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Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Eastern Washington County Artists

Vermont's 22nd Open Studio Weekend is just around the corner (October 4 & 5)! If you're planning on visiting my studio (you know you are...), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here. There are 11 studios and galleries participating in eastern Washington County. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of pottery, woodworking, painting, and more. I'll be referring to studios by both name and number - the number refers to a listing in the purple 2014 Vermont Studio Tour Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map: Pick up a copy at Artisans Hand Craft Gallery at the intersection of State and Main Streets in Montpelier (they're an official Regional Information Center) Print out a full copy (warning -
22 Sep 2014 (2 hours ago) Continue Reading

Wonderful Wednesday

When my phone rings at 9:00 a.m., odds are that it's a telemarketer. I quickly tell Mr. or Ms. Talker that I'd like to be removed from the calling list. I usually waste no time. Good thing I didn't launch into my shpiel today, because this was not the usual call. One of my customers called to tell me that she had a bunch of bookmaking books and supplies that she wanted to give to me (she was a teacher). Then she drove from an hour away to drop everything off - I was floored by her generosity! The collection of books included many titles not already in my library, which is amazing because I have a lot of bookbinding books. In general, the books were teacher-focused
17 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

Experiencing technical difficulties

It seems that there was some very bad computer fallout after my last blog post. Those who subscribed to my blog received an unholy number of notifications and for that, I am so SO sorry. I want to reassure you that it was not virus-related. Apparently the notification got caught up in some kind of weird loop thing that made the sending computer think that the email never went out. I hope that makes sense. I believe the problem has been resolved. Thanks to all of you for hanging in there with me. And I sincerely hope that you don't get this notification 100 times.
12 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

It feels like there's not a lot of finishing going on in the studio lately. Well, I did finish this one coptic journal today, so that was something. What I'm talking about is my annual September fever. That's when I realize that Open Studio Weekend and classes and craft shows are right around the corner...and that my inventory is low. And why haven't I been better about keeping up my inventory during the summer? Why, why, why? So I start with the lists and the planning. What do I need to make? Do I have the materials? What are my upcoming deadlines? Then the calendars come out...September - November. I block out days with classes and shows so I can see what my production availability looks like. And once
10 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

Silver custom order

I've been working on a custom order for a photo album - the customer will be bringing me album pages pre-printed with photos to be bound into the album. I love these kinds of personalized books. The combination of materials she chose is quite lovely - a silver handmade paper with ivory baby's breath, grey bookcloth, and an ivory iridescent ribbon. Since I'm heading into craft show season, I decided to cut a few sheets of bookboard, instead of just cutting what I needed for the order. After drilling the spine holes in the board, it was time to start the binding process. I had a special request for infills on the inside covers, which isn't standard with my production lines. Infills help to even out the surface of
5 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

Demos & Desserts at Miller’s Thumb

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of doing a bookbinding demonstration at the Miller's Thumb Gallery in Greensboro, Vermont. The gallery is really lovely and is well worth a visit if you're ever in the area. I arrived at the gallery about an hour ahead of time because I left extra-early - I have a habit of getting lost whenever I drive to Greensboro. I had some time to poke around in Willey's, the general store next door. The place was hopping and I had to wiggle around to get through the aisles. The store is a local treasure - it has a wonderful feel to it. The gallery folks brought some of my work closer to the demo area so people could see what I
1 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

Today I spent a lot of time folding paper for accordion books. Folding, folding, folding. I've accumulated quite a few sets of covers that are just waiting to be filled. I also worked on lining leather with lokta paper. These will be covers for coptic journals I'll be binding at this Saturday's Demos and Desserts at the Miller's Thumb gallery. I spent the majority of my time working on a final report for the Vermont Arts Council - this was for the grant I received to go to the Paper and Book Intensive. I am a chronic self-editor, so there was lots of typing and erasing. I finally printed out a draft and forced asked my hubby to look it over. Once he gave me the okay, I decided
27 Aug 2014 Continue Reading