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Well, it looks like I got lucky again this year. A week from tomorrow, I’ll be flying out to Michigan for my 2nd Paper and Book Intensive.
I was initially rejected, so I just put it out of my mind. And then the happy Email came…and now I’m going!
I have to admit that when I went last year, I was really intimidated by the talent there. Seriously – I never would have thought that I’d see Hedi Kyle and Julie Chen eating together in a cafeteria that I also happened to be in. It was completely unreal.
You just can’t convince me that these are regular people. So in the spirit of How I Met Your Mother, I will make a sweeping declaration: I get star struck and will never get un-struck!
[comes down from non-existent soapbox]
So yeah, I’m over the moon! I’m attending the following workshops:
Turning The Corner, And other useful leather covering techniques with Jeff Altepeter:
Ready to turn the corner and work with leather? This class will be an introduction for beginners or a refresher for students hoping to incorporate traditional leather binding techniques into their work. Students will have the opportunity to practice with a variety of tools and types of skins while we focus on several fundamental leather working skills including paring, the formation of head caps, and, of course, turning corners neatly.
Leather paring exercises will include fundamentals of tools and methods. Students will also experiment with paring based decorative techniques such as back-pared onlays. A variety of knives and manual paring machines will be available to students. Please bring your own knives and Scharf-fix or Brockman style paring machines if you already own them. If you don’t already have these you will leave the class with an understanding of what you might want to acquire in the future.
Pressure Printing: A Painterly Approach to the Press with Sarah Bryant:
Pressure printing is a technique based on low relief collage or stencils using a press that creates a painterly, spontaneous image or texture on the page. In this course, students will experiment with different pressure printing methods on the Vandercook proof press. Beginning with the basics of this technique we will move onto more complex applications. As a group, we will harness the unexpected patterns and imagery that we generate and combine them with collage, stenciling, and type to create simple books.
A Look at the World of Islamic Bookbinding with Yasmeen Khan:
In this workshop two Islamic books will be constructed. One will be based on Islamic binding structures that were produced throughout the Muslim world in the 18th century and defined as high-end deluxe bindings. The other will be a hybrid structure designed by the student including a variety of regional variations that the instructor will introduce in the workshop. Class time will also be devoted to the preparation of deluxe gold-leaf decoration endpapers and different styles of Islamic endbands and headcap constructions.
Variation and style in Islamic binding and its decoration will be covered in the workshop through short lectures, handouts that include historical background information on Islamic binding, a reading list, and class instructions. The aim of the course is to introduce Islamic modes of decoration and book construction to the technical arsenal of the contemporary bookbinder.
The internet access at Ox-Bow was sketchy last year and I had homework in the evenings, but I’ll do my best to blog a bit when I’m at PBI. Extended posts might have to wait until I get home.