Wow! What a busy holiday and post-holiday season I've had! I am grateful to have a number of projects and workshops ongoing. Please see Workshops for upcoming events.
Feathers shall raise men even as they do birds, toward heaven: - that is by letters written with their quills. (Leonardo da Vinci)
In December I visited a special exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester at the North Carolina Museum of Art. On display were the pages of a 500-year-old handmade (duh, the only kind available then!) book that da Vinci had journaled in, doodled on, and expressed his thinking in as he worked through various problems. The exhibit was informative, inspiring, and fully absorbing. It occurred to me that one does not have to BE da Vinci to journal, doodle, and otherwise work out one's thoughts within the pages of a handmade book.
One customer followed up on the da Vinci idea remarkably well: She commissioned a leather bound book, proceeded to draw and write out various herbal recipes, and gave the filled book as a Christmas gift.
I ended the month by teaching an introductory papermaking workshop at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC. It was a one-day affair in which students had opportunity to practice the technique of pulling sheets of paper and got to play with a variety of pulps and decorative methods with inclusions. Most importantly we all had fun!
September was an exciting and busy month teaching two workshops - in marbling and bookbinding - and exhibiting at the West End ArtsFest, where I was honored with an Award of Merit. See below for details.
I had a fabulous time teaching Basic and Advanced Marbling this past month. The fine fall weather allowed us to work - and keep the mess - outside, where papers dried on the line. The workshop was well attended and we all created many sheets of stunning paper which will be used for bookbinding, collage, and other art/craft projects. I also had a good group of folks for the Secret Belgian Binding workshop. Everyone went home with a beautiful book.
This month I am teaching two workshops and exhibiting at a local festival. It is a busy time for Anne's Books and Papers. See below for details on one happy customer.
It is difficult to find a journal with more than a hundred or so pages. Because I consistently fill up many pages, I go through journals at a steady and exhausting rate. When I saw Anne's custom bookbinding at a craft fair, I couldn't help but ask if it would be possible for her to make me a larger book. Expecting a no, I asked for an extremely custom, multiple hundreds of pages book. Not only did Anne deliver me a 640 page book (amazing!), she used a special binding stitch that allows each page to open flat and, on top of that, the cover is beautiful hand made paper. I have never seen any book like this and am extremely impressed. Anne really came through for me on this custom journal that I couldn't have gotten anywhere else. Once I fill these pages, I will definitely be back. I highly recommend Anne for all your custom book making. Her books are beautiful, quality, and made to last. She is a master of her art.
I have made a new friend this past month. Betty Kjelson is an 87-year-young papermaker, pulp painter, printer, and otherwise artist extraordinaire who lives just north of Winston-Salem. She helped build a beater about 40 years ago and has graciously allowed me to use it to beat my own cotton pulp for paper. We definitely had some adventures getting it going - for instance, a brand new motor! - but it has allowed us to get to know one another and to share some friendly cups of tea, all in the name of commitment to art and craft.
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"Thank you soooo much for taking the time to help me keep a very precious item alive."
That's what Tonya said when she received her newly refurbished bible. I had repaired pages, inserted new headbands and marker ribbons, and replaced the leather cover (my ability to pare leather definitely benefited from the additional practice!). Please let me know if you have a favorite book in need of repair. I assure you I will treat it with the loving care it deserves.