I am teaching a journal making workshop here locally next month, on October 2nd. All students (young adults welcome) will learn how to make a hand bound Japanese stab-stitch journal. In addition, we will discuss journaling techniques, and I will get the class started by showing them (this could mean YOU) how to "consecrate" their work. The picture below shows a detail of the binding technique, which I have utilized on one of my own personal journals.
Last Friday was a rare "out of the house" day for me. I get so busy working, that sometimes weeks go by in
artist friend Gail Crum and I made a studio visit last week. We talked art all the way there and all the way home, a total of three hours in the car. We also talked art while visiting the artist studio, of course, and we were joined by another mutual friend for lunch, so I got to talk books, as well. It was a lot of fun. Clare Murray Adams and I have been friends for a long time, and our creative paths have aligned themselves through sheer destiny, it sometimes seems.
Here is the door to Clare Murray's studio:
It was such an inviting and inspiring location. Here is some of what we saw:
Zippered rocks and zippered sticks:
and a cool collaborative project Clare is doing with Oberlin artist Rebecca Cross:
And all of this before lunch! More to come in This Way, Please, Part II.