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March 9, 2007

Friday

Filed under: General — jackie @ 8:20 am

Good Friday morning all.

Today is the day of our first prize drawing. You still have some time to get your name in the jar for the drawing. Look for the results around noon.

I’ve got a few great sites from around the web for you to check out. Perhaps it will give you some ideas for projects this weekend.  (read more…)

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March 8, 2007

Filed under: General — jackie @ 7:49 am

Good morning readers.

Thought you might like some links to a few books arts centers this morning. These sites have learning opportunities as well as online exhibits and information. (You thought you were gonna get some work done today didn’t you?)

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March 7, 2007

Just for fun…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 6:06 pm

I thought I’d post a few photos of me plying my trade at a local art show back in the late nineties. Sorry about the really bad scans. I desperately need a new scanner.

Stockley Gardens Art show 2  Stockly Gardens Art Show 1  Stockley Gardens Art Show 3

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March 6, 2007

Filed under: General — jackie @ 11:50 am

Good morning all.

I am busy working on the next two interviews for your reading pleasure. In the mean time,  I just wanted to stop in and point you in the direction of a few web finds that I came upon yesterday.

One is this nice little tutorial for matchbook notebooks. I was actually going to write one up on how I make mine but someone on another blog posted a link this one which is very similar to how I make mine.

If you get a chance def. visit this page for an exhibit of some of the artist books that are in the collection at the Kohler Art Library at the University of Wisconsin.  From the introduction…”The Kohler Art Library has been acquiring artists’ books since the early 1970s and there are now over 650 titles in the collection. Considered one of the finest and largest repositories of its kind in the country, the Kohler’s collection includes a broad range of creative work from over 150 presses and artists located around the world.”

Here is another online artist book exhibit from The University of Delaware Library. “The books in this exhibition come from the University of Delaware Special Collections which has major holdings in the field of history of books and printing. These collections include not only books, but also manuscript collections of small presses. Special Collections has been actively acquiring contemporary fine press and artists’ books for more than twenty years including many works published by Granary Press, Janus Press, Nexus Press, Gehenna Press, and Women’s Studio Workshop.”

Lots of great inspiration at both of the above sites.

Don’t forget to get your entry in for the first prize drawing this Friday.

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March 5, 2007

Still celebrating…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 7:10 am

Good morning dear readers.

Welcome to the second week of our month long anniversary celebration.

Here’s a sneak peak at the happenings that we’ll have around here this week. Weds. we have an interview with photographer and book maker John Michael Cooper. Friday we have our first weekly prize drawing. To get your name in the drawing all you have to do is send me an email, comment on a post here or upload a photo of one of your handmade books to the Flickr site. Don’t miss out.

I’ve also got a few new tutorials in the works. Hopefully I’ll have something to share with you all by the end of the week. (I’ve been told that I need to get my taxes done before I do anything else this week.)

While I was out yesterday I did a little surfing and came upon a few sites of interest.

Japonisme has some great posts with photos of French leather bindings from the early 20th century. Here is a post and also here. Lots of nice eye candy on the site. Especially if you like Art Nouveau. Here is the Wikapedia definition of Japonisme

If you can stand any more eye candy this morning, check out this site by book artist Kel Flowers. She creates some beautiful books.

I hope everyone has an awesome day!

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March 2, 2007

Day 2…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 7:57 am

Good morning all.

The first day of the birthday celebration was a success. We had over 300 visitors to this little site yesterday.

I hope everyone that visited enjoyed the interview with Keith Smith. I just want to thank him again for being kind enough to answer my questions and send along the great photos of his work to go along with his answers.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting an interview with photographer John Michael Cooper who makes his own unique custom books and albums for his clients. I will also have an interview with David Lanning and Roger Barlee of J. Hewitt & Sons, Ltd. These are the fellows that produce that yummy bookbinding leather that we all dream about using on our books. Stay tuned.

Please don’t be shy about commenting or shooting me an email to sign up for the prize drawings. Even though we had so many folks stop by yesterday only a handful of people signed up.  Also, I know I’ve had some international visitors. Please say hi and let me know where you are from.

Don’t forget I have a flickr group set up for you all to show off your books. Please feel free to post works in progress as well as finished works.

Got a suggestion about what you’d like to see on this site? Shoot me an email and let me know. 

Just a quick note for anyone who lives in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, please check out my class schedule regularly as I’ve got a few new classes coming up and will be posting info on them when I get the dates finalized.

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February 25, 2007

Catch up day…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 8:51 am

Good morning all.

I consider Sunday a catch up day here on the site. One of the things I do on this day is add information to pages and edit any tutorials that need it. I am always figuring out new ways to do things or make my binding easier and I like to pass on this information to you. 

If you have made an album jig from my tutorial I’d like to recommend that you line the base of it with some Contact Ultra Grip Liner. I found that occassionally the bottom photo would slip while I was stacking the photos for gluing causing the bottom few photos to be out of alignment at the spine. I got an 18″ x 4′ roll from my local HomeDepot for about $5.00.  It’s the worth the investment to avoid any aggrevation. I will be updating the tutorial to reflect this addition.

Just a note…I attached it by applying a thin coat of rubber cement to the wood and to the rubber liner. Then pressing them to get good contact between the two surfaces.

Contact Ultra Grip Liner

 

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February 21, 2007

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:11 am

I know some of you out there are itching for new book projects to make. Here are a few links to tutorials that you might like to try.

Here’s a little tutorial offered over on the blog five and a half. The book is done in a perfect binding and it uses photos for the covers and recycled papers for the insides.

Another fun little tutorial is by Comic Book author Toby Craig. His softcover books are made with a combination of sewing and perfect binding. Sometimes referred to as smythe-sewn books. This is a great tutorial if you have a little book you have written and would like to make multiples copies in a fairly simple binding.

Go forth and make books.

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February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!

Filed under: General, Recent News — jackie @ 12:42 pm

I just wanted to stop in and wish everyone a…

 Happy Valentines Day

I’m off to meet a few friends for lunch at an Irish pub. I’ll be armed with the goodies you see in the photo above. In the bag are some cherry scones. They are made from a basic scone recipe from the King Arthur Cookbook (you can find the recipes on line also)and I added dried tart cherries and Fiori Di Sicillia extract which gives the scones a slight hint of lemon. The little tags are Yo Yo hearts made from the pattern I found here. I am a sucker for small items made from fabric.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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February 4, 2007

Finding Inspiration…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:32 am

As I mentioned in another post, I like to spend a few hours some time in the mornings surfing websites and creative blogs looking for a bit of inspiration for my own work. Another way I like to find inspiration is through books. Most of my friends know that I’m an obcessed a bit of a bibliophile. I spend large amounts of time at our local bookstores looking through books in search of ones that have neat ideas or words of wisdom in them. I derive inspiration from a number of sources. I like to look through craft and art books as well as graphic novels (no not the porn kind) and books on graphic design.  A couple of noteworthy books that I have come across recently are:

Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain

Kaleidoscope: Ideas And Projects to Spark Your Creativity 

I am a visual person and both books offer lots to look at in terms of fonts and graphics. The Caffeine book has exercises to spark your creativity as well as interviews with creative folks. Kaleidoscope has exercises as well as hands on activities for you to do. I reccommend both books if you are in a rut or just need some inspiration to get you going.

Some inspirational sites from this mornings surfing:

Simply Photo

Poppy Talk

Both are visually pleasing and inspiring.

I still have 3 little books left. I figured these would be all gone by now.

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