Sunday, January 23, 2011

Minature Book Exhibit

I am a huge fan of tiny things. Tiny houses, tiny books, tiny tea sets-- heck, even tiny spiders make me smile.  So imagine my delight in hearing about the traveling exhibit, Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books coming to the Evergreen State College gallery in February.

The idea for the exhibit came from Hui-Chu Ying, professor of printmaking at the Myers School of Art in Akron, Ohio. Professor Ying asked artists to create small editions of books that are no more than 4” x 5” x 1” when closed, but any length, width, and depth when opened.  Three-dimensional forms were encouraged but weight could not exceed one pound. The bonus of having a show full of miniature things, of course, is that shipping costs for a traveling show are kept to a minimum.

The exact opening date for this show depends on when the boxes arrive. My insider informant at Evergreen says the exhibit will probably be open by February 15. The books will be on display through March. The Evergreen State College is located in Olympia, and you can check the Evergreen Gallery Page for more information. All the pieces in this exhibit are also available for viewing on Flickr, and there is an excellent catalog of this show, which you can view online here. The exhibit photostream on Flickr is here.

The chair in the photo, by the way, is mine. It is 1:12 scale. I stitched the needlepoint cover on silk gauze. The cup and saucer is part of a tiny tea set I brought back from Canterbury. Perfect tininess!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Long Stitch Binding

 This morning I finished sewing the book from Saturday's Long Stitch Binding class taught by Mitzi Lindgren. Of course I can never leave well enough alone, so my long stitches are bundled together into little sheaves of wheat on the spine. The soft cover, made from two pieces of book cloth laminated to each other, is the most gorgeous red. The book feels good when I hold it in my hand.

The book could be considered finished at this point, but I have Plans. The plans involve a small piece of fabric I purchased a few years ago, tucked away in a safe spot, and promptly forgot all about. This fabric surfaced last week, and two days later I saw this red book cover and knew exactly what I must do.

Funny how things work out that way.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Our New Book Arts Group

For those of you who are interested in a book arts group in the South Puget Sound area, please join Puget Sound Book Artists on January 19th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound.
 Meet in the exhibit area near the library circulation desk on the 1st floor, where we can hear Chandler O’Leary discuss her book Local Conditions from 7:00 to 7:30.  The group will then adjourn to room 020 ( basement of the Library) to meet with members of the PSBA Board, as well as learn about exciting programs and events planned for the 2011 year – including a member’s exhibit this summer.  If you love the book arts – don’t miss this meeting!  Everyone is welcome.

Directions and Parking information on the University web site:

Questions:  contact Jane Carlin 253-879-3118.
(photograph credit: Sarah Christianson)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Long Stitch Class

My friend Mitzi Lindgren is teaching another bookbinding class at King's Books in Tacoma. Information about the January 15th class can be found here. I took one of Mitzi's classes in June, and I learned so much! She is patient and well organized. I really appreciate her logical approach to teaching. In my June 5 post, I said I would be making more books in that "sewing over tapes" method, and I actually have done that! The fact that I could take a one-day workshop, come out of it with a nearly finished product, and not only be able to finish it easily at home, but continue to expand on that technique is proof that taking a class from Mitzi is money well spent.

The class next week is from 11 to 3, and costs $45, plus a $10 materials fee. If you can't make that class on such short notice, she is offering the same class again in February. This is a great opportunity to take a class from someone so talented. I'll see you there!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Paper Pins

I have been playing a bit with more versions of paper cloth, a technique first brought to my attention by the lovely work of Beryl Taylor. A few weeks ago I cut some of the pieces to make a little flower pin.

It was lots of fun piling on little pieces of this and that, so I decided to make another. The second pin is actually two hearts sewn together and stuffed just a little. It is made from the same musical score paper, but it has been embellished quite a bit.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

December wasn't the easiest month here. Mr. B spent the holidays in Arizona, helping his dad after shoulder surgery, while I stayed here, battling a bad case of bronchitis. Then, on Christmas Day, the unthinkable happened, and his lovely mom passed away unexpectedly. I am so grateful he was there with his parents when this occurred, but still, we are so sad. Alys was a beautiful, unique woman, known for her sense of humor, crazy earrings, terrible cooking, and her ability to eat chili hot enough to bring the rest of us, choking and sputtering, to our knees. I will miss her very much, but I choose to think instead about how my life was enriched by knowing her. And in March, when a certain little someone is born, her middle name will come from her great-grandma, and that will make us all smile every time we hear it.

So, we start another year today, and I look forward to babies, and weddings, and finally finishing the bathroom remodel! As usual, I hope to squeeze in as much studio time as I can. 2011 will be as good as we make it, so let's all make it good. Best wishes to you all.