Worktable Wednesday

I spent today preparing for an upcoming (this Friday) workshop at the Vermont Art Teachers Association's fall conference. I'm teaching Keith Smith's Diamond X binding from his book Volume II Non-Adhesive Binding: 1-2- & 3-Section Sewings. Making the kits takes some time. There's cutting the leather and paper... ...and getting the thread into a big fat knot while trying to cut pieces off. This seems to be a trend with me, big fat knots. Then everything goes into shiny bags. I like shiny things. Then I start the furious dumping of stuff on the table. On the left, you can see my workshop checklist - it's very handy when I get into the "I need this and this and this" phase. You can also see my very large sewing
15 Oct 2014 Continue Reading

Weston Craft Show recap

This year my booth for the Weston Craft Show was located in the basement of the Weston Playhouse. I was thrilled to have this new space - it was huge! Here's what it looked like after bringing in all of my stuff, but before starting to set up. A bit of a raw space, but workable. I was indecisive about where to put things, so I ended up being pokey during most of the set up. Once I settled on the layout, however, things came together quickly. After the first show day, I came to dislike the naked space in front of my shelves. That evening, I drove to Rutland and picked up an area rug to fill the void. I think it did a great job of
13 Oct 2014 Continue Reading

Open Studio Weekend recap

As you can see below, I had a lot of help getting set up for Open Studio Weekend. Wiggum is a very motivated assistant. This is definitely a classic "after" shot - a pristine worktable surface. During Open Studio Weekend, I don't restrict my books to my studio - I take over the hallways on the first floor of our house for my production work. I display my one-of-a-kind pieces and artists' books in my studio. And a bunch of other books take over the top of my flat files. Inflatable Jerry French approves of the setup. My heartfelt thanks go to the wonderful folks who came to visit me this weekend. I had a great time talking about my work and sharing my studio secrets. If you couldn't make
6 Oct 2014 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

  There was no bookbinding going on in the studio today, so my worktable was quite clean. I spent much of today working on preparing my studio for this weekend's Open Studio Weekend. I decided to be honest with the state of my studio and show you what it looks like before I clean. It actually isn't as bad as it has been in the past. I'm a well-organized slob. I put things into boxes in an effort to contain my piling habit. The result is that I end up with piles of neatly stacked boxes instead. This is what lies hidden behind my studio door: While my worktable may be clean, the space next to it is far from it. I'm really good at dumping stuff on
1 Oct 2014 Continue Reading

Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Welcome to the 2014 Book Arts Guide to Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend It's time for my annual nod to the many book artists participating in Open Studio Weekend. Some of these talented folks are also members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont, an organization I hold near and dear to my heart. I created the Google map below, which includes all of the studios to help you plan your travels. Unfortunately, the book arts studios aren't very close to each other. By the way, I'm studio #91. I'll be referring to studios by both name and number - the number refers to a listing in the purple Vermont Studio Tour Guide. The colors of the studio numbers in this post match the colored markers in the
25 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

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 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