Paper and Book Intensive 2010
If you’re gaga for bookbinding and paper-related fun, then the Paper and Book Intensive (PBI) is the gig for you. PBI has been in existence for twenty-four years – the founding co-directors include Timothy Barrett, Gary Frost, and Hedi Kyle. This annual event brings in the big dogs.
Here’s a sampler of some of their instructors from over the years:
While I was at the Focus on Book Arts conference, everyone was talking about next year’s PBI. I was thrilled to hear that in 2010, PBI will be held in Maine. I can actually drive there – I am so very happy!
Here are more details from their website:
PBI 2010 will be held at the University of Maine, Machias campus located along one of the last wilderness coastlines in the Eastern United States from July 11-22, 2010. The campus houses the book arts and papermaking facilities directed by Bernie Vinzani, and is near the studios of Gray Parrott, Katie MacGregor, Walter Tisdale and Nancy Leavitt. The area is home to three thousand year old petroglyphs, a large population of bald eagles, black bear and moose, and world famous pies from Helen’s Restaurant. The local populace is kind enough to call you “deah” (dear) after you meet them.
If you want to read personal experiences from people who have gone to PBI, then head on over to Rhonda Miller’s blog – My Handmade Books. Rhonda wrote three blog posts about the specific classes she took at this year’s PBI:
- This is a Book (but maybe not a Codex) with Bill Drendle
- Binding Dimensions: Shape, Size & Structure with Gabrielle Fox
- Structure and Action in Codex Binding with Gary Frost
Sara Ringler also attended PBI in 2009. Her blog features a video of Paul Denhoed and Maki Yamashita beating Kozo fiber – it sounds like drumming! Sara’s blog also includes a lovely photo essay that she refers to as the “spirit of the Paper and Book Intensive“.
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to save my pennies now.