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November 11, 2007

Sunday morning coffee & musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:27 am

Good morning readers.

Holy cow I’ve been busy! I hit the ground running a few weeks ago and haven’t stopped since. Today will be the first day that I get a little bit of a breather. Phew!

I feel like it’s been forever since I posted. I’ve had lots of stuff to post about but no time to do it.

The show I did last weekend was a little disappointing but I think I sold more than alot of the artists did. Most people were buying items under $20. I sold out of my notepad holders and half of my Lotus Star Books went. The star books were something that I made at the last minute as a filler for my space. It was the first year of the show and the promoters did alot of the right things and we were treated very well but they just didn’t get the traffic. It does take a few years for a show to get off the ground and people to know about it. Hopefully next year will be better. 

One of the other things that I did while I was away was teach a workshop to several groups of high school students at the Suffolk Museum in Suffolk, Virginia. We spent the time making lotus star books. The program is sponsored by the Suffolk Art League. They have got some great programs that help promote art in the local schools.

I had the students paint their own cover paper. It was fun to see the color combinations they came up with.

Here’s me instructing one of the students.

Suffolk Museum workshop

A student with a finished book in the open position.

Suffolk Museum workshop

Linda Bunch, of the Suffolk Art League, talking about the exhibit that is currently on display.

Suffolk Museum worshop

Just as a “head’s up”…the Suffolk Museum will be holding an exhibit this spring entitled “The Book As Art”. The show will be hosted by the Suffolk Art League and they will be sending out a prospectus for submissions sometime after the first of the year. All book artists are eligible to apply for admission to the show by submitting photographs of their work. If you’re interested in possibly participating, now is the time to start thinking about what you might like to make. They will be looking for traditional as well as non traditional bindings. More information will be posted here and on the forum as soon as it becomes available.

Of note…

Rhonda, of the My Handbound Books Blog, has posted a new tutorial on making secret fold books. Also, make sure to check out her chopstick notebook tutorial. Both of these books are simple to make and would make nice gifts for your friends during the holidays. Especially if you did them in sets.

If you’re looking for a really unique gift for someone this holiday season, Dave Bull, woodblock printmaker located in Tokyo, is offering beautiful hand printed woodblock prints. He’s got a nice description of how his prints are made as well as a look at the packaging they will arrive in. I ordered one of the bird prints at the top of the page.

Dave’s also got a great page on how his handmade books for his Solitudes print collection are made.

I am hoping to have a couple of fun book tutorials available by the end of the month. Just in time for holiday gift making. :)

I’ve got tons more stuff to post but I’ll save some for later.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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