As you peruse the scheduled activities below, please keep in mind that I am always open to the idea of scheduling customized workshops – in fact, I find it preferable to schedule the topics you want on days you are available. Costs are dependent on topics, time, and how many folks come along with you. Contact me at .
Introduction to Marbling – Friday, March 13, 2920, at the NC Arboretum, Asheville, NC. Learn the magic of paper marbling with acrylic paints. Marbling involves floating pigments on water and creating designs with a variety of tools. Learn how to create both traditional and contemporary patterns, ending the day with many decorated sheets suitable for a variety of further artistic purposes or to simply frame ‘as is’. No experience necessary. To register or for more info: https://www.ncarboretum.org/
Case Binding Journal – Saturday, Apr 18, 2020, at the NC Arboretum, Asheville, NC. Case binding is the name given to the most common method of sewn binding. In this class, we will create a hardbound book with a decorative paper cover and a cloth spine. We begin by sewing the text block using the French linked stitch. Then learn to measure and create both decorative endpapers and covers. Lastly, we will attach the text block to the cover. Each participant will go home with one blank journal, guaranteed to last 100 years! To register or for more info: https://www.ncarboretum.org/
Piedmont Earth Day “Repair Café” – Saturday, April 25, 10 am – 4 pm, at the Winston-Salem fairgrounds. Join Piedmont Environmental Alliance for the largest Earth Day celebration in central North Carolina. This year they are organizing a “repair café” where visitors can bring broken or damaged items and learn how to fix them, for free! I will be offering advise on book repair. For more information: https://www.peanc.org/winston-salem-earth-day-fair
Secret Belgian Binding with Wooden Covers – Sat & Sun, June 13-14, 2020 at Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. The “Secret Belgian Binding” is neither secret nor Belgian but creates a lovely decorative exposed spine pattern. When combined with wooden covers, the resulting book is simply elegant while also having high functionality. Day 1 will cover preparation of wood covers and textblock. Day 2 will cover the two-step binding process. Students can expect to create a beautiful wood-covered book suitable for journaling or sketching. To register or for more info: https://contemporarycraft.org/
Book Artistry Inside & Out – Sun – Sat, Oct 4-10, 2020, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Combine wooden, marquetry adorned covers with Secret Belgian binding to create unique and festive books ideal for a guest/registry book, journal, or holiday gift-giving. Marquetry is the art and craft of applying veneer to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The Secret Belgian Binding, which is neither a secret nor Belgian in origin, creates a lovely decorative stitch that will complement the wood/marquetry covers. After practicing on a small paper-covered book and a sample piece of marquetry, students can expect to create two lovely wood-covered books with marquetry design. To register or for more info: https://www.folkschool.org
Kakishibui (Persimmon) Dye Techniques – Friday thru Sunday morning, Jan 29-31 2021, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Kakishibu is a Japanese dye made from the fermented juice of astringent persimmons. This dye imparts a rich brown color and water resistant, strengthening, and anti-bacterial properties to paper. It also interacts with sunlight, allowing for a variety of artistic effects. The class will explore the possibilities of this dye and create a number of sheets of paper along with a small Japanese Stab bound sample book. Suitable for all experience levels. To register or for more info: http://folkschool.org/
Marbling – Sunday thru Saturday, Jan 31 – Feb 6, 2021, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Immerse yourself in the history, artistry, chemistry, language, and magic of marbling. Marbling involved floating pigments on water and creating designs with a variety of tools and methods. In this class, we will be marbling on paper, fabric, leather, and wood. Each participant will end the workshop with a supply of beautiful designs suitable for a variety of artistic purposes. To register or for more info: http://folkschool.org/
*Receive a 10% discount if registration is paid in full at least two weeks in advance. Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to start of class for refund.
I would be delighted to offer a customized workshop for any group. Please contact me and let’s talk about sharing my knowledge and skills.