India on my Mind

I have a binding project that has been at the forefront of my mind. By the end of this month, I hope to have most of it done. I have registered to participate in the One Book One Chicago 10th anniversary exhibit supported by the Chicago Public Library. I have been following the One Book One Bloomington program since this is where I live, but growing up in and around the Chicago-land area for the greater part of my life made me eager to participate once the exhibit was announced. If you've never heard of the One Book One City…

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Handmade Market Recap

The Handmade Market was a very busy event! From the time the doors “opened” to the time they “closed” and a little bit after, there were throngs of people walking through. It was a full day of meeting new people and talking about all the items on the table. There were several long spans of time that I barely had a chance to sit down! The Spring Leaf Press booth was full of traditional and nontraditional book objects. There was a range of blank journals and a few cards, but what most people responded to were the tunnel books (aka…

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Japanese Bookbinding Workshop

Coming soon... JAPANESE BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP at PAPER CRANE GALLERY Date:  March 26, 2011 Time:  1-4pm Cost:  $60 (includes materials & supplies) Skill:  Beginning to Intermediate Participants:  8 (5 minimum) Using traditional Japanese bookbinding methods, each participant will make their own pouch bound book.  This binding style is very popular, but is a structure that can be used for many applications. The Japanese pouch-bound book is a great introduction to bookbinding and has a very sophisticated look. The techniques taught in the workshop can be applied to many types of projects. If you will be in the Bloomington area, join us!…

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Don Etherington Workshop

I had the privilege of attending a workshop given by Don Etherington the week before last here in Bloomington, Indiana. It was the fruits of a grant attained by my former colleagues at the E. Lingle Craig Auxiliary Library Facility as an opportunity to further professional development within the preservation and conservation labs. Everyone was really excited to learn from Don and get their hands working with some leather! Day One As soon as short introductions were made, we got right into the work of learning reback treatments with both linen and with leather. Everyone selected the books they would…

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Heading to Standards

Today, I head to Tucson, Arizona for the Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence. It will be a great weekend. There, members of the Guild get to reconnect and catch up in between wonderful demonstrations...not to mention the vendor room filled with great binding equipment and supplies. Next week Ill post some photos of the weekend...stay tuned.

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