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October 30, 2007

I’d like to thank the Universe…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 12:02 pm

and my teachers for giving me a reprieve this week and postponing two of the exams I was supposed to take. It’s now down to one that I’ll take this evening and I will spend the rest of the morning and afternoon cramming information into may brain in hopes that I will remember at least some of it when presented with the test.

Good morning readers.

I’m in a major boxing match with this sinus thing. It’s been kicking my behind for the past week. I think it’s time to break out the theme to Rocky 1-5 and start fighting back in a major way. Or perhaps I should just beg the Dr. for some antibiotics.

It occured to me this morning ( a lightbulb moment) that what I would really love to teach is a meaty bookmaking course. The kind where you not only delve into learning about bindings but about the innards of the book as well. Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching basic bookbinding courses but I think it takes a special kind of student to want to do more than just make basic blank books.

Several years back I was asked by the head of the local art school (the one I am attending as a student now) to teach a course in bookbinding. Unfortunately not enough students signed up for the course and it was cancelled. Afterwards there were some scheduling issues and it never got off of the ground.

I have been thinking that it is something I would like to persue again. I love teaching and it would be really cool to be able to teach a course where you get more in depth with the binding and how it relates to the content. {Sigh} A girl can dream.

Of note:

I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with Bea Nettles. She wrote a book in the 70’s called Breaking the rules: A photo media cookbook. There is alot of good information in the book that will help you think about photogarphy more creatively. I recently ordered a new copy of the book as I don’t know what happened to the one I had. In her personal work she combines her photographs with book structures. If you have some time surf over to her site and check out some of the awesome work she’s done. 

I’m off to study. I hope everyone has a great day.

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October 28, 2007

Sunday morning coffee & musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:51 am

Good morning readers.

It looks like it is going to be a sunny and busy day for me here in the burbs. We had a few days of much needed rain and it seems to have moved along to some other area now.

I am crazy busy preparing for the art show as well as three exams this week and all I really want to do is lay down on the couch and rest.

Of note:

If you haven’t checked out the Etsy Street Team’s blog, surf on over and you’ll find lots of great information like a tutorial on making a book with a double-layered diamond X technique as well as a great post on craft show setup.

I may have posted this before but it’s worth posting again. For those of you doing or considering doing shows, printmaker Maria Arango has written a guide to selling at festivals called Art Festival Guide: The Artist’s Guide to Selling in Art Festivals From the site…”Making a living as an artist, the brave way! Entertaining and thorough account on how to launch a career as an art festival artist. A book for brave artists who embark on the treacherous and most wonderful adventure of selling artful creations in art festivals and generally directly to the public. What you will need, how to choose shows, sales at the booth, marketing and promotion, setting goals for continued success, display tips, tricks of the trade, staying healthy and much more.”

She has a few previews of the book available in PDF format for you to check out before you buy it. I’ve been following her site for years and she used to have a section with information on doing shows that was very informative. I imagine that that information as well as much more is available in the book.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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October 26, 2007

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:10 am

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

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It was a dark and stormy morning…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:22 am

Good morning readers…

This morning it’s really dark outside and it’s almost 7:00 am. I believe that we set our clocks back an hour this coming weekend for daylight savings time.

We finally have some much needed rain in our area though I wish we could send some of it to California. 

I’m still feeling a bit under the weather as this sinus/head thing just seems to get worse not better. I’m sure that kicking up all the dust in the old computer didn’t help at all. I’m plugging on though as I’ve got about 800 photos from a wedding to process, two exams to study for and an art show coming up in a week.

I’m mostly making items under $35 for the show in hopes of getting alot of gift sales. I will have a few more expensive items as well. I’ll be sharing a both with three other artists. My friend Holly who is a weaver and Andrea who is a photographer and will also have her husband’s wood turnings there.

If you’re in the local area, check out the Virginia Wesleyan Artisan’s Expo next Sat. or Sun. From the site, “For the first time ever, Virginia Wesleyan will host an Artisans Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, with a Special Preview Event at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.”  Please stop by and say Hi if you come to the show.

Of note:

One of the things that I like to do with my books to finish them off is add a few beads to the bookmark ribbons. Depending on the width of the ribbon it can be a bit of a bear to do sometimes. Here’s a handy little tutorial from Pink Chalk Studio for threading beads onto the end of ribbon.

I’ve been contemplating silk screening some of my own paper or fabric for book covers. If it’s something that you have wanted to do check out this tutorial on the Craftzine site.

By way of my mailbox, a link to an online exhibition featuring a digital archive of Ethiopian coptic bindings. This is the digital collections at the College of St. Benedict, St. John’s University.  “It currently contains images from 178 Ethiopian Coptic codices with more to be added in the future.” There are a wealth of photos here to study if this style of binding interests you.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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October 24, 2007

I was lost but now I’m found…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:07 am

Good morning readers.

I apologize for such a long absence. I had a major computer meltdown this past weekend and though I have been able to monitor my sites and check my email with my laptop I have been engrossed in getting fully back online and all my working programs up and running. Fortunately I didn’t loose anything of importance as I’ve learned via a few hard lessons in the past to backup religiously.

It’s amazing how much dust accumulates inside a computer. I try to clean it out on a regular basis but it seems to build up really quickly. Unfortunately when I opened up the old box and started kicking up the dust it aggrevated my sinuses again.  :(

If you haven’t been to the forum lately check it out. There are some good discussions going on and the one about backing fabric is especially enlightening.

I’m still moving data around but I have some other links of interest for you that I will post later after I find them.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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October 19, 2007

Friday musings and the great pumpkin…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Recipes — jackie @ 1:49 pm

Good afternoon readers…

It’s getting close to that time when little ghoulish creatures run around in the street and knock on your door begging for sweets.

If you’re one of those folks that really gets into the spirit of halloween why not consider surface carving your pumpkin instead of the traditional hollow carving. Lee Valley tools has a tutorial with some tips on surface carving your pumpkins here.

The DIY Network has a group of video tutorials on pumpkin carving, sculpting and painting.

Watch this video podcast from Make Magazine and learn how to make cool vampire fangs.

Obligitory food content (For Clara :o )…last night I made some quick apple turnovers using filo dough for the crust. Basically I took about four layers of dough and brushed them with butter. Added about a cup of peeled apples that had been mixed with lemon juice as well as sugar and cinnamon to tase. Then folded over the dough and brushed a little butter on top and then sprinkled it with a little sugar. 20 mins in the oven at about 400 degrees. They were good and made a light evening snack to go perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea. Easy enough that even a non baker can make them.

In the not too distant future I really want to make these peach turnovers and these rolls. Oh and this cake. Anybody have a birthday coming up soon?

Of note in the bookbinding world…

Here is a nice little tutorial on making a post and screw bound album from the Alternativephotography.com site.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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October 14, 2007

Sunday morning coffee and dancing…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:13 am

Good morning readers.

I feel like “Snoopy dancing” out in the yard today as the weather is cool and crisp and sunny. Ah fall. {sigh}  I’ll probably hold off on the public display of dancing as my neighbors already think I’m a little different. :D

More celebratory fall cooking…last night I cooked up a pot of winter squash soup and hot ham and cheese biscuits. (Did I mention that I was a southern girl?) I didn’t make the croutons the recipe calls for but I did grate some Asiago cheese on the soup after I ladled some in the bowls. It was yummy.

Of note:

Check out the interesting artists books on the website of Ellen Wallenstein. She is a photographer and book artist. Her Ellis Island self portraits are lovely as well.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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October 12, 2007

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:48 am

Jannette Heffernan has uploaded a new video on YouTube of Peter Goodwin demonstrating glueing techniques. Definately take a look as I always learn something new when watching his videos.

Also this is a nice video from SicPress on repairing a book with a broken hinge.

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Fall is in the air…

Filed under: Morning Musings, gifts — jackie @ 8:36 am

Good morning readers…

I am still fighting this sinus infection but am feeling better than I was last week. Unfortunatley when I get one they like to hang on for what seems like forever.

On the good news front, it looks like fall might be on it’s way in to stay. Last night was “almost” cold. Definately cool enough for an extra blanket on the bed. I had the windows open all day yesterday getting cool air in and the stale summer air out.

To celebrate the cooler weather I made a big pot of homemade chili and skillet cornbread for dinner last night. Yes…I am a southern girl.

To be filed under the gifts for the book artist in your life category…

By way of Kate…the Romeo and Julienne cutting board

Of note:

Bookclasp.com offers alot of great examples of handmade and reproduction bookclasps.

The Canton public library has a long list of links to sites that offer information on the book arts.

Princeton Online has a great list of links for book arts as well as many papermaking links.

I hope everyone has a great day. 

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October 7, 2007

Baking in hopes of fall…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Recipes — jackie @ 8:52 am

Good morning readers… 

This morning I watched a thick fog roll in. It’s been a while since we’ve had one. I’m happy not to have to be on the road to a class this morning. The neighborhood freeloader ducks came by for breakfast also. My place is a couple of blocks from the lake so it’s like that little diner that sits on the outskirts of town that seems to be open all the time and serves a great meal. They come, they eat and then they waddle away.

I have been harboring a sinus infection in my head for several days now and I am ready for it to move on. I’ve been doing things to help it pack like tons of vitamin C, Ibuprofen and Zircam tablets but it is a stuborn squatter. :(

I’m prepping for a class at Jerry’s this afternoon. I’m glad to have finally gotten a few new students interested. 

Ok…show of hands…who now owns a Workmate?

I’m fighting the recession of fall with baked goods. Thank goodness for AC. Means I can crank up the oven and still be comfortable. So far this weekend I’ve baked a Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt cake, pizza and this morning I’ll be baking buttermilk biscuits with country ham. (email me for the recipe) This afternoon I’ll be putting on a big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup in hopes that it will help drive away the sinus infection. It’s my friend’s mother’s recipe.

A couple more Flickr sites for inspiration (for Cris :) )…

Aya Yoshida 

Jo36 Some nice calligraphy work here also

Jenni Gunter also check out her website. I love her linoleum block printed book covers.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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