Saturday, May 17, 2008

More Art and Soul Show and Tell

Here I am with my hero, Albie Smith. We are holding books I made in her classes. Look at my face, am I in heaven or what????
Here is more show and tell from my second class with Albie. We sewed 5 signatures together using waxed linen. Then we sewed around the 2 paper strips and added beads to the binding. I went with cool colors this time. I'm glad I brought some of my favorite Golden paints, especially the Iridescent Pearl and Violet. This spread was Albie's favorite in my book.
Here are more of my favorites, I know it's alot to look at, but I love them all and couldn't choose which pics to show! A really interesting feature of this book are pages that are cut in different shapes and sizes.

Here is the finished binding:

And a close up of the beads. Here is contact info for Albie. I highly recommend her classes.
I purchased handmade papers and this book kit on vendor night. I'm going to make the book for my sister, Linda, as a wedding present. I'm going to use an "Italian palette" because the happy couple will be honeymooning in Italy. I hope she will put all her souveniers in it. Now if only there were more hours in a day......

Look at this bounty of trades! That cooler is jam packed! I came home with about 6 of my trades from about 100 I brought with me.

Here is a really cool trade from a very cool girl, Keli , from Montana. We had a great time together in Dan Essig's Mica cover class and in the bar.......I just wish I had gotten a pic of us together.
Speaking of Dan Essig's class, he was an unbelievably patient man. He had to be, because the lights went out in our classroom several times due to stormy winds! Here is my finished binding. It's a little sloppy but not bad for a first timer! We used Tyvek that we cut into strips and painted. Waxed linen to sew. I believe there were 12 seperate signatures.

Here is a shot of the inside cover. The mica color varies greatly. We glued two sheets together with old encyclopedia pages in between.

Here is what the binding looks like on mine when the book is open. Next time there will not be so much space!!

I sandwiched skeleton leaves and silk insect wings between the text and the mica. Can you see it?

I'm very happy with my results. Next time I'll take an all day class with a more involved book structure. I just wanted to get my feet wet with a night class. I'm so glad I did!


  1. Your pictures are great Susan. I love your Mica Book. And, the second book you made in Albie's class is gorgeous~the colors are so beautiful.

  2. Good job there Susan! Love your book :-)

  3. hello miss! i can't believe i didn't get a picture of us either. it was so good to meet you - i hope we see each other again. it really was a great time. all your pictures are great. keep in touch.