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  • 2 May 2022 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    Greetings and Happy May, PSBA Members!

    Members’ Survey: The PSBA board would like to know what you, our members, want in terms of events and programs. We ask that you take 5-8 minutes (depending on how wordy you get in the comments sections) to fill out this survey.

    Please complete the survey by Friday, May 13.

    As an incentive to complete the survey, those who elect to do so will be entered into a drawing and three lucky winners will receive a packet of book arts supplies.

     Take the survey by clicking here.

    May 1:  Registration opens for members who want to participate in the Annual Book Exchange. Register here. 

    2022 Members’ Exhibition, Updates

    This year’s guest curator will be Dan Shafer.  Dan D Shafer is a Seattle-based graphic designer, artist, and educator. He owns Dandy Co., a graphic design studio specializing in book design, environmental design, and event branding and promotion. Dan is also the Creative Director for Chin Music Press and teaches book arts and design classes at Cornish College of the Arts

    SAVE THE DATE:  We are planning for in-person events this year, beginning with the opening reception at Collins Library on June 11, 2-4pm.

    Other events will include open case presentations by the artists, scheduled for:

    • June 15
    • June22
    • June 29
    • July 6

    Each open case presentation will be on Wednesday, beginning at 12:00

    And as a grand finale, a screening and panel discussion on July 28th 5:30-7pm.  Details on how to register and attend each of the above events will be posted on the PSBA calendar as they become available

    ·         53 Artists submitting work for this year's exhibition

    ·         Total # of artists submitting one work:  32

    ·         Total # of artists submitting two works: 12

    ·         Total # of artists submitting three works: 9

    ·         Total # of works submitted for this year's exhibition: 83

    May 4:  Notification of Acceptance

    June 3: Delivery of Work to Collins Library

    May 14: Mini-Workshop: Nested Accordion with Watercolor Printing. Register here. Location: Anne Storey's studio. In this workshop we will learn how to make abstract prints to decorate and embellish your artist's books using watercolor and plants.

    May 1:  Registration opens for members who wish to participate in the Annual Book Exchange.

    May 31: Registration opens for Mini-Workshop: Dragon Book Structure. Location: Becky Frehse Studio. The dragon book structure, also known as the snake fold is a simplified version of the petal fold used in origami. The seeming simplicity of folded book structures easily lend to creating more complex structures.  In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of folding, scoring and folding tools and explore the versatility of this structure.


    June 4: Workshop:  Exploring Ways to Get Text on the Page.  Registration opens April 30! Location: Dorothy McCuistion’s Tacoma studio. f you’re like me and don’t have access to letterpress, it’s always a dilemma to figure out how to put text in my art books. In this class, we will explore many low-tech ways to get words on the page. We will work on our own and at hands-on stations with a variety of methods ranging from pencil to image transfer to printing. While the instructor has many techniques to teach, participants are invited to bring samples of their own methods to share with the class. By the end of the day, each person will have a set of 10 or more sample cards to use as reference for future projects. A few techniques of binding the cards will be demonstrated.


    And if you haven’t already done so, check out the PSBA’s YouTube channel. Recently added videos include "Annual Members’ Meeting with Amanda Clark and Timothy Eli" and "How to Have a Good Mail Day: Discover the Joys of Mail Art."


    Your PSBA Board

  • 3 Apr 2022 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings and Happy Spring, PSBA Members!

    Covid Protocol:  Many organizations are lifting restrictions that were put in place during the height of the Covid pandemic.   In an abundance of caution, we are leaving mask requirements to the discretion of workshop hosts and facilitators, as well as to the individuals themselves.  In addition, proof of vaccination will be at the discretion of a workshop host. 

    SAVE THE DATE!  The 2022 PSBA Members' Exhibition Opening Reception will be Saturday June 11th, 2-4 pm. It’s that time of year and all members will be receiving a flurry of emails about our upcoming exhibition.  It is so exciting to announce that we are planning an in person reception this year.  We can’t wait to enjoy the camaraderie of gathering together to celebrate the Book Arts!   Keep your eyes posted for details and we look forward to many submissions.   Remember, the deadline for submissions is April 22nd!  Be sure to visit the Exhibition Prospectus as well as the PSBA website calendar to keep up with events as they unfold.

    Etiquette for Marketing Artist Books: A Conversation with Catherine Alice Michaelis is Wednesday, April 6th from 4-5pm via Zoom.  The event is free but registration is required. 

    Botanizing Hope: An Altered Book Botanical Journal.  There are still spaces available for this workshop Saturday, April 30th , 10am-4pm at Becky Frehse' Studio.  Click here to find out more about the workshop and to register!

    Around the “Sound”:   Science Stories is now open at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.  This beautiful setting, nestled in a wooded area, is a perfect venue to showcase this work. Wild/Life is on display at Collins Library and the Library is now open Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm for the general public. Monday - Thursdays:  8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Bainbridge Museum has a major book arts show that is on view all spring.   Many of our members will be attending CODEX Book Fair in California and we are excited to receive reports from the exhibition hall during their visits.

    Cunning Curiosities, The Minature Book: For those who attended and for those who could not attend, but wish they had, Pat Chupa has created a pdf file of the works created during her February workshop,   You may view the work by the artists who attended by clicking on this link.

    Retreat:  The PSBA Board is planning a retreat on May 23rd.  If you have ideas or concerns you would like us to address, just let us know!

    Membership:  A gentle reminder to renew your membership to take advantage of all our programs and events and support the book arts!


    Your PSBA Board


  • 8 Mar 2022 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    Hi Everyone,

    The Ides of March are almost upon us and it's time to take advantage of everything the PSBA has to offer!  For all of these events, visit the PSBA Calendar to find out more or to register!

    March 12:  How to Have A Good Mail Day: Discover the Joys of Mail Art

    We are pleased to welcome special guest Jennie Hinchcliff, co-author of the book Good Mail Day: A Primer for Eye Popping Post.  Jennie will introduce us to the history of mail art and share her long involvement in this art form. For the price of a postage stamp, Mail Art is available to every artist at every level.  This event is free but Registration is required.  


    As a member of PSBA you are invited to participate in the 2022 PSBA Annual Exhibition.  This year's suggested theme is Peaks and Valleys. Peaks and Valleys invoke many connotations.  We encourage members to explore their own highs and lows, literal and metaphorical.   Click Here to view the entire Prospectus online, including photography dates and other important information, or to obtain a printable pdf of the prospectus. 

    March 25:  An Open Case Presentation by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, 12:00-1:00 via Zoom.

    Join us in viewing a selection of art books from our friends at Vamp and Tramp Booksellers. We remember the days when Vamp and Tramp made their annual west coast tour and stopped at Collins Memorial Library. We were so fortunate to be able to view and the handle books in person. For now, we’re experiencing the next best option via Zoom. Grab your lunch and settle in to savor the richness of creativity and ingenuity that comes each time we see how artists interpret topics or themes in brand-new ways.  This event is free but Registration is required. 

    March 27: Photography Sessions open for those members needing to get their work photographed for the 2022 PSBA Members' Exhibition.  Choose between two days in March and April, courtesy of Collins Library and Curatorial Team Member, Rachel Watson.  These sessions are free, but Registration is required.

    April 30: Botanizing Hope: An Altered Botanical Journal,

    Botanizing Hope is a workshop in which an altered book can become a personal archive of life in a changing climate.  In this workshop, participants will learn basic techniques for altering a book to use as a journal in which to record observations of the natural world.  Join Puget Sound book artist, Lou Cabeen as she leads this intriguing workshop. Space is limited and Registration is required for this workshop.

    February 21-April 21:  Guild of Book Workers Triannual Exhibition: Wildllife

    And last but not least, be sure to visit Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound, to see this remarkable exhibition featuring approximately 50 works by Guild members.  For more information on the exhibition, visit the Collins Library website.


    Your PSBA Board.


  • 16 Feb 2022 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear PSBA Members,

    February brings renewed energy to our organization as we welcome PSBA members, Belinda Hill, Peter Newland, Julia Stringfellow, and Rachel Watson to the PSBA board!  

    With our 4 new members joining our Board and a new series of workshops and events planned for the spring, the PSBA board and it's members have been busy!   Some of you are already participating in Pat Chupa's workshop, Cunning Curiosities: The Miniature Book.  If you missed out on this workshop opportunity, we have many more presentations and workshops coming up.   To find out more or to register for all or any of these exciting events, visit the Calendar on the PSBA website.

    • We begin with a Zoom presentation of the Guild of Book Workers Triannual Exhibition: Wild/Life this Sunday, February 20, 1-3pm.  Demand for this presentation has been overwhelming at 91 current registrants.  Come join the fun!  
    • How to Have a Good Mail Day: Discover the Joys of Mail Art, a Zoom Presentation followed by  a member meet-up in breakout rooms, Saturday, March 12, 2022, 1-2;30pm.  The event is free, but registration is required.
    • March 15, Submission for the 11th Annual Puget Sound Book Artists Members' Exhibition begins.  The prospectus is currently being updated with more detailed information on a continuing bases, but you can visit the current prospectus here.

    • Once more we have the pleasure of a Zoom presentation by Vamp & Tramp booksellers on March 25th. Join Vicky Stewart and Lindsey Ellinas in an open case presentation beginning at 12pm. 

    • Registration opens on March 1st for the April 30th workshop, Botanizing Hope: An Altered Book Botanical Journal, with instructor Lou Cabeen

    • Join PSBA members Belinda Hill and  Abbie Birmingham as they coordinate the 4th Annual Book Exchange, themed, Pathways.  Registration to participate in this annual fun event opens June 1.

    Remember to find out more or to register for each or all of these engaging events visit the  Calendar on the PSBA website.

    We are hopeful renewed energy of spring will lift some of the health restrictions and allow for more in person events.  In the short term, remember Collins Library is hosting the Guild of Bookworkers Wild/Life exhibition and is open Monday through Friday 8:00 – 5:00 and from Sundays starting March 29 – April 17 1:00 – 5:00.

    See you all soon,

    The PSBA Board

  • 4 Oct 2021 7:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi Everyone!

    Welcome to the wonderful fall weather we've been having.  We hope everyone is enjoying it, rain and all.  Scroll down to see what is happening for the month of October and beyond.

    PSBA 10TH/Redux Annual Members' Exhibition:  

    The 2021 annual members’ book arts exhibit has closed. It was memorably wonderful-rich with ideas, color and imagery. We on the exhibit team want to thank all who participated and all who came to see it. We needed this refreshment of vision that you all provided. Both artists and viewers received a big shot of energy from the event.  Thank you, everyone!

    The Curitorial Team:

    Sally Alger

    Peter Newland

    Pat Chupa

    Rachel Watson

    Science Stories: A Collaboration of Book Artists and Scientists is an exhibition running from October 14th 2021 to January 14th, 2022 at Collins Library on the University of Puget Sound Campus.  The Library remains open to the public Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visit the website to learn more about the artists and scientists featured in this unique collaborative exhibition: 

    Introduction to Artist Book Structures:  There are still seven spaces available for this two day, introductory workshop instructed by Bonnie Thompson Norman on Saturday and Sunday, November 6-7, 10am-5pm.  Registration is required so click here for details and to register!

    Tone Poems: An Exhibition of the  Work of Becky Frehse at the Helen S. Smith Gallery at Green River College.  The exhibition runs from Sept 20th to December 3rd.  Click on this link for more info and a virtual tour of the exhibition!

    Paper Lantern with a Twist:  PSBA has a gift for all of its wonderful members. Gina Pisello will teach a FREE one hour Zoom workshop: Paper Lantern with a Twist on November 4, 2021, 4:00 PM on Zoom. You will learn to make a paper lantern with folds and twists that will light up the holiday season.  Look for registration details plus tools and materials list later in October.

    Community Connections:  PSBA, along with Collins Library,  continues to support our community with a free book arts workshop in support of Tacoma Public Library's Tacoma Reads Program.   Check out this link and be quick to register as just a few seats remain.  And don't forget to check out PSBA member Carletta Carrington WIlson's exhibition at the Moore branch of TPL, click on this link!   

    And last, but certainly not least,

    Annual Member's Meeting:   Given the current situation with variants and uncertainty about the future, we will most probably have an online members meeting.  But we will fill it with fun and opportunities to interact and share,  Stay tuned!

  • 16 Sep 2021 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you! A big thank you to Belinda Hill for organizing our book exchange and to all the artists that participated in the event.  It was truly inspiring to see your creative work and many interpretations of LAYERS!   If you are interested in working on the next exchange, it is never too early to start planning.  Please email   jcarlin@pugetsound.edu to share your thoughts.  Also you can view the slide show of the 2003 Book Exchange here.

    Exhibit Panel Discussion:  Have you signed up for the Panel Discussion and Live Chat with artists from this year’s exhibition?   Mark your calendar for September 23 from 6-8.  This is a chance to listen first hand to a number of this year’s artists in a great panel moderated by PSBA member Peter Newland.  This is also an opportunity to celebrate our great exhibition.  Register here

    Leadership:  Several members have expressed interest in assisting the organization, and the call is still open to connect with jcarlin@pugetsound.edu.  Not only are we seeking a coordinator for the book exchange as mentioned above, but members for the 2022 exhibition ( Yes, we are already thinking of this!) as well as individuals that would like to offer or coordinate workshops or a zoom presentation.  

    One Last Thing:  Along with all of the great resource materials, a new category has been added to the Artist Resources page on the Home tab: PSBA and Affiliated Book Arts Galleries:

    As always, the PSBA board wishes all of its members the best!

  • 7 Sep 2021 7:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi Everyone,

    We trust everyone had a pleasant Labor Day weekend and have returned from outings, and get togethers with friends and family.  Scroll down to see what is happening this month in the PSBA!

    Changes in Leadership:  ​As we shared in the last member's update, we are moving forward with some transitions in leadership.  We will be reaching out to members to help move the organization forward with planning and sustainability. 

    Members' Exhibition:  Can it already be a month that the exhibit has been open?  Seems like yesterday the doors were opened and members have been coming in on a regular basis to see this wonderful exhibition.  It was well worth the wait!   Artists:  your work is outstanding the exhibition is a pleasure.   Please be sure to sign up for the panel discussion coming up soon!  Register here to take part in the discussion.  Also, the entire 2021 Members' Exhibition can now be viewed online by clicking on this link.

    Just around the corner:  Science Stories:  Science Stories will be installed in mid October and there are a number of virtual programs planned.  PSBA has supported this exhibition curated by Lucia Harrison, Jane Carlin and Peter Wimberger.   Visit the web site to learn more about the artists and scientists featured in this unique collaborative exhibition:  https://blogs.pugetsound.edu/sciencestories/

    PSBA Virtual Book Exchange:  Are you as excited as we are to see how members have interpreted the theme of this year's book exchange.  While we might not be able to meet in person, it will be a fascinating program.  Click here to register.

    Community Connections:  Did you know PSBA is partnering with Tacoma Reads to support this years reading selection of Caste?  PSBA member Carletta Carrington Wilson will have a display of her work at a TOL Library and Gabby Cooksey and Taylor Cox will offer a free workshop on basic book arts!  Details here:   https://www.tacomalibrary.org/tacomareads/

    Wish You Were Here:  The collaborative book and postcard project in which PSBA members collaborated with the San Diego Book Arts is now online thanks to the dedicated work by Cristina Hajosy from the New England Book Arts with support from Lorraine Crowder from the Bay Area Book Artists!  Click here to visit the exhibition!

    New Feature on the PSBA Website:  We are now posting our monthly updates as blog posts on the website.  Go to the Home tab, on your menu bar and look for the  Monthly Updates tab.  Now you no longer have to worry about losing that monthly PSBA update email!

  • 30 Jul 2021 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PSBA Update for late July/August

    Dear Members,

    Exhibit:  Can you believe it is almost August?  It is exciting to think many of you will be dropping off your books next week for our annual exhibition at Collins Library.   The curatorial team is working hard to put together virtual programs.  Since the University of Puget Sound will not be open to the public for the fall semester, we will have the opportunity to "book a visit" to the Library to see the exhibition.   Details will soon be shared, but any visitors to the Library will need to adhere to protocol established by the university.

    Delivery of work will take place at the Collins Library, 1500 North Warner, unit 1021, on Friday,  August 6,2021 between the hours of 10am and 12 noon.  Due to covid restrictions on the campus please bring your pieces to the loading dock on the East side of the Collins library.  We will meet you there to receive your work.   The loading dock access is around on the righthand side as you face the main entrance to the Library. If you care to use it there is also a visitors’ parking lot (#5) at 18th and Warner streets that is very near the loading dock.


    The Collins Memorial Library requires that you complete and submit the online Loan Display Agreement by the date of dropoff. It can be accessed and completed at https://www2.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/collins-memorial-library/loan-display-agreement-form/


    We received a number of replies to our request about a chance to speak at the August 20th Zoom event. We are interested in knowing if anyone else would like an opportunity to speak briefly on the inspiration behind your creation. Please respond yes or no  by return email no later than August 1.

    The number of positive responses will guide the format of our celebration.

    Leadership:  Changes are on the Horizon:  Did you ever stop to think that many of our Board members have been leading the organization for over eleven years?  It is time to think about some transitions and we ask you to think about stepping up to take on a leadership role for our organization.   The benefits are so many - from lasting & permanent friendships, to connecting with artists locally and nationally, and being part of a team!   The Board meets once a month and we want to transition to a new President, Vice President, Program Manager and Treasurer within the next year.  We will mentor you in these roles and work with you to ensure you are comfortable and ready to move our organization forward for ten more years!  Contact dmgreenwood@harbornet.com or jcarlin@pugetsound.edu to learn more about opportunities.

    Write253: If you didn't have a chance to join the presentation, be sure to check out the web site and be on the lookout for the recording when it is available.  Executive Director Michael Haeflinger is doing AMAZING work for our community and there is so much potential for collaboration! https://www.write253.com/​

    Shereen LaPlantz - New digital collection:  The Collins Library is pleased to launch a new digital collection:  Shereen LaPlantz Book Structures Photographs collection.

    https://library.artstor.org/#/collection/100197567.  This collection was developed by librarian Hilary Robbeloth and provides images to all the books in the Collins archives.  In addition, Shereen's husband David, has recently gifted several boxes of personal papers and manuscripts to the Library.  Exciting to have this important resource in our local community.

    Open House at Bonnie Thompson Norman's Studio, August 28, 2021. Bonnie has generously opened her home and studio to us for our first in-person event. Beginning on August 1st, registration will be open to members and their guests. If you have registered and would like to bring a guest, you may add a guest to your registration. To read all the particulars and to register, click here.

    PSBA Third Annual Book Exchange

    There is still time to be part of PSBA's Third Annual Book Exchange. Images of your book must be sent to Belinda Hill by August 28, and the Zoom exchange event will be on September 11. Read the details and register here.


Please contact us at psbanews@gmail.com  to learn more about the Puget Sound Book Artists or if you have a question about our organization!

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