Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Decorated Feet Decorated feet

I was childsitting over the weekend, and I usually spend an hour or two with the  kids, making art. One of them decided to self-decorate her feet with my markers. Her “tatoos” were beautiful, reminding me of the henna tatoos that women draw on their hands and feet in areas of India, Pakistan, and North Africa, so we had a lively discussion about these beauty traditions and the various cultures that practice them. (See the Wikipedia article on henna dying)  
Unfortunately she had grabbed a marker that leaves a fairly permanent mark, and afterwards we spent a half-hour in the bathroom, scrubbing away the damage. “I’m busted, ” she said. Still, it led to her making a wonderful little book on the subject, including two pop-ups: one of her feet and the other of her hands. Her older brother threatened to “bust her” by telling mom, but when mom came home, she was delighted with the book and thought my pictures of the foot drawings were wonderful.

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My Corcoran Sculptural Books Class, Washington D.C.

My Corcoran Class 2014

My Sculptural Bookmaking class at the Corcoran College of Art + Design here in Washington, D.C., is in full swing, with nine students actively working on making pop-up accordion books this week. On Tuesday we covered cut-and-fold pop-up forms with extensions, along with spiral and straddle pop-ups. I also showed a slide presentation on the history of movable books. I’ll be keeping the blog up-to-date with the students’ ongoing projects.

Brrrrrrrr, Vermont

This week I’m teaching a sculptural bookmaking class for the North Country Studio Workshops at Bennington College in Vermont. Despite the cold temperatures dipping below zero in the evenings, the studios are warm and welcoming. I have eleven industrious students who are working on their carousel books at the moment.

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Bennington is a beautiful campus with a mix of traditional New England architecture and some strikingly modern buildings. We are enjoying sumptuous meals of freshly prepared vegetables, main courses, and too-tempting desserts. And the dormatories where we’re housed are light-filled and very comfortable.

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Aside from my book class, there are classes running in drawing, metals, sculpture, ceramics, fabric arts, surface design, quilting, basketry and photography. Yoga flow classes led by Tracy Penfield are held morning and afternoon before and after classes. All this makes for a great creative environment with a lot of positive exchange between the participants. The volunteers for North Country Studios who work so hard over a two-year period to make this biennial event possible are to be heartily commended.

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