Workshop, Exhibition, Summer, and MS 108

Upcoming workshop with papermaker Katie MacGregor and calligrapher Nancy Leavitt. Registration is now open for the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers Mini-Conference: Exploring the Tip of Maine. Spend a weekend in downeast Maine with a community of local artists working in the field of bookbinding, papermaking, and calligraphy. For more information and registration click on this link:

Book exhibition: Geographies: New England Book Work, the New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers exhibition is now on view at The University of Southern Maine’s Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine. Summer open hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, closed weekends and holidays. The show will remain on view through August 22, 2014. For more information on the exhibition and the complete schedule please go to the post on the chapter blog:

DSC00930 The garden: Once the snow melts and plants start to push up through the soil the garden becomes my work. As hard as I try to stay inside and work, I am pulled to the ever-changing green tapestry of my garden. Things happen fast in our short growing season and I confess that I don’t want to miss any of it. Early June is a flush of blue blossoms. Fragrant peonies arrive in mid to late June. July is delphiniums, roses, and lilies. 


New work, MS 108:

DSC00971Love Sonnets, 2014, size: 11 by 4.5 inches (h x w). Lettering and painting by artist. A book commission from one young lover to another, features a love poem realized in the favorite colors of the recipient, turquoise and earth tones. The hand lettered poetry travels from the foot to the head of the book with sewn in cut leave pages. The poem speaks of the innate feelings of love and the intertwining of thoughts and hearts.

DSC00967 The text was lettered in gouache on arches text wove paper. Painted and leaf images cut out of Katie MacGregor’s paper before sewing into the accordion fold book. Snippets of the lettering can be seen through the round holes and edges of the leaves. The binding is composed of two layers of MacGregor paper. The inner is a painted gold paper, which has a painted leaf cut cover wrapped around it. The book is held in a dark turquoise box lined with painted papers, which was made by Joelle Webber of Mermaid Bindery.


Thanks for reading this blog, Nancy

Priscilla Juvelis

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4 Responses to Workshop, Exhibition, Summer, and MS 108

  1. Jane Brenner says:

    Wish I could see this beautiful book/garden!

  2. Bonnie Faulkner says:

    The link to the class doesn’t work! Your book is gorgeous NAncy.

  3. Hi Bonnie, sorry about the link, not sure what I did but will try to correct it. The address is correct, you may have to paste it into your browser.

  4. Hi folks, The Mini-Conference: Exploring the Tip of Maine will take place the 12-14th of September at the Cobscook Community Center in Trescott, Maine. Can’t seem to solve the link glitch so you will have to paste the address into your browser. Apologies.

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