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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.


Suzanne Stalder-Mansur

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 content.

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!


Vicki Potter

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

TBA
(5 days)

Price $XX
(no materials fee, lunches included)
Beginner to Intermediate

To sign up or to make inquiries please email us at: email: info@volcanoarts.com

Possibilities and highlights are:

  • Make covers from metal, wood, leather and more

  • Bookbinding basics (grain direction, computing thread for sewing, parts of a book, weaver's knot, etc.)

  • Exposed spine books

  • Sew interesting historical and experimental stitches (although the class doesn't focus on stitching)

  • Light woodworking

  • Etch and fabricate metal book furnishings or covers

  • Cold connecting metal
    (no soldering)

  • 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.


Thea Abbott-Nelson


Becky Wilson

Notes

  • 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 fine.

What to Bring

  • Journal or pad for notes

  • Magnification: I 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 it?

Bookbinding and kits

Metalsmithing and
silver soldering

Soft soldering and stained glass

Eyelets, etc.

Storage

Marbled paper
and marbling supplies

Books and videos

Embellishments
and mica

Sales and specials

Newsletter

Classes

The Muse

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