Thursday, March 10, 2011

Handbook of Elements

Today is the first day of a two day class Heather and I are taking called "Handbook of Elements", as taught by Stephanie Lee .

Photo from ArtBLISS website
Here's how the class is described on the ArtBLISS website:

"The earth offers tactile and durable materials for use in artistic expression. Metal and gypsum, both earth elements, are combined in this stout little book comprised of solder-flooded metal covers and plaster pages. In this project-focused workshop, students will learn how to transform and build up sheet metal, adding vintage and found elements to the cover of the book using basic metal-smithing techniques and materials. 
Students will also learn the nuances of plaster and various plaster-like products to create pages and unexpected journal surfaces to stockpile between the palm-sized metal covers. Various ways to combine paper and plaster pages for writing, painting and collage surfaces as well as knotting and binding techniques will also be taught. Each student can expect to take home a completed or very nearly complete blank journal home with them at the end of class day."

I am quite looking forward to making this little book. I've taken along a collection of beads, buttons, ribbon and found metal pieces along with me which may or may not get used in the construction thereof.  Tune in next week for tales from my travels!

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