We’re off to Standards!

Some of your stalwart crew is off to the Standards of Excellence Seminar at Charleston. Stay tuned to updates by following the national Guild’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and of course, their blog home (see sidebar, under GBW Chapter Blogs).


Book arts workshop getaway in Ireland

Sudden summer heat getting to you and wishing for a cool contemplative vacation? Check out GBW member Alice Austin’s upcoming workshop opportunity, BUILDING BOOKS & IMAGERY WITH ALICE AUSTIN at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, on the wild west coast of Ireland, September 2 to 10, 2016.

In this artist book workshop, the class will create a variety of book structures, emphasizing the sculptural possibilities of the book. We will start by making paste papers (painted decorative papers) to use as covers for a paper-bound journal. We will continue with the woven flexagon, the flower fold (or endless origami), and then move on to the map fold, with variations on all these forms. The panorama concertina, an accordion book with cut floating panels will be the final book. Short writing exercises will help to create content for our books. To add imagery, we will carve our own rubber stamps, learn line transfer drawing, and create mono prints. Each participant will have the opportunity to discuss their artist books as needed and will leave with the knowledge and techniques to create many more.

For further details, including some very enticing pictures, please proceed to Alice’s website linked above.


Beth Curren: talks and exhibition

image001 (1)Beth Curren, a member of the Potomac Chapter and a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art and Design, will give a talk on her work at the Library of Congress at 3:00 PM on Thursday March 24th, in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), Jefferson Building, 2nd floor, across from the Rare Book Room. For further directions, please see the page of the Rare Book Room.

Also, she is currently exhibiting at the Studio Gallery in Dupont Circle at 2108 R Street, NW.  There will be a gallery reception for Pages and Prints on Saturday, March 12, 4-6 pm and a reception and talk on March 19th, 4-6 pm.