Book and Paper Group – February and March Activities

SHOW & TELL from February meeting
Marilena displayed a carry-bag made from pages of a children’s book, covered in clear plastic.
Karin brought an altered book – an old carbon-copy record book with covers repainted and reworked.
Tricia showed two small limited-edition books received from Ed Hutchins, and also “Distance and Time”, an international Sketchbook Project.
Yvonne had made a box to store music scores, covered with rusted paper and decorated with cardboard cut-out musical notes.
Di showed “Among My Souvenirs”, a book incorporating samples from our Cook-up and Book Group activities. and she also displayed marbled tissue papers, and a book with pages of handmade paper(recycled) with embedded leaves and flowers.
Sandra displayed a concertina book with fern prints on rusted paper. We congratulated her on being awarded a residency in Blackall in May.
Wendy brought two concertina books – one with monoprinted pages and one with rusted pages.
Carmel showed the eco-dyeing projects she has completed since the January cook-up.
Jan showed boxes covered in dyed tea bags, a concertina book and a slot and tab book.

It’s great to see how productive everyone has been since the Cook-up in January!

SHOW & TELL from March meeting
Joan showed a Book of Flowers she had made for her grandchild … lovely sketches of flowers, birds and insects, bound in Coptic stitch. Joan is a new member, so we welcomed her warmly.
Di showed an interesting pendant made in Swaziland from 100% waste magazine paper.
Rosemary made an interesting concertina book from the daily information sheets from her recent Russian cruise, and also a stab-bound book containing all her interesting ‘left-over’ travel souvenirs.
Wendy showed three monotypes made at Sandra’s recent workshop.
Sandra brought a book she made on a recent camping trip entitled “Ode to the Sea Hibiscus” with printed leaves, and single-sheet binding with hard covers. She showed other concertinas and button-hole-stitched books featuring drawings and monoprints. She displayed the Japanese junk-mail books she is making for sale in a West End shop. She also brought a slipcase containing an altered book with monotypes and etchings, and haiku printed on organza.
Karin showed her ‘fastest recycle ever’ – a notebook she had decorated using give-aways from our February meeting.
Nat displayed her altered book “The Deadly Space Between” and some stitched eco-dyeing destined to become a book cover. Nat gave us a comprehensive wrap-up of Fibrefest, and we all thanked her for doing such a great job as convenor.
Lena showed an interesting box of cards, just one of the “Project 22” entries she has received. All 22 entries will be displayed at the Textile & Art Academy in June. Please check out the website for full details of all workshops … www.textileartacademy.com.au.
Tricia mentioned the dates of the classes she is teaching in artist books and calligraphy.
Yvonne spoke about the book she and Alan made from the 2012 collaborative pages (and this was added to the many others on display for our Collaborative Discussion).

OUR COLLABORATIVE PROJECT FOR 2013
We viewed an impressive array of collaborative projects. Some of these were from our own group, and some from other sources. This provided the stimulus for our discussion so we could decide what we might do in 2013. The choice boiled down to basically three types of projects – collaborative pages, altered books and ‘others’.
Because so many people wanted to be involved, it isn’t feasible to undertake a ‘pass it round monthly’ type of project, so we decided on a “Bag of Bits” exchange.
Here’s the outline … Each person receives an identical collection of ‘bits’, and then makes something which incorporates each one. This final piece will belong to the maker, and hopefully they can be exhibited together somewhere as a group.
Guidelines:
1. At the April meeting – sign up if you want to join the project (so we know how many ‘bits’ each person needs to supply)
2. At the May meeting – bring your contribution of ‘bits’. These can be up to A4 in size, either flat or 3D, made of any materials (e.g. papers, yarns, fabric pieces, rubber, metal pieces, paperclips, etc, etc). They should be almost-identical, so that everyone is starting with the same ingredients (e.g. pieces of fabric would be all cut to the same size from the same fabric, even though the pattern on the individual ‘bits’ might vary slightly).
3. Create something (any size, any shape) from your ‘bits’ (the due date is yet to be decided). You must use every ‘bit’ you receive in some way – either incorporate it ‘as is’, or use it to print from, or change it in some way … but evidence of it must be visible in your finished article! You can also add whatever else you like to your piece.
If you can’t come to either the April or May meeting, please organise for someone else to act on your behalf.

OUR MARCH ACTIVITY
Annette showed us how to cut fancy hearts and butterflies from folded squares of paper. We found there is great potential to get many variations of each design just by altering the cutting line slightly … very intriguing!

OUR APRIL MEETING
We will be exploring “Books with Pockets”. Late last year we made samples of folded covers which contained pockets, but this time we will be concentrating on pockets within the book. If you have seen examples of these in books, or you have some actual samples, please bring them along to show.
Sandra will guide us through some ideas, so bring your usual book-making supplies (paper and tools).

VISIT TO STATE LIBRARY ARTIST BOOK COLLECTION
We will be visiting the State Library to view some artist books on Monday 29th July.
There will be 2 groups … 10 – 11.30am and 12 noon – 1.30pm, with a maximum of 15 people in each, so please sign up at the April meeting.
We had originally asked for “entirely hand-crafted, made of paper (no letterpress or printing)” but we’ve been asked to broaden our criteria, so contact Marilena with your ideas.

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