Friday, March 31, 2017

Recent Activities

It surprises me today, the last day of March, to see that this is my first blog post of the year! A bit embarrassing. Obviously I need to find some new interesting things to write about. At the moment, though, I came here to update the sidebar with a new list of upcoming workshops.

I taught several classes this winter which kept me busy; let's say that is the reason I have been neglecting my blog. So, I will show you some photos of the work my students have been doing.

The season began with a Turkish marbling workshop weekend. These are always fun and very satisfying because in a short time students can achieve some really wonderful results.

I did another weekend workshop on book repair. Each student started with an old book that needed a new cover so the old covers were removed, individual problems were addressed for each book, then a little rebacking, new case construction, new endsheets, etc. A few minor book repair issues were also addressed for other books brought in by the students. Turned out to be a really fun workshop.

I also taught two longer courses: Bookbinding 1 and Bookbinding 2. The first one was four weeks and aimed at people with no previous bookbinding experience. A lot can be learned in four weeks, though, and each student made six different books. Here is some of their work:

The Bookbinding 2 class was five weeks long and it was for students who had already done some binding and wanted to learn some more advanced techniques. Each student made three books: a single-section 3-piece binding with beveled boards and an inset label, an exposed binding sewn on raised cords using a sewing frame, and then we spent most of our time doing a quarter leather, split-board binding with sewn headbands.

5 comments:

The Idaho Beauty said...

Wow - your students have a lot to be proud of there.

Lucia Sasaki said...

Hi Rhonda!
Thanks so much for updating your blog!
Very beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing them!
It is wonder ful to teach and see the progress and the products of your teaching.
Congratulations!

Rhonda Miller said...

Thank you both!

Stacy said...

Rhonda, it is good to see you back! Your classes look fun! 😊

gilly said...

I'm visiting for the first time and am overwhelmed ... I just love the 365 day project and can't wait to delve deeper into the archive. I only wish I could come to a class with you but I am in England! So beautiful and inspirational.