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.

Painted Papers Book Exchange – 07.21.16

Painted Papers Book Exchange – 07.21.16

Attendees of the July 2016 Northwoods Book Arts Guild Meeting were treated with a delightful collection of “Painted Papers” artist books.  View the variety of structures and colors to awaken your creative muse! Artist: Sushelia Khera Artist: Robin Davis Artist: Oralee Nudson Artist: Marybee Kauffman Artist: Margo Klass   Artist: Lois Henderson Artist: Gayle Hazen Artist: Corlis Taylor Artist: Connie Stricks Artist: Ashley... read more
Quotations Book Exchange – 05.26.16

Quotations Book Exchange – 05.26.16

Members of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild exchanged a wonderful collection of quotations themed artists books in May 2016.  View the images below for interesting and inspiring structures and materials! Susan Campbell’s “Quotations” Sushelia Khera’s “Untitled” Pat Sheehan’s “Art Inspiration” Mary Maisch’s “Play Book” Marilyn Askelin’s “Drink Good Coffee, Read Good Books” Lois Henderson’s “The Peace of Wild Places” Dawn Crose’s “Image Ignata” Bev Byington’s... read more

NBG Meeting featuring Leaf Printing – 09.15.16

Our September program will be held at the Folk School, and features a very seasonal activity: Leaf Printing! Remember back in second grade how much fun it was to collect leaves, roll them in paint, and transfer their shapes to clean white paper? We will be doing just that, but using a much nicer and wider selection of paints, inks, and papers!

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NBG Meeting featuring Fishy Flag Books – 07.21.16

NBG Meeting featuring Fishy Flag Books – 07.21.16

This month’s Guild activity will feature a classic accordion Flag Book. This dynamic structure, inspired by Hedi Kyle, Susan King, and others, is a fun and versatile way to incorporate a series of images, texts, photos, or collected objects in your artist books.

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Upcoming Events

2:00 pm NBG Annual Meeting @ The Folk School Fairbanks
NBG Annual Meeting @ The Folk School Fairbanks
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
5:00 pm Celebrating Handmade Books @ If Only...a fine store
Celebrating Handmade Books @ If Only...a fine store
Nov 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Once again books handcrafted by members of the Guild will be on display and for sale at If Only’s annual Celebration of Handmade Books. You are invited to come to this popular First Friday event[...]
5:00 pm NBG Program Meeting @ Fairbanks Art Association Blue Room at Pioneer Park
NBG Program Meeting @ Fairbanks Art Association Blue Room at Pioneer Park
Nov 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rescheduled to February 16, 2017.
5:00 pm NBG at Morris Thompson Holiday A... @ Morris Thompson Cultural Center
NBG at Morris Thompson Holiday A... @ Morris Thompson Cultural Center
Dec 1 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm
Supplement your holiday shopping fine handmade artist books and materials available at the Morris Thompson Holiday Art Bazaar on First Friday, December 1, 5-8pm and Saturday, December 2, 10am-4pm!

Guild Workshops

Join us for a scheduled workshop or class!

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

Scholarships are available for NBG members to cover bookmaking workshop instructional fees.  Apply by completing the Workshop Scholarship Request Form (docx or pdf).

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!