Yesterday I taught a Mixed Media Cards Marathon class at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT. I had a wonderfully enthusiastic group of five women who joined me on an adventure through a number of mixed media techniques. I don't think we had room at the table for more than that - you should have seen the fabulous mess we made! I consider cards to be folios made out of card stock - just a few steps away from becoming a book. When I teach this class, I like to emphasize that all of the techniques can be applied to bookmaking. We started with collage and made mini quilts using security patterns from the inside of business envelopes. After that we moved on to a quick and
In case you didn't notice, I recently did a quiet relaunch of my website with a fully responsive design (a.k.a. tablet and smart phone friendly). I am thrilled with the new look! Here's what my website looked like before... ...and here it is now: I think that the new look is much more modern and user-friendly. I tried to carry over some of the colors so that the new website would feel a bit familiar. I'd like to give a shout out to my web guru, Jason Lemieux of Vernal Creative. Thanks so much for making me look so good!
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
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
I recently saw the traveling exhibit Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. The exhibit commemorates the 2007 bombing that resulted in the loss of a vibrant cultural and literary community in Baghdad. The exhibit has been traveling the world since 2012 and includes artists’ books and broadsides by artists from 26 countries. The exhibit at Goddard included a small selection of the total works collected for the exhibit, which numbers at approximately 260 artists' books. Upon entering the exhibit space, I was immediately taken by the piece My Poem Becomes Theirs by Helga Butzer Felleiseh. It consisted of long hand cut vellum panels that gracefully cascaded down the wall. Her hand work is amazing. The next piece that caught my eye was a collaborative
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
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