• Gathering of Books

    Buttonhole Stitch Coffee Catch Up

    Posted on April 15, 2017 by in Exposed Spine

    After my OLLI Book Arts classes I like to meet with students the following week to check on their finished books. At this point we are all teachers because we’ve figured out some things and discovered other possibilities. We gather around a little table in Humboldt’s Coffee and Chocolate in Old Town Eureka, and enjoy the […]

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    Stamps and Stencils

    Posted on April 12, 2017 by in Surface Design

    On a rainy, cold day there is nothing better than taking a workshop inside! This is the second Spring class offered by OLLI and taught by Sandy Vrem and a group of us gathered around the heaters in  her garage and produced some wonderful surface design. I created the four images above (Upper Left and CW) […]

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    Ink Blots and Surface Design

    Posted on April 10, 2017 by in Surface Design

    I’ve always loved “messy” ink in drawings and text. Ralph Steadman is one of my favorite artists and I have several of his books. I just bought this one while visiting Ashland, Oregon. It is filled with ink blots which serve as the inspiration for his wacky dogs. While I’m not apt to duplicate his […]

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    Buttonhole Stitch Book Followup One

    Posted on April 2, 2017 by in Exposed Spine, Workshop Followup

    A group of local book art lovers finished an OLLI class last week and created some beautiful model books in preparation for their final book. Some had never made a book and I don’t think any had sewn the buttonhole stitch so there was a lot to learn. The model had paper covers but the […]

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    Buttonhole Stitch Book

    Posted on January 31, 2017 by in Current Workshops, Exposed Spine

    Please join me along with the OLLI Book Arts community as we make this fun little book. Students will pick one of the many variations available using this structure –  from beginning to more advanced choices! Show off some of your hand decorated papers from your collection and choose papers for writing, drawing, or watercolor. […]

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    Redwood Journal

    Posted on December 1, 2016 by in Exposed Spine

    When I headed to Nebraska this Fall I had already committed to making a book for the Humboldt County Library Foundation auction to be held December 5 at the Ingomar Club in Eureka, California. I had an idea of what I wanted to make and I brought an abundance of materials along so that I […]

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    Terry Tempest Williams Special Edition

    Posted on June 9, 2016 by in Folded, My Books

    It was my sincere honor to be part of a reception for Terry Tempest Williams, June 6th, 2016, to celebrate the publication of her new book The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks and the debut of the special limited edition, Canyonlands National Park. I’ve been a fan of Terry’s since reading Refuge: […]

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    Altered Book Followup

    Posted on February 26, 2016 by in Exposed Spine, Workshop Followup

    In the second OLLI Book Arts class of Spring Semester, 2016,  the students gave new life to old books. Each participant  brought a book that had appealing covers along with decorative and/or text weight papers for the four sections.  They also brought a strip of fabric to use for creating their own book cloth. The […]

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    Basics Workshop Followup

    Posted on February 20, 2016 by in Folded, Workshop Followup

    I like to teach an OLLI basic book arts class each semester. It’s meant to provide beginners with the skills needed to construct their own book; sometimes more experienced book makers will take the class to review accurate measuring, cutting, folding and gluing. We also cover different types of glue, the 3 hole pamphlet stitch, […]

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    The Plot Thickens

    Posted on January 29, 2016 by in Folded

    I just realized that I hadn’t posted my very first folded book. I love used book stores and thrift shops and always keep an eye out for interesting titles. Next I want to try folding images!

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