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April 2007
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April 18, 2007

New page added…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 1:16 pm

I’ve had alot of questions about techniques for cutting binders board so I added a page with tips.

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Weds morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:33 am

Good morning readers.

I have updated the workshop page with some new info and a special offer for those who register by June 1, 2007.

If any photographers are reading, there are some great album examples by other working photographers over on the show and tell board of the forum. Def. check them out if you get a chance.

The Family Fun Fest Day at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia went well. The kids loved the little scrolls that I put together for them to write on with pen and ink. They got to use calligraphy pens and bottled ink. There were some children that liked it so much that they hung around for an hour or so writing with the pen and ink on thier scrolls. I even had adults taking them to write on.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

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April 17, 2007

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:39 am

Good morning readers.

I’m still on a quest to find movies that have unique books that are somewhat central to the plot.  Yesterday I got a couple of more titles for the list. The English Patient, Practical Magic, The Harry Potter Movies, Bridget Jones Diary, The Pillow Book, Never Ending Story, Crazy Beautiful, Seven, The Red Dragon. Any others you all can think of? I’ve created a post over on the Book Arts Forum on the General Binding boards with the list so far.

What about books that feature books?

There’s not much to report today. I’m busily plugging away at client work and prepping for upcoming classes and events.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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April 16, 2007

Monday morning musings and books in movies…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 6:27 am

Good morning readers.

Some of you are probably wondering what happened to the weekly surf report. I took a play day Saturday. I went out for lunch and spent some time at our local Guitar Center playing around with the guitars and drums and listening to a group of young guys play the heck out of the keyboards that were on display.

In the afternoon I watched the Movie The Ninth Gate. While the movie is no great cinematic feat what caught my interest was that it was centered around a rare book and a rare book called The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows and the dealers quest to find the 3 surviving copies and validate thier authenticity. Johnny Depp plays kind of an Indiana Jones of the rare book world. Of course along the way folks get killed and books get destroyed and a mysterious woman appears and helps him in his quest. There are also lots of old books and a scene in a really quirky bookbinders shop in Madrid. You can read a full plot synopsis at the above link.

Speaking of movies with an emphasis on interesting books, Prosperos Books is another movie that comes to mind as a movie that is based on books. (Can you tell I like books?) While the movie is a bit of a snoozer the scenes with the animated books are way cool. I understand the British artist Tom Phillips made the tomes for the film. Def. worth the $4 rental fee to see the books. If anyone knows where to find a DVD of this movie shoot me an email as it only seems to come in VHS here.

Have you ever seen a book that was a movie prop and wished you could have a copy of your own?

If you would like to make your own copy of The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows from the movie The Ninth Gate check out this link for some tutorials as well as text and illustration files you can print for the insides. 

From the movie Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade a whole cult following has emerged based on recreating copies of Indiana Jones’ fathers Holy Grail diary. Check out the site IndyGear for lots and lots of photos and information on creating a copy of your own.

The Book of Shadows from the TV series charmed is another book that folks try to recreate. I’ve seen copies for sale with the full text and illustrations.

One of my favorite things to do is take the covers from old (non valuable books) and gut them and add blank paper inside. I know, some folks think it is blasphemous to do but some of the books are kind of arcane and the titles make for great journal titles.

If anyone knows of any movies with cool books in them leave a comment and let me know as I’m compiling a list.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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April 13, 2007

Friday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:34 am

Good morning readers…

It’s bright and sunny and getting warm her in Va. Beach this morning. I just finished serving breakfast to a houseful of family in town for the spring break. That means that I have been up since 5:30 am baking and preparing food. I’m tired now. :)

I’m slowly working my way through my list of client work. I finished uploading all the photos that needed to go online and now I’m back to putting two guestbooks together. (Did I mention they are for two diff. weddings on the same day?) I also have a load of books that need to get done for the galleries.

For all you local readers this Sunday is the Family Fun Fest at the Contemporary Art Center from 2-4pm. I’ll be showing the youguns how to make scrolls which they can use to try out some calligraphy on.

Hope everyone has a great day.

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April 12, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 8:09 am

Good morning readers.

I mentioned before that I have been crazy busy with client work. It seems to be feast or famine around here. I was up until 1:00 am working on photos and I’ll be working today on guest books for weddings that are on the same day.

If you are a photographer or a binder that might be interested in learning how to make flushmount style albums please check out the information on my Album and Box Making Workshop. I am planning to go over alot of information in two days and you will leave with a completed album and matching box as well as the knowledge and ability to create them on your own. 

If you can’t make the workshop but would be interested in an e-workshop please shoot me an email.

If you get a chance, head over to the Book Arts Forum and check out the albums by photographer Tim Larsen he posted on the Show and Tell board. Very nice work and he only started making his own albums recently.

There is also some nice work posted by photographer Laura Beals over on the Flickr Group. She is also new to album making.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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April 11, 2007

Morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:44 am

Good morning readers.

It’s sunny and a bit chilly here in Virginia Beach this morning. I was hoping for a little bit of spring like weather before summer overtakes us. The weatherman says rain for later this afternoon. :(

This morning on another book site someone was asking about ways to decorate leather.

The technique of Pyrography (burning in the designs) is one good way to get intricate designs onto leather. Here is a site with some examples of celtic designs burned onto leather. A  book that looks like it might be helpful in learning the technique is Learning the Art of Pyrography by Al Chapman.

Another great technique is carving or incising the design into the leather. I’ve mentioned this site before. It has great examples and tutorials for leather carving.

On another site, halfway down this page are some cool examples of a combination of burning and carving.

What’s nice about both of these techniques is that you can start out with a minimal amount of tools. You can get a woodburning set at both Michaels and AC Moore and get 40% off with thier weekly coupons. I also think you can get burning tools that are oriented towards leather work.

I’m thinking about trying the burning since I saw a great example of a period binding with a burned in design on this site.

I hope everyone has a great day and that wherever you are you are dry and warm.

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April 10, 2007

Tues. musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 3:40 pm

Good afternoon readers.

I’ve been a bit AWOL the past couple of days as I’ve been crazy busy with work for clients. That’s a good thing as work for other folks always brings in much needed funds.

A couple of things.

I have updated the workshop information page and added a downloadable PDF of the tenative two day schedule.

If you haven’t been over to the Book Arts Forum def. give it a test drive. Feel free to ask questions or post photos of your newest project in the show and tell. We’ve got almost 100 members but it is still pretty quiet over there. Let’s get some discussions going.

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April 7, 2007

Saturday morning surf report…

Filed under: Surfs Up — jackie @ 8:08 am

Good morning readers.

Here is your Sat. morning surf report from wet, cold rainy and snowy Virginia Beach.

First up is Mademoiselle de France a site with some nice examples of traditional binding.

Some interesting bookbinding models at the Universitry of Iowa site.

The book arts site of Jan & Jarmilla Sabota. I was able to see some of thier work close up when I was out in Texas studying binding. They do some fabulous work.

Ashley Lang has a site with some nice examples of exposed spine sewings. She uses alot of repurposed materials in her bindings.

Hopefully the selections above will keep you busy for a while this morning. I am off to a photo shoot then doing the family thing for the rest of the weekend.

Surf’s up!

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April 6, 2007

Friday morning musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 9:00 am

Good morning readers.

After a week or so of bright sunny warm in the 70’s weather it is now cold and in the 40’s with rain on the way for the weekend here in Virginia beach. I actually had to turn the heat back on.

Tomm. will def. be a good day here for surfing the Net as it’s supposed to rain all day long. Easter Sunday looks a little more promising weather wise. Good news for folks who go to the sunrise services on the beach. We’ve got lots of family in town so it will be a busy weekend here.

This past week has been a little crazy. We’ve been doing some house painting and rearranging. I’ve been busy with plans for the upcoming summer album making workshop as well as the loooonnnngggg list of client and personal work I need to finish up.

Just wanted to mention, for you readers in the Hampton Roads area, Artist James O’Connor and I will be giving a 4 week Limited Edition class at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. Basically, we walk you through start to finish in creating an illustrated limited edition set of 5 books of a short story or poems you may have written. No prior art or binding skills are needed to take this course.

On Sat. May 12, 2007 photographer Jill Beninato and I are conducting a workshop at The Red Thread Studio in Suffolk, Virginia. The workshop will focus on learning how to alter photos using various techniques such as sanding photos to distress them; application of color- watercolor, acrylic & markers; masking techniques, bleaching, rubber stamping and adding epherma. The altered photos will then be used to create a custom book cover and books will be made using the coptic/exposed sewn method.

Alter Book Photo Book Class 1  Alter Book Photo Book Class 2  Alter Book Photo Book Class 3

I’ve got a few Events coming up as well. Jerry’s Artarama in Virginia Beach, Va. is having a “Meet The Artists” event from 6-9pm on Sat. March 28

On March 15, 2007 the Contemporary Art Center is having a “Family Fun Fest” from 2-4pm. There will be activities for children such as scroll making and calligraphy as well as a chance to view the View Magna Carta & Four Foundations of Freedom and mingle with medieval re-enactors!

That’s it for today. I’ll be back in the morning with the weekly surf report.

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