Book Arts

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    Upcycled Envelope Wallets

    Sunday, October 21 / 1 - 4 pm

    You have a wealth of book-making materials passing through your home every day, often ending up in the trash or recycling. In this fun introductory class, students will learn to turn junk mail envelopes into clever pocketbooks using basic bookbinding and collage techniques. Two pocketbooks will be completed during the class, so you’ll finish with a gift for a friend or family member. This structure is perfect for stashing cash and credit cards, tickets and ephemera, or any other small treasures. Both novice and intermediate book makers welcome. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Bel Mills
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

    $35 General / $32 Museum members

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    Bar Soap Box Book

    Saturday, November 3 / 10 am - 2 pm

    In this fun introductory class, you will learn how to use patterned paper, book cloth, and waxed thread to turn an ordinary bar-soap box into a thick mini-journal with a hand-stitched spine. Students will leave with a compact journal ideal for taking on the road or giving as a gift. With just over 365 pages, the journal is also an ideal “line-a-day” diary, habit tracker, or dream journal. Also a great place for artists to test pens and paints, or demo rubber stamps. A variety of basic bookbinding techniques will be covered, including proper folding, gluing and stitching practices. Both novice and intermediate book makers welcome. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Bel Mills
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

    $45 General / $42 Museum members

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    Mailable Book from a Shipping Box

    Wednesday and Thursday, November 14 and 15 / 10 am - 3 pm

    In this class, students will make a totally unique mailable book whose cover is a shipping box that can – and will-- be sent through the mail. Two books will be made over the course of two days: one the students will address to themselves – which will be mailed by the instructor after the class is over-- and one addressed to a friend for students to mail when they choose. Upon arrival in the mail, the flaps of the boxes are opened and trimmed to create the finished book. Class activities will include assembling and embellishing the page sections of the books; sewing the sections into the boxes; embellishing and addressing the covers of the books and creating a button closure. If you love postage stamps, mail art collage, or upcycled crafts, this is the class for you. All experience levels welcome. *Supply list.

    Instructor:Bel Mills
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

    $115 General / $105 Museum members

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    Marbling: Open Studio Session

    Wednesday, November 28 / 10 am - 5 pm

    Paper Marbling Lab is designed to give students more time to perfect the techniques learned in Introduction to Paper or Fabric Marbling and to explore advanced patterns. Professional marbler Pietro Accardi will be on hand to coach students as they create personalized batches of decorative paper to take home. Students will be able to practice each step of marbling from prepping the water to creating patterns and applying them to papers, and will also have a chance to learn more advanced marbling patterns. This workshop is ideal for students looking to enhance their skills and also students without the space for a marbling set up at home.

    All materials including: marbling trays; drying racks; papers and textiles from standard white to black, brown, and other colors; carrageenan; combs; and a wide array of pigments will be provided.

    Instructor: Pietro Accardi
    Ages: Adult (15+) / Must have some marbling experience (i.e. Intro to Paper or Textile Marbling class)

    $95 General / $90 Museum members

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    Book Arts: 2019 Planner/Organizer

    Wednesday, December 12 / 10 am - 4 pm

    In this engaging class, students will use Kraft envelopes to make a functional, flexible 2019 planner. Three different binding styles will be covered over the course of the day- accordion, pamphlet stitch, and elastic – with each style adding a layer of functionality to this remarkable book. The finished structure will feature 6 large storage compartments, 4 page sections for lists and plans, and 2 flexible bindings to allow pages to be added or removed throughout the year. Both beginner and intermediate book makers will find plenty to take away from this class. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Bel Mills
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

    $56 General / $52 Museum members