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cool projects:  

Book Designer for MDA "Tall Tales" Summer Camp 2012

It was a privilege to be involved with this annual one-week camp for kids with Muscular
Dystrophy at the very awesome Camp for All near Burton, Texas. I designed 3 handmade books
for the campers and counselors to make and use during that special week: a Tibetan Tag book,
a Dos-a-Dos stitched book, and a Pocket Accordion book. Not only was the
process fun, the
result yielded cool keepsakes to store their camp memories and friendships 'til next year.  No
wonder the campers, staff, and counselors come back each year- it's truly a feel-good place!

Houston Indie Book Festival ~ Recycled Book Workshop

The annual Houston Indie Book Festival was held outdoors on a warm and windy day in April,
hosted in part by The Menil Collection, and taking place on their museum's grassy grounds. I
designed a recycled book project as a hands-on activity for the children's area with my friend
from our Houston Book Arts Guild. We needed every elbow, knee, and palm to keep our papers
and even our tools from gusting away on the spring winds.  Yet every child, with parent nearby,
made a W-Fold Book from a mini cereal box and left with lots of ideas for transforming their
trash packaging into fun, useful books.

hot workshops:

Tibetan Prayer Flags Workshop ~ The Papershell Garden Gallery

April turned hot and sunny in a hurry but that made great weather for drying handmade paper
in the bright outdoors of The Papershell Garden Gallery in Richmond, Texas.  I led a workshop
where we used Abaca pulp mixed with recycled ingredients, and traditional papermaking tools
and techniques to make our own prayer flags to hang in our gardens. By drying the pressed
paper on sheets of glass, we made a paper with a surface smooth enough to write our own
messages to the universe.
See my "Links & Faves" page to connect with Papershell!

Longstitch & Tacket Binding Workshop ~ Museum of Printing History

I designed two sizes of Longstitch journal and two variations of the ancient Tacket binding to
teach all in one afternoon at the Museum of Printing History in Houston.  Longstitch is one of the
most versatile of bindings so we had fun experimenting with the just a few of the possibilities.  
Tacketing can be used to make removable signatures or purely to add a dimensional effect to
the spine.