Our very own Jeannine Stein, author of Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials and Adventures In Bookbinding: Handcrafting Mixed-Media Books, will be teaching two classes at the Book Art Workshops in Los Angeles!
She will will teaching her Booklace project:
and her Romanesque Stitch Journal project:
Pop on over to the Book Art Workshop's site for all the information for the Los Angeles Book Art Workshops, including info on the classes, all the other teachers, and registering.
Book Art Workshops
May 7 - 12, 2012
1250 Long Beach Ave #322
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Held in an artist loft close to the 5, 10, and 110 freeways
With all this "book" news, I thought I'd share my latest book project. I have made a few projects that include recycled doll parts, my latest being my mini scissor holder "Edward Scissorhead," and last week I scored a new doll at the thrift store for another project I have "in mind" (you will get it when I post about it) as it uses the head again. So I have some doll limbs available for spare parts (or in my case, craft supplies). I decided after flipping through Adventures In Bookbinding that a doll arm might make a cool book closure.
When I glued the ribbon, I thought I'd try the diagonal present ribbon wrapping style instead of the traditional mid-section.
I cut a tiny slice in the doll's hand so that the ribbon would be snugly secured in the hand. I also added a black heart sticker that I cut down the middle in a zig-zag pattern, thus transforming it into a "broken heart" appropriate for a severed doll arm.
If you like making books out of old and unusual stuff, check out Jeannine's books:
Each project in this book combines bookbinding with a specific craft such as quilting, jewelry making, or polymer clay, and offer levels of expertise: basic, novice, and expert. Illustrated step-by-step instructions and photographs demonstrate how to construct the cover pages, and a unique binding technique, easy enough for a beginner to master.
Re-Bound shows you how to take every day materials from around the house, flea markets and thrift stores, and hardware and office supply stores, and turn them into fabulous books. Instead of saying, What can I make a book out of, you'll be thinking, What can't I make a book out of? In Re-Bound, a vintage souvenir wallet becomes a photo album. Last year's trendy sweater becomes a takealong journal. Even potato chip bags get a second life as a handy pocket notebook. This fun pursuit is economical as well as ecological. A variety of attractive, uncomplicated bindings, how-to instructions, and step-outs bring each project to life.
Jeannine Stein has been making books for more than fifteen years, exploring bindings, mediums, and techniques. In addition to teaching book-binding, she is an award-winning journalist, and she has written extensively about paper crafts, including artists' books, scrapbooking, rubber stamping, and letterpress.