Happy New Year fellow bookmakers! I can hardly believe we are embarking on to a new year. We were very productive this past year with classes, a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award, an exhibition, a fantastic annual meeting, First Friday Open House, and a list of other projects and continuing partnerships. 

Thank you, Susan Campbell, for your leadership and creativity over the last three years! Susan is continuing in a leadership role by joining the Advisory Council, so we are not letting her get too far away!

So, what is next? Your Board and Advisory Council are hard at work laying the foundation for the next three years. I would like to ask all of you to think about how you might contribute to the Guild in 2023 – will you take a class, teach a class, write an article for the newsletter, suggest a new project, or maybe volunteer for a committee? The possibilities are endless. As your new Board President, I look forward to working with each of you. Let’s have fun and make some memorable books in 2023.

Corlis Taylor
NBG President
NBG Program Meetings
Introduction to the 2023 Theme:
 The Mighty Pamphlet Stitch

NBG program meetings throughout the year will focus on the astonishing versatility and creativity of the Pamphlet Stitch. We think of it as simple (it is!) and easy to master (it is!) but we don’t often think of it as a creative tool that can be applied to so much more than sewing together folios. Throughout 2023 we will explore these possibilities and use the pamphlet stitch as a sewing device, attachment device, and embellishment device. Each activity program will build upon the previous meeting, gaining in complexity as the year progresses. We invite you to attend all the meetings to build a vocabulary of skills, all based on The Mighty Pamphlet Stitch.

Follow-on Workshops

Each NBG program meeting will be followed up with a workshop in the NBG studio for those who would like to explore further how the stitch can be applied with greater complexity to other devices and bindings. These in-person workshops will accommodate 10 students, with masking protocol in place. Read about the workshop to be presented for this month’s activity below. Using the simple pamphlet stitch and articulating the spine of the book in an innovative way, the result creates an unusual spine. Workshops will also be described at the meeting. They may be repeated if demand warrants.
January Program Meeting
The 3- and 5-hole Mighty Pamphlet Stitch
with Linda Adamson
Sunday, January 22, 1-3pm
NBG Studio and on Zoom

This introductory activity will introduce the 3- and 5-hole Pamphlet Stitch, allowing everyone to master the simple mechanics of the stitch. We will make 2 small booklets in the meeting, one for the 3-hole version of the stitch, and another for the 5-hole version. These model booklets will provide visual reminders of how each is sewn for referencing in future meetings and workshops.

A limited number of materials kits will be available at the NBG studio for pick up on Wednesdays during Open Studio, 12 - 2pm. 

Tools and Materials
Exacto knife
Bone folder
Straight edge/ruler
Glue or double-sided tape to attach “title plates” to cover
Waxed coated linen thread: (2) 15 inches length

Paper for covers and end papers, 2 each for 2 books
Cover (2): 9 x 4 1/4 inches
End papers (2): 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches
Card stock paper for 5 hole Booklet jig: 2 x 4 1/2 inches

Four documents to print:
Announcing the 2023 NBG Challenge Themes!

January/February - Calendar
March/April - Fiber
May/June - Jewelry
July/August - Wood
September/October - Architecture
November/December - Winter

The NBG Challenge is an opportunity for guild members to find inspiration through interpretation of the theme in whatever way speaks to them. Once finished, email pictures of your artist book to Ashley to be added to the NBG website. Check out the 2022 entries on the website now!

*** A big congrats to Chris Greenfield-Pastro for being the first member to complete all 6
challenges in 2022!! Way to go, Chris!!***
NBG's Art-o-Mat Machine

Following a successful holiday appearance at the HoHo Holiday Shopping Expo in December, NBG's Art-o-Mat machine will move to downtown Fairbanks at 2 Street Gallery for the month of January. Celebrate the first Friday of the New Year with a throwback to a 1950's theme at 2 Street Gallery. Find creative renditions of 1950's inspired imagery, colors, and designs by local artists alongside the soon-to-be-named Art-o-Mat machine.
Venues interested in hosting the machine in 2023 should email for more information. Local artists are encouraged to submit their work to be sold nationwide through the network of Art-o-Mat machines. See for more details!
NBG Help Wanted

NBG Wants YOU!

Northwoods Book Arts Guild is seeking fun-loving volunteers to join the Board in the following positions:

Secretary - This job takes a little time, but nothing you can’t handle! Attend bimonthly Zoom Board meetings and take notes on the proceedings. You can ask members to speed up, slow down, or clarify any point you wish. After the meeting, type up your notes and submit them as Minutes to all Board and Advisory Council members. Bingo, bango, done! Term is two years.

Development Committee Chair - This job is perfect for the person with vision and the desire to impact the Fairbanks Arts community in a big way! Lead a team of willing volunteers to seek out a new location for our studio - one with full access, classroom water availability, a clean toilet, and greater meeting, workshop, gallery, and letterpress studio space. Work with other community groups to secure funding for a joint endeavor. Think BIG! Report progress to the Board on a quarterly basis, via email or attendance at Board meetings. Term can be two years or the rest of your life!

Compensation package includes camaraderie, a sense of accomplishment, and contribution to the general health of the Fairbanks arts community! Join us today!

Please contact any NBG Board Member or Mary Maisch to offer your services, at your earliest convenience.
Zhen Xian Bao In Depth
10-week Online Course

Paula B. Krieg and Susan Joy Share are teaching a 10-week Zoom course, Zhen Xian Bao In Depth, through San Diego Book Arts (SDBA). The course explores this traditional Chinese folk art whose inner workings are made of collapsible paper boxes that reveal layer upon layer of hidden compartments. This format is ideal for storing needles, thread, photos and other treasured items or becoming an artwork on its own. The course begins in February and runs through early April 2023. There is a Tues. morning class and a Wed. afternoon class Pacific Time.  SDBA members registering before January 9, 2023 receive a substantial discount. Click here for more information and to register.
Professional Development Series

As an awardee of the 2022 Rasmuson Foundation Project Award, NBG members are invited to participate in a Professional Development Series offered by the Rasmuson Foundation and Anchorage Museum. Below are details for the first event scheduled in 2023.

January 5 12:15PM
In this session for musician and soundart awardees, learn from legal experts and musicians about best practices around music sharing from social media to streaming platforms, pay walls to copyright.
Presenter: Jeff Prystowsky, Musical Entrepreneur, Co-founder of Providence, RI band, The Low Anthem, Law Student in Musical Law and IP. 

About the presenter: 
Jeff lives in Providence, RI with his wife and two children. As President of the Intellectual Property Law Association at RWU Law, he organized and moderated five programs on intellectual property law, including Hip Hop and the LawReal World IPCultural MisappropriationCopyright and Racial Justice, and Art Law: Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith. This October, he will begin working as an Intellectual Property Litigation Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Boston, MA. Before law school, he co-founded The Low Anthem, a band that opened for Bruce Springsteen, toured with Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, The Avett Brothers, Iron & Wine, and The Chieftains, and performed on Late Night with David Letterman three times, at Carnegie Hall twice, at Lincoln Center, and main stage at the Newport Folk Festival. He is a graduate of Brown University, and his latest paper, “Hits & Writs, Take Two”: Revising the Laws of de minimis Music Sampling, is forthcoming in the 2023 Roger Williams University Law Review. 
First Friday at 2 Street Gallery

2 Street Gallery in Downtown Fairbanks is hosting a 1950's themed First Friday inspired by their hosting the NBG Art-o-Mat machine for the month of January. Local artists have created 1950's themed art for the event, including NBG Member Oralee Nudson. Following the jewelry box design found in "Making Memory Boxes" by Barbara Mauriello, Oralee used handmade screen printed lokta and shizen papers to make "Atomic Era" themed boxes and Sterling Silver rings. Stop by 2 Street Gallery between 5 and 8pm on January 6th to view a selection of locally produced 1950's fine art.

NBG Open Studio & Boreal Book Arts Showcase Hours
Meet, Make, Shop!
Wednesdays, noon-2pm
Starting January 11

Horn Book Project
Ongoing through May 2023

NBG Program Meeting
Sunday, January 22, 1-3pm
NBG Studio and on Zoom

NBG Workshop
The Defined Spine
Saturday, February 11, 12-4pm

NBG Workshop
Zhen Xian Bao
Sat & Sun, February 25 & 26
Learn about and support Northwoods Book Arts Guild!