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Book Arts at Penland – Summer 2017

I need to find a job where I get paid to take classes. That's all I want to do - learn stuff. Seriously.And Penland is killing me with its summer lineup of workshops.Here are a few highlights (there are many more):During Session 2 (June 11 - 23), Jessica Spring is teaching Daredevil Ephemera:For printers
14 Feb 2017 Read more

2017 Focus on Book Arts catalog available

I got this in the mail yesterday:Oh.my.goodness. It's really, really happening now.I'm teaching at the Focus on Book Arts (FOBA) conference in June!Yeah, yeah, yeah, I've announced this before. I'm just so thrilled and excited to be teaching at a conference I've attended and loved for years - it just continues to
8 Feb 2017 Read more

Activist letterpress

In my 8+ years of blogging, I have made a point of not expressing my political views in my posts. I believe that everyone is entitled to their opinions and I'd rather not get into debates here - I want this to be a happy place.That said, I have been in a major
6 Feb 2017 Read more

Liam’s Red Dragon

Warning: This is a long post about a book that took me a long time to finish. I really wanted to punch it in the face. But it was a book and didn't have a face, which sucked.The making of the book was put in motion by a monthly bookbinding challenge on Instagram
3 Feb 2017 Read more

It has now come to this…3D bone folder printing

As I was going about my daily routine of non-focused internet searching, I discovered a company that will make you a bone folder using a 3D printer. Shapeways allows you to print objects using a variety of materials, including plastic, gold, sterling silver, steel, and castable wax.Welcome to the future.The designer
25 Jan 2017 Read more

Are You Book Enough?

I've got these two projects I've been putting off for a while now. One is because I'm worried that I'll screw it up and the other because, well, I'm lazy. Definitely not a good excuse.I'm happy to say that I got the incentive I needed to get moving on one
18 Jan 2017 Read more

Bookin’ in Brooklyn

When my hubby pitched the idea of going to New York for New Year's, I was psyched. However, I didn't have any interest in going to Times Square - that's for people much more tolerant (and younger) than me.My plans were much more specific - Brooklyn, baby. I wanted to
6 Jan 2017 Read more

Adios 2016!

Confession time - I get really cranky this time of year. There's just something about the time between Christmas and New Year's - why doesn't it go faster? I'm ready for next year!This period of time is informally known as Elissa Reflects and Beats Herself up for All the Things She Didn't
30 Dec 2016 Read more

Dream job – G. F Smith’s Paper Consultants

As is my way, I was in the midst of an unfocused internet browse when I encountered the G.F. Smith website. Originating in London, the company has been supplying creative industries with paper for over 130 years. To say that they're just a paper distributor is simply not okay.Check out their Founding Legacy: Damn, I like
27 Dec 2016 Read more

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