Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Portland Book Art Workshops- Take the Poll!

Portland Book Art Workshops will be held at 23 Sandy Gallery, June 4th - 6th, for 3 different workshops:

1- Raised and Inset Designs in Paper, Fabric and Leather

2- Exposed Stitch Bindings which includes: An Accordion Spine with Sewn Signatures, Ethiopian Double Needle Coptic Stitch and Anne Goye's Secret Belgian Binding

3- Traditional Cordbound Books using Modern Methods

More information will come within the week!
We have time for another workshop (or two) while we are in the Portland area.

Help us decide which workshop we should set up by taking the poll on the right. If you're in the Portland area and would like to attend a workshop, make sure to sign up for our Newsletter to receive all the information for registering!

Information about the workshops in the poll

Archival Tea Staining: Sure the Tea Staining looks great but tea is acidic! Learn to create beautiful tea stained paper in a variety of methods while still maintaining archival quality.

Antiquing Paper + Leather: Create beautiful old looking books with new materials. Old books are lovely but most often are not sturdy. This workshop will show you how to antique the materials you work with to create an old world look on your newly bound books.

Creative Boxes: During this workshop we create a clamshell box and then discuss different ways to construct boxes including, shelving, trays and a variety of shapes.

The 10 Book Workshop: Each student has the opportunity to create and keep 10 different books. We will cover the basics of bookbinding for beginners, but students of all skill levels are welcome. This is a 2 day workshop.

The ten book structures are:

Single Sheet Books
Japanese Stab Bound Books
Flower Fold Books
Accordion with Pockets and Sewn Signatures
Hinged Ledger Book
Circle Accordion
Softcover Leather Longstitch
Hardcover Longstitch
Tapes Bound Book ( A Traditional Hardcover Book)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Los Angeles Book Art Workshops

I'm wrapping up the planning for a week of book art workshops in Los Angeles, during the second or third week of May. The workshops held on Monday through Thursday will be between three and six hours each, with Friday and Saturday being a two-day Ten Book Workshop. Attend one, or attend them all. Also, I'm working out the details to bring in two other teachers to teach as well. Final details to come.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Bonefolder's Final Issue

The Bonefolder, an e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist was an online periodical that was started back in 2004 and was published as a free download via the internet. The last issue was released in January 2012.

It's sort of like washing your car and then it rains. I just got a new computer that could handle downloading the Bonefolder Issues and now they've stopped publishing them. I will admit that I was a tad heart broken.

However, Peter Verheyen gives us hope for keeping things alive like the Bind-o-rama and the Book Arts Web. You can listen to an interview about the closing of the Bonefolder with Peter Verheyen and Karen Hanmer who was an editor for the Bonefolder. It was nice to hear Karen's voice again and put a smile on my face after the slightly devastating news of the release of the final issue.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Text Paper for Bookbinding in Australia?

I had someone email and ask me where to find great text paper in Australia.

"I'm trying to find a natural/cream coloured paper thats good for the text paper inside the book, but Im not sure what type to get!!
Ive been researching the different types, but that just sort of confused me further!

I bought a bookbinding kit from Hollanders, and inside that was Somerset paper, but when I looked it up, its really very expensive.
I'm going to be making 10 books (5 x A4 and 5 x A5 - Not sure what size that it is inches), so I need quite a bit of paper and I cant be spending $5 a sheet."

If you have any suggestions, please comment and help her out! Thanks!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

3 Workshops at the Bountiful Davis Art Center

. 10 Book Workshop
. Cordbound Book Workshop
. Selling On Etsy Workshop

This beautiful flyer was made up by Theresa Otteson at the Bountiful Davis Art Center.

Etsy Workshop

We'll also be doing an ETSY Workshop on Thursday March 8th in the evening. It's a three hour workshop. 

This workshop will teach you how to set up and run a small business from home selling your handmade items. We cover shop policies, shipping your products, taxes, photographing your items, advertising and more. Whether you make furniture, baby blankets, jewelry, oil paintings, clothing or just anything handmade, Etsy is a great way to get your small business started. 

To sign up for any or all of the three workshops visit the Bountiful Davis Art Center website at The classes are titled on the page as: "Traditional Cord Bound Book", "10 Book Bookbinding" and "Etsy Workshop."

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Classes in Ephraim, Utah

I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching two classes at Snow College again this Spring:

"Book Binding" and "The Basics of Selling On Etsy"

"Book Binding" Class:

Each student will create 10 different books throughout the course. Each book will be unique in style/design/materials. You will learn about bookbinding tools and techniques, and about historic and contemporary styles of books.

Days: Tuesdays (5 weeks)
Dates: Mar 13–Apr 10
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Humanities Room 135C (NE corner of building) Fee: $85.00*

*Fee includes ALL materials for the ten books as well as some bookbinding tools. You are required to bring a metal-edge 12” rule, an Exacto-type craft knife with extra blades, a pencil and scissors. 

"The Basics of Selling On Etsy" Class:
Would you like to learn how to sell your handmade art and crafts via the Internet from Home? Etsy has over 12 million members and experiences more than a billion visitors a month. This course will teach you how to set up and run a small business from home selling your handmade items. We cover shop policies, shipping your products, taxes, photographing your items and advertising. Whether you make furniture, baby blankets, jewelry, oil paintings, clothing or just anything handmade, Etsy is a great way to get your small business started. View to see if you want to learn how to make this web resource work for you. 

Days: Thursdays (5 weeks)
Dates: Mar 15 – Apr 12
Time: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Lucy Phillips Bldg. Room 204 

Fee: $65 

For information on how to register for the bookbinding or etsy class please read here under the heading "Non-Credit Community Courses."