Presented with an extensive list of cover and structure options --
including leather, wood, metal and book board -- you will choose the
type of book(s) you want to make in this weeklong retreat.
Together you and I will
plan your projects and then you'll work through them, with step by
step guidance from me. You'll choose from a wide variety of
materials and techniques to make your book.
With a focus on good design and working skills,
you'll enjoy working in wood (rout, paint, stain, carve, drill), metal
(etch, stamp, saw, drill, file, paint, rivet, color, texture) and more.
The advantage of
taking a class at my working studio is that you're surrounded by my
tools and toys. The creative options are infinite and the class
often spins off in unexpected ways. I even have lovely
books-in-sheets so that you can leave the studio with a book already filled with
Most projects, and therefore the curricula, are designed in class. Students usually finish 1 or 2 projects
in a class, although some have completed 4 or 5 projects. It just
depends on the design complexity and material choices, and that's
all up to you!
The studio is perfect for
metalsmithing and book binding. For
inspiration, there are hundreds of art objects nestled in
amongst over 300 hand-bound journals and books. The large, comfortable space is
visually stimulating and your creative juices will flow. I have all
kinds of interesting and useful tools for making our projects, and I don't
mind at all if the class goes in a direction different than I
anticipated (within reason, and with the group's consent, of course).
Even if we don't use them in your particular class, the studio is full
of interesting tools and I love talking about them. I have loads of
hand- and power-tools that I love to share and discuss.
Metal, Leather and
Wooden Artist Books
Possibilities and highlights are:
Make covers from metal, wood, leather and
Bookbinding basics (grain
direction, computing thread for sewing, parts of a book, weaver's knot,
Exposed spine books
Sew interesting historical and experimental
stitches (although the class doesn't focus on stitching)
Etch and fabricate
metal book furnishings or covers
Cold connecting metal
Also discussed in class (and
used if the projects demand it) will
be various basic bookbinder's tools and some more advanced tools such as
a plough, sewing frame, leather paring machine, guillotine cutter,
book presses, etc.
While this class leans
toward the making of artist books, fine and design techniques will be
discussed and compared.
Everything for all projects
is supplied by the instructor, but working with sterling silver, exotic
woods, books-in-sheets or similar upgrades will be extra (your choice).
This class is about making the structure of the book more than it is
about various stitches. The focus of the class is on designing an
artist book and
then using metal, wood and other media for the covers. This is not a
fine binding class.
Completely unique, this class is unavailable anywhere but at the
Volcano Arts Studio.
This class requires a certain amount of knowledge and tool use. If
you are unsure about your knowledge or strength please talk to
Christine about it. If you've successfully completed any
metalsmithing or bookbinding class with Christine Cox you should be
What to Bring
Journal or pad for
have a few OptiVISORs to loan out and we also sell them here, so
don't run out and buy one.
If you have
a respirator mask bring it
along (like painters use, available at hardware stores - filters
should be for aerosol particulates). Although a respirator mask
is highly recommended, don't feel that you need to buy one just for this class.
I have lots of paper masks that you can use for the week.
I have plenty of
medium and large latex gloves. If you are allergic to latex or
have extra large or extra small hands, please bring several
pairs to use during the week.
That's it! It's so
nice to travel without a suitcase full of expensive tools, isn't