Once again I am later than I wanted to be with a newsletter… Here I am including a love letter to the John Campbell Folk School, some fun pictures of dos-a-dos bindings – both intended for a Valentine’s Day audience! – as well as the usual what’s up… In the interest of getting this out, I will send it and create a new one soon to tell you of new activities…

I know that I have shared with you all the fact that one of my absolute favorite places on earth is the John Campbell Folk School. It was there I took my very first bookbinding class and there I will spend 7 weeks in 2019 with a combination of teaching and learning/enjoying. Please do look at the website if you haven’t already and consider the possibilities for yourself.

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I am certainly partial to the book arts, but there are also classes in woodworking and nature studies, weaving and quilting, jewelry fabrication and blacksmithing, cooking and gardening – and much more! I love the picture in the JCCFS catalog of Annie Cicale’s botanical illustrations book (above right) – what a great course that sounds like! In May I am looking forward to learning more from master marblers, Dan & Regina St. John (their work is above left). I love giving myself time to produce many papers in such a creative and encouraging space.

I genuinely love the feeling of community I have when teaching or attending a class at the Folk School. I hope you will give consideration to spending a day, a weekend, or a week there…

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I have recently been playing with the Dos-a-dos structure. The most basic style, pictured bottom right (from San Francisco Center for the Book), is a back-to-back binding. I have used this style to bind a German book on bookbinding from the early 1900s along with its English translation. The style is also great for binding together love letters from mama-to-papa and from papa-to-mama or to share a sketchbook among two people…
The fun moving image at the top (a 16th century version of Kindle) has been making its rounds on several social media venues. In October I hope to learn more of this structure from Gian Frontini, another excellent instructor at the Campbell Folk School. Gian divides his time between Canada and North Carolina, focusing his teaching on medieval book structures.

In an early newsletter, I shared information on making paper wallets from my own handmade paper. Here is a fun 3-minute video on another version: How to Make a Wallet from a Banana Tree Enjoy!!

Anne Murray
Bookbinder and Papermaker

April 2019