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Fall Greetings!

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.



If the workshops that are currently scheduled in October and November don't fit your schedule or interest, contact me to create a custom offering.  Consider the possibility of getting 3 or 4 friends together and scheduling your own bookbinding activity.


This year was my inaugural West End ArtFest exhibit - what fun!  Despite the soggy weather, the event was well attended and I met many interesting folks. I had opportunity to talk with several people about how I do what I do and I am hopeful that I have additional interest in learning the craft of binding.  It was also good to be among so many other artists!  I am honored to have received a Merit Award especially for my book, Romanian Doors, created in collaboration with Romanian bookbinder, Razvan Superan.  Romanian Doorsincludes pictures of many doors that also serve as a metaphor for the transition between cultures.  This book is also the only one I have done in an edition - there are just a few copies left of the 30 we created.


Unfortunately the heavy rains forced cancellation of Festifall, a large art festival in Chapel Hill.  Though disappointed in missing that venue for this year, I am spending the weekend profitably in the studio.  I have been working on a number of new book structures to exhibit at Deck the Halls, the fine arts and crafts holiday shopping experience that also serves as a fundraiser for the Sawtooth School for Visual Art. 

Anne Murray

Bookbinder and Papermaker

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