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 MARCH 2019 

Program Meeting 
Sunday, March 24, 1-3pm
NBG Studio
Caribou Building, Airport Way

Make your Own Book Cloth
with Mary Maisch

Did you know you can create your own book cloth? Come to the upcoming NBG meeting to learn how simple muslin can be transformed into book cloth using methyl cellulose to stabilize the fabric, and acrylic washes, Sumi ink, and permanent markers to add color and pattern. At the meeting you will make a piece of book cloth large enough to use on a spine (as in photo above), or on a small book cover.
Please bring the following:
  • Brushes of various sizes, small to medium, round, flat, pointed (calligraphy brushes are especially useful)
  • Other mark makers such as permanent markers with brush tipsA piece of smooth cardboard or mat board (minimum 9 x 12") - for example, the back of a drawing pad
  • Paper towels
  • Hair dryer (to share with others)
  • Apron (optional)
Book Exchange Theme: Sticks

See you at the meeting!

Book Cloth & Board Basics
with Mary Maisch

Saturday, March 16, 2019
12 - 4pm, NBG Studio
$40 members $60 non-members
$10 materials fee 
Limited to 10 participants

Do you have drawers full of beautiful book cloth that you are a little afraid to use? Did you make book cloth at our March meeting and wonder what to do with it? This beginning level class is meant to help you get started with cutting cover boards and covering them with book cloth. We will make a basic book board covering model, cut and wrap two boards in book cloth, then glue in a blank concertina sheet that you can fill with content later, and learn how to make an inset for cover art as we prepare a flat spine case binding. Book boards and a variety of book cloth will be provided.

More information and registration here.

Contemporary Limp Binding
with Ashley Thayer
Saturday, April 13, 2019
10am - 4pm, NBG Studio
$60 members $75 non-members
$10 materials fee
Limited to 10 participants

This timeless book structure has been around since the Middle Ages, getting its name from its flexible animal skin covers. Using historic limp bindings as our inspiration, we will make our books using Khadi paper in lieu of vellum, learn how to work traditional end bands, and sew the text block over leather supports. The leather is then laced through the cover, making this is a non-adhesive structure that utilizes many techniques that can be applied to a variety of bindings. Come learn all about this amazingly versatile piece of codex history! 

More information and registration here.

If Only...a fine store is closing! 

The Guild has forged several close business and institutional partnerships over the years and none has been more valued than our relationship with If Only...a fine store. Their owners, Rebecca Morse and Georjean Seeliger, announced the store's closing earlier this month, coinciding with their 21st anniversary in business. We all wish them well as they go on to other creative pursuits and exciting adventures.

For the past several years If Only has been a reliable source of bookmaking tools for the book artists of Fairbanks. Thank you, If Only, for all the Teflon bone folders, graduated metal edges, paste brushes, micro spatulas and other must-have tools you have made available right here in Fairbanks! 

If Only has also sponsored a Celebration of Handmade Books on the First Friday of November for the past five years. At those special events Guild members shared their handmade books with the public, offering them for sale, while providing demonstrations of binding techniques. Thank you, If Only, for giving us the opportunity to show our Fairbanks community what the Northwoods Book Arts Guild is all about.

The Guild will miss If Only not only as a source of fine tools and materials, but also the inspiration and friendship we've shared.

Thank you, If Only! You truly have been a fine store!


Newport Paper Book Arts Festival
Newport, Oregon
April 26-28, 2019

Download Festival brochure   here

Focus on Book Arts  Conference
Pacific Grove, OR
June 26-30, 2019

The full schedule and workshop details are available here

UAF Summer Sessions
3D Bookmaking: Box Books
with Margo Klass
May 31 - June 1 and 2, 2019
Registration opens Monday, February 25, 2019
Information available here.


Studio Session
Book Cloth & Board Basics
with Mary Maisch
Saturday, April 6, 2019
noon - 4pm
 NBG Studio

Contemporary Limp Binding
with Ashley Thayer
Saturday, April 13
10am - 4pm
NBG Studio

Next Program Meeting
Sunday, May 19, 1-3pm
NBG Studio

Need bookmaking tools? 
A fine selection is available at If Only...a fine store!
215 Cushman Street, Fairbanks

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