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Touch of Vermont recap

I just finished my last show of the season - the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market. The show is really well-curated - it has a wonderful mix of artists and food vendors. I love this show not only because it's a lot of fun, but also because it's a great place to see people from the community that I love so dearly - it's only five minutes from my house. I love living in Montpelier! Another reason why the show rocks is that it's a fundraiser for Our House of Central Vermont, a children's advocacy center dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse. I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank my silent partner, also known as my "third hand man" - my hubby.
18 Dec 2014 Continue Reading

To sleeve or not to sleeve?

I received an interesting email recently that I'd like to share with you. I was asked if when selling my books on consignment, do I enclose them in protective sleeves. In an ideal world, I'd love for my work to always stay pristine with no chance of damage. Of course, when it comes to consignment, this is something that is out of my control. In general, I send my books off without sleeves and hope for the best. I think it's important for people to be able to touch my books, turn the pages, and feel the texture of the materials. If a book is intended to be used, then I should be okay with people handling my work. Plastic sleeves are a potential barrier - they send
15 Dec 2014 Continue Reading

Focus on Book Arts Conference 2015

The Focus on Book Arts conference just published their workshop schedule for next year. Hopefully, I will be attending the conference for my fifth time (must save pennies). This conference gets amazing instructors and this year's batch includes Karen Hanmer, Jim Croft, and Barbara Tetenbaum. Now I just need to figure out which workshops to take. Registration doesn't open until March 1, 2015, so I have lots of time to figure it out. Here are some highlights from the roster of workshops: Color Woodcut Printmaking with Pam Horne: The connection between woodcut printmaking and the book arts dates to the 15th century. Explore this historic relationship through a hands-on experience of designing, cutting, and printing woodblocks. Utilizing a combination of Japanese carving technique and Western printing methods we will
12 Dec 2014 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

Today was the second day of winter storm Damon. I love it when they name snow storms. It's really beautiful here in Vermont right now. Today I worked on completing the journals I started in this post. One of my favorite things is to walk into the studio and have materials all cut and ready to go. I had intended to take more process photos, but I got into the flow and totally forgot. So here the journal covers are, in the press. This is the last of the work I'll be doing in the studio this week. I have to start packing for the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market, which will take place in Montpelier this Saturday. I hope to see you there - it's a lovely
10 Dec 2014 Continue Reading

Women’s Festival of Crafts recap

This past weekend I exhibited my work at the Women’s Festival of Crafts in Burlington, VT. This was the 25th year for the show - happy silver anniversary! The show is really competitive to get into. They publish the application online and you really have to send it in that day - they accept people by postmark (it's not juried). This year I was on vacation at Yellowstone National Park when the application went live. I had to travel out of the park and find a copy shop where I could print out the application. I don't think it was how my husband wanted to spend that day of our vacation. Thankfully, the time spent was worth it and I was accepted into the show. As usual,
5 Dec 2014 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

Today I worked on a couple of projects. The first was to finish a photo album that I started back in September. The customer printed out pages with photos from her daughter's wedding and had them cut and scored, ready for binding. Here's a picture of the finished photo album: I was asked to do something I'd never done before, which was to overlay the ivory binding ribbon with a grey linen thread. I think it's a really interesting combination and adds texture to the binding. The next thing I worked on was cutting materials for one of my journals. The Red Cranes Chopstick Journal has definitely been my best seller this year and I just sold the last one I had in stock - time to make
3 Dec 2014 Continue Reading

How Chiyogami is made

When I show my work at craft shows, I use a number of signs in my booth to give folks information about one thing or another. I have a selection of books that are made with Chiyogami paper (a.k.a. Yuzen), which is silk screened by hand in Japan and I have a small sign that talks a bit about that process. Too bad I don't have room to show a video in my booth. Thanks to Pinterest, I just found a wonderful video produced by the Japanese Paper Place that shows Chiyogami as it's made. The video makes the process look easy, but I'm not fooled. I know that's hard work. Enjoy! For those of you who can't see the embedded YouTube video, here's the link.
2 Dec 2014 Continue Reading