custom bookbinding and unique papers

Workshops/Exhibits

As you peruse the scheduled activities below, please keep in mind that I am always open to the idea of scheduling customized workshops - the topics you want on days you are available.  Costs are dependent on topics, time, and how many folks come along with you.  Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kakishibu (Persimmon) Dye Techniques – Friday thru Sunday, Jun 9 – 11, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.  Kakishibu is a Japanese dye made from the fermented juice of astringent persimmons.  This dye imparts a rich brown color and water resistant, strengthening, and anti-bacterial properties to paper.  It also interacts with sunlight, allowing for a variety of artistic effects.  The class will explore the possibilities of this dye and create a number of sheets of paper along with a small Japanese Stab bound sampler book.  To register or for more info:  https://www.folkschool.org/

Introduction to Marbling – Saturday, June 17, 1 – 4 pm, at Shelf Life Art & Supply Co., 2178 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC.   Learn the magic of paper marbling with acrylic paint.  Marbling involves floating pigments on water and creating designs with a variety of tools.  Create both traditional and contemporary patterns, ending the class with many decorated sheets suitable for a variety of further artistic purposes or to simply frame “as is”.  No experience necessary.  Cost $70 (discount for early registration).   Bring a bagged lunch!  To register:  Shelf Life Art & Supply Co.

East Meets West:  Kakishibu and Romanesque Binding – Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, 2017, at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation, Cleveland, OH.  Kakishibu is a versatile Japanese product that imparts color, strengthening, water resistance, and insect resistance to paper and fabric. We will spend the first day learning about and playing with kakishibu, creating a variety of papers for potential use as book covers, interior pages, and other art projects. The second day will focus on creating a book with Romanesque binding, a lovely woven-over-straps binding.  To register or for more info:  http://www.morganconservatory.org/ 

Marbling Summer Camp for Teens – Monday-Thursday, Jul 31 -Aug 3, at Shelf Life Art & Supply, Co., 2178 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC.   Learn the magic of paper marbling with acrylic paint.  Marbling involves floating pigments on water and creating designs with a variety of tools.  Over the course of the 4 sessions, students will create both traditional and contemporary patterns, ending the class with many decorated sheets suitable for a variety of further artistic purposes or to simply frame “as is”. Students will also be taught two ways to create a book specifically designed for displaying artwork.  No experience necessary.  Cost $235 (discount for early registration).  Bring a bagged lunch!  To register:  Shelf Life Art & Supply Co.

The Magic of Marbling – Wednesdays, Sep 6, 13, 20, 27, 11 am – 2 pm, at Shelf Life Art & Supply Co., 2178 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC.   Learn the magic of paper marbling with acrylic paint while learning a little of its history and science as well.  Marbling is an ancient technique that involves floating pigments on water and creating designs with a variety of tools.  Over the course of the 4 sessions, students will create both traditional and contemporary patterns, ending the class with many decorated sheets suitable for a variety of further artistic purposes or to simply frame “as is”. The final class session will teach two ways to create books specifically designed for displaying artwork.  No experience necessary.  Cost:  $225 (discount for early registration).  Bring a bagged lunch!  To register:  Shelf Life Art & Supply Co.

Introductory and Intermediate Marbling – Saturday & Sunday, Sep 23 (10 am – 5 pm) and Sep 24 (12-6 pm), at Wilkes Art Gallery, 913 C Street, N. Wilkesboro, NC.  Learn the magic of paper marbling with acrylic paints. Marbling involves floating pigments on water and creating designs with a variety of tools.  Create both traditional and contemporary patterns, ending the day with many decorated sheets suitable for a variety of further artistic purposes or to simply frame 'as is'.   The second day we will progress to learning how to reproduce specific traditional and contemporary patterns with names like “flame cascade”, “angelfish”, “fountain”, and “winged Icarus”.  We will also practice further with color balance in the marbling tank. Cost:  $100 for two-day workshop or $75 for one-day Introductory class. For more info or to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To pay online using PayPal: https://www.wilkesartgallery.org/donate

Papermaking with Local Plants– Saturday & Sunday, Oct 21 (10 am – 5 pm) and Oct 22 (12-6 pm), at Wilkes Art Gallery, 913 C Street, N. Wilkesboro, NC.  Learn to make sheets of paper from local plant fibers:  prepare pulp, pull sheets and include embellishments.  You will leave with lots of paper suitable for journaling, bookmaking, or a variety of other artistic purposes and a sample book. Cost:  $100  For more info or to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To pay online using PayPal:  https://www.wilkesartgallery.org/donate.

Shaker-inspired Books – Nov 5-11, at the John C. Campbell School Folk School, Brasstown, NC.  Shaker life embraces unity of purpose and simplicity.  While keeping things simple, they sought efficiency in work.  The culminating book structure taught this week, a wood-covered Secret Belgian binding, embraces these principles in its simp le elegance and high functionality.  During this workshop, students will learn three books that cumulatively build on one another:  a simple paper-covered French linked binding; a hardback with Davey board and a Secret Belgian binding; and the wood-covered version.  To register or for more info:  https://www.folkschool.org/

 

 *Receive a 10% discount if registration is paid in full at least two weeks in advance.  Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to start of class for refund.

 I would be delighted to offer a customized workshop for any group. Please contact me and let's talk about sharing my knowledge and skills.

Home