custom bookbinding and unique papers

The birds are singing; flowers and trees are blooming!  It is a good time for an Open Studio - to demonstrate what I do and a little of how I do it, an exhibit on Art-O-Mat, and reflections on both past and future creative endeavors.  I invite you to read on and learn more!

OPEN STUDIO - Sunday, April 9, 2017, 1 - 5 pm

Come visit my studio and learn what goes into creating a book - from making paper for the text block, to marbling papers for accent or a cover, to designing/preparing a cover, to the final step of

binding a book.  I will be demonstrating various bookbinding and marbling techniques, as well as discussing book repair.
          1 pm               Bookbinding styles/techniques
          2 pm               Marbling techniques
          3 pm               Bookbinding styles/techniques
          4 pm               Marbling techniques

Drawings for door prizes will occur immediately following each demonstration.  You must be present to win. There will also be exhibits of my work and light refreshments.  Please bring friends!  

632 Laurel Street, Winston-Salem, NC      
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I will also be announcing my participation in ArtConnections, a cooperative of artists located on Trade St., in the Arts District of downtown Winston-Salem, beginning June 1.  Stay tuned for more information.

new studio space

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I have completed my prototype for submission to Art-O-Mat.  This company was founded 20 years ago as a creative way to reuse cigarette vending machines.  Instead of dispensing cigarettes, the machines now provide small pieces of art.  For the amazingly low price of $5 (typically) one can purchase original art - paintings, jewelry, ceramics, prints, and books!  I have long wanted to market my work through this venue and am now ready to do so.  
There is an Art-O-Mat exhibit opening at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (
SECCA) in Winston-Salem on April 20.  The exhibit will be up through the end of August so I encourage anyone in the Triad region of North Carolina to see it. From the SECCA description: "Art-o-mat began in 1997 as a conceptual artwork by Winston-Salem artist Clark Whittington, repurposing cigarette vending machines to become dispensers for artist multiples, beginning with his own. Art-o-mat has since burgeoned into an international network of contributing artists, with collaborating host institutions, which invite the public to experience art collecting in a widely accessible and innovative way."

artomat prototype

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One recent creative project was a collaborative effort with Chris Paul of Old North State Press in Waxhaw, NC. Chris is a letterpress printer.  Together we created a lovely volume containing original wedding vows.  If you know someone getting married, please consider this unique and very special gift. (There are 3 volumes: one for the customer, one for the printer, and one for the binder.)

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I also taught at a new-to-me venue: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in Asheville, NC.  My 11 students had a grand time exploring acrylic marbling and - of course! - made a number of very lovely papers. I am pleased to report that we had a one-armed marbler (due to an injured shoulder) who turned out some exquisite nonpareil designs.

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I would like to give a shout out to the Carolina Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) who featured a piece of my marbling on the back cover of their winter bulletin.  Another tip of the hat goes to Suzanne Shaffer who, with her partner, Patty Van Dyke, is the force behind Conscious Creative Retirement.  There is a lovely article about my sister, Patricia, and me on their website - Sisters in Creativity..  While I don't consider myself "retired" but self-employed, I did retire from one sort of job and have transitioned to another, more creative one. My sister, who primarily identifies as a water color artist and calligrapher, and I certainly enjoy our collaborative efforts!                 

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I will be presenting some of my ideas on transitioning from one career to another, in essence reinventing myself, at a meeting of the International Rotary Club in Charlotte NC on Monday, April 17.  If you know of a group wanting a speaker at your next event, I welcome the opportunity to engage, encourage, and enlighten your audience.  Send me an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Anne Murray
Bookbinder and Papermaker
























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