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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

Experiencing technical difficulties

It seems that there was some very bad computer fallout after my last blog post. Those who subscribed to my blog received an unholy number of notifications and for that, I am so SO sorry. I want to reassure you that it was not virus-related. Apparently the notification got caught up in some kind of weird loop thing that made the sending computer think that the email never went out. I hope that makes sense. I believe the problem has been resolved. Thanks to all of you for hanging in there with me. And I sincerely hope that you don't get this notification 100 times.
12 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

It feels like there's not a lot of finishing going on in the studio lately. Well, I did finish this one coptic journal today, so that was something. What I'm talking about is my annual September fever. That's when I realize that Open Studio Weekend and classes and craft shows are right around the corner...and that my inventory is low. And why haven't I been better about keeping up my inventory during the summer? Why, why, why? So I start with the lists and the planning. What do I need to make? Do I have the materials? What are my upcoming deadlines? Then the calendars come out...September - November. I block out days with classes and shows so I can see what my production availability looks like. And once
10 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

Silver custom order

I've been working on a custom order for a photo album - the customer will be bringing me album pages pre-printed with photos to be bound into the album. I love these kinds of personalized books. The combination of materials she chose is quite lovely - a silver handmade paper with ivory baby's breath, grey bookcloth, and an ivory iridescent ribbon. Since I'm heading into craft show season, I decided to cut a few sheets of bookboard, instead of just cutting what I needed for the order. After drilling the spine holes in the board, it was time to start the binding process. I had a special request for infills on the inside covers, which isn't standard with my production lines. Infills help to even out the surface of
5 Sep 2014 Continue Reading