August 2020 #areyoubookenoughchallenge: Mountains

Ashley Thayer’s August Challenge Book: Mountains About this book Ashley writes: I finished this month’s challenge just in the nick of time!! It’s crazy that this book is the only one I made in the month of August. Between the wonderful weather, house renovations, a rambunctious one year old and a daughter starting school remotely, there just hasn’t been enough time in the day. This simple book was inspired by the majestic mountain landscapes we saw on our weekend getaway to Seward earlier this summer. Materials are handmade pastepaper and Shizin papers; Coptic binding.... Read more...
NBG Program Meeting on Zoom – 09.19.20

NBG Program Meeting on Zoom – 09.19.20

In this program we will explore two Origami Pocket Folds – the Pocket Envelope Fold and the V-fold. Both are made from a single piece of paper and can be used as book pages in a variety of ways. Laurel will demonstrate how to make the pockets and show some examples of ways they can be used in books.

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June 2020 #areyoubookenoughchallenge : Human

Ashley Thayer’s June Challenge Book: Human Family   About this book Ashley writes: What a month it’s been. Many people have written such eloquent words about social justice and the state of our humanity, it’s been humbling to read and learn from others. My original idea for this month’s theme felt like it would miss the mark so instead I decided to make a small book containing Maya Angelou’s beautiful poem “Human Family”.  My favorite part of the poem is repeated three times, such a gentle truth, “we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike”. I bound this book using my daughter’s hair; she thought the idea was creepy at first but came around in the... Read more...

May 2020 #areyoubookenoughchallenge: Break

The May 2020 #areyoubookenoughchallenge theme of “Break” inspired the work below.  Thank you to Ashley for keeping the motivation flowing! Untitled by Ashley Thayer “This month’s theme could be interpreted in a variety of ways, but I ended up going with “break” defined as “a pause in work or during an activity or event.” What better way to take a break than with your favorite cuppa? The simple accordion fold book was stained with tea and topped off with an official looking tooled leather tag, nesting in a vintage teacup circa 1880. This was created after an unwanted weeks-long break from being in my studio which I dearly... Read more...