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Woven and Interlocking Book Structures

In an amazing act of generosity towards the book arts community, Claire Van Vliet and Elizabeth Steiner have made their book Woven and Interlocking Book Structures available for free at the Internet Archive.The book was published in 2002 and is sadly out of print. I am so thankful I have a copy (it's
13 Sep 2016 Read more

Happy World Photo Day!

I just found out that today is World Photo Day and I simply can't resist a good random holiday. Korske Ara, an adventure and landscape photographer based in Canberra, Australia, started the World Photo Day project in 2009.He had the following to say about the craft:Photography has the power to tell stories, freeze memories, inspire generations
19 Aug 2016 Read more

Trip to Papyrus House, Echizen

We started our Echizen paper journey at Papyrus House. It's kind of a mush of an information center, store, workshop space, and exhibit hall. The building exterior is nondescript and doesn't come close to indicating what's inside. You could just walk right by it and never realize it was there.But holy crap -
4 Aug 2016 Read more

Leather Binding Fundamentals with Karen Hanmer – Day 5

I can't believe that it's the last day of my Leather Binding Fundamentals class at the Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute. This week just zipped by!Wait...don't do anything stupid! The first time you open up a freshly-covered leather book, you could tear the leather. To prevent this from happening, wet down
29 Jul 2016 Read more

Leather Binding Fundamentals with Karen Hanmer – Day 4

Day four of my Leather Binding Fundamentals class at the Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute has come and gone. I can see the finish line - and there's actual finishing there!We started off the morning with Karen's demonstration of how to cover our books in the leather we had prepared. There were many
28 Jul 2016 Read more

Leather Binding Fundamentals with Karen Hanmer – Day 3

Welcome to the third day of class at the Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute's Leather Binding Fundamentals. So far, I've written a total of 13.5 pages of notes to date. Yeah, I take lots of notes.Here's what my book looked like at the start of the day.The first item
27 Jul 2016 Read more

Leather Binding Fundamentals with Karen Hanmer – Day 2

Day two of Leather Binding Fundamentals at the Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute has come to a close. I think I'm finally settling into the routine here. I'm especially digging the coffee break at 3:00 p.m.The first thing we did was trim our cover boards. The boards were originally
26 Jul 2016 Read more

Leather Binding Fundamentals with Karen Hanmer – Day 1

I just finished my first of five days at the Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute. Coming here is on my Book Arts Bucket List and I'm psyched to be able to cross it off. I'm taking Leather Binding Fundamentals, which is pretty much what it sounds like - we're
25 Jul 2016 Read more

The awesomeness of Echizen

I'm just going to say it - I love Echizen.Yet it has been really hard for me to write this post. I think it's because the place is just beyond words. Visiting this papermaking village (Washi no Sato) was the absolute highlight of my trip to Japan. When I think of my time
22 Jul 2016 Read more

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