Welcome to the Gallery of NBG Member recent artist books!
Beautiful Japanese Stab Binding books by Stephanie Strandberg
using the technique learned in October’s Hemp Leaf Binding workshop.
October 2020 “Child” submission for #areyoubookenoughchallenge
By Ashley Thayer
September 2020 “Weathered” submission for #areyoubookenoughchallenge
By Ashley Thayer
“Weathered is a subject near and dear to my heart. Forget brand new and shinny, I prefer worn with a bit of character. The covers of this months book are from a piece of wood trim I found buried in my yard almost 8 years ago that’s been sitting in my garage ever since (I knew it would come in handy one day!!) The pages are eco dyed using a rusty old baking sheet, a bit of accelerated foxing if you will. I love the way it mimics the fallen leaves on the ground. The spine is a scrap of leather I had leftover from a previous project, and keeping the book closed is a corroded key that I picked up from a antique shop years ago.”
Connie Stricks’ “Too Many Moons” is a 6″ x 6″ Japanese Screen structure
Materials: Bhutanese Tsasho, waxed lokta, board
Stephanie Strandberg attended the September 2020 NBG Program Meeting via Zoom.
She states, “The pocket folds Laurel showed us were so quick and fun I made a mini book and encasement cover from Margo’s demo.”
Join in the #areyoubookenoughchallenge!
All Guild members and guests are invited to participate in the Instagram based #areyoubookenoughchallenge. No Instagram account is required and participation is entirely voluntary. Participating in the challenge is designed to grow our skills as book artists. It is possible to participate in as many themes as your time permits.
Upcoming #areyoubookenoughchallenge Themes
Jan 2021: Shelter
Feb 2021: Red
March 2021: Fenced
April 2021: Body Language
May 2021: Fruit
June 2021: Black and White
July 2021: Velvet
August 2021: Winding
September 2021: Open
October 2021: Rings
November 2021: Winged
December 2021: Frozen
Click below to view works created for past Book Exchanges
December 2020: Legs
November 2020: Recycle
October 2020: Child
September 2020: Weathered
July 2020: Sea
April 2020: Machine
November 2019: Holiday Card
September 2019: Boreal Forest
July 2019: Found Objects
May 2019: Fabric
March 2019: Sticks
January 2019: Celestial Bodies
November 2018: Holiday Card
September 2018: Natural World
July 2018: Tags & Pockets (no photos available)
March 2018: Mixed Media (no photos available)
November 2017: Holiday Card (no photos available)
September 2017: Cloth (no photos available)
May 2017: Flowers (no photos available)
January 2017 (rescheduled to February 2017): Map Book (no photos available)
July 30, 2015: Scavenged (no photos available)
May 28, 2015: Black and White (no photos available)
If you wish to participate in the exchange, make a book based on the theme and bring it to the Guild meeting. The exchange will occur through a blind drawing. If you submit a book, you will receive another in exchange.
The rewards of participation include a bit of motivation to actually complete a small book arts project in a two-month time frame, a theme which invites exploration in a new form or practice of skills in book arts construction, and the opportunity to take home an artist book created by another Guild member. The rewards for all, even non-participants, include the opportunity to see and handle a variety of creative expressions of book arts, an opportunity to learn from each other, and the inspiration to try new techniques at home.