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June 4, 2007

Just checking in…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:20 pm

Good evening readers.

I’m just checking in from the mountains of Virginia. I’m visiting the Charlottesville area for a few days. Tomm. I’m taking my Mom into town for a day of shopping, lunch and general poking around the city.

Not book related but of interest is the Charlottesville Festival of the Photograph which is going on this weekend. There are some special exhibits and master classes with Sally Mann, William Albert Allard and Eugene Richards going on this weekend.

I will miss the exhibit on books which runs this weekend. From the site: An exhibition featurng important photography books, most published within the last two years. This is a celebration of the craft of bookmaking, a tribute to photographers and publishers who have created great books and an inspiration for those who hope to do so.

I’m hoping to be able to check out a few of the gallery exhibits while we are in C’ville tommorrow.

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June 3, 2007

The passing of a book artist…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Recent News — jackie @ 8:04 pm

I found out yesterday that Edna Sara Lazaron died Thursday at the age of 83. Edna was a pioneer in the field of book arts. I never officially met her though I lived down the street from her for a time when I was growing up. I didn’t know about her as an artist back then but have heard alot about her since taking up bookbinding. You can read a bit about her life in this article from our local paper.

Here are a few links to sites with examples of her book art.

http://www.centerforbookarts.org/exhibits/USA/lazaron.html

http://www.albany.edu/museum/wwwmuseum/crossing/artist15.htm

http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/VA-news/VA-Pilot/issues/1996/vp961006/10070187.htm

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For those of you patiently waiting, I will not be able to release the album guide until next weekend. I have a few more edits to do and want to have it proof read by someone to make sure all the steps are easily understandable.

Also, I will be away from the home computer for the next few days for a much needed visit with the parental units. I’m taking a laptop and will have a decent hookup but I’m not sure if I’ll have time to post in the mornings. They go to bed with the chickens so I’ll try to check in during the evenings. :)

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June 2, 2007

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:41 am

Good morning readers.

It’s a beautiful day here in Va. Beach. I’m off this afternoon to help my friend Gayle shoot another wedding. This will be the third that we’ve done together. She has many years of experience and is fun to watch while she works.  I learn something new every time I work with her.

Jannette Heffernen posted a link over on the forum to a great little video she put up over on YouTube of Peter Goodwin talking about his leather paring knives. It is part of the full leather binding video that she is currently working on. I can’t wait for it to be released.

When I first found out about the unique knives Peter uses for paring leather I was really intrigued by the idea of using them so I went out to a local antique mall and found a couple of nice old knives to try. I brought them home and they sharpened up really well. I tried a bit of paring on different leathers and was amazed at how well they worked. Of course I had to buy a bunch more from Ebay to have them on hand for my students. If you’re interested in paring leather have a look around when you’re out antiquing. You shouldn’t have to pay too much for them unless they are of the sterling silver or the pearl handled variety. I paid $6.00 each for these two but you can find them cheaper. They also make great general use knives in the bindery.

Here’s a photo of the two I got locally. They are approx. 8.5″ long and I’m not sure if the the handles are made out of Bakelite or Celluloid. They have an ivory look to them but I’m leaning towards Bakelite.

Victorian dinner knives

I hope everyone has a great day.

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June 1, 2007

Celebrate Friday…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 12:33 pm

“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!â€? Amanda Bradley

Good afternoon readers…

I’ve been up and out to a job and back this morning. I’m also working hard to finish up my new guide which if all goes well will be available this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed.

A quick shout out to all you folks who are visiting via the Bibliophile Bullpen. You gotta love their tagline “a whiff of old books with your coffee.” :o

While I was at my favorite local art supply store yesterday.(Jerry’s of course) I noticed that they have grey board/chipboard in large sheets. It’s not quite as dense as binders board but for about $5.50 for a 32″x40″ board it’s very useable for many type of book projects.

If you have a minute surf over to the Convivio site and check out the listing of noteable days to celebrate in June in their Book of Days. From the site: “The Convivio Book of Days is here to help bring ceremony to your days. “Convivio” after all, translates essentially to “with life”, a word that belongs very much to the realm of celebration and festivity. We believe that though there is much to wonder at in the world today, perhaps our ancestors had a better grasp of what is truly meaningful in life. If you take but one day that we list in our ongoing Book of Days and make it a meaningful one, gathering friends and family when you can, then we’d feel like we’re something quite worthwhile.”

Go forth and celebrate Friday!

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