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March 31, 2007

And the Grand Prize winner…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 4:30 pm

All the names of the weekly winners were put back in the jar with the others and the grand prize winner was picked from the jar by my lovely assistent Terri. And the grand prize winner is….. Joanne B. Kaar.  Joanne gave herself several chances to win by posting comments on the blog as well as photos over on the Flickr site. Joanne will recieve a copy of the Keith Smith book Bookbinding For Book Artists as well as a few other goodies. Congratulations Joanne!

Thanks for a great first year everyone. I’m looking forward to many more.

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Saturday morning surf report…

Filed under: Surfs Up — jackie @ 7:35 am

Good morning surfers…

It’s sunny and chilly here in Virginia Beach this morning but there’s no need to get wet and sandy when you can do all the surfing you want from the comfort of your easy chair. So grab a cup of something hot and lets go surfing.

Fisrt up this morning, if you’re a book collector or just enjoy looking at fine book you’ll enjoy browsing the site of Julia Rothman, Book By It’s Cover. She has all the books broken into easily browsed categories and gives information about each book. She also tells you where you can find the books for purchase.

A Flickr site with some great handmade books.

Another Flickr site with some interesting handmade books.

And another Flickr site

This Flickr site is interesting. It has photos of a class taken with Jim Croft who teaches folks how to make thie own bookbinding tools from bone. Take a look at this big honkin book he made. Very cool.

I’ll leave you this morning with one more interesting site, Gary Frost’s Future of the Book. From the site “This web site visualizes the future of the codex book. We consider hybrid topics between reading behaviors, traditional book use in the context of digital delivery systems, library preservation and book art. An underlying concept is that libraries are playing out the future of the traditional book right now. In this perspective, libraries play as large a role as a progressive publishing industry, an avant guard book arts community or enticing technologies of book equivalents.” Def. check out the “Reports” section. Lots of interesting essays.

I’ll be back a little later this afternoon to announce the winner of the grand prize drawing. 

Surf’s up!

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March 30, 2007

And the winner is…

Filed under: Announcements — jackie @ 3:29 pm

This Friday’s prize winner is…

Winner 4

Congratulations Brian!

There is one more chance to win. The grand prize drawing is tomm. You still have time to get your name in the jar.

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Friday Morning Musings…

Filed under: Educational Opportunities, Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:11 am

Good morning readers.

As promised, I said I would post a photo of the gifts our first prize winner recieved once she got the package. Amanda won a couple of Shiva oil sticks, a set of leaf rubbing templates and some handmade papers.

Winner gifts

Here are a few more educational opportunities for this summer.

The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN is offering a Pop Up Book class taught by Carol Barton Aug. 5-11, 2007.

This was sent in by one of my readers:

The eight biennial Focus on Book Arts Conference (formally the Oregon Book Arts Conference), June 28 - July 1, 2007 offers four days of classes in the book arts–bookbinding, papermaking, printmaking, calligraphy, artists books, journals–at all skill levels from beginner to advanced. You can pick and choose your classes, coming for only a day or the whole conference. Please visit the following:  http://www.focusonbookarts.org/ for a complete list of workshops being offered is listed along with all the information about this conference which will take place in Forest Grove, Oregon (25 miles east of Portland).  You can download the brochure and registration form.  For any questions, please e-mail conferenceinfo@focusonbookarts.org

These are workshops offered by some of the Book Arts Forum members:

There is a one week workshop in the beautiful Door County Peninsula in Ellison Bay, Wiscosin at The Clearing School. The workshop “3D Paper Magic: Books, Boxes and More” will be taught by artist Joan Michaels Paque July 29 - August 4.

Patrice Baldwin will be teaching a series of one and two day workshops beginning from June 1 and running through the fall season. These will be held here in Tucson AZ in her new studios. You can go to her website to see some of the structures I’ll be teaching.

I will be drawing for the final Friday prize today at about noon. Everybody’s name will go back in the jar for the grand prize which I’ll draw sometime tomm. Good luck!

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March 29, 2007

Filed under: Educational Opportunities — jackie @ 8:26 am

Good morning readers.

Apparently the link to the Book Arts Forum in my posts for the past couple of days hasn’t worked. It’s fixed in all the posts now.

As promised more links to summer educational opportunities.

The American Academy of Bookbinding which is a part of the Ah Haa School For the Arts in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Telluride, Colorado is offering courses presented by bookbinders Monique Lallier and Don Etherington.

Don Rash offers courses and workshops in The School For Formal Bookbinding in Plains, Pennsylvania.

The Garage Annex School in Easthampton, Ma has offers a wide range of courses by a number of wonderful binders/teachers.

The University of London’s Institute of English Studies announces the first London Rare Books School (LRBS), a series of four-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects July 23-26, 2007.

If you are going to a workshop or class this summer and I haven’t listed your school or you know of one I haven’t listed, please shoot me an email and let me know.

You only have one more day to get your name in for the last two drawings. :) Don’t miss out.

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March 28, 2007

Daily musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Tools — jackie @ 11:56 am

Good morning readers.

A few links of interest this morning. There are several makers of handmade bookbinding tools I thought I would share with you.

Check out A Bindery in a Box. This is a unique little setup that allows you to be mobile.

Timothy Moore makes some unique bookbinding and papermaking tools.

Chester Creek Press has some beautiful hand turned awls and bookbinding tools.

Here’s a little Etsy shop called Bookworks that sells sturdy little book presses and occassionally other items such as wooden sewing cradles.

If you have any additional links to handmade bookbinding tools and equipment you’d like to share please email me.

Our membership over at the Book Arts Forum has surpassed the 50 member mark. I’ve got a little contest going on over at the forum right now. I’m looking for a unique name for our off topic chat board. I’ve posted about it in the News and Information Forum.

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March 27, 2007

Filed under: Announcements — jackie @ 8:31 am

Good morning readers.

I’m pleased to announce that Joanne B. Kaar in Scotland received her drawing prize.  Her prize was a Staedler Hot Foil Pen and some extra rainbow foil.

If you haven’t read them yet, the interview for Keith Smith is here, J. Hewitt & Sons Ltd is here and John Michael Cooper’s interview is here.

Membership is steadily growing over on the Book Arts Forum. Lots of folks are introducing themselves. Please stop by and say hi.

There are some new book and album photos over on the Flickr Group. Check them out if you get a few mins.

I’ll have some more summer educational opportunities to post tomm. morning.

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March 26, 2007


Filed under: Announcements, Educational Opportunities — jackie @ 8:45 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday we hit a milestone on this little site. We went over the 5000 visitor mark for the month of March!

A big thank you to all my regular readers as well as all the new folks that happen along. It’s nice to know that there are folks out there that “listen” to my morning ramblings. :o

This is the last week of drawing for the prizes. We have a weekly drawing on Friday as well as a final grand prize drawing on Sat. where some lucky person is going to win a copy of Keith Smith’s book Bookbinding For Book Artists and a few other surprises. So, don’t miss out. Get your name in the jar.

More summer educational opportunities.

The Shakerag Workshops in Sewanee, Tn. is offering a course by Dolph Smith titled Books On The Move June 10-16, 2007. From the description “The early emphasis in this class will be on developing a clear understanding of traditional multi-sectioned book binding. During the week the emphasis will shift to thinking of the book as a small kinetic sculpture.”

The Wells Book Arts Summer Institute at Wells College in Aurora, NY has some interesting classes available this summer. From the site “For its third annual summer institute, the Wells Book Arts Center is offering an extraordinary opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s most important figures in the book arts. Our intensive, hands-on courses in letterpress printing, bookbinding and lettering arts are taught by remarkable instructors in Wells’ historic setting of lyric beauty. We invite you to become part of this new tradition on the shores of Cayuga Lake, in New York’s Finger Lakes region.”

Not about making books but book related…

8th Annual Pacific Northwest Children’s Book Conference at the Portland State University in Portland, Oregon July 9-13, 2007. From the site “Join us this summer for an inspiring week as we focus on the craft of writing and illustrating for children and young adults.”

Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. There are weekly workshops June - July, 2007 From the site “Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent non-profit educational institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects. Founded in 1983, it moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992.”

If anyone has any classes or workshops you are teaching or you know of any coming up please feel free to post about them over on the Book Arts Forum in the Education Opportunities board.

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March 25, 2007

Sunday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:47 am

Good morning readers.

The weather here in Virginia Beach is sunny and spring like. Makes me start thinking about getting out to take new flower photos to use on my cards and books.

Thought I’d share this tutorial blog on leather work. I love this person’s carved leather book covers. He’s also got these neat little gadget tutorials. Makes me miss our local Tandy leather store. We had one here for years then then corporate closed it down in favor of mail order shopping.  I love mail order/Internet shopping but some things you just have to touch and smell before you buy. Well…ok I do buy leather over the Internet but if I could touch and smell it first I would buy more. (David, if you’re listening, do you think you could firgure out how to get scratch and sniff on your website? :o )

So, yesterday I said that I would post links about learning opportunities for a while. I think workshops and retreats are great ways to jump start your creativity. Here in Hampton Roads we are lucky enough to have  the Art & Soul retreat coming in May . I haven’t decided if or what class I want to take but I need to decide soon. I’d love to hear what everyone is doing this summer as far as workshops or classes. There’s a discussion going over on the Book Arts Forum. Come on over and join in.

I’m off this afternoon to our local Little Theater to see the latest production and shoot some stage photos afterwards.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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March 24, 2007

Saturday morning surf report…

Filed under: Educational Opportunities, Surfs Up — jackie @ 8:15 am

Good morning surfers.

The spring and summer is when many places offer classes, workshops and retreats in the book and paper arts. It’s never to early to plan so this mornings surf report is all about learning opportunities.

First up on the surf report is The Seattle center for the Book Arts. If you are in the area they offer a nice selection of classes in the book arts. From the site “Our mission is to provide educational, technical, and creative resources for individuals in the pursuit of book arts. Our vision is to foster appreciation, understanding, and acceptance of the book as a contemporary art form and medium for self-expression. Our ultimate aim is to establish a facility specifically designed and equipped for bookmaking and all related art forms.”

Art Unraveled is an art retreat in Pheonix, Arizona that runs from Aug. 5-12, 2007. They have alot of diff. book arts related workshops. From the site “the mixed media art retreat where the mysteries of art are unraveled for you by the finest art instructors from around the U.S. and Canada. Experience the joy of spending 7 days surrounded by like-minded spirits immersed in art, camaraderie, contests and lots of fun!”

The Craft Guild in Dalllas, Texas has some bookbinding classes available this spring. From the site “The Craft Guild of Dallas was founded in 1948 to provide instruction and studios for artists and craftspersons while providing opportunities to exhibit and promote their work.” 

The Womens Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY offers workshops this summer in book and paper arts. From the site “Women’s Studio Workshop (WSW) is an intimate studio workspace specializing in printmaking, hand papermaking, photography, and book arts. During the Summer Arts Institute (SAI) we share that intimacy through a series of small and intensive workshops. These workshops are designed to offer experiences to support your artistic life through immersion in studio techniques as well as opportunities to develop the content of your work. Each SAI workshop enrolls less than ten people, providing you with an experience that feels less like a class and more like a forum for sharing ideas among peers.”

These are just a few of the many places that will be offering workshops and retreats in the book and paper arts this summer. I will be posting them here as I come across them.

For you local folks, I just updated my schedule of upcoming classes.  I will be adding more once I find out the dates.

Also, please keep an eye on the Education Opportunities board over on the Book Arts Forum as folks have started posting them there.

Surf’s up!

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