Yesterday was the last full day of instruction for our Books and Boxes class. Towards the end of the day we looked at what each other had done.
Although Susan Share demonstrated a huge number of projects (with some assistance from me) the signature piece for this class was what Susan refers to as the Jacob’s Ladder Box, which opens in two directions, revealing different surfaces.
Not only are these book kinda magical, but they also provide the opportunity to practice many skills, such as box building & covering, hinging, adding shelves, as well creative decision making.
The number of sewn books that were made in class this week surprised both me and Susan. Everyone seemed to love sewing books. We sewed books on tape…
… coptic bound books, button-hole stitched books, link stitch books on pleats, and long stitch.
Mixed in with the larger, more technical projects were ones that could be started and finished more quickly.
There were accordions with numerous kinds of hinges, laid out in a variety of ways.
We also made a book and box structure that was invented by Hedi Kyle, an enclosure based on the iron cross fold, twist boxes, template boxes, and probably a few more things that I can’t remember at the moment.
That was yesterday.
Today, Saturday, at 11:00 am the entire Penland community converged in what is called the Flex room.
All the studios set up a display of work that’s been done this week.
And I’ve left out a number of other studios, but this is all I can do tonight.
Classes are over for this session at Penland. The campus is mostly empty. My flight doesn’t leave tomorrow until 8 pm, so, yay! Susan and I get to have the book arts studio all to ourselves for a few hours tomorrow.