Holiday Greetings!

Today is Dec. 6, celebrated in many areas as St. Nicholas Day.  Whatever your celebrations at this time of year, may you find contentment – in time with family and friends, with enjoyable activities, and with your creative self.  Should you choose to give gifts, I encourage you, please, to patronize local businesses.

In this newsletter I want to bring you up to date on:

  • holiday activities and other changes in my downtown studio
  • classes old and new, held in a variety of locations
  • introduce you to another paper artist, Helen Hiebert 


Visit from St. Nick


This is my first holiday season with a retail venue. ArtConnections kicked off the holiday season with a special celebration at the December 1 evening Art Hop.  We have decorated our windows with holiday themes and we have increased the inventory for your gift-giving possibilities.  I am delighted to say that I sold 2 framed pieces of Tiger Eye marbling less than a week after hanging them! (Thus, the empty spot above my head in the picture below.) 


ArtConnections Dec 1


                 underwater tiger eyes            framed display 1          

I have a number of new classes coming up – new in venue and in topic.  Please be sure to visit the calendar at the end of this newsletter to see the full list and to learn registration information.  I am excited to say that my own footprint at ArtConnections is expanding and so I will be offering many more classes in this convenient downtown location. A new-to-me venue is the Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC, where I have classes scheduled for this month and next.

In November I spent a lovely couple of days with my friend and teacher, Ginny Moreland of Color Twirl Marbling honing my knowledge and skills in fabric marbling.  I have now added fabric marbling to my class offerings.  In January I offer participants the opportunity to marble a single silk scarf and in February I have a 2-session class that will expand the options for fabric marbling in terms of size and type of fabric.  Come play with me!

One other class I want to highlight is a multi-session class in the second half of January in which you design and then create your own custom-bound book.  Do you want a journal for capturing your activities or your “morning pages” a la The Artist’s Way?  Do you want a new sketchbook?  How about binding a collection of your own writing or a relative’s letters?  Whatever purpose you have in mind, I can help you put together the right combination of paper, size, style, cover, and binding.  See “Create a Unique Journal” in the workshop listing…

                          silk scarves                      silk scarf

       Hiebert peace        Hiebert lantern  

I want to introduce you to Helen Hiebert, a paper artist extraordinaire.  Helen writes a blog called the Sunday Paper, has written several how-to books on papermaking and paper artistry, and for the second time has created a “12 Months of Paper” calendar, filled with clear instructions for fun projects (two of which are shown above).  You can see a video about the calendar on her website,  I reference her books, The Papermakers Companion and Papermaking with Garden Plants and Common Weeds when I teach papermaking.

I will soon have some of these calendars for sale in my shop, along with customized paper packs for completing the projects.  I will also be teaching a workshop on Saturday, January 6 based on her projects.  Enrollment in the workshop will include a copy of Helen’s calendar and a specialized paper pack created by me!  See the workshop calendar at the end of the newsletter for registration details.

                        SBB Mona                  SBB Jonathon2


                     SBB Jonathon2                SBB Ari

My November class, Simply Elegant Books, at the John Campbell Folk School was a wonderful success!  I had 10 students and so was able to have my sister, Patricia, as my very able assistant.  I especially appreciated the “post mortem” we conducted afterwards.  I have already incorporated many suggested improvements.

I also learn so very much from the creative efforts of my students when I teach!!  The class focused on the Secret Belgian Binding, but we also did the Linked Stitch, Case Binding, and a quick lesson on Japanese Stab Binding.  Notice some of the lovely and creative sewing patterns demonstrated in the above pictures.

Many good wishes of the season!

Anne Murray
Bookbinder and Papermaker


December 2017