NEW! Saturday afternoon Book Art classes in conjunction with Infinity Visual & Performing Arts, Jamestown NY.

This year I was fortunate to receive a stipend from the United Arts Appeal, which allowed me to travel to Michigan to study with book arts experts from all over the world. I am excited to be able to share what I learned with my community. To say thank you for that support I am offering these Winter session classes with FREE tuition – all students will pay for are materials.  No previous book binding experience is necessary for any of the classes. All materials will be supplied by the instructor. Class size limited to 12 students so register early!! The Infinity course catalogue won’t be released until later this month – so this is advance notice for those of you who read my blog!

To register download the registration form here

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Introduction to Islamic Binding

Saturday Oct 12 & 19 or Jan 18 & 25, 1pm-5pm

Students: age: 16+. Cost $50 (covers both weeks)

Come find out what I learned from a Senior Conservator at the National Library in Washington DC about Islamic binding techniques. In this class you will work with leather and lacquered paper to create a unique book with beautiful decorative endpapers and a hand sewn headband.

link binding, vellum cover/leather spine

Introduction to Western Medieval Binding

Saturday October 26 or Dec 7, 1-5pm

Students: age 16+. Cost $35

Medieval monks created some of the most enduring bindings in Western Libraries; many examples are over 600 years old. Come and learn how they recycled materials and saved time. In this class students will create a beautiful notebook with a fold-over vellum and leather cover and ties – based on an historical model from the Uppsala University Library in Sweden.

Painted Paper Journals

Saturday November 2, 1-3pm

Students: age 10+. Cost $35

Messy colourful painted papers are transformed to a journal you could use to write music, poetry or sketch or smash in! I’ll teach you a wide variety of decorative painting techniques including paste papers, stencils, salt painting, and some simple printing techniques you can use to make your journals truly one of a kind!!

the infamous "book bag"

The Famous Book-Bag!

Saturday November 16, 1-4pm

Students age 16+. Cost $25

In this class I am going to give away the secret to making my famous book-bag journals. These books are festival best sellers and use an up-cycled paper bag, thread and a button to create a really unusual but practical sketch/note book. Students may bring their own small paper bag eg. Starbucks, American eagle, if they wish. In addition I’ll teach you a few different ways to use the same binding to up-cycle a variety of bags and boxes into planet friendly green journals!

Also at Infinity – Coffee & Canvas – Nov 6th @ 6pm

Sip a cup of fresh, hot coffee and snack on delicious baked goods. Work step by step with our instructor and create and take home a masterpiece that you will be proud to display or even give as a handmade gift! Bring a friend or make new ones in our art studio. We provide everything you need

Fall Class at WNYBAC

I’m excited to say I will also be teaching the “book bag” class in Buffalo at WNYBAC. Click here to register for this one.

Watch this space for more fall & Winter classes coming to other locations as details are finalised.