Yearly Archives: 2013

  • First Use of Sewing Frame

    Posted on December 8, 2013 by in Studio

    In his retirement my husband has taken to making fine furniture. I’ve been the gleeful recipient of a wall cabinet and standing cabinet especially made to hold my books and the books of other artists. So, I couldn’t ask for more, but I usually do. This has resulted in some custom bookbinding equipment: book presses, […]

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  • Book Exhibit: Fullerton Library

    Posted on October 21, 2013 by in My Books

    We spend much of the Fall in our cabin near Fullerton, Nebraska. The cabin is located between the two libraries of St. Paul (45 minute drive) and Fullerton (25 minute drive). I like to describe our cabin’s location relative to the location of books and internet. Last Fall, the librarian of the little library in […]

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  • OLLI Fall Class: Transfers

    Posted on October 7, 2013 by in Workshop Followup

    I’m so late in posting this! We’ve been in transit, had car issues, lots of visitors to our little piece of heaven in Nebraska and….YES….rain, thunder, lightning, and some flooding. However, we missed the snow in western Nebraska and the tornadoes in eastern Nebraska. What a start to our visit. In September OLLI students got […]

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  • Blizzard Book

    Posted on September 1, 2013 by in Current Workshops, My Books

    I have a book that is part of the International Printmaking Conference in Dundee, Scotland. My book Equations is near the bottom of the table on the right edge. This is a book I made for an international exchange. One never knows where our books may show up! This is exciting and thanks to my […]

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  • Tim Ely Workshop: The Sketchbook

    Posted on August 28, 2013 by in Folded, How-To, Mentors

    I make it a point to attend Focus on Book Arts (FOBA) in Forest Grove, Oregon. It is offered every other summer and I wouldn’t miss it because of the quality of the instruction and instructors, the idyllic setting, the 24-hour bookish ambience, and the chance to spent time with many book arts friends. I’ve […]

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  • Last Journal finished

    Posted on August 14, 2013 by in My Books, Sewn Spine

    The last book in the OLLI course Leather Journals is finally finished. It’s mine (instructor) and I know it’s the last one to be completed. I used the leather cover to demonstrate the longstitch sewing of the spine and hadn’t intended to actually complete a journal. I cut the leather from a blue suede jacket […]

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  • Workshops by Michele Olsen

    Finished Journals

    Posted on July 16, 2013 by in Sewn Spine, Workshop Followup

    Students in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) classes have finished their books and every single one is wonderful. This is the first sewn structure for almost all of the ten students and they showed extraordinary patience with the needles, 36 inches of waxed linen thread, and tiny little beads that were added to the […]

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  • Long Stitch Leather Journal

    Posted on July 8, 2013 by in Current Workshops, Sewn Spine

    This week I am teaching a book arts class for Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI). The first day we will construct this book: leather covers, pages of printmaking paper, sewn longstitch spine. Day two we will explore ways to “get things” on the page. The class is this Tuesday and Thursday, 3pm-6pm. I can […]

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  • Book Art Object International Exchange

    Posted on June 16, 2013 by in Folded, My Books

    I joined an international exchange in January 2012 because a friend suggested that I do so….you see…one of the topics was “Equations”. I was placed in Group #4 with about 8 other artists, each with a different title. The idea was to make enough editions for everyone else in the group, plus one for Sarah […]

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  • Holiday Ornament

    Posted on June 6, 2013 by in Current Workshops, Folded

    I thought I was too late to submit my proposal for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) but managed to write one and come up with some cute little books. I cannot teach the workshop until early December so it made sense to come up with something easy, seasonal, and fun. This is the result—a […]

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