Pamphlet Journals Inspired by the Garden

Printing the dragonfly and calla lilly.   

Printing the dragonfly and calla lilly.

 

Once the prints were dry and ready to handle, I began assembling the pamphlets.

Once the prints were dry and ready to handle, I began assembling the pamphlets.

I was quite pleased with the quality of the prints on the French paper!

I was quite pleased with the quality of the prints on the French paper!

I decided it would be fun to use some of the blocks I had carved for Garden Reverie as cover imagery for blank pamphlet journals. I printed them on French paper and sewed them up with waxed linen thread. Here is a look at the process. 

Printing the tulips - one of my personal favorites!

Printing the tulips - one of my personal favorites!

These are single section pamphlets.  I used variations of the chain stitch when sewing them together.

These are single section pamphlets.  I used variations of the chain stitch when sewing them together.

All sewn up!

All sewn up!

A Dragonfly and Coneflower in a Tunnel Book

I decided to create a tunnel book for the Book and Print Collective show, which was exhibited at the Transylvania County Public Library in Brevard, North Carolina. I entitled the book Hope Among the Ruins. The focal point of the book is a dragonfly on a coneflower. I am attracted to dragonflies for many reasons; one being that they are a symbol for longevity. Here are some images showing how I approached this piece.

Transferring the drawing to a linoleum block. Photographs I took of my gardens were the sources for the drawings.

Transferring the drawing to a linoleum block. Photographs I took of my gardens were the sources for the drawings.

I also carved a block using an image of iris leaves. I wanted multiple layers to use for the book pages.

I also carved a block using an image of iris leaves. I wanted multiple layers to use for the book pages.

Proof of the dragonfly and coneflower block.

Proof of the dragonfly and coneflower block.

I printed the blocks on pressure prints of iris leaves. 

I printed the blocks on pressure prints of iris leaves. 

Once I had the blocks printed; I began constructing the book. It is always exciting to cut and layer the pages for a tunnel book!

Once I had the blocks printed; I began constructing the book. It is always exciting to cut and layer the pages for a tunnel book!

I used a case binding covered in Iris book cloth for the book's exterior. I carved a square recessed area on the front, which I adorned with portion of the dragonfly print.

I used a case binding covered in Iris book cloth for the book's exterior. I carved a square recessed area on the front, which I adorned with portion of the dragonfly print.

Opened completed book.

Opened completed book.

Carving the block.

Carving the block.

This is a proof of a third block of a skyline. I used this to represent the concept of 'ruins'.

This is a proof of a third block of a skyline. I used this to represent the concept of 'ruins'.

Ptinting on the Vandercook - what a beautiful teal!

Ptinting on the Vandercook - what a beautiful teal!

Cityscape block printed on the iris leaves.

Cityscape block printed on the iris leaves.

Pages are cut, layered, and assembled.

Pages are cut, layered, and assembled.

Closed completed book.

Closed completed book.

Standing and opened book. All of the components came together in a satisfying way. I will explore other ideas focused on the idea of hope found in the natural world!

Standing and opened book. All of the components came together in a satisfying way. I will explore other ideas focused on the idea of hope found in the natural world!

Garden Reverie - Drum Leaf Book and Hinged Box

I began by completing a series of drawings based on photographs I had taken of my gardens. 

I began by completing a series of drawings based on photographs I had taken of my gardens. 

Carving a dragonfly in the calla lilies.

Carving a dragonfly in the calla lilies.

Dragonfly proof.

Dragonfly proof.

After proofing; I began printing each one on my Vandercook. Each print had three runs; one pressure print of leaves in a pale green, then a yellow mat. The third run was of the relief print, which I printed in a dark green color.

After proofing; I began printing each one on my Vandercook. Each print had three runs; one pressure print of leaves in a pale green, then a yellow mat. The third run was of the relief print, which I printed in a dark green color.

I wrote a poem entitled "Garden Reverie". I set it in 12 pt Garamond and printed the text on the pressure printed image. Here is the form set on the press and ready for printing.

I wrote a poem entitled "Garden Reverie". I set it in 12 pt Garamond and printed the text on the pressure printed image. Here is the form set on the press and ready for printing.

After all of the relief prints and text pages were printed; I began binding them into a Drum Leaf binding. I had printed all of these on Monawk Superfine paper; which I attached (using PVA) to Stonehenge paper. This caused the pages to be thicker when brought together into the binding. Here are some images of making the book,

The pages are folded and weighted. A piece of Japanese paper is adhered to the spine. This will be hidden when the cover boards and outer spine are added. 

The pages are folded and weighted. A piece of Japanese paper is adhered to the spine. This will be hidden when the cover boards and outer spine are added. 

Here are the cover boards with a recessed area on the front cover. I used a beautiful green book cloth. I cut a small portion of this print to use on the cover.

Here are the cover boards with a recessed area on the front cover. I used a beautiful green book cloth. I cut a small portion of this print to use on the cover.

I am now at the final step - making the hinged box. I cut a small opening in the end of the box tray to help in lifting the book out of the box. 

I am now at the final step - making the hinged box. I cut a small opening in the end of the box tray to help in lifting the book out of the box. 

View of book interior.

View of book interior.

I recently completed a new artist book entitled Garden Reverie. It is a Drum Leaf book housed in a hinged box. The book is composed of relief prints and a short poem written about the images. The prints and poem set in Garamond were letterpress printed. As with most projects; I learned a great deal. Here is a look at the process from start to finish.

After  completing several drawings, I chose nine for the book. I then began transferring each drawing to a block which I carved for printing. I particularly liked this one of a chickadee in our fig tree. 

After  completing several drawings, I chose nine for the book. I then began transferring each drawing to a block which I carved for printing. I particularly liked this one of a chickadee in our fig tree. 

 I proofed each block before printing the book on my letterpress. Here is a proof of the chickadee and fig tree image.

 I proofed each block before printing the book on my letterpress. Here is a proof of the chickadee and fig tree image.

I love this print of tulips in the garden!

I love this print of tulips in the garden!

Print of a monarch butterfly in zinnias. 

Print of a monarch butterfly in zinnias. 

Image of the printed poem.

Image of the printed poem.

Once the spine was dry; I cut the pages down to size on my guillotine cutter. The inner book is completed. I am now ready to complete the cover and hinged box for housing the book.

Once the spine was dry; I cut the pages down to size on my guillotine cutter. The inner book is completed. I am now ready to complete the cover and hinged box for housing the book.

Cover boards completed and attached to inner book pages. I used the pressure printed Mohawk Superfine for the book's outer spine.

Cover boards completed and attached to inner book pages. I used the pressure printed Mohawk Superfine for the book's outer spine.

Covering the case for the box. I used the green book cloth for the box as well.

Covering the case for the box. I used the green book cloth for the box as well.

Finished book and box.

Finished book and box.

It was a very involved project, but worth the many steps along the way to completion. I was so pleased with how all of the elements came together and hope to explore this idea in future prints and books - my Garden Reverie!

Printing Cards of Hope - the Mindful Series

Completing sketches for the relief blocks.

Completing sketches for the relief blocks.

Carving a small block based on the sketch of the poppy pods.

Carving a small block based on the sketch of the poppy pods.

Printing the feather. 

Printing the feather. 

The cards are printed! Notice that I used my new sans serif Twentieth Century Modern alphabet. I like the combination of the modern/simpler type with these images. 

The cards are printed! Notice that I used my new sans serif Twentieth Century Modern alphabet. I like the combination of the modern/simpler type with these images. 

Little bits of nature providing inspiration in my studio - my 'inspiration tray'.

Little bits of nature providing inspiration in my studio - my 'inspiration tray'.

I recently completed a suite of cards which I entitled the Mindful Series. Working on these tiny prints was a way to consider and ponder the attributes I aspire to. I want to be kind, hopeful, a good listener, and believe that I can help to make the world a better place. I began by completing drawings of bits of nature (found on the 'inspiration tray' in my studio). I then completed a linocut from selected drawings, added bits of text and printed the cards on my Vandercook Sp 15. Take a look at the process - a very therapeutic way to deal with my concerns and hopes for the world. 

All the blocks carved and proofed; ready to print! 

All the blocks carved and proofed; ready to print! 

I printed the shell on a small mat of orange. 

I printed the shell on a small mat of orange. 

I find designing and printing cards a rewarding process. I love that customers buy these 'messages of hope' to send to their friends and family. Just another way of making the 'world a better place'.

A Suite of Reliquary Assemblages

Drawing images for the relief prints.

Drawing images for the relief prints.

Carving the cicada.

Carving the cicada.

Printing on my Vandercook; I printed the insects on a handmade cotton rag paper. 

Printing on my Vandercook; I printed the insects on a handmade cotton rag paper. 

I constructed a tunnel book using layers from each print. Here is the cicada tunnel book underway. I cut away layers for each insect for each tunnel book. 

I constructed a tunnel book using layers from each print. Here is the cicada tunnel book underway. I cut away layers for each insect for each tunnel book. 

Here is a close-up of the butterfly tunnel book - note the cut layers.

Here is a close-up of the butterfly tunnel book - note the cut layers.

Each box had a mica window.

Each box had a mica window.

Adding the feet to the Cicada reliquary.

Adding the feet to the Cicada reliquary.

Completed Butterfly and Dragonfly reliquaries.

Completed Butterfly and Dragonfly reliquaries.

Completed Cicada and Bee reliquaries.

Completed Cicada and Bee reliquaries.

I often find bits of insects while gardening; and am attracted to their ephemeral beauty. I have collected numerous insects and their wings over the years; which I often use in my books and boxes. I recently completed a group of reliquaries inspired by these 'garden remnants'. I began by selecting a butterfly, cicada, dragonfly, and bee from my collection. I completed a group of small prints which I then used as the focus of the reliquaries. 

Drawings transferred to blocks, now ready to carve.   

Drawings transferred to blocks, now ready to carve.

 

Pressure plates. I printed papers to use in the reliquaries using these plates.   

Pressure plates. I printed papers to use in the reliquaries using these plates.

 

Insect prints completed, pressure prints completed (on Niddeggen paper). I will now begin designing and building the reliquaries. I love playing around with the various components!

Insect prints completed, pressure prints completed (on Niddeggen paper). I will now begin designing and building the reliquaries. I love playing around with the various components!

Here are the completed cicada and dragonfly tunnel books.

Here are the completed cicada and dragonfly tunnel books.

Next, I built a box using Davey board for each book.

Next, I built a box using Davey board for each book.

I then constructed a case binding for the boxes; covered them with pressure printed papers and a printed cover;  gave them a base covered with cork paper; and added vintage button closures and feet! Whew! 

I then constructed a case binding for the boxes; covered them with pressure printed papers and a printed cover;  gave them a base covered with cork paper; and added vintage button closures and feet! Whew! 

I couldn't resist adding a window at the top of each piece - I placed  actual wings behind a piece of mica.

I couldn't resist adding a window at the top of each piece - I placed  actual wings behind a piece of mica.

Dragonfly reliquary with the door opened.

Dragonfly reliquary with the door opened.

Top of the Cicada reliquary - I just love how the windows enhance the finished piece.

Top of the Cicada reliquary - I just love how the windows enhance the finished piece.

I learned so much constructing these pieces bringing together my love for nature, letterpress printing, and book arts! Additionally, the Cicada Reliquary was juried into Pop-Up Now II at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon; and was purchased by Ohio University!

Garden Vignettes - A Suite of Tunnel Books Inspired By My Gardens

These four prints were the images that would become the 'Garden Vignettes'. I love the blues!

These four prints were the images that would become the 'Garden Vignettes'. I love the blues!

Cutting away spaces within the prints to create the pages for each book. 

Cutting away spaces within the prints to create the pages for each book. 

Finch in the Garden  is completed. I will make a few adjustments for the books, but am excited with this result!

Finch in the Garden is completed. I will make a few adjustments for the books, but am excited with this result!

Models for the book covers. The one on the right worked the best (the spine is a bit deeper and the cover is a bit wider). 

A completed closed cover.

A completed closed cover.

Colophon and a bit of collaged embellishment have been added to  Finch in the Garden ; now to assemble and add the wrap.

Colophon and a bit of collaged embellishment have been added to Finch in the Garden; now to assemble and add the wrap.

I completed a group of small relief prints based on 'happenings' in my gardens. I then used them in a group of small tunnel books with case bindings. It proved to be a beneficial way to bring image and book form together.

I printed numerous prints, since I would need at least five prints of each image for each tunnel book.

I printed numerous prints, since I would need at least five prints of each image for each tunnel book.

After cutting separate pages for each book I experimented with various papers for the sides of the books. Accordion folded pages are used for this. Bugra paper worked the best so I used it. I was then ready to glue and assemble the first book; which served as a model.

After cutting separate pages for each book I experimented with various papers for the sides of the books. Accordion folded pages are used for this. Bugra paper worked the best so I used it. I was then ready to glue and assemble the first book; which served as a model.

Four are assembled - so pleased! I must now design a cover for the books. I plan on using a case binding. I will explore sizes and materials through building a model (or two).

Four are assembled - so pleased! I must now design a cover for the books. I plan on using a case binding. I will explore sizes and materials through building a model (or two).

I chose a delicate pattern in a Japanese paper for the covers. The blues were exactly what I wanted to match the blues of the garden prints.

I chose a delicate pattern in a Japanese paper for the covers. The blues were exactly what I wanted to match the blues of the garden prints.

I have completed a book using each image. I then set a bit of type in 12pt. Garamond for the colophon and 'belly' wrap for the books.

I have completed a book using each image. I then set a bit of type in 12pt. Garamond for the colophon and 'belly' wrap for the books.

Printing the colophon on Mohawk Superfine. I will also use this paper for the 'belly' wrap.

Printing the colophon on Mohawk Superfine. I will also use this paper for the 'belly' wrap.

Working out the dimensions for and assembling a wrap.

Working out the dimensions for and assembling a wrap.

I  like how the 'belly' wrap holds the little books together and gives them a finished presentation.

I  like how the 'belly' wrap holds the little books together and gives them a finished presentation.

Using Fabric to Cover Books and Boxes Part 2: Hinged Boxes

Trays constructed; now for a bit of sanding and then to cover and assemble!

Trays constructed; now for a bit of sanding and then to cover and assemble!

I used the golden dragonfly patterned fabric with this interior and case.

I used the golden dragonfly patterned fabric with this interior and case.

An all important step in  making a box  -  nipping  - applying a bit of pressure when joining the box to the case (what will become the box cover).

An all important step in  making a box  - nipping - applying a bit of pressure when joining the box to the case (what will become the box cover).

Designing and building boxes is another way that I use fabric I have backed with Kozo paper. I enjoy personalizing boxes in this way.

I wrapped this tray in Bugra paper - the color works well with these fabrics.

I wrapped this tray in Bugra paper - the color works well with these fabrics.

Playing around with another color combination - so much fun!

Playing around with another color combination - so much fun!

They are almost finished. I am letting them dry with weights. This step helps secure the joining of the tray and case. The papers in the foreground will be cut down and applied to inside of the box top.   

They are almost finished. I am letting them dry with weights. This step helps secure the joining of the tray and case. The papers in the foreground will be cut down and applied to inside of the box top.

 

They are  finished; ready to hold special objects and mementoes!

They are  finished; ready to hold special objects and mementoes!

Using Fabric to Cover Books and Boxes Part I: Coptic Books

Fabric backed with kozo paper; ready to use!

Fabric backed with kozo paper; ready to use!

Carving recessed areas in the Davey board for windows.

Carving recessed areas in the Davey board for windows.

Working on a second cover using the blue dragonfly imagery.

Working on a second cover using the blue dragonfly imagery.

Sewing - adding the last section! I love how the stitching looks on the book's spine!

Sewing - adding the last section! I love how the stitching looks on the book's spine!

Adding the back cover; this book is almost finished!

Adding the back cover; this book is almost finished!

I sometimes back fabric and then use it to cover books or boxes. I recently completed a suite of Coptic books and hinged boxes covered with fabrics purchased while traveling in Paris. 

I will focus on designing and sewing the Coptic books in this post.

 

Selecting bits of ephemera to use with the books.

Selecting bits of ephemera to use with the books.

Covered book exterior using dragonfly fabric and ephemera; interior covered with cork paper.   

Covered book exterior using dragonfly fabric and ephemera; interior covered with cork paper.

 

Multiple books of various sizes - text blocks cut and folded! I am now ready for sewing.

Multiple books of various sizes - text blocks cut and folded! I am now ready for sewing.

Starting to sew a Coptic book - using four needles!   

Starting to sew a Coptic book - using four needles!

 

Completed books using vintage buttons and waxed linen thread for closures!

Completed books using vintage buttons and waxed linen thread for closures!

Birds in the Garden Prints

Carving 'Wrens in the Beautyberry'.

Carving 'Wrens in the Beautyberry'.

'Birds in the Beautyberry' on cork paper - love this!

'Birds in the Beautyberry' on cork paper - love this!

Carving a pair of chickadees perched in a Ginkgo tree.

Carving a pair of chickadees perched in a Ginkgo tree.

I completed two small linocut prints during the Spring. Both were inspired by the birds that frequent my yard. I included two birds in each print perched on branches. I am most satisfied with the results and want to do additional prints using pairs of birds.

I printed a small edition using Rives BFK paper; and began the edition by printing a blue mat.

I printed a small edition using Rives BFK paper; and began the edition by printing a blue mat.

The carved block inked up; editioning the print.

The carved block inked up; editioning the print.

Completed print - so happy with this print.

Completed print - so happy with this print.

These two prints were most rewarding to draw, carve, and print. Indeed, more images with pairs of birds are in the works!

Spring Inspired the Carving and Printing of New Relief Prints

The beginning stages - I am carving out what will remain white on thie print. 

The beginning stages - I am carving out what will remain white on thie print. 

Carving continues; developing the image.

Carving continues; developing the image.

It is always satisfying as the registration of color and form come together when completing a reduction print!

It is always satisfying as the registration of color and form come together when completing a reduction print!

Spring's arrival prompted me to take a look at several drawings I had worked on during the Winter. I had completed a drawing of a Barred Owl; and decided it would work well as a reduction print. Here is a look at how I proceeded with Barred Nocturne.

The image is taking shape after two printing runs using  variations of gray; ghost-like at this point.

The image is taking shape after two printing runs using  variations of gray; ghost-like at this point.

Color intensifies as I move from gray to blue, so exciting!

Color intensifies as I move from gray to blue, so exciting!

Printing on Fabric - New Possibilities

Owl printed on cotton muslin.

Owl printed on cotton muslin.

Printing the birds on cotton muslin.

Printing the birds on cotton muslin.

Purses are sewn up - adding the button closure.

Purses are sewn up - adding the button closure.

I recently began experimenting with printing on fabric. It is fun and not nearly as difficult as I would have imagined. Additionally, the process and products allow me to explore my love for printing, fabric, and sewing. Here are some of the items I am currently producing.

I printed several birds on cotton muslin. I then sewed them to cotton canvas bags....so much better than paper or plastic! 

I printed several birds on cotton muslin. I then sewed them to cotton canvas bags....so much better than paper or plastic! 

I then decided to carve and print smaller birds. My plan was to design a small purse using printed cotton fabric and attach the smaller birds to these. 

 

Various fabrics and printed birds - ready to put it all together!

Various fabrics and printed birds - ready to put it all together!

Cutting out and playing around with placement.

Cutting out and playing around with placement.

Various fabrics and birdies - working on multiples.

Various fabrics and birdies - working on multiples.

Purses with birds - all sewn up and ready for use! 

Purses with birds - all sewn up and ready for use! 

These items using printing, sewing, and fabric have been fun to design and make. I will continue working with these ideas and materials; exploring new ways to bring them together!

Love of Snail Mail Inspires Greeting Cards

Coneflower; will become a birthday card; printed on Lettra paper.

Coneflower; will become a birthday card; printed on Lettra paper.

Greetings printed using handset metal type. I will fold and package once dry.

Greetings printed using handset metal type. I will fold and package once dry.

Thank you!

Thank you!

Chirp! (Yes, a bit of whimsy with this one!)

Chirp! (Yes, a bit of whimsy with this one!)

I love receiving letters, cards, postcards, or handwritten notes in the mail. I especially adore the handmade card! Consequently, when I set up my print shop a few years ago; I began designing and printing greeting cards. I have just completed a new 'Spring Line' of cards. It has been such fun designing, carving relief blocks, and printing these cards. Take a look.

Little bird's head on striped mat - will become a thank you card; printed on chip board.

Little bird's head on striped mat - will become a thank you card; printed on chip board.

Card editions drying.

Card editions drying.

I completed several additional cards using a colored and/or patterned mat, relief print, and handset type. I enjoy making greeting cards, as well as the customers who purchase them!

Thinking of you...

Thinking of you...

A variety of greeting cards!

A variety of greeting cards!

A New Artist Book Using the Tunnel Book Structure

Carving the linoleum block for the relief print.

Carving the linoleum block for the relief print.

Proofing the print in my studio.

Proofing the print in my studio.

Second run - printing the garden image in a indigo blue.

Second run - printing the garden image in a indigo blue.

The layers are all cut - the book's pages are complete. Now for printing the text!

The layers are all cut - the book's pages are complete. Now for printing the text!

I printed the text on handmade cotton rag paper which I made a couple of years ago using cotton khaki trousers.

I printed the text on handmade cotton rag paper which I made a couple of years ago using cotton khaki trousers.

Welcome to  The Garden ! The book is assembled (view 1).

Welcome to The Garden! The book is assembled (view 1).

I recently completed a new artist book entitled The Garden. It is a tunnel book structure. I began the book by sketching images of my gardens. I then chose a sketch to transform into a relief print which I printed on my Vandercook SP 15. I printed multiple prints so that I could cut and layer the book's interior image. The viewer looks into these layers when experiencing the book. I added a bit of text which I also printed on my letterpress. The colors are shades of blue and the cover is adorned with painted papyrus. Here are some pictures of the book being made.

First run on the Vandercook - a blue mat. I used Stonehenge paper, quite nice for printing.

First run on the Vandercook - a blue mat. I used Stonehenge paper, quite nice for printing.

Cutting away areas to make the layers pages.

Cutting away areas to make the layers pages.

Setting the text, using Garamond 12 pt. metal type

Setting the text, using Garamond 12 pt. metal type

Painting the papyrus covered davey board with layers of milk paint.

Painting the papyrus covered davey board with layers of milk paint.

Sanding the milk paint layers to reveal the papyrus. I wanted the covers to look like an old door or gate. The viewer opens these to 'walk' into the garden.

Sanding the milk paint layers to reveal the papyrus. I wanted the covers to look like an old door or gate. The viewer opens these to 'walk' into the garden.

Note how the side panels of a tunnel book are accordion folded papers. This allows for the layering of the book pages and their forward extension (view 2).

Note how the side panels of a tunnel book are accordion folded papers. This allows for the layering of the book pages and their forward extension (view 2).

The interior layered pages of  The Garden  (view 3).

The interior layered pages of The Garden (view 3).

A good bit of work went into this book. It was worth it to create this tribute to my gardens. They are a source of inspiration - my daily destination!

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Carved Wooden Coptics

Carving and sanding the covers.

Carving and sanding the covers.

Painting multiple coats of milk paint; starting with white.

Painting multiple coats of milk paint; starting with white.

Sanding through the paint layers; a most arduous task!

Sanding through the paint layers; a most arduous task!

The text blocks are assembled and the sewing stations have been added using an awl - the books are now ready for sewing!

The text blocks are assembled and the sewing stations have been added using an awl - the books are now ready for sewing!

All the books are sewn (a total of four)! 

All the books are sewn (a total of four)! 

The leather and wood closures work well as a way to hold the books together.

The leather and wood closures work well as a way to hold the books together.

I recently completed a suite of miniature wooden Coptic books. I am continually inspired by nature; particularly ephemeral objects such as leaves, pods, dried flowers, nests, shells, insect wings, feathers.  Oh the list goes on! For these small books I focused on leaves. I carved simple leaves on the front covers. I then applied multiple layers of milk paint in shades of blue and green. When milk paint is sanded and polished; it has a distressed and aged quality.  I used Mohawk Superfine and Ingres papers for the text blocks and sewed the books with waxed linen threads. I used leather and wood for the closures. Take a look at the process.

Adding additional coats - first blue; then green.

Adding additional coats - first blue; then green.

Holes have been drilled determining the sewing patterns I will use. Now, I am selecting the various papers for the text blocks. 

Holes have been drilled determining the sewing patterns I will use. Now, I am selecting the various papers for the text blocks. 

Sewing using two needles and waxed linen thread.

Sewing using two needles and waxed linen thread.

I love how the sewing looks on the spine of Coptic books. Some were four needle bindings, while others were two needle. 

I love how the sewing looks on the spine of Coptic books. Some were four needle bindings, while others were two needle. 

Opened Book

Opened Book

These books are so much fun to open and handle. Their interior pages can remain blank or hold text and imagery. The possibilities are endless!

Investigating the Book, January Term 2016

Paste Paper

Paste Paper

Pattern Stamping Using Carved Erasers

Pattern Stamping Using Carved Erasers

Backing Fabric with Paper - Urauchi

Backing Fabric with Paper - Urauchi

Pamphlet Books With Stamped Covers

Pamphlet Books With Stamped Covers

Accordion Book With Painted Images

Accordion Book With Painted Images

Each of us (myself included) completed a suite of prints to exchange - we bound them into a Japanese stab binding like this.

Each of us (myself included) completed a suite of prints to exchange - we bound them into a Japanese stab binding like this.

Student Print on Rives BFK Paper

Student Print on Rives BFK Paper

Four Needle Coptic Book with Wooden Covers

Four Needle Coptic Book with Wooden Covers

I taught a book arts course at Guilford College during their January Term 2016. My students explored various types of book and print making. Take a look at their accomplishments. It is worth noting that they had never made books prior to this class; hard to believe!

Gel Printing

Gel Printing

Sewing a Coptic Book

Sewing a Coptic Book

Sewn Two Needle Coptic Books

Sewn Two Needle Coptic Books

Accordion Book With Collaged Images

Accordion Book With Collaged Images

Two Needle Coptic Binding With Wooden Covers

Two Needle Coptic Binding With Wooden Covers

Four Needle Coptic Book With Backed Fabric and Sewn Embellishment on Covers

Four Needle Coptic Book With Backed Fabric and Sewn Embellishment on Covers

Tunnel Book Structure with Painted Images

Tunnel Book Structure with Painted Images

As you can see, these students worked hard and produced exciting work.  I am truly proud of their accomplishments! Truth be told; I learned as much as they did - isn't that one of the 'perks' of teaching?!?