Celebrate at Studio Place Arts

Over the weekend I attended the opening reception for Celebrate, Studio Place Arts' annual member show. There are more than 75 member artists participating and I am thrilled to count myself among them. The reception was full of folks admiring out the local artwork. My hubby was kind enough to take some pictures of my work on display while I was busy yakking and cramming cheese in my face. The show is definitely worth a visit if you're in the Barre area. The show is on all 3 floors of the SPA gallery and includes a wide variety of one-of-a-kind gifts. I bought a handmade something that will be a holiday gift for someone I won't mention. The show is open now through December 27th - gallery hours vary
21 Nov 2014 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

I started my day off by addressing and stamping around 300 postcards as part of my holiday mailing. I am sooo thankful that stamps are self-adhesive! This is the front of my postcard: I love the image - my hubby took the picture. He's a fantastic photographer. If you're not already on my snail mail list and would like to be, just let me know and I'll hook you up. As of now, I have about 3-4 mailings a year. And in case you're wondering, Wiggum was of no help with the mailing. I spent the rest of my day working on photo album covers. I've gotten back into high gear as I prepare for two upcoming craft shows - the Women's Festival of Crafts and the Touch of
19 Nov 2014 Continue Reading

Book Arts at Penland – Spring 2015

The Penland School of Crafts has a bookbinding/letterpress offering during its spring eight-week concentration from March 8 - May 1, 2015 - Letterpress Books: Guts to Glory with Lauren Faulkenberry of Firebrand Press. The workshop offers a taste of everything, as you can see in the description below: In this workshop students will produce letterpress-printed books from start to finish. We’ll make handmade paper from natural fibers, explore book design, and learn the fundamentals of letterpress printing. Image-making processes will include multi-color linoleum prints, woodcut, collagraph, pressure printing, monoprinting, photopolymer, pulp painting, paper inclusions, and other techniques. Through layers of words and images, we’ll create compelling narratives that invite multiple readings. We’ll put it all together using traditional and experimental binding structures. If I could only put my
17 Nov 2014 Continue Reading

Paste Paper Gift Wrap workshop at SPA

Yesterday I taught a paste paper workshop at Studio Place Arts and it was wonderful! I had a hard-working group of 9 women, crowded around tables and cranking out vibrant papers. I started by giving a little spiel about paste paper, including the history of the stuff (the technique has been used for over 450 years). Someone in the workshop mentioned that she had heard a story about the development of paste paper. The gist of it was that it came out of a fight between bookbinders and marblers. If you know anything about this story, I'd love to hear more about it. The women in the workshop really dove right in without fear. I love being witness to this type of work. The floor of the room
11 Nov 2014 Continue Reading

Paper and Book Intensive 2015

The Paper and Book Intensive recently announced their lineup for 2015. Unfortunately, I can't attend because it overlaps with Memorial Day Weekend, which is when I participate in Open Studio Weekend. Sadness. Luckily, there is nothing to stop me from drooling over the offerings. Seriously, I'm going to need a sponge. Here are the workshops that caught my eye: 96 Con­nec­tions in 96 Hours: A Con­cep­tual Bind­ing Work­shop with Tate Shaw This intensive workshop will explore creating books as a means of expression, communication, and for the exploration of ideas. Participants will investigate conceptual binding by forming connections between images, texts, and materials. Using the digital page layout software InDesign, each person will create a thoughtful first draft of a book they have creatively authored.   Over the course of the
10 Nov 2014 Continue Reading

Weston Craft Show tenure – woohoo!

I am thrilled to announce that I was chosen for tenure for the Weston Craft Show class of 2018! What that means is that I'm guaranteed a spot in the show for the next four years (no jurying). Wondering what to do on Columbus Day weekend 2016? Come to the Weston Craft Show - I'll be there! Many thanks to the Tenure Committee for selecting me and for having faith in me and my work.
6 Nov 2014 Continue Reading

My niece, the bookbinder

This weekend my niece and nephew came over for a visit. I was thrilled when my nearly 10 year-old niece asked me if we could make a book. I had an extra kit from when I taught my leather journal workshop at the Vermont Art Teachers Association conference, so I decided to give it a whirl with the kiddo. It didn't take long for her to get the hang of the binding pattern and soon she didn't need much of my help at all. The best part of the process was that she immediately started writing in the journal. It was so satisfying to see someone just jump right in. I noticed that she started writing on the second page of her journal, leaving the first one blank. I
2 Nov 2014 Continue Reading