August 16, 2018

Nature's Impressions

I am so happy to announce Nature's Impressions — a five-day retreat focusing on bookmaking, ecodyeing, soldering, and surface design — with Leslie Marsh and Leighanna Light in beautiful, historic Taos, New Mexico.

Join us as we design and create metal-worked covers and explore different techniques for making prints and textures on papers that will be folded and stitched into rich leather-spined metal books. Leighanna and Leslie will guide you through several treatments for both your covers and your papers. Each participant will leave the workshop with a quiver full of skills and TWO finished books.

October is a spectacular time in Taos! The air is cool and crisp, the leaves are beginning to change color, and best of all is that we planned this workshop to coincide with the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!

New Mexico received its nickname – The Land of Enchantment – because of its natural beauty, rich history and vibrant culture. The people, their heritage and traditions, their skills and their arts, and the land – with its awesome beauty, all make New Mexico the unique and colorful place that it is today!

We hope that you will join us for this week-long creative learning experience. It promises to be a rich and immersive event.

Price includes: 

– 4 days of workshops with Leighanna and Leslie 
– Sunday night welcome reception 
– Home cooked lunches, drinks and snacks for 4 workshop days 

**Lodging, airfare and transportation are not included.
– All workshops will be held at Leighanna’s private studio in Ranchos De Taos.
– Leighanna lives with her 2 dogs and her significant other. If you are allergic to dogs (or men), please look for our workshops at other venues!

Sunday, September 30, 4:00 pm
If you’re in town early, please join us for a welcome reception at Leighanna’s studio. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.          
*Please RSVP by 9/15.

Monday, October 1, 9:30-4:00 pm
We will begin our journey with Leslie teaching her gorgeous stamping in solder technique. Our exploration will continue with Leighanna teaching you how to make stunning leaf prints on metal as well as image transfers and faux etching on metal. 

Tuesday, October 2, 9:30-4:00 pm 
We will spend the entire day eco dyeing the paper for our book and the felt that will become bags to hold your finished tomes. 
* Feel free to bring a small amount of fabric or paper of your own to experiment with in the dye pot. 
***Warning, this is highly addictive!

Wednesday, October 3
Wednesday is a free day to explore Taos and the surrounding area. Use this time to explore Taos and its rich history, visit art museums or the Pueblo. Take a drive out to the Earthships or spend the day relaxing in the healing hot waters at Ojo Caliente. Upon registration we provide a comprehensive list of fun and interesting things to do in the area.

Thursday, October 4, 9:30-4:00 pm
On Thursday, we will both share our favorite paper surface design recipes using  gesso, ink and paint. We will begin to tear and arrange our pages and assemble the covers, preparing our special books for binding.

Friday, October 5, 9:30-3 pm 
On our final day together, we will be working together to help you wrap it up. You will learn how to bind your books and stitch wool felt bags to hold your finished treasures.

Class will end at 3 pm
to begin our closing ceremony.

Before September 1, the price for this workshop is $900.

After September 1, the cost goes up to $975.

You can sign up here.

April 19, 2017

Hop on over to Artful Gathering

I'm excited to be teaching for Artful Gathering 2017 this summer. This is the first time ever that I've done an online class, so if you haven't been able to attend one of my workshops, this is your chance!

I hope you can join me during Session Two -- July 16 – August 26 for Wear Your Story: Soldered Wearable Book Necklace. I'll be sharing lots of techniques for creating your own wearable book, and those same techniques can be used to make books of all sizes.

You can register to attend here:

There's a blog hop going on over at Artful Gathering where they're giving away $500 worth of prizes! Somewhere on my page a secret word is hidden. Collect them all for your chance to win the prizes!

While you're over there, check out the other wonderful workshops that Artful Gathering is offering this summer. 

Everyone has a story. This one begins with a creme brûlée torch and a roll of solder. . .

October 16, 2016

Small Embossed Copper and Leather Book

I'll be teaching this book at the Delaware Art Museum Saturday, June 17, 2017. You can sign up here.