Welcome to the Book Arts Guild.  in 1979 a small group of book binders, papermakers and printers started the Guild and it is now the largest, longest lived, active book arts group in the Pacific Northwest.  With over 300 members, BAG reflects the wide variety of arts and crafts sheltered under the book arts umbrella. We've hosted hundreds of lectures by major artists from all over the world, coordinated many workshops with master artists and craftspeople, supported exhibitions, and been active in regional book fairs throughout the group's history. 

On this website you will find upcoming events, both hosted by the Guild and those of interest to its members, and an archive of past activities.   You will find photographs from workshops, exhibits, studio visits and lectures illustrating the wide variety of events BAG has sponsored over the last 35 years.   Please join us.  Our $20 dues are a bargain to attend our monthly meetings with visiting artists specializing in a wide range of media, forms and content.  Take this opportunity to support the book arts regionally and nationally. Join us!!

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BAG's Outstanding Achievement Award

BAG's Outstanding Achievement Award

May 27, 2013

Bonnie Thompson Norman is recipient of the newly established Book Arts Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement. Since relocating to Seattle in 1993, Bonnie has enriched the local book arts community immeasurably through her teaching, practice, and advocacy. She established her Windowpane Press studio to provide the opportunity for individuals to learn letterpress printing and bookbinding, and well as produce their own work. Access to Bonnie’s instruction, and collaborative learning in her well-appointed facility, has provided countless students an encouraging introduction to the book arts. Furthermore, Bonnie’s generous sharing of her studio has allowed artists to complete bookworks that would not otherwise have been possible.

In her “day job” Bonnie is a hand bookbinder at Puget Bindery. Bonnie serves as an active member of the Board of the Friends of the University of Washington Libraries, as well as the Guild of Book Workers and the Book Arts Guild.

All of this follows Bonnie’s earlier career in Los Angeles, where she was Studio Director at the Woman’s Building and worked for renowned letterpress printer Patrick Reagh for a number of years. Bonnie is one of the original group of Women of Letters, which continues to meet more than twenty-five years after their original gathering.

The award was presented to Bonnie as a surprise just following Kitty Maryatt’s lecture on May 22. Surprise it was, with dozens of Bonnie’s friends, colleagues, and family appearing to cheer her on. Carl Montford presented the award certificate which he had designed and printed. Jennifer Kennard, Sandra Kroupa, and long-time colleague Kitty Maryatt all added their comments to the presentation. Best wishes to Bonnie, for all future endeavors!

The Book Arts Guild Board has established its Award for Outstanding Achievement to honor a BAG member in good standing, who has made significant contributions to the Book Arts Guild community. The Board appointed award will be presented every three years and will consist of a cash award of $250, and a Certificate of Achievement. Nominations may be made to any standing board member. Board members are not eligible for nomination.




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Bonnie and family Bonnie and Jennifer Kennard Bonnie, Sandra Kroupa, Carl Montford Bonnie and Kitty Maryatt Bonnie opens award check Bonnie and granddaughter Kate