• Margo Klass at Newport 2015

    Posted on November 19, 2015 by in Wooden Books, Workshops

    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 Boiled Books

    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 Book-in-a-Box, Courses

         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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  • Accordion Spine: Joan

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by in Concertina Spine, Sewn Structure, Workshops

    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 Sky Book

    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 Courses, Folded Structure

    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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    OLLI Book Arts: The Versatile Concertina Spine

    Posted on January 25, 2015 by in Courses, Folded Structure

    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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    Two Spring Classes, Two New Books

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by in Courses, Folded Structure, Sewn Structure

    I will be teaching two more book arts classes for Osher Life Long Learning Institute this Spring (more on that in a later post). The wonderful people who take these classes are so much fun to “work” with that I’m always looking for new and interesting techniques and book structures that give them some room […]

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  • Peace in the Studio

    Posted on December 27, 2014 by in Tools

    My first real day in the studio since early September AND I’m still in my pajamas! Heaven. The task is pretty pedestrian—making envelopes out of recycled calendars for our late (again) holiday cards. It has been a meditation to fold, cut, and tape these business sized envelopes. An unexpected treat is reading the other sides […]

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  • Paper Cutter!

    Posted on November 18, 2014 by in Tools

    Yipee! I just got this today. My brother-in-law is always going to auctions and he spotted this 30″ x 36″ paper cutter. It will be a vast improvement over the 8″ x 8″ when it comes to cutting my art papers. It is NOT portable and it will be “interesting” to see where is ends […]

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