For you New Yorkers, here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for – workshops! I’ll be doing two bookbinding workshops at Brooklyn Mercantile on 5th Avenue in Park Slope – one for adults from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 and one for teens from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24. In both workshops we will be making a Coptic stitch journal or sketchbook and you can sign up by emailing Brooklyn Mercantile.
Here’s the full class description, from Brooklyn Mercantile’s newsletter that went out today:
We’ll create a Coptic stitch journal together, using decorative papers and traditional bookbinding materials and tools. Coptic stitch binding creates a visible sewing on the spine of a journal that is self reinforcing and requires no adhesive. It is an elegant structure and allows the book to lie flat when open (great for journaling or sketching!). This type of binding is great for beginners and will give you a wonderful idea of the possibilities open to you when creating hand sewn books. Fee: $125.00 includes materials.
If you can make it, I’d love to see you there! I’ll also be doing a workshop in November at Pluto Gallery here in Brooklyn, too. More details soon!
And, if you can’t get here in person, there are still plenty of pictures to share from the multitude of exciting little projects going on around here. Here is a detail of a fun and stylish set of business cards I just finished and shipped off this week. (Matt kept picking them up and exclaiming how much he liked them, so they must be halfway decent!):
“It is something – it can be everything – to have found a fellow bird with whom you can sit among the rafters while the drinking and boasting and reciting and fighting go on below.”
– Wallace Stegner (one of my all time favorites)