A couple of weeks ago I had 8 lovely book making enthusiasts take a Coptic Binding workshop from me in my home studio. They were a unique group in that they were a gang of friends who had decided, over a year ago, that they would like to learn about making a book. Amazingly, after much schedule finessing on their part, they gave me a call, we decided on dates and made it happen. We had a great time.
They were incredibly fast learners. My job was as easy as cherry pie.
And look how wonderfully their books turned out!
P.S. No need to be thrown off by the foot on the book thing you see above. It’s just what a person has to do when there aren’t enough weights to go around. It’s a creative way to keep your danged book in place so it doesn’t leap off the table while you pull on it in the process of making a twine closure. One of the many sacrifices you make for the sake of bookarts right? Right!
Come to the Loire Valley (in France!!!) this July and make books and mini-prints with yours truly and Laurie Corral of Asheville Bookworks. This heavenly 9-day workshop will be given at the Chateau du Pin, a half hour drive from Anger, and includes everything from creative guidance, sleeping in a castle, lovely five course meals every evening and ample quiet time for contemplation and daily walks. What more could you ask for!
(Laurie and I are soooo excited!! Thanks for having us Peg and David!)
PRINTMAKING AND BOOKARTS with Laurie Corral and Annie Fain Liden July 23-31, 2010 | $2,500 9 day workshop (includes lodging, breakfast and dinner)
In this workshop, we’ll be explorers of Le Pin, using the gardens, woodlands, vineyards and castle as inspiration for miniature prints and hand made books. Students will climb through the centuries; photographing gargoyles, recording textures, sketching and abstracting ideas for images suitable for printing. Mini prints can be created as individual works and/or integrated into hand made books with a distinctive point of view. Studio investigations will also include stitching, working with collage and paint, antique french papers and fabrics and various book bindings. Come explore the extraordinary and exotic! All levels welcome. College credit available.
To register or for more information contact Peg Gignoux/David Summer at [email protected]
Lark Books has recently come out with a new book called Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin put together by Terry Taylor. It’s totally great, simple as that. Each project is by a different book artist, many of which are local to Western North Carolina (I happen to be one of them, but I prooooomise I’m not saying any of this because I’m biased in any way). You’ll find projects made of everything from egg cartons to cassette tapes.
Here are a few images of the book I made for Eco Books:
I took two hand embroidered pieces I had found in a thrift store (I had to peel them away from the backing that held them in their tacky wooden frames) and hand-stitched with black thread around the bunches of lemons and oranges to make the images “pop” more. Then I made book board for my covers by laminating layers of recycled cereal boxes that I then encased with my altered, vintage fabrics.
I decided to make the book a dos-a-dos (two books that share the same back cover) because I had two fabric pieces. I used 100% recycled Classic Laid text paper, stained the edges with walnut dye I made myself and bound the book with multi-needle Coptic Binding.
I made twine (with two contrasting colors so that it would look striped) to be wrapped around a vintage button each to create closures for the front and back of the book.
Check it out at your local independent bookstore (that would be good ol’ Malaprops here in Asheville).
Did you know: “Miniature books, most of which are less than three inches tall and some of which are smaller than a penny, have delighted readers for centuries. Popular because they were easily carried or concealed, these historic books range from tiny “Thumb Bibles” to illustrated nursery rhymes.” 4000 years of Miniature Books, Lily Library.
Good books are incredibly inspiring to me and are a great resource for when you’re feeling stuck. I’m always on the lookout for not too cheesy books about bookbinding, craft business, journaling and living the creative life. I created a handout to give my students at the close of a class and I’d like to share it with you in segments.
Segment #1: BOOK ARTS
Segment #2:VISUAL JOURNALING
Segment #3: LIVING THE CREATIVE LIFE