I am going back to art camp at Anderson Ranch for a week of book binding but this year Melanie is coming with me! We leave this weekend for our vacation of art in beautiful Snowmass, Colorado.
We are taking a class called Wooden Books where we get to learn ancient binding techniques and create at least two books from scratch.
This workshop will immerse you in the world of historical bookbinding. Participants will make an Ethiopian-style binding, a structure developed as early as the 4th century. The fact that some of these books are still around is a testament to their sturdiness. After creating a miniature paste-board model with papyrus covers, you will construct a sewn-board Coptic binding. The elegant sewn structure, combined with wooden covers, opens a wide range of possibilities for both the beginner and the advanced bookbinder. Using simple hand tools, you will drill, shape, and smooth your book covers. Finishing includes sealing wooden covers with milk paint and a coating of wax and adding a leather closure. As time allows, your instructor will share various features he includes in his own bindings and sculptural books.
We will be back on Friday August 1st which is a very special day. It is Emmitt's 12th birthday!
Please come back and wish him a happy birthday next Friday, and I will show you lots of pictures of camp when I get back. :)