I received another Vermont Arts Council grant!

Last week I found out that I was awarded a grant from the Vermont Arts Council to attend the Paper and Book Intensive – the grant covers a chunk of the tuition. Since it’s official, I can now proudly make the following statement:

This project is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – it never hurts to ask. If you want something, go for it. I certainly didn’t think I’d get a third grant from the Arts Council, but I did. I’m so glad I completed that application!

I’ll be attending the following classes at PBI:

Design­ing Toroidal Books: Fol­low the Fold and Stray No More! with Ken Leslie

A torus is any shape with a hole in it—a bagel, for instance. Toroidal books have the advantage of being viewed in two ways—folded as page-by-page accordion book variants that return to their starting point, and fully opened, fully seen artworks. Fully opened they’re more like a painting, drawing or print and can be exhibited as such.

We’ll explore a variety of circular and rectilinear toroidal structures. Then each participant will design and produce an artist book that merges form with content. And because these structures start with just a single flat surface, the leap from one-of-a-kind book to printed multiple is an easy one.

Three Case Styles for Three Bookbindings with Priscilla Spitler

Twenty years after the first PBI edition of Three Bookbindings by Gary Frost, Priscilla Spitler returns to oversee the edition binding of a newly revised text bound in a case binding, the most efficient structure for edition work. Students will learn fast yet refined techniques of case binding bound in three styles: quarter, half and full cloth. Beginning with prototype bindings, they will then participate in the production of the actual edition from sewing to casing in, through the use of jigs, set-ups and teamwork, operation by operation.

Impress Me: An Artist’s Approach to Embossing Leather for Books with Bonnie Stahlecker

This workshop will focus on using leather as an expressionistic material for bookbinding by way of embossment. Leather has long since been employed as a covering material for books and its adaptability makes it ideal for this purpose. To take advantage of the tactile nature of the embossment, the instructor designed this elegant book structure, using examples from history like limp leather covers and secondary tackets. Although historical techniques are used, we are not making historical models; rather an emphasis will be placed on artistic and contemporary designs.

This is going to be a great year at PBI!

My massive thanks go to the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for helping me get to Michigan. You’re awesome!

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2 Responses to “I received another Vermont Arts Council grant!”

By Ellen - 16 February 2014 Reply

Congratulations! That’s truly exciting, and well-deserved!

By Elissa - 16 February 2014 Reply

Ellen –

Thanks – I’m super-psyched!


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