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A Tribute to Sue Cole




On May 28th Northwoods Book Arts Guild lost a faithful member and cherished friend.  Sue Cole was a woman of many talents, and shared generously with all who knew her, through classes, workshops, blogs, Facebook and in casual conversations. She had a tremendous thirst for knowledge and was always on the lookout for new resources, tools, ideas, designs and techniques. Her knowledge of bookmaking - its history, structures, and tools - was extensive, and when there was a question or doubt about a binding issue, Sue would do the research and return with an answer. 


We were pleased to have Sue present the Guild program in March and grateful that the large group that gathered that evening had the opportunity to learn the Blizzard Book structure from her.  Sue brought to the meeting not only materials (including her own decorated papers!) to make our own models, but also a mathematically calculated grid of measurements - so that we could make the structure in many different sizes.


The evening of Sue's death happened to coincide with a Guild meeting, so many of us wondered why she was not there. It was not like Sue to miss a meeting!  We were greatly shocked and saddened to hear later that she had passed away that night.


The Fairbanks Watercolor Society and Fairbanks Arts Association are planning a Celebration of Life for Sue in July at Pioneer Park.


Some of us had known Sue for more than 30 years, and others met her more recently through the Guild or the many other organizations Sue was connected to in Fairbanks. We will all miss her generous spirit, warm smile, and tremendous zest for life.  Read more. 





Sensuous Silk Paper 

Saturday, June 27, 10am to 4pm

Instructor: Laurel Herbeck

Members: $60  Non-members $66

(plus $36 materials fee)

Students will learn to make beautiful, colorful "papers" with raw and dyed silk, throwers waste and a variety of mediums. Papers can be used for books, accessories, jewelry, wall art, and a variety of other projects. They may be embellished with embroidery, beads, found objects and embedded with a variety of materials. Students will make 3-5 samples and receive instructions and a resource list.  

        Learn more and register.



Coptic Binding

Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12, 10:00 to 4:00pm

Instructor: Margo Klass

Members: $130  Non-members $143

(plus $25 materials fee)


 This workshop will focus on the basic structure of a Coptic-bound book. It will include preparing the text block and cover boards, and sewing a traditional Coptic pattern. In this workshop we'll produce two Coptic-bound books. Learn more and register.


Fishbone Fold Structures

Sunday, July 19, 10:00 to 4:00pm

Instructor: Connie Stricks

Members: $60  Non-members $66

(plus $5 materials fee)


Join this workshop to create the "Fishbone Fold Book," a sculptural structure attributed to master book artist Hedi Kyle. Constructed from a single sheet of paper that is scored, slit and folded, the versatile fishbone structure can be made simply as a single unit, or it can be made more complex by compounding the units.   Learn more and register.




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Next Guild Meeting

Thursday, July 30

5:00 - 7:00PM

At The Folk School





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