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Summer in the NBG Studio
Caribou Building, Suite 205
3550 Airport Way, with access off Geraghty Way

There's lots going on...
Join us!

Wraparound  Concertina Binding
with Laurel Herbeck

Saturday, June 9, 12:00-4:00pm
NBG Studio

New to Handmade books ?
...or just want to try a fun and versatile structure?

Come learn this elegant and functional binding! We will make a quick model, for future reference, then design a final book featuring decorative papers and collage for a personalized cover. You will select colors, patterns and design.
This book structure has a concertina binding, with 5-hole pamphlet stitch, and a cover which wraps around and neatly tucks in for a truly elegant finish. The book is great for use as travel or art journal, photo album, field journal or sketchbook. The possibilities for design and use are endless. Get ready for the summer with this useful, portable handmade book.

A list of tools to bring to class will be sent to registered participants.
$40 NBG Members
$50 Non-members
$5 Materials fee

Class size limited to 10. Register with instructor  here

Needle Book
with Ashley Thayer

Saturday, June 23, 10am - 2pm
NBG Studio

Make something fun, historic, and useful to tame your pins and needles! These needle books are inspired by designs from the 1800s. We'll start with making cased covers, then learn plenty of options to customize your own needle book.

 A list of tools to bring to class will be sent to registered participants.

$40 NBG Members
$50 Non-members
$10 Materials fee

Class size limited to 10. Register with instructor here. 

Fall Flora & The Artist's Book
with Guest Artist Andie Thrams

Only 4 spaces left!

Friday evening, August 24, 6-8pm
Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26, 10am - 4pm
NBG Studio

Cost $200, includes $45 materials fee

Explore the elusive creative space between the careful and the wild as you create an accordion-folding book. Native flora will be used as inspiration for drawing, painting, and writing in both traditional and non-traditional ways. Directed experiments using watercolor, ink, and gouache will develop imagery and content, full of autumn magic.

Andie Thrams is a Sierra Nevada-based visual artist. A lifelong devotion to creative work in wilderness habitats, especially within the pages of her field journals, has evolved into artist's books and paintings held in private and public collections throughout the United States. Her work is widely exhibited and has been honored by institutions including the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology and Yosemite Renaissance. Andie earned a BA in art practice from the University of California at Berkeley, and she regularly teaches outdoor art workshops.
Learn more about Andie Thrams 
here .

Register for the workshop here.



Over the past month, IMPRINTS work sessions have been lively gatherings of NBG members working on a variety of tasks in the process of publishing our first letterpress book: trimming pages, collating folios, preparing bookboard covers, endsheets and endcaps. 
Many members already receive the NBG NOTES that announce the work sessions, but if you are not receiving them and would like to, please let us know here.  Join us in binding IMPRINTS!


Did you know your Guild membership includes access to our circulating and resource library? If you're looking for inspiration or techniques for everything from structure to embellishment, we have it!
Our library grows through Guild purchases and member donations. It was greatly expanded this year through the generous donation of over 80 books from the library of Marilyn Askelin, fellow book artist and member of the board from 2014 to 2018. We are honored to have Marilyn's collection, which is wide ranging and covers all aspects of book arts. 
The library is run on the honor system with self sign-out and return forms, and a loan period of two-weeks with renewals.  
Our library also includes a collection of models and artist books that do not circulate but are exhibited to offer an introduction to the work of local book artists as well as those who live outside Alaska.


Robert Hannon interviews Margo Klass

In the first part of the podcast Robert interviews Terrence and Dermot Cole in anticipation of the "Final Lecture" on May 23 by Terrence Cole. The second part of the podcast is described by Robert here: " Not long ago   Northwoods Book Arts Guild   opened a new studio with the purpose of crafting beautiful books. One of the guiding spirits behind the venture is   Margo Klass,  an artist and art historian. I met her in the new studio to discuss the book, the studio and the source of her own magical creations."

Listen to the podcast here.

July 15 - 29

Offering 200 workshops and over 100 events, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival offers opportunities for both personal growth and arts appreciation in a variety of genres including music, dance, visual arts, healing arts, culinary arts, creative writing, and theatre.

See full program here.


Khadi Cover Rag Paper

Paper Birches offers members of the Guild a selection of fine bookmaking supplies that are unavailable in town. Just arrived is a shipment of Khadi paper, a favorite for making book covers. It's available for purchase at the NBG Studio. 


Studio Session: Wrap-around Concertina Binding
with Laurel Herbeck
Saturday, June 9, 12:00-4:00pm
$40/$50 plus $8 materials fee
Register HERE
NBG Studio, Caribou Building, Suite 205, Airport Way

Studio Session: Needle Book
with Ashley Thayer
Saturday, June 23, 10am-2pm
$40/$50 plus $10 materials fee
Register  HERE
NBH Studio, Caribou Building, Suite 205, Airport Way

Program Meeting
Sunday, July 15, 1:00-3:00pm
NBG Studio, Caribou Building, Suite 205, Airport Way
Book  Exchange: Tags & Pockets

Workshop: Fall Flora & the Artist's Book
with Guest Artist Andie Thrams
Friday, August 24, 6-8pm
Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26, 10am-2pm
$200 includes $45 materials fee
NBG Studio, Caribou Building, Suite 205, Airport Way
Register and more information HERE

More details to come in the Newsletter and on our website!

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

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