Yearly Archives: 2015

  • Coptic Stitch Class

    Posted on December 18, 2015 by in Sewn Spine, Workshop Followup

    Our OLLI class Book of Words: Coptic Stitch was officially completed last week but as we usually do, we assembled at Humboldt Coffee and Chocolates for “debriefing” and sharing. As always, it’s a privilege to work with such talented and daring people. Adding a window to the cover was optional but everyone wanted to make […]

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  • Caterpillars, Sewn Headbands, Coptic!

    Posted on December 17, 2015 by in My Books, Sewn Spine

      My Fall stay in Nebraska was very productive in terms of reading books (seven!) and making books (four!). Two of my books were created for future OLLI workshops so you will see those at the end of January. The book I enjoyed the most was created from lacewood boards (a gift from my woodworking […]

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  • Double Needle Coptic Stitch

    Posted on December 6, 2015 by in Current Workshops, Sewn Spine

    It’s time for the last book arts class of the HSU OLLI Fall 2015 Semester! Course Description: Explore the written word as an art form as you create pages for your small book. Bring your favorite writing or drawing tools — pens, watercolor, stamps, or colored pencils — to decorate the pages. The structure is […]

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  • Margo Klass at Newport 2015

    Posted on November 19, 2015 by in Mentors, My Books, Sewn Spine

    Margo Klass is one of my favorite books artsts because of the way she works with wood, the care she takes with detail and bookbinding  principles, and the  Japanese feel of a lot of her work.  I’ve been lucky to have taken three of her classes at the Newport Paper Arts Festival in Newport, Oregon. […]

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  • Boiled Books

    Posted on November 17, 2015 by in How-To, Studio

    With heavy winds and lots of rain on our North Coast we have enough fallen leaves to use for hundreds of boiled books. Sandy, Michele (the Younger), and I converged on Michele’s backyard to make a sandwich out of leaves and Bristol paper sheets. Michele had a great selection of dried leaves in a homemade […]

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  • PLAYA: by Becky Evans

    Posted on May 4, 2015 by in Boxes, Workshop Followup

        We have another book from the Book-in-a-Box class (see posts from November 10, August 18, 2014). Local artist Becky Evans started her book in the class and finished it during her artist’s residency in Summer Lake, Oregon.  Take a look at the website for Playa and you will see  the influence of place on this […]

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  • Concertina Spine: Joan

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by in Workshop Followup

    Joan took my concertina spine OLLI Book Arts class last month. No one actually finished a book this time because we played with various adaptation of the spine. This is her unique design—sections sewn into the valley of the spine and each with covers that wrap the sections. I love the green paper she used! […]

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  • Surprise Encounter

    Posted on February 24, 2015 by in Miscellaneous

    I received such a wonderful surprise today. We took an out-of-town friend to dinner and he was raving about the wonderful accommodations provided him by Humboldt State University (he is the guest speaker for The Lamberson lecture series in ecology). We walked to the suite just off the Arcata Plaza and were pleased to see […]

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  • A Gathering of Accordions

    Posted on February 13, 2015 by in Folded, Workshop Followup

    I’ve been making models of books with accordion (or concertina) spines and am amazed at the wide variety of structures that can are created. It all depends on how many accordions are used, the type of cover, the way the text block attaches to the cover, and the way signatures might be attached. As always, […]

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  • The Versatile Concertina Spine

    Posted on January 25, 2015 by in Current Workshops, Folded

    Date: Tues. & Thurs. Feb. 17-19, 2015 Time: 1-4 pm Place: HBAC (Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center) Come join this class of book arts enthusiasts as we explore the many possibilities of the concertina (accordion) spine. You decide: pamphlet, long, or coptic stitch; folded or board cover; double, folded, or back-to-back signatures; glue or no glue. […]

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