Monday, May 31, 2010

Italic & Bookmaking ALMOST made...


Tonight is the deadline for signing up for Italic and Bookmaking classes that begin this week. We have three signed up for the class and we just need one more in each for the classes to make. Spread the word! I hate having to cancel.

Italic Calligraphy: Jun. 3 - Jul. 8|6 session Class @ Binders|Thurs. evenings 6:00-8:30|$140.00|Beginner to Intermediate|Min.4/Max.15

The Italic calligraphic hand is one of the most widely used and versatile alphabets around. It is highly legible and can easily be dressed up or down. Italic is the perfect hand to learn for the beginning calligrapher yet versatile enough to experiment with for the advanced.
During the six week course, students will be given handouts and guide sheets, learning the upper and lower case characters. We will also address spacing and layout for addressing envelopes. Calligraphy is less about pretty handwriting, but more about DRAWING each and every letter. It's about establishing a pacing and rhythmic motion as you write - giving you a consistency of shapes and letters, and spaces in between words and lines. It is highly relaxing and meditative. Like yoga for the hands.

Bookmaking: Jun. 1 - Jul. 6|6 session Class @ Binders|Tue. evenings 6:00-8:30|Beginner to Advanced|$140.00|Min.4/Max.15

We will be making books and boxes in this class with a variety of materials and techniques. We will complete at least three books and one container for a book to nest in. The objective is to give you a fundamental understanding of how books are made. The anatomy of a book is fascinating, as are the adjustments one can make to any book to make it yours from start to finish. The covers, spine, folios, signatures, fly sheets, headbands and more are all waiting for your heart and hands. A little bit of folding, gluing and stitching goes a long way and we'll learn how to do it in the spirit of good craftsmanship. And remember - your "mistakes" are opportunities. We will learn how to make adjustments to our books as we create. Plenty of opportunity for invention. Take a look at the samples at the front of the store and you'll see what we mean by the term inventive. They are SO much fun. Making books is a very rewarding experience. They make wonderful gifts, sketchbooks for yourself and journals, photo albums, etc. The only skills required are a love of paper, attention to detail, patience and a need to share the FUN we're having! Our bookmaking classes are very social and entertaining. You won't want to miss a moment!

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