Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Illuminated Coptic Book Weekend Workshop

‎Hello friends!

Barbara J. Dunham and I are teaching a 3-day weekend workshop March 8-10. 
If you love bookbinding, stitching, paper, letterforms, collage, and sharing a weekend 
with smart and fun creatives just like you, THEN TAKE THE CLASS! 
We love you! — at BINDERS Art School.


This 3 day workshop will introduce book makers to collage techniques along with instruction on Coptic bookbinding. We will create an 8"x8" book. In the style of the illuminated manuscripts from the Italian Renaissance, but with a modern twist, we will create and embellish the primary letter of the first page of each signature producing a book elegantly covered, and with an interior unique to each student and the theme of their book. The first day will be spent creating the cover, its title, and starting the illuminated letters. The second day will be devoted to fashioning more letters for each of the signatures of the book, and on the third day, calligrapher and book artist Anne Elser will lead the class in the Coptic bookbinding technique. *Note: Books (Davey board cover & 6 hand-torn-folded signatures) will be provided at instructor's cost of $30 each, one per student, payable to Barbara Dunham on first day of class.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Case Bound Bookbinding Weekend Workshop!

Seats are still available for this weekend's workshop. Come sit with me and have a blast. I cut all the board and paper for you. Easy and fun. :)

Case-Bound Bookbinding Weekend Workshop with Anne Elser
Sat, Feb. 23 - Sun, Feb. 24 - $190
All Levels
Min 5/Max 10 students.

Spend a delightful weekend making your own Case Bound Book! Learn to make a book block of pierced and folded blank pages that are stitched together and then glued. Create a custom cover and spine with raw chipboard you then cover with imported handmade papers (Washi Paper). Case books are both sturdy and handsome and feature a supported spine, bookmark and headbands. It is the most recognized book type and is built to last on bookshelves for years to come. This functional, decorative work of art makes a great gift for you or someone who would enjoy filling it! We’ll take a break to eat lunch both days and by the end of class, you’ll be very proud of your first Case Bound book. 

Supplies brought in or purchased by student at beginning of class:
• .25" wide ribbon for bookmark
• Scissors 
• Lineco® bone folder
• Washi Paper (2-3 coordinating sheets)
• Mechanical Pencil & eraser 
• Exacto Knife & blades
• 12 x 18 Self-healing cutting mat
• 18 inch Non-slip metal ruler 
• Stiff & springy kid's craft glue brush or Lineco bookbinding glue brush

Supplies provided by Anne:
• Handouts
• Glue
• Wax Paper
• 2-ply chipboard Spine & Covers 
• Merfect measuring tool
• Medium duty Awl
• Paper Tapes
• 8.5 x 11 sheets for book block (pages)
• Piercing cradles

Monday, February 18, 2013

Illuminated Letters 2013

Come to Illuminated Letters  - FOTA's second annual calligraphic performance event. It's an intense and pleasurable way to spend an afternoon in quiet, inky bliss. I'll be demonstrating among friends and would love to see you, too! Come on by to see all kinds of amazing techniques, done with care and passion, and in a silent, darkened, and sacred space.

Illuminated Letters is a visual art performance, featuring international calligraphers demonstrating medieval and contemporary techniques, including Hindu, Persian, Chinese and Western styles. The concept of this performance is based on well known calligrapher, Brody Neuenschwander's ground breaking performance art "Brush with Silence" held in Germany and Japan, which had people lined up out the door.  The Atlanta version was so successful last year that the hosting guild, Friends of the Alphabet, has made it an annual event. 

Trinity United Methodist Church
265 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
March 6 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This event is secular, free, and open to the public.

Thursday, February 07, 2013


Thank you to Bryony at UnderConsiderations' FPO for featuring the Merry Fucking Christmas card I did with Jon Selikoff of Vote for Letterpress!