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Northwoods Book Arts Guild

is a community of artists actively learning about and creating artist books in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Guild promotes all aspects of book arts through education, participation in exhibitions, and community outreach. It is in partnership with The Folk School Fairbanks.

Next Meeting: Card Exchange & Lotus Folds – 11.20.14

Next Meeting: Card Exchange & Lotus Folds – 11.20.14

Make plans to attend the next Northwoods Book Arts Guild meeting, at 5:00pm on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the FAA Blue Room in Pioneer Park. Participating members will be exchanging winter cards hidden in brown paper bags… It will be great fun to see what comes out of those bags!* We will also create a model of a book using an origami styled binding called “The Lotus Fold.” This binding was featured at a recent workshop at The Folk School Fairbanks, led by Gustavus, AK book artist, Artemis BonaDea. A detailed report of the workshop and inspirations will be provided at the meeting.

*It is not too late to participate in the winter card exchange! Even if you missed the previous meeting, you may participate in the exchange: Make a winter-themed greeting card, using your choice of materials and structures. Bring it to the meeting in a brown paper lunch bag. Bags will be collected and numbered at the start of the meeting, members will draw a number, and open their corresponding bag. Surprise!

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Exciting December Workshop Opportunity – 12.13.14

Exciting December Workshop Opportunity – 12.13.14

Karen Stomberg will be presenting, “Mixed-Media Paper Embellishing AND a Tour of Orcha, India” at The Folk School Fairbanks, on December 13, 2014. The class will meet from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This workshop is an invitation to visit “The Hand Made Paper Unit”, a rag papermaking cooperative in Orcha, India, through Karen’s photos and samples–then make mixed-media embellished papers with some tools and materials from Orcha.

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First Friday at If Only… a fine store – 11.7.14

First Friday at If Only… a fine store – 11.7.14

Northwoods Book Arts Guild artists and their books were featured at November’s First Friday event at If Only… a fine store. It was a lovely evening! Several Guild members were on hand throughout the evening to demonstrate various binding techniques. Artist... read more
Artemis BonaDea Workshop – 11.1-2.14

Artemis BonaDea Workshop – 11.1-2.14

Gustavus, Alaska book artist Artemis BonaDea led a pair of November workshops in Fairbanks. Organized by Tyson Rinio of UAF’s Rasmuson Library, the first focused on technical book repair and conservation skills. A number of Guild members attended, and will be exercising their new skills in their repair work at the Literacy Council and Rasmuson Library.

The second workshop featured a collaborative lotus-fold book, a secret Belgian binding book, and a nifty wrapper to protect those precious hand-made volumes.

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Fabulous Hand-Made Art Journals – 10.11.14

Fabulous Hand-Made Art Journals – 10.11.14

“Fabulous Hand-Made Art Journals” was the first in this Year’s Guild Workshop series. Held at the Folk School Fairbanks on October 11, 2014, the class was small but the fun was large! Mary Baarlaer Maisch shared a “Cloth, Paper, Scissors” technique for creating art journals.

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Guild Workshop Series

Save the Dates!

October 11, 2014

Fabulous Hand-Made Art Journals

December 13, 2014

Mixed-Media Paper Embellishment & Tour of Orcha, India

February 7, 2015

June 27, 2015

Silk Paper

Paper Birches

Our own Guild store, “Paper Birches,” is open for just 15 minutes at the start of our bimonthly meetings. Please arrive by 4:45pm to shop. We feature papers from several sources. Our current inventory includes Shizen and Hahnemuhle papers, and Arches text wove will be available at our next meeting. Also new to the store is book board, at a great price of $2 per 13″x19″ sheet. MacTac and Jade 403 PVA adhesives are in stock. We will organize an order of waxed linen at our next meeting, for pick up at our January meeting.

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