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July greetings!  I hope you had a most pleasant Independence Day celebration.  There is much to celebrate!  I am celebrating summer, good friends, and several recent and upcoming activities that I would like to share with you...

I taught a wonderful workshop on book repair last month.  Folks brought in their treasured, so-well-loved-they-were-falling-apart books and together we worked on repairing torn pages, unattached spines and other difficulties.  Here are the words of one of my participants:

“Dear Anne, I want to tell you how much I enjoyed and profited from your class.  I learned so much and, although I have so much more to learn, I was able to repair a book that is very important to us.  The dictionary has been in use since Saturday and is performing beautifully!  Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge and skill.  You are a true artist!  Carol.”

Should you be interested, there is another repair workshop scheduled for August.  I can accommodate no more than 4 participants in this class.

With several festivals scheduled for summer and fall, I have been increasing my creation of new books. Pictured are some recent additions: longstitch binding and a variation on the Romanesque binding, all with leather covers.  These small (4.5" x 6") books are filled with a nice quality drawing paper and would function well as sketch books.

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I recently completed binding a Memorial book to honor the life of a lovely lady who died a few months shy of her 90th birthday.  It was a labor of love to have created this book in the first place, but what made it of special value is that the unbound pages were available to guests so that most wrote more than their names.  They wrote memories, shared activities, messages of love...  As I bound together these pages I knew the book would be a treasure for the family for many years to come.  Instead of the traditional guest book at your next special occasion - whether you are marking a new beginning or saying good-bye - consider a hand-bound book, sewn together after folks have written their contributions.

Below I am demonstrating a Coptic stitch bound blank book with a re-purposed cover.  Unfortunately some books get to a point where no one wants them for reading.  I enjoy helping them find new life as journals, sketch books, or to-do lists.  I liked the artwork on this cover


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Greetings!  I have spent the cold and snowy February creating books and adding venues to the calendar.  Read on for details . . .

A Butterfly Journey
I recently created an encaustic-covered book as my submission to The Fairy Tale Project, an art event sponsored by The Piedmont Opera company. The exhibit was planned in conjunction with the production of Mozart's Magic Flute and asked school children to write original fairy tales.  

I spent a wonderful couple of days with my friend Ginny Moreland in Black Mountain, NC where I was reminded of the process of marbling. As with most artisitic endeavors time and experience are crucial to doing the thing well and I haven't marbled in almost 2 years!  Marbling is a lot like magic: one floats pigments on top of thickened water, creates a pattern in the pigments, and lays a sheet of paper down to pick up the results.  But weather conditions, quality of the pigments, technique, characterisitics of the paper - all of these will influence the final result, so one never knows exactly what the finished dried paper will look like.

Who writes anymore?  Don't we simply type brief messages into Facebook or Twitter, send IMs or emails, and text on the phone?  Who reads an actual book?  We have e-readers and i-Pads; we have devices for listening to podcasts and audio-books while we are driving or running or knitting.  Why hold a book when you can get 2 or 3 things accomplished simultaneously?