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April 2007
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April 5, 2007

Album and Box Making Workshop…

Filed under: Announcements — jackie @ 2:19 pm

I have posted additional information about the Album and Box Making Workshop here.

I will be posting a pdf with an overview of the  2 day class schedule later this evening on the workshop page.

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April 4, 2007

Album making workshop…

Filed under: Announcements, Educational Opportunities — jackie @ 9:01 am

Good morning readers.

I am in the process of organizing a 2 Day Intensive Workshop on Album and Box Making for photographers interested in learning how to make their own flush mount style albums. This class will be “hands on� meaning you should come prepared to spend two full days making your own flush mount albums and matching clamshell boxes from start to finish. Class size will be limited to 10 students.

The class dates are Weds. and Thurs. Aug 1 & 2, 2007. The class will be held in Chesapeake, Va. at the newly renovated Portlock Galleries art space. Chesapeake is only a 30 drive away from the Virginia Beach resort area. If you are interested in taking the class please send me an email and I’ll put you on the list to be notified when the final details are available.

A few sites of interest this morning…

The Book and Paper Group has a selection of papers relating to book and paper arts on their site. From the site “The Book and Paper Group Annualis a non-juried anthology of papers pertaining to the conservation and preservation of works of art on paper, books and library and archival materials. It provides members with a venue for sharing technical information in a timely fashion. Many, but not all, papers in the Annual represent talks given at the BPG sessions of the AIC meeting. Many BPGA articles appear eventually (sometimes in revised form) in the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC), a peer-reviewed journal.”

This is an interesting online portfolio showing many different syles of bindings.

The website of Denis Gouey has alot of useful informations and some tutorials. There is a nice one on museum box making.

There are some new photos posted over on the Flickr group.

If you have any announcements of interest to the book arts community please feel free to post them on the new “Events Board” over in the forum. It is searchable by the general public.

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April 3, 2007

Tues. musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:32 am

Good afternoon readers.

I’m still working on the Hedgehog tutorial update. It’s proven to be a bit more of an undertaking than I thought as I decided to do a major revamp of it and post it as a seperate tutorial.

I have edited my Upcoming Classes page to reflect recent additions to my teaching schedule. 

A few sites of interest…

Here’s a nice tutorial on making a jacket for your Moleskine which could be adapted to fit your Hedgehogs.

There are some nice example of Medieval bindings on this site, Hand Bookbindings from special collections in the Princeton University Library.

Here is an interesting site with information on Japanese Bookbinding.

If you haven’t been over to the forum def. surf on over and check it out. There are some nice books posted in the show and tell section.

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April 2, 2007

Monday morning…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:08 am

Good morning readers.

A bit of site business this morning. I have updated the book links and added a few new selections. All the books that are listed are in my personal library and I have added only titles that are still in print. In the future I will do a post on worthwhile books that are out of print. Alot of them can still be purchased through used book dealers and can be found over on the AbeBooks site. Also, please consider clicking on the links from this site to purchase books from Amazon. For every book you buy through the Amazon links from this site you get a great book for your library and I get a small bit of change which helps in the sites upkeep.

Yesterdays class went well. I had two students and both are members of the local SCA. One of them, Sandi, brought me a great little publication on Basic Bookbinding. Which focuses on Medieval bookbinding techniques. You can buy copies over on the main SCA site in the Marketplace. The SCA puts out a series of monographs called The Compleat Anachronist. “Each issue focuses on a topic relating to pre-17th century culture, society, or other items of interest to SCA members. Most issues not only discuss period examples, but how you can try it too!” I’ve been seeing alot of info lately about Medieval bookbinding which I guess is the universe hinting that I need to drag out the sewing frame and leather and get to work on making period style books.

I should have the updated Hedgehog directions on the site later this afternoon. I will also be posting directions for the Warthog, a hardbacked version of the Hedgehog, in the next week or so. :)

I’ll leave you today with a link to The Medieval Manuscript Manual. From the site “This manual was created in the course of various cultural heritage-projects at the Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University, Budapest. It should offer basic  information on the topic Medieval Manuscripts to be comprehended and utilized also by non-specialists in the field. It might be applied as general background knowledge, teaching module, and distance learning unit for the description of specific surviving objects of our European medieval cultural heritage, and for the composition of appropriate multi-media applications to serve a wider international public.”

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April 1, 2007

A quick post…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:46 am

Good morning readers.

I’m off to teach a class on simple bookbinding this morning. I will have the students make a simple binding with a faux leather cover. I saw this photo of some book covers over on Flickr and thought since I normally have my students paint on crumpled craft paper for their book cover I’d give the faux leather look a try. I painted my crumpled craft paper sheet with light brown acrylic paint and after it dried I rubbed the surface with brown shoe polish. Once the shoe polish dries you can buff it up to a shine. I glued the cover on with PVA instead of a dry adhesive because I wanted the paper to smooth out and not have a textured suface. Normally I would try to keep the wrinkled surface so the cover would be more textured. Next time I will smooth the paper out more before painting it as I think this one has too much texture. It’s got a nice feel though and with the polish on the cover it makes it water resistent. :o

Hedgehog with faux leather cover

Edited to add: I did one of these in a darker brown during the class and it looked alot more leather like. The covers have a leathery feel to them once they dry. I gave it away so I can’t show you a pic but it’s a cool technique worth trying if you are looking for something diff. for your book covers.

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