art, book arts, John C. Campbell Folk School

Thursday at John C. Campbell Folk School

Bookmaking at John C. Campbell Folk School

We finished binding the spine of the wooden books today. We still have a lot of work to do to it tomorrow. Mine is named “Brasstown Book.” It looks a lot like an old celestial map.

Bookmaking at John C. Campbell Folk School

I filled the mica window of the third book with sparkly beads. Oops, I thought that I was finished but I didn’t do a closure. Shoot. That will be a problem to solve tomorrow.

Bookmaking at John C. Campbell Folk School

We learned how to make this “centipede” tonight, but my eyes were too tired to do the second one he taught us! I like this a lot, though.

art, book arts, John C. Campbell Folk School

Wednesday at JCCFS

Well, last night after I posted, I nearly ruined my first book with a green ink mishap. Today I think that I redeemed it and it will look better after I work on the inside at home. In a way it was a good thing, as accidents often are, because it gave me the idea to make it into an alphabet book using the stamps that Rice gave me and the ones that I carved.

Bookmaking at John C. Campbell Folk School

I decided to start another book with the same basic class materials. This time I stopped when I started getting really tired!:

Bookmaking at John C. Campbell Folk School

And the real show stopper and the focus of our class is well under way. We finished painting, distressing, and cutting the wooden book covers today. Tomorrow we start sewing the binding.

Bookmaking at John C. Campbell Folk School

I’d love to make at least two more little books while I’m here. We’ll see. Tomorrow and Friday nights we’ll have things going on here and in beautiful downtown Brasstown, NC.

art, book arts, John C. Campbell Folk School

Tuesday at JCCFS

Last night I bound a book with the paper that included Squirt and Mama Kitty’s fur and the artichoke paper. Today I found a piece of mica that highlighted Squirt’s eyes – perfect!

I’m working on three books at once right now. The wooden covers for the main book of the workshop have been drilled, beveled, sanded, and banged and scratched. I’m working on futzing around with the first book’s cover. And Squirt’s book is nearly finished – I’ll put a bone bead (not his, I promise!) and a closure on it tonight.

I took lots of photos of Daniel Essig’s books and other books from his collection that he brought to show us. Most of these books are very small. They will be on my flickr site. I will edit and describe them when I get home, because I’m getting in all the work play I can here!

Here’s a shot of my workspace with Squirt’s book.

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