Collection of Book-Arts Inspired Christmas Cards
Humboldt County, California: 1994-96; 1999-2003; 2005. NORBAG, founded in 1995, is a group of amateur and semi-professional book artists, who meet regularly to learn new techniques and to exchange work. Just as various amateur press associations and local printers' chappels echo the fine press movement, local book arts guilds use the same techniques and book forms as professional book artists. One common element of book arts guilds and amateur press associations is the regular exchange of work among the members. From the very beginning, NORBAG organized a Christmas card exchange. Present here are cards from the earliest exchanges from the founding year of the organziation, with a few earlier examples. There is also a run of cards from 1999 to 2005, lacking 2004. The cards offer an interesting look at the amateur book arts, as the participants explore screenprinting, embossing, various book structures, collage techniques, and paper styles. This collection includes more than 100 cards from about three dozen different artists, many contributing cards in multiple years. All in all, an interesting look into the amateur book arts world. ISBN: 281AIB1036819.
Most cards fine; a few with bent corners. Most are signed by the artist, but some are unidentified. This collection came from the estate of one of the founding members of the organization.