Archive for July, 2008

SOCK ANIMALS Sox-n-Animals GIMMEE more, more, MORE! Yet another addiction.

July 18, 2008

Yes, If I had more time I’d have a lot more critters. We have been so busy this summer with our Poetry and Book Arts Kid’s Camp which was incredible, if I do say so myself, and the Beeswax Collage workshop. I love, love, LOVE to make these, and you can see by Jessie’s magnificent goat that the sock critter fever is contagious, indeed! despite a great amount of interest, there’s still some room in the Boonville Art Barn’s Sock Animal workshop┬áso sign up soon!

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Mendocino Art Center “Open Secrets”- 5 Days of Handmade Books!

July 15, 2008

What a full summer it has been! A few weeks back I spent a lovely week on the coast at the Mendocino Art Center teaching a Book Arts workshop entitled “Open Secrets.” What an incredible experience. The class was wonderful- it was an intimate group which led to a lot of collaboration and creative discoveries. The chemistry of the four of us was perfect and to say we bonded is an understatement! The MAC staff and other workshop faculty and students who were also there only added to the fun.

We made paste paper, accordion books, sewn-in pamplets, learned pop-ups, tried some various transfer techniques, but the biggest nut to crack: learning to make Hedi Kyle’s blizzard book. This is an ingeniously designed origami-like folded book that has no stitching or glue. There are pockets that can be used as such, or folded open to reveal hidden gems. It was a folding, collaging, creating, paste paper-ing extravaganza.