Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mail Art Exchange

1st [Annual] Jacksonville State University Graphic Arts Guild
Mail Art Exchange

The theme of this year’s exchange is “No Such Thing” Feel free to interpret this in any manner you can imagine. Requirements: Any EDITIONABLE art media may be used. (Just a few examples: woodcuts, litho, digital printmaking, etc.) Each of the prints should be the same. The post card must be no larger than 4”x 6”.

13 identical prints should be sent individually to the address posted below. Each card must be stamped and will bear the markings of travel and the postal service. Edition must be numbered 1/13, 2/13, 3/13… DO NOT send the cards together in one envelope.

Include the following information on the back of the card:
Your Return address
JSU GAG mailing address (see below)
Media [A list of the process(es) used]

Donations Requested: Please send separately a donation to help pay for postage in the form of cash or a check payable to the Graphic Arts Guild.

Suggested donations:
$3.00 students $4.00 others $5.00 international
Send more if you can, less if you can’t.

MAIL BY JANUARY 1, 2010. ENTRIES DUE FRIDAY, JANUARY 8. Artwork received after January 8, 2010 will not be included in the exchange. Please postmark prints with sufficient time to arrive. After receiving everyone’s postcards the Graphic Arts Guild will randomly divide up the cards and you will be sent 12 new and different prints from other participants. The Graphic Arts Guild will keep one of the 13 for The JSU Art Department Works on Paper Collection. Postage and handling for returning the 12 new prints will be paid for by the Graphic Arts Guild. Your donation will help us out tremendously.

Please be sure to put your return address on every postcard sent! Send postcard prints to:
Professor Jauneth Skinner
JSU Graphic Arts Guild
Department of Art
700 Pellham Rd. N.
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602

*Please send questions and comments to the Graphic Arts Guild President, Rick Adkins

The entire mail art exchange will be exhibited:
Mail Art: No Such Thing
January 14 – March 26, 2010 exhibition dates
Gallery 9
9 Public Square East
Jacksonville, AL 36265


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Letter to Members

Dear Members of the Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers,

First of all, on behalf of the members and officers of the Southeast Chapter, I would like to welcome our new members for 2009: Barbara Eaton of Savannah,GA, Bridget Elmer of Tallahassee, FL, and Susan Leeb of Chapel Hill, NC.

I would also like to thank all of our members for their continued interest in and support of the Southeast Chapter.

A special thanks is extended to Martha Ebener of Decatur, Georgia who has served as our Secretary and Membership Officer. Ms. Ebener has recently resigned the office of Secretary/ Membership. Thank you, Ms. Ebener, for all of the time and energy that you have given to the Southeast Chapter.

As assigned by the remaining officers, I am happy to fill the position of interim Secretary and Membership Officer. Elections for chapter offices will take place in 2010. If you have any questions or concerns about chapter membership, I welcome your e-mails.

As a reminder:
The SE Chapter website can be found at
Our newsletter takes the form of a blog at
The national organization has a beautiful new website at
You can also find the national organization on facebook at

New opportunities for SE Chapter members:
Our newsletter editor, Ellen Knudsen and I have been working to create an opportunity for members to contribute to our blog newsletter. I have offered to help Ellen field this opportunity for members. If you would like to be a guest blogger or regular contributor to the blog, please let us know.

As a guest blogger, after submitting a proposal, you would have a week of blogging and could post about upcoming events in your area, share techniques or showcase current work or any other related topic of your choice. As a regular contributor, you could propose to submit once or twice a month or even on a weekly basis. Or if you would just like to let us know about book related events in your area but would rather someone else do the blogging, e-mail us with the details.

Your SEGBW officers would love to hear your ideas or help with an event in your area. Get in touch!

Very Sincerely,
Amy LeePard

Southeast Chapter Guild of Book Workers Secretary/Membership Officer

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Scissors: Pop-Up An Exhibition of Original Moveable and Handmade Books


The Florida Craftsmen Association (located in St. Petersberg, Florida) is hosting an exhibition of pop-up and movable books. The show features work from many pop-up and book artists. Members of the SEGBW that have work in the show are:

Emily Tipps

The exhibition runs September 18 – October 31, 2009. Link to the exhibition is here. If your work is also in this exhibit and you are a current SEGBW member, please let us know -- we'll be glad to put your name and images of your work on this blog!

For now, way to go Emily!!!

Letterpress Printing & Bookbinding at the University of South Alabama
Top: Books by Mary Ann Sampson; Above: Books by Louise L. Foster

Letterpress and playbills as well as hand binding will be on display at the University of South Alabama Library, third floor gallery display cases September 1, 2009 - December 18, 2009. Mary Ann Sampson began making unique books after participating in a conceptual bookmaking workshop with Keith Smith at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. Sampson gradually incorporated her books into small theatrical settings. Louise L. Foster is a self-employed book conservator and does hand binding, repair and paper decoration. She studied under Don Glaister and Wesley Baker in the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama. Ian Robertson does fine letterpress printing of books, broadsides and ephemera with an emphasis on typography and composition. He is self-taught with the great help of outstanding mentors in topography, printing and illustration. The public is invited to view their works during library hours:

Link to the exhibition here. Mary Ann Sampson and Louise L. Foster are both members of the Southeastern Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers.

Way to go, ladies!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Friends of Dard Hunter Annual Meeting

The Friends of Dard Hunter will have their 21st annual meeting, In the Spirit of Dard Hunter, the Art & Craft of Hand Papermaking, in Atlanta, Georgia on October 14th–18th. The meeting is hosted by the Robert C. Williams Museum of Hand Papermaking, Home of the Dard Hunter Collection.

For information on registration, this year's presentations, the auction or Saturday night Banquet, visit the conference information page. Conference Information
Posted by Amy C. LeePard, Painted Bunting Books

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Handmade Paper Workshop

Handmade Paper Workshop with Local Plants and Fibers

October 3–4, 2009
Instructors: Gibby Waitzkin and Georgia Deal
Workshop will be held at Sarvisberry Studio located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, Virginia. Explore the process of papermaking using ancient and innovative techniques. Instructors will guide participants through:
• Fiber harvesting and prep
• Screen pouring
• Composition and layout
• Embedding botanicals (bring your own flowers and found objects)
• Final preservation

Workshop cost: $250.00 includes instruction, lunch, supplies, and your own creations!

For workshop registration, please visit For more information contact Gibby Waitzkin: or 540-745-6330. For hotel accommodations go to or

Monday, June 8, 2009

Book Arts Classes offered at Florence Thomas Art School

Announcing Book Arts Classes offered at Florence Thomas Art School, in Glendale Springs, NC (just off the Blue Ridge Parkway).

Sharon Sharp (Sharp Handmade Books: will be teaching two book making classes among more than 40 others being offered between May and October in painting, drawing, writing, fine crafts, and photography. On August 24-26, she'll be teaching an introduction to bookmaking, "Entering the Art of Bookmaking," in which everyone will make eight books of different types. On September 12, she'll offer "Haiku and Edge-Sewn Books," in which class members will write haiku and make books for their writing. These classes, like most of the others, will have a limit of twelve people. Details about all of the upcoming classes are available at

On-site lodging and some meals are available to registrants, and the 10.3-acre campus offers a delightful place for creative exploration. As noted on the Florence website, "the campus itself, spread open to the south and the sun, is in a beautiful setting—a large pond, meadows, many trees, gentle hills, a wonderful view into the distance."

Marking Time Exhibition

An internationally touring juried exhibition
of fine press, fine binding and artists' books
curated by the Guild of Book Workers

On display May 15 – August 15, 2009 at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

For more info, see the MCBA website.

Listed below are the Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers members that have work in the Marking Time exhibition:

Cathy Adelman
Don Etherington
Karen Hanmer
Andrew Huot
Ellen Knudson
Monique Lallier
Amy LeePard
Kathy Strother

The exhibition will be shown at Emory University in Decatur, Georgia as the final venue for the exhibit January 14-March 20, 2011.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Spring & Summer Classes at Altanta Printmakers' Studio

Check out the Atlanta Printmakers' Studio website for a list of terrific classes going on this spring and summer! Intaglio Copper Plate etching; Polyester Plate and Paper Lithograhy; Letterpress Class (Day); Letterpress Class (Night); Singular Prints (2-Day workshop); Solar Plate workshop; Cyanotype workshop.

Alabama Photo Book Project

Location: Kentuck Gallery; Northport, Alabama
When: Through May 30, 2009

Fifteen photographers including Kim Pearson, Stephen Savage, Pinky/MM Bass, Tom Loehr, Catt Sirten, Kelly Kleinschrodt, Keith Necaise, McLeod Turner, Susan Steber Kangal, Molly Dugan, Martha Davidson, Erin Hilburn, Mary Riser, Kristy Johnson-Snell and William Bunce have contributed to these hand-sewn and hand-decorated books. Visit the Website for history on the project.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Upcoming Papermaking Classes at BookWorks in Asheville, North Carolina!

Asheville BookWorks now has a fully equipped papermaking studio with a two-pound Reina beater, paper moulds, and paper presses. The papermaking studio will serve as a handmade paper mill specializing in commission paper for printmaking, letterpress & calligraphy. If you are interested in learning how to make paper you are invited to register for these upcoming classes instructed by Frank Brannon:

Paper Sculpture
April 20 - 22
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(1-hour lunch break)

The class will focus upon the exploration of two different forms of paper sculpture by using various papermaking fibers. One method of sculptural exploration will involve a cloth muslin armature filled with sand. Dampened sheets of handmade paper will be used to cover the armature using methyl cellulose as the adhesive. In the second form of sculpture, we will work directly on the papermill couching stand to initially form the sculpture, and with the use of sunlight and other sources of heat, convert the two-dimensional form into a three-dimensional one. Information for educators wishing to use these techniques is provided.

$315 + studio fees

Introduction to Handmade Paper
May 28 - 30
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(1-hour lunch break)

BookWorks Inaugural Paper Class: Using a variety of fibers, we will learn the basics of papermaking and the production of paper pulp using the Hollander beater. Sheet formation will be the focus of the course, with the development of your hand skills emphasized so that you may pull a consistently even set of sheets. Discussions will include how handmade paper may be incorporated into book arts and other art projects.

$315 + studio fees $25

Introduction to Handmade Paper
August 6 - 8
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(1-hour lunch break)

Using a variety of fibers, we will learn the basics of papermaking and the production of paper pulp using the Hollander beater. Sheet formation will be the focus of the course, with the development of your hand skills emphasized so that you may pull a consistently even set of sheets. Discussions will include how handmade paper may be incorporated into book arts and other art projects.

$315 + studio fees $25

For more information, visit the Asheville BookWorks website.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sixth Annual Edible Book Festival in Atlanta

March 28, 2009
A Fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta

Play with your food and eat your words!
Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta (LVA) and the Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers invite you to unleash your imagination and your culinary talents for the sixth annual Edible Book Festival.

WHEN: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

HOW: To participate, create a piece of edible art related to books—old or new—fiction, nonfiction, plays, poetry, etc. Entries should promote anything related to books: a scene or character from a book, play, short story, comic, or poem; a book cover; or a book’s structure. Savory or sweet, all ingredients must be entirely edible. You may use chocolate, cheese, vegetables, fruit, and more. Use your imagination!

WHO: Culinary and educational organizations, restaurants, artists, bibliophiles, and the public are invited to compete or come and enjoy.

The Edible Book Festival will benefit LVA. Registration and entry fees will be accepted in four categories:
Professional $25
Culinary student $15
Home chef $5
Child (K–6th grade) $5

For adult entries, go to
Art Institute of Atlanta–Decatur Campus
One West Court Square, Suite 110
(Gallery entrance on Ponce)
Decatur, GA 30030

For children’s entries, go to
The Cook’s Warehouse & Sherlock’s Wine Merchant
180 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

REGISTER: For more details about the Edible Book Festival and to register, go to or send your check with your registration form to:

Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta, 246 Sycamore Street, Suite 110, Decatur, GA 30030, or call 404.377.READ.

Deadline for registration is Friday, March 20, 2009.

About International Edible Book Festivals
The International Edible Book Festival is an annual event held throughout the world, uniting bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. For more information about Edible Books internationally, go to

Monday, February 23, 2009

Pardon Johnny Cash: 2009 Flower Pickin' Festival Poster Design Competition

2009 Poster Competition Call for Entries
Deadline: Entries must be Postmarked by June 12, 2009
The Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival is an annual event that takes place in Starkville, Mississippi where Johnny Cash was inspired to write the song "Starkville City Jail". The event honors the spirit of redemption, the depth, and humanity of Johnny Cash's life and music.

The Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival "pardon committee" requests submissions for the 2009 poster design competition. Designs will be judged by a panel of artists and professionals. The poster will be distributed both locally and regionally to promote the event, and may be used as the design for festival T-shirts.

Artwork should include the following:
• A reference to Johnny Cash and Starkville, Mississippi
• Festival dates: October 16–18, 2009

The artist of the winning design will be awarded $300 and will receive 3 posters signed by the event's headliners. All submissions become the property of the Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival. All entries should be original work and contain no copyrighted material. Multiple submissions are allowed.

Submission Requirements:
• Submit a hard copy of the artwork that is sized proportional to 16” x 20”. Artwork should be full-color, any medium.
• Submit a PDF of the artwork on a CD marked with the applicant's name.
• Provide contact information including e-mail, mailing address, & phone number
• Entry Fee: Student fee: $5.00 per entry (must include a photocopy of current ID to be accepted); Professional fee: $20.00 per entry.

View previous winning entries at the festival shop at

Submission packet contents should be properly packaged and shipped to:
Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival
Poster Competition
P.O. Box 6284
Mississippi State, MS 39762
For more information, visit the Pardon Johnny Cash website or contact Robbie Ward at

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Atlanta Printmakers' Studio: Paste Paper Workshop

Instructor Rory Golden
Saturday, March 21, 2009 10am-4pm
$75 APS members / $85 non-members

Paste papers developed in 18th Century Germany, have much potential beyond their traditional use as decorative patterned papers for book and box covers and end sheets. The term “paste paper” refers to a method of decorating the surface of paper with acrylic or tempera paint mixed in a “paste” medium and applied in various methods resulting in patterned papers. In this workshop we will learn basic techniques for patterned, and pulled papers. We will then learn to make a “tabletop monotype” paste paper and will create two-sided papers using kozo, handmade mulberry paper. All paste papers may be used in subsequent projects, such as a book cover or as a background layer for a relief print, silkscreen or letterpress printing.

Rory Golden teaches workshops at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, which he directed from 2000 – 2004, the San Francisco Center for the Book, the Long Beach Museum of Art and numerous colleges and universities around the country. He holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama and has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Yaddo. His artwork is in public and private collections around the country.

For more information, visit the Atlanta Printmakers' Studio website and click on the "Classes" link.

Monday, February 16, 2009

SABA Workshop Conference and Juried Exhibition

Southeast Association for Book Arts (SABA)
The University of South Carolina will hold its 3rd Biennial SABA Workshop Conference and Juried Exhibition May 11 – 14, 2009, with evening reception May 10. For more information about both the conference and exhibition, see the SABA website at

FEBRUARY 20: Deadline for submissions
MARCH 5: Email notification of accepted entries
APRIL 14-28: Artwork Due at McMaster Gallery
MAY 5: Exhibition Opens
MAY 12: Exhibition Reception, 5-7pm
MAY 29: Exhibition closes and all artwork will be returned

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Topophilia: Love of Place

Olde Towne Arts Center
300 Robert Street, Slidell, LA 70458

National Juried Exhibition
Call for Artists’ Books

Topophilia: Love of Place: This exhibit is about places that are near to our heart – rural or urban, public or private, internal or external, microscopic or macroscopic, singular or plural, real or imaginary, past or present. Topophilia comes from the Greek words topo- and philia-, literally meaning love of place. The exhibit is open to all interpretations on the theme.

Calendar of Important Dates:
Deadline (postmark) for entries: January 31, 2009
Juror results mailed or emailed by: February 14, 2009
Accepted art due at OTAC: March 7, 2009
Opening Reception 6-8 PM: March 13, 2009
Exhibition: March 13 - April 13, 2009

Juror & Curator: Natasha Lovelace Habers, Assistant Professor of Art, Kennesaw State University, Georgia. Open to artists living or working within the USA.

Email Charlotte Lowry Collins: to receive a PDF entry form and submission guidelines.