Workshops

Miura Map Fold. Can add book covers. Books from a Single Sheet of Paper - I will be offering a 3-hour class through OLLI (Osher Life Long Learning Institute) during the summer session. Explore origami structures created by the international book artist Hedi Kyle. The books will all be folded from a single sheet of paper and do not require glue. The instructor will provide all papers, including Humboldt County […]
img_3730-1 Buttonhole Stitch Book - 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. […]
outside_xs The Basics - OLLI Book Arts: The Basics With Michele Olsen Learn the basics about the tools, materials, and techniques required to make your own books. A survey of current book arts programs and book artists will be sure to inspire you. You will practice all of your new skills in this clever little structure, first brought to […]
IMG_4482 Altered Book Long Stitch - OLLI Book Arts: Judge a Book by Its Cover with Michele Olsen Create your own personal journal by using the covers from an old book. The spine will be replaced with book cloth made in class and sections of the book will be sewn using the easy long stitch pattern.  This technique can be used […]
FrenchLink French Link Stitch with Wood - OLLI Book Arts: The “What’s It” Book I’m calling this structure a “What’s It ” book because it’s a creative space for organizing anything you treasure. These make great planning journals with pullouts for photos, a couple of pockets, and sections for writing. The accordion spine provides expansion space for attaching tickets, packets, flyers, etc. […]
MiroAlphabet_web Double Needle Coptic Stitch - 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 […]
IMG_1934-1.JPG The Versatile Concertina Spine - 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. […]
IMG_1518-0.JPG Book-in-a-Box - It’s getting to be that time again. OLLI Fall 2014 semester starts next week and I have a two day course you might be interested in taking. This is a wonderful box/book structure that fits in your hands. When the cover is opened the accordion book folds open; the book can be displayed in the […]
CSB_web Crossed Structure Binding - It’s time for another OLLI book arts course—Cross Structured Bindings. These wonderful books require no glue and the sewing is straightforward. I will teach two stitches that should be in a book artist’s repertoire—the long stitch and the kettle stitch—and we will use acrylic inks to create background designs for our pages. I will be […]
20140505-173112.jpg Japanese Stab Binding - Twelve students learned the “ins and outs” of a side bound book. Book board was covered to create two hinged covers. Students could choose to make a photo album (with a fold on each page to accommodate the extra dimensions of added photos) or a journal. Everyone used either a Dremel drill or power drill […]
20140110-151436.jpg Star Book - This Book Is a Star! This spectacular book, when closed, looks like any other book. But when it is opened, the pages pop out and form a star. This book will have board covers and will be sewn using double needles (beading optional). The double-page spread lends itself to artwork or photos. Variations will contain […]
20130901-085142.jpg Blizzard Book - 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 […]
leather_web Long Stitch Leather Journal - 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 […]
Little Pop-up Book Holiday Ornament - 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 […]
Travel Book Accordion Travel Journal - One of the best ways to get back into one’s artwork is to commit to something! I was asked to teach an OLLI (Osher Life Long Learning Institute) book arts course this summer and I agreed. I thought it might be a good idea if I made the structure first ! and since the students […]