Welcome to Spring Leaf Press!

Upcoming workshops and events:

Relief Printing Workshopdia de las Diosas print
Date: July 30, 2014, Wednesday
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: Spring Leaf Press Studio, BLOOMINGTON, IN
Fee: $40.00, materials included
Registration deadline: JULY 23, 2014

Relief printing is a great and affordable image making technique that has been used throughout history. Using MDF board, we will start by cutting a practice block and explore mark making before we delve into cutting an image on a larger block. Once we have completed cutting each block, participants will learn how to ink and print their blocks by hand as well as on a press. We will edition our prints so that we have enough to share with everyone in the class. This is an introductory class, all tools and materials provided.

Reserve your spot by emailing me here. Workshop fees can be paid by cash, check or credit card the day of the workshop. Upon registration, participants will be sent a list of things they should bring to the workshop.

 

Clamshell Box Making
Date:August 2-3, 2014, Saturday and Sunday
Time: 10:00am-2:30pm, we will take a break for lunch*
Location: Spring Leaf Press Studio, BLOOMINGTON, IN
Fee: $150.00

The clamshell box is the most versatile protective enclosure for artwork, books and objects. In this two day workshop, we will construct a sturdy clamshell box using handmade paper and bookcloth that not only protects the objects inside but is a great way to present professional work. During the class, we will discuss modifying the traditional clamshell in order to accommodate unusual shapes, create divided trays, and even make secret compartments. Participants will also learn how to make their own book cloth which can be used in the workshop or saved for future projects. The clamshell box will be made to house materials that are 8 x 10 inches. If you’re interested in making your clamshell box to hold materials of a different size, please say so at the time of registration.

Reserve your spot by emailing me here. Workshop fees can be paid by cash, check or credit card the day of the workshop. Upon registration, participants will be sent a list of things they should bring to the workshop.

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Paste Paper, Paste Cloth, and a Reporter Notebookpaste reporter notebook closed
Date: August 13, 2014, Saturday
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm, with a break for lunch
Location: Spring Leaf Press Studio, BLOOMINGTON, IN
Fee: $35
Registration deadline: TBA

Paste cloth and paste papers are decorative materials used throughout the book arts. They are created by painting a wheat paste/paint mixture on paper or cloth and drawing or combing designs in it while wet. Once dry, these materials can be used in a number of book and box applications which we will discuss in class. Students will learn how to make a simple paste recipe, and then we’ll look through several examples of paste cloth and paper applications for inspiration. After a brief demonstration, participants will create their own custom papers and cloths to take home or to use in the workshop project. Everyone will learn how to make a reporter style notebook that is a great size for travel.
paste papers All materials will be provided. No prior experience is necessary.

Reserve your spot by emailing me here. Workshop fees can be paid by cash, check or credit card the day of the workshop. Upon registration, participants will be sent a list of things they should bring to the workshop.

 

Adventures in Content
Date: September 13-14, 2014
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: Redux Contemporary Art Center CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Fee: $235
Registration Deadline: September 1, 2013.
Registration info here

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In this two day workshop, we will take an unusual approach to creating artist books. Before the start of the class, a theme and two guidelines will be distributed. Within these creative parameters, each student will create a unique artist book according to their own interpretation. In this setting we can go through the process of making artist books in a way that will allow us to confront issues that arise when creating on our own. Throughout the workshop we will have a continuing discussion of materials, composition and approach as they relate to each person’s concept. While everyone will have the same guiding elements, each book will be unique according to the creative interpretation of each participant. Together, we will not only learn how to turn our concepts into strong pieces, but we will be able to learn from one another’s methods and creative styles. The open workshop format fits new book artists as well as advanced students.