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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.

NBG is affiliated with the North Star Community Foundation. The Foundation serves as our fiscal agent. All monetary transactions on our site, including membership and donations, are re-directed to the NSCF site in a new window.

NBG is also affiliated with The Folk School Fairbanks. Our studio is located on their campus and our summer program meetings and nearly all of our workshops are held there. Registrations and payments for Guild classes are managed through their website.

Next NBG Meeting Featuring NORTHWOODS NOTEBOOKS! – 01.21.16

Next NBG Meeting Featuring NORTHWOODS NOTEBOOKS! – 01.21.16

Mark your calendars for the first Northwoods Book Arts Guild meeting of 2016! On January 21st, NBG members and guests will hear the latest news of upcoming NBG events and workshops, renew their annual memberships, participate in the “Calendars” book exchange (0ptional), and will assemble their own personal “Northwoods Notebook”!

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Letterpress III – 02.07.16

Letterpress III – 02.07.16

Sunday, February 7 / 10am – 4pm This class is the third in a series of 3 Letterpress classes. In this class, students will apply the skills they learned in Letterpress I & II by creating an independent project of their choice. (ie: personal book plate, business card, short poem, favorite quote, etc…) A variety of letterpress papers will be provided for purchase. Please bring a... read more

Letterpress II – 01.31.16

Sunday, January 31 / 12 – 4pm This class is the second in a series of 3 Letterpress classes. It is a prerequisite for Letterpress III. In this class, students will build on the basic skills they learned in Letterpress I while they independently set a full alphabet of one of the type cases. Students will choose a font, compose and lock type into a chase; prepare, ink, and operate the Kelsey Press; clean-up and sort type back into the California Case. Students will take home a printed letterpress alphabet card on paper provided by the... read more

Letterpress I – 01.24.16

Sunday, January 24 / 12 – 4pm This class is the first in a series of 3 Letterpress classes. It is a prerequisite for Letterpress II. Letterpress I is an overview of basic letterpress skills including the history and nomenclature of the Kelsey Press. Students will have hands-on experience setting & spacing type in a composing stick. Together, students will compose and prepare one “chase” of type and everyone will get to operate the Kelsey Press. Cleanup protocols and sorting type back into the California Case will be covered. Students will take home a printed letterpress piece on paper provided by the instructor. If you’re curious about the intriguing art of letterpress printing, this class is for... read more
Next NBG Meeting featuring Upcycled Gift Bags! – 11.19.15

Next NBG Meeting featuring Upcycled Gift Bags! – 11.19.15

Winter has officially arrived, our clocks are set back, and holiday preparations have begun! Join the Northwoods Book Arts Guild at our next meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Pioneer Park’s Blue Room. We will open the meeting with updates on the Letterpress Project and pass around samples produced by the recent Letterpress class attendees, announce and plan for upcoming classes, exchange “Winter Card” books, and top off the meeting by learning how to make gift bags from almost any kind of paper!

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Upcoming Events

Feb
21
Sun
12:00 pm Open Book @ NBG Studio at The Folk School Fairbanks
Open Book @ NBG Studio at The Folk School Fairbanks
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us at Open Book.  Bring your latest projects!
Mar
13
Sun
12:00 pm Open Book @ NBG Studio at The Folk School Fairbanks
Open Book @ NBG Studio at The Folk School Fairbanks
Mar 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us at Open Book.  Bring your latest projects!
Apr
17
Sun
12:00 pm Open Book @ NBG Studio at The Folk School Fairbanks
Open Book @ NBG Studio at The Folk School Fairbanks
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us at Open Book.  Bring your latest projects!
May
22
Sun
12:00 pm Open Book @ NBG Studio at The Folk School Fairbanks
Open Book @ NBG Studio at The Folk School Fairbanks
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us at Open Book.  Bring your latest projects!

Guild Workshops

 

Fall is here already!

We will get busy scheduling classes SOON!

Contact any NBG Board member if you have an idea for a class you would like to lead or to take.

Paper Birches

“Paper Birches,” our Guild book arts supply program, is open in Suite 301 at The Folk School Fairbanks, 2861 Beverley Lane, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Supplies may be purchased at Open Book events, meetings, and workshops held at The Folk School. You may also contact any Guild Board member to make an appointment to meet at the studio.

NOW IN STOCK: BFK Rives, Arches text wove, Shizen and Khadi papers; book board and piercing cradle kits; metal measuring edges, linen tape, and folder stock; MacTac and Jade 403 PVA adhesives; waxed linen thread by the spool or by the yard.

Let us know of materials or supplies that you’d like to have available to you– by buying together we can take advantage of bulk discounts and save on shipping. This makes it possible to spend more on beautiful papers!

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