Construct a miniature book using the timeless Ethiopian binding style. The elegant sewing structure, combined with wood covers, opens a wide range of possibilities for both the beginner and the advanced bookbinder. That completed, we will explore techniques required to create a small sacred space to display your book or a treasured found object. Working with wood, mica and handmade paper, and using a variety of tools, you’ll learn methods to hollow, carve, cut and inlay. Wood distressing, burning, painting and finishes as well as use of mica for windows will be demonstrated. Techniques learned may easily be applied to other media.
Daniel Essig is a Grovewood Gallery studio artist, recipient of the NC Artist Fellowship Grant, and was a Penland Core Student. He teaches workshops internationally, as well as in his Asheville, NC home studio. The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in DC, Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and the University of California at Santa Cruz’ McHenry Library have collected his work. Dan’s books are featured in the Penland Book of Handmade Books, and Masters: Bookarts. www.danielessig.com
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