Published February 25, 2020

As of  April 20, 2020, we refocused efforts on our member’s collaborative project toward the Quaranta Art Project

Members of the Virginia Center for the Book’s book arts program first met in January of 2020 to begin planning for our annual collaborative project.
By mid-March, we were getting ready to engage our “production teams” in the initial stages of production, when we were derailed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
This posting documents the 2020 Vision project’s development.

Project Update on 03/11/20
Our 2020 collaborative project came into more into focus during Sunday’s members’ meeting!

The working title is 2020 Vision; Revision, Division, Envision
As a kind of group brainstorm, we’d like to hear from you!
Please submit content ideas ASAP to Garrett for one or more of these headings (by March 16):


Alternatively, you can post ideas and follow our discussion on the project’s web page:

The structure will likely be a long-stitch binding, 7” square, with a wrap-around cover or rigid paper enclosure with three types of “signatures”:


We will form into three groups, and each group will produce all three signature types.
Our edition size will likely be the number of participants x 2.
Each participant will commit to seeing two copies of the book all the way through to the end.

Our next meeting will be hands-on as we build a model for the book: Monday, March 16, 2-4 PM.

We are still moving forward with a plan for the bulk of production to happen during two “adrenaline” sessions over the summer and early fall.


Project Update from 02/23/20
Thanks to Lyall Harris for this update:

Hi Folks,
Many ideas were shared in our members’ meeting (Feb 23) for the 2020 members’ project, most shared a common theme of “vision/revision” so we have decided on a working title of 20/20 Vision.

The structure will be built around pamphlet-stitched “components,” in a long-stitch binding or similar, perhaps with a wrap-around cover or simple paper enclosure. Approximate size is 8 x 10”.


Each component will have text and (at least one) image. There will be 3 types of components:


1. Signatures (single or multi-folio)

2. Accordion (sewn in with a pamphlet stitch)

3. Envelopes (sewn directly into the spine with a pamphlet stitch)

Furthermore, the theme of 20/20 fits nicely with the idea Kevin is developing (you will hear more from him on this) re revisiting/reinterpreting past members’ projects for our organization’s 25 anniversary this year.

Next steps:

– We will be forming 3 groups of 6-10 people (depending on the number of participants). Each group will be responsible for producing TWO of the above components.

**Please email Garrett if you are interested in leading a group!**

– Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 8 at 1:00 PM. All are welcome.
We will be restating/discussing some of the ideas that emerged around “20/20 Vision” and the meeting will have a practical focus on finalizing size, palette, paper, specs, schedule.

– It is still our aim to produce the bulk of the content and then finish the binding in 2 “adrenaline/boot camp” group sessions in summer and early fall 2020.

This is shaping up to be a fun and lively project that is accessible to every skill level while also including skill-building opportunities.



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