Monthly Archives: August 2009

Bookbinding in the U.K.

I was honored when the British Society of Bookbinders invited me to be a presenter at their 2009 conference in Warwick, England, and even more pleased to learn how many friends would be attending. Arriving at Manchester Airport, I was picked up by my colleague, fellow paper engineer and teacher Paul Johnson and whisked off to a historic site nearby, Little Moreton Hall, a beautiful timber framed structure not changed from the 16th century.

 Paul Johnson at Little Moreton Hall, UK

I stayed with his family that evening, and the next day we drove to the conference for three days filled with demonstrations and talks on books, bookbinding, conservation, and (of course) pop-ups. The conference ended with a very successful dinner and auction to help support the Society.

Warwick College, 2009 Society of Bookbinders conferenceWarwick College, 2009 Society of Bookbinders presentation

From there, ten of us headed north to Dominque Riley and Michael Burke’s home in the Lake District near Ulverston. What a treat! We spent a day and a half exploring the environs, visiting pubs, a tannery, gardens, and a bobbin mill.

Group Portrait #1Ulverston Town #2

That evening was a party, with slide presentations and a pot luck dinner. Bookbiners David Sellars, Don Glaister, Yehuda Miklaf, Michael Burke, and Dominique Riley here look over a display of their bindings.

The Binders Gathering, Aug 24 2009

It was the perfect trip: a combination of work, play, travel, and meeting up with many old and new friends.

Unfolding at Arrowmont

Veronica Siehl at ArrowmontBarbara Cairl at ArrowmontJohn Hess at Arrowmont

Over the course of an exciting week at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg , Tennessee, students in my sculptural book class created numerous pop-up cards along with a carousel book and a tunnel book.

Arrowmont ClassroomKilns at Arrowmont

Arrowmont is a creative oasis nestled within the Smoky Mountains. Along with my class, sessions were held in woodturning, jewelry, drawing, basket weaving, printmaking, ceramics, fabric design, and glass. The entire faculty and student body gathers at meals and in the evenings to share experiences and gain inspiration from each other. It’s a great environment in which to expand the boundaries of one’s creative experience.

Bear painting by Thaddeus Erdahl, artist-in-residence

Bear painting by Thaddeus Erdahl, artist-in-residence

Several students also sighted some local residents in the form of a mamma bear and her two cubs.