages last year.

Classes of all skill levels are taught. Some that are available online include Book Arts 101, Eleven Basic Book Structures, and Mail is Magic; all found under the Education Tab.

Under Exhibits & Events there are several virtual exhibits including Solastalgia: Book Art & the Climate Crisis, Drop Dead Gorgeous: Fine Bindings, and Bound/Unbound.

Besides residencies and fellowships, the Center also invites artists across the country to submit their work for sale in the consignment shop which can be found under the Shop tab. The application is online and they generally review applications within two weeks. The artist retains 60% of the sale price.

Summer’s coming…if you are headed to this part of the world, this would be a great place to visit in person!

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