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

Awesome resources – IU Libraries Book Repair Manual and the Studio Protector

Elise Calvi, the Head of General Collections Conservation and Conservation Services at Indiana University Libraries recently posted on the Book Arts Listserv that their online book repair manual had been updated.From their website:This manual documents many of the treatment procedures used in the General Collections Conservation (GCC) Lab of the Indiana University
16 Dec 2016 Read more

Visit to Chena River Marblers

This weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to do something I've wanted to do for a while - attend Chena River Marblers' open studio.In the past, I always had something else going on during the event, but it worked out well this time around. I had to be
12 Dec 2016 Read more

Snow Farm 2017

Many moons ago, when I worked at the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (now CERF+), I attended a board meeting that was held at Snow Farm. Located in Williamsburg, MA, Snow Farm offers craft and fine art workshops.I don't know why, but they've never stayed on my radar - and this is
6 Dec 2016 Read more

Penland 2017 spring session

If you're itching to do some learning next year, check out Penland - they've got an amazing lineup of book arts workshops and instructors for their 2017 spring session. Look and drool:During Session 2 (April 9 - 15), Erin Keane is teaching Encaustic Books: Wax, Paper, Thread:Wax nostalgic, wax poetic, wax philosophical,
1 Dec 2016 Read more

The oh-so-awesome Small Business Saturday

Oh baby, today is the sixth annual Small Business Saturday! Started in 2011 by American Express, the celebration encourages people to shop local and support their communities.I'm going to take a moment to focus on the word small. A business doesn't get any smaller than a one person operation - and that describes the
26 Nov 2016 Read more

A Bookbinder’s Black Friday

Ah, the splendor of Black Friday.This year I have decided to keep a low profile shopping-wise. After I bought all of that paper in Japan, I have no good reason to buy anything else for the rest of the year.Instead, I will be spending my day completing a bunch of
25 Nov 2016 Read more

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair

On December 2-3, the second annual Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair will take place at the Smith College Campus Center in Northampton, MA.The event includes exhibits, sales, book signings, demonstrations, lectures and features not only antiquarian booksellers from the region, but also book artists, letterpress printers, papermakers, engravers, and
15 Nov 2016 Read more

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