Book Arts Jam 2014 – Don’t Miss It!

  • Saturday, October 18th
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Lucie Stern Center, Palo Alto, CA

Join me this coming weekend for one of my favorite events of the year, the Book Arts Jam! There is a great lineup of speakers, demos, an exhibition of artists’ books, amazing vendors and much, much more…. Oh, and don’t forget the Silent Auction!

I’m happy to be participating in a variety of ways again this year – as a teacher, (don’t miss my make-and-take at 12 noon – I’ve designed a new book, just for you!), as a vendor (come and see the two new books I’m releasing on Saturday), and as an assistant on the Silent Auction (Kit Davey really does all the hard work, I just offer tech support).

Come for the artists’ books, come for the inspiration, (come for the food trucks!) and come by and say, “Hello.” It’s always a pleasure to visit with old friends and make new ones.



Halloween Cut and Fold Books Free for You to Make and Share

I made these years ago for a class I was teaching and enjoy offering them every year about this time. Feel free to print and make as many copies as you’d like.  The images and jokes are from around the web. Obviously they are not for commercial purposes… In case you haven’t made this kind of book before (sometimes called an X book), there are instructions at the bottom of this post.


Ghost Humor


Pumpkin Humor


Skeleton humor

Mini book assembly instructions

Wishing you a fun and not-too-scary Halloween!


Pop-Ups Class Starts Next Week!

Leaf book sample for email and web (1 of 1)

I’m very excited to be planning for the Pop-Up Books Class that starts next Friday, September 12th at the Palo Alto Art Center. It is filling up, but has some spaces still available. The class is on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and runs for 10 weeks. You can sign up here. (If you have any problem signing up, please email me or leave me a comment.)

One of the challenges of pop-up books, other than the mechanics, is that many examples are “cute.” And while that in itself is not a bad thing, I know very few artists who appreciate their work being called cute.

At the same time, pop-ups add such an interesting and potentially interactive element, there must be a way to incorporate them into art for grown-ups, right?

When I’m designing the books I teach in class, I think of my students – what other kind of media do they work in? What subjects will be interesting to them? What can they actually use after class? I really like this structure because it is scalable and is useful for photographers, painters, illustrators – even ceramicists who want to photograph and display their work.

This is a sample, that I just finished for the class, which uses pop-up elements to create a gallery for my photos. What might have been mildly interesting photos of fall leaves on a flat surface, suddenly have more dynamic interest when mounted on pop-up elements.

Leaf book sample for email and web (3 of 2)

I’ve added even more visual interest by creating two different kind of pop-up galleries and by mounting some of the photos half-on and half-off the page.

Leaf book sample for email and web (2 of 2)

Right now my studio is littered with little paper samples, I look forward to sharing more of them with you soon.

If you have any questions about the class, please ask. Looking forward to seeing you in class next Friday!



Waxed Linen Sale at Volcano Arts



Just a quick note to tell you that the Waxed Linen Sale is on at Volcano Arts. It’s a great way to stock up on the colors you like for book binding – or to try new colors! (These are just a few sample colors, there are many more…)

I know several of my friends and students love this sale so I thought I’d share it on my blog.  It is the only time you can get the 2 and 3-ply in addition to the 4-ply. You do have to buy a minimum of 5 spools, so it’s a great time to put together an order with your artist friends.

It is a beautiful quality thread, I use it in my own binding. Here is a photo of a book I just finished called Birth/Control. It is a buttonhole stitch binding that uses the Country (Also called Bright) Red from Volcano Arts.

Birth Control

I have no relationship with them and do not benefit in any way, but I do love a sale!

Here is the special sale link.


Spirit Books by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord – Prepublication Discount until August 15

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord Spirit Book[All images copyright Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord]

I’ve always been fascinated by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s Spirit Books. They are beautiful, ephemeral, mysterious and textural. Now she is offering a new book featuring images and her thoughts about their creation. I can’t wait to get the book and I’ve taken advantage of her pre-publication discount available on Etsy. I have no relationship to Susan, nor do I benefit in any way, I just think they’re so beautiful — I thought you might think so, too.

Pre-Order Here until August 15th, 2014


Have you seen any of these books in person? I’d love to hear your response in the comments.


Trees are Popping Up Everywhere In the Studio

I’m getting ready to teach a new class at the Palo Alto Art Center, Book Arts: Pop-Up and Moveable Books 1. (Fridays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Beginning September 12)

The first week I’ll be teaching slit and fold designs and we’ll make an accordion book with a tree motif. Here are some of the ideas I’m playing with in the studio…

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Encouraging Children to Make Books

Child's Handmade Book


[Copyright Keri-Anne Pink]

Just a quick post today to share a blog with a post about a handmade book, for a teacher, made by the author’s daughter, Elle. While you’re there, take a look around her site. Keri-Anne Pink is a photographer who has taken time off to raise her daughters. Her images are lovely.

A Handmade Book for her Teacher

Encouraging the children in your life to make books stimulates creativity, language development and much more. Have you made a book with  a child lately? Please feel free to share your stories and images in the comments.

Some previous posts that may interest you:

My First Book

The Power of Art with Children

Art with Children – And an Alphabeastiary