Yesterday - by Elissa
Vermont’s 21st Open Studio Weekend is just around the corner (May 25 & 26)! 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 10 studios participating in the Montpelier/Calais area. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of pottery, sculpture, photography, mixed media, painting, and more.
I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the green 2013 Vermont Studio Tour Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map:
Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):
- #196 - Annie Tiberio Cameron Photography/Annie Tiberio Cameron: Photography, botanicals, abstracts, nature, wilderness.
- #197 - Inspired Creations/Polly and Phil Walsh: Mugs, platters, vases, magnets, sponge holders.
- #198 - Everything is a Shelf/Shelf Design/Dan Wetmore: Studio wood shop, custom designed shelves.
- #199 - Blue Roof Designs/Elissa Campbell: Handmade books (that’s me!)
- #200 - Art Tiles/Janice Walrafen: Handmade tiles, murals, sculptures.
- #201 – Thistle Hill Pottery/Jennifer Boyer: Functional stoneware pottery.
- #202 – Green Mountain Hooked Rugs/Stephanie Krauss: Traditional hand hooked rugs.
- #203 – Ray Brown: Landscape inspired abstract compositions.
- #204 – The Happiness Paradigm/Ginny Sassaman: Upcycled inspiring mixed media, happiness.
- #205 - Chris Miller Studio/Chris Miller: Hardscape, sculpture of granite, wood, and marble.
I created the map below to help you plan your travels. Because the studios are so close to each other, you can visit quite a few of them within a short period of time.
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- Tagged as art, artist, book arts, Bookbinding, craft, Crafts, hooked rugs, mixed media, Montpelier, paintings, photography, pottery, shelves, Studio, tiles, Vermont, Vermont Open Studio Weekend
May 1, 2013 (2 weeks ago) - by Elissa
Today was another of my not-so-fun, running around like a crazy person, appointment days. Luckily, I was able to squeeze in a shopping trip.
My friend Nancy has told me multiple times to go to Hides Pride in Essex Junction, Vermont – she praises their selection of leather.
So I trot myself on over there, really wanting to spend some bucks for my upcoming leather journals workshop.
All of the leather is on shelves behind the counter. I tell the leather dude that I want to make journals and I’d like to see what he has in an upholstery weight. He tells me that I need to be more specific. I tell him that I’m not really sure how to be more specific.
At this point I’m really wishing that I brought one of my journals with me. I ask him if I can check out the leather myself so I can show him what I’m looking for.
Leather dude says no.
He remarked that he doesn’t like it when people mess up his leather. I ask him if he can bring out some different weights and I’ll pick the one that would work the best. He gets cranky and tells me that there are too many different kinds of leather and that it’s too hard for him to do that for me.
Wuh? I thought that you were in the business of selling leather?
So then I just point at some leather that looks about right and ask him if he can bring it over. He lets out a sulky sigh and brings it over. Luckily, it was about right. With pain in his face, he agrees to bring over similar hides in different colors.
In almost any other situation, I would have walked out. It rare to find a business that prefers to hide (no pun intended) its inventory from you so you can’t buy it. I’m pretty sure that it was the leathery smell that kept me in there.
I really love the grain of the different hides and all of the marks that remind you that the leather came from something that lived a life.
I can totally smell those pictures. If you’re thinking about taking my upcoming Leather Pocket Journals workshop at Studio Place Arts, then this what you’ll get to play with!
April 29, 2013 (3 weeks ago) - by Elissa
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.
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- Tagged as bindings, book arts, Bookbinding, Islamic binding, Jeff Altepeter, leather, letterpress, Ox-Bow, Paper and Book Intensive, Sarah Bryant, Yasmeen Khan