Hello 2016

first moon of the new year #365moons

first moon of the new year #365moons

Hello blog. It’s been awhile.

I took some time off from creative pursuits last year to adjust to some big changes in my life. I moved cities and started a new job and, lo and behold, another year has flown by. In the course of the past year I learned what seems to be the universal lesson about change:
It’s hard.
Even good change is hard and it can bite you in the ass even when you think all is (read: should be) well. I struggled emotionally through the fall months of last year, but I finally pulled out of it after I committed to Nanowrimo – the admittedly crazy month-long challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It wasn’t the first time I joined up for Nanowrimo but it was only the second time (out of seven attempts) that I “won”. I wrote a 50,001 novel in 30 days! Oh no, it isn’t a good read. It’s very much a rough rough ROUGH draft (though I did find a character that I really like and hope to write about more.) But it served as an important reminder creative work is important for my emotional well-being. I like making things. I like the creative process. It is really important to have some purely creative non-professional work related goals in my life. I need the creative play. Even if I don’t see projects through to “completion.”
That last sentence is the key. I start things off bubbling with excitement and then real life intervenes or I lose steam (most often a combination of both) and projects are abandoned or neglected. But I’ve decided that’s okay. I’m okay with that.  Because it’s the process that’s important.
So I am going to work on a novel with that character I found last November.
And I’m going to return to my Surf & Turf project.
And I’m going to knit more.
And I’m going to share the 365project about moons that I started on January 1.
And if I end up with an unfinished novel, only one more realized piece in my letterpress project, a cupboard full of half finished knitting projects, and only 68 moons… that’s okay. I can be okay with all of that.
(Stay tuned for more on my daily art project #365moons. You can my see work so far on Instagram or Twitter using that hashtag.)

Winter 2014 classes & Happy Holidays wishes

Holidays at home

Holidays at home

Many thanks for all of your support this year! I enjoyed meeting so many of you in classes and at events.

Classes for January-March 2014 are posted and registration is open for the first month. Look for a couple new classes in the new year and a fun project (or two) here on the blog.

I hope you all have a lovely and cozy holiday with family and friends. Best wishes for a very happy new year. See you in 2014!

Bookbinding classes: Fall schedule is up!

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Student sewing Coptic journal – October 2010

Beginning in September I will teach multiple classes each month – no more waiting for that Stab Binding class you missed to come around again!

Accordions & Pamphlets: Sept. 21, Nov. 2

Coptic: Sept. 7, Oct. 12, Nov. 10

French link: Aug. 24, Sept.22, Nov. 3,

Stab bindings:  Sept 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 23

You can find the descriptions and registration links on my Bookbinding Classes page – classes are listed alphabetically by title. The class price is still only $80 per student and includes all materials and tools. Because I teach these classes in my home studio in Los Angeles, I like to keep them small with a 3-person limit. The registration links go live 3 weeks before the class. However, newsletter subscribers receive early registration access via email (sign up here.)

I hope I see you in one of my upcoming classes or at one of the Fall craft fairs – more on those in another post!

French link stitch – register now!

French link stitch with paste paper cover

French link stitch with paste paper cover

French Link Stitch
3 hours
$80 per student – 5 student maximum
August 24, 2013 1-4pm

Register with PayPal
Registration closes August 21.

In this class students will learn to make a soft-cover journal showcasing the beautiful French link stitch.

Lecture and demonstration cover:

      • supplies and suppliers
      • prepping the textblock
      • sewing the French link stitch
      • design considerations

Students will leave class with one finished binding and step-by-step instructions. All supplies and tools provided.

This class is taught in my home studio in Los Angeles. I send directions and parking instructions with your registration confirmation.

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Register with PayPal
Registration closes August 21.

Accordions and Pamphlets: registration closes on Wednesday!

Accordions and Pamphlets
3 hours
$80 per student – 4 students maximum
August 10, 2013. 1-4pm

Register via Paypal
Registration closes August 7

Handmade 1997 - Accordion style artist book

Handmade 1997 – Accordion style artist book

Students will make one accordion style book with hard covers and two pamphlet stitched books with soft covers. This class is a great introduction to bookbinding skills or a good refresher on basic technique.

Lecture and demonstration covers:

    • supplies and suppliers
    • folding and sewing
    • design considerations

Students will leave class with three finished book models. All supplies and tools provided.

This class is taught in my home studio in Los Angeles. I send directions and parking instructions with your registration confirmation.

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Registration open for August bookbinding classes

Folds! Folds! Folds!

Folds! Folds! Folds!

Registration is open for two August classes in Los Angeles: Accordions & Pamphlets and French Link stitch. You can find class the class descriptions, dates, and registration links on the Bookbinding Classes page. Don’t forget – I’m happy to schedule private classes if my dates don’t work for you.

Coptic binding class

Coptic Binding
3 hours
$80 per student – 5 student limit
July 13, 2013 1-4pm

Register via PayPal
Registration closes July 10, 2013

Coptic Bindings

The coptic structure is a non-adhesive exposed spine binding. It opens flat and makes a lovely journal or sketchbook for yourself or as a gift.

Lecture and demonstration covers:

      • supplies and suppliers
      • prepping the text block
      • sewing in the coptic style
      • design considerations

Students will leave class with one finished binding and step-by-step instructions. All supplies and tools provided. The studio is in the Koreatown neighborhood. The address and parking information are sent with your registration confirmation.

Register via PayPal
Registration closes July 10, 2013

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Studio shots – the glamour series

Blue waxed linen thread

Blue waxed linen thread

Group  shot - linen thread

Group shot – linen thread

 

Much loved brayers

Much loved brayers

ABCs

ABCs

Just a few of my favorite things in my studio…

Don’t forget – registration is open for Stab Binding on June 15 you can read more about the class and how to register here. You can find the summer class schedule here.

 

Stab Bindings – class registration now open!

Stab Bindings with Pastepaper covers

Stab Bindings with Pastepaper covers

Stab Binding
3 hours
$80 per student
June 15, 2013
1-4pm

Register via PayPal
REGISTRATION CLOSES June 13, 2013

When was the last time you used an electric drill for bookbinding? Well, you are in luck! Registration is now open for my  fourth class of the year: Stab Bindings. You’ll learn the three binding styles pictured above (4-hole, Noble, and Tortoise Shell) and get experience using a manual paper drill and an electric drill for bookbinding.

Lecture and demonstration will cover:

      • supplies and suppliers
      • prepping and sewing three different stab binding styles
      • design considerations

All supplies and tools provided.

If you would like to learn even more about this binding style before class I suggest  Graeme Dawes wonderful web site dedicated to Japanese bookbinding. There you can learn about the history and get some background on the different accordion and sewn styles.