Author Archives: Michele

  • Another Gocco saved from Oblivion

    Posted on June 12, 2018 by in Miscellaneous, Relief Printmaking

    When I first joined North Redwoods Book Arts Guild we made a collaborative book using a Gocco machine to produce the number of images needed for all of those books. It’s a form of printmaking that disappeared for awhile. They are no longer made but apparently the machines have developed a kind of cult following […]

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  • Art in the Neighborhood

    Posted on June 8, 2018 by in Miscellaneous

    I have been feeling a need to put down the book arts for awhile – a kind of sabbatical so that I can be open to other things. I want to have more time for printmaking (more on that later) but for now my artistic self is being fed by the artwork in the really […]

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  • Ladies of the Letterpress

    Posted on March 10, 2018 by in Folded, Relief Printmaking, Sewn Spine, Workshop Followup

    Lynn Jones of Just My Type Letterpress Paperie was my co-teacher for our second class for OLLI Book Arts. Eight women worked together to produce collaborative books with the title Blooming Chaos. You can share in our creative journey by viewing the photos below. Students – thank you all for two wonderful afternoons of inspiration and comraderie! […]

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  • Bradel Bindings Galore!

    Posted on February 15, 2018 by in Book Structures

    What a fabulous group of people I worked with in this course! The Bradel Binding requires a bit of patience, risk taking, and precision. Nine women tackled the project with enthusiasm, cooperation, and humor. They shared materials, expertise, laughs, and book arts stories. The first day of the class involved dyeing the Tyvek with acrylic […]

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  • The Bradel Binding

    Posted on January 17, 2018 by in Basics, Current Workshops

    This elegant binding gives the book artist a chance to create a colorful cover and rounded spine. Students will decorate the Tyvek spine and create two headbands for their book. . The text block will be provided and is a pre-sewn yearly calendar (see below). When: Tuesday, February 13 & Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1:00 […]

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  • OLLI Book Arts: Letterpress and Winterfold Book, Part I

    Posted on November 8, 2017 by in Relief Printmaking, Sewn Spine

    An eager group of would-be typographers met at Just My Type Letterpress Paperie in Old Town, Eureka. The workshop is a collaboration with artist and printmaker, Lynn Jones, and book artist, Michele Olsen. Day 1 of the course covered linoleum block cutting, typesetting, and printing. The resulting book will be assembled on Day 2. Lynn’s studio […]

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  • Nebraska Weeds and Trees

    Posted on October 4, 2017 by in Relief Printmaking

    Nebraska’s weeds and trees are as tough and resilient as the people we know here. During my time at our rural domicile I wanted to experiment with printmaking- giving more life to elm and oak leaves that are turning colors and beginning to drop. Then of course there are always those weeds and grasses with […]

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  • Pop-up Pandemonium

    Posted on August 18, 2017 by in Current Workshops, Folded

    Join us as we explore the extraordinary paper pop-up world of Paul Johnson — an artist who promotes literacy for children using the book arts. Pop-up books and cards delight us all, and can be quite simple or very sophisticated. Students will learn the engineering basics, and then create their own designs. We will finish […]

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  • Letterpress & the Winter Fold Book

    Posted on August 18, 2017 by in Basics, Current Workshops, Folded, Relief Printmaking, Sewn Spine

    Join printer Lynn Jones at her business, Just My Type Letterpress Paperie, where you will learn to carve linocuts and set type for letterpress printing. A single collaborative print will be produced for each student which will then be used to create a Winter Fold book. The Winter Fold book is an invention of the creative […]

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  • Airport Art Followup

    Posted on July 22, 2017 by in Exhibits, Sewn Spine

    I’ve spent much of the last few weeks finishing four books for my recent exhibit at the Humboldt County Airport Gallery. While I had books that I could have put in the exhibit, it became clear to me that I wanted them all to involve wood. So, making the last books was a real stretch given the […]

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