Acrylic Book Class NEW!
Saturday October 7th, 10:30-4:30 PM
Instructor: Kristen Law Lewis
Acrylic panels are a bit out of the ordinary when it comes to book covers, but artist Kristen Lewis likes to experiment! Luckily there’s a local supplier for the materials, and the standard Coptic stitch, with a slight variation, is up to the challenge of supporting the heavier covers. The rest is just fun. Since the book covers are clear, the exposed spine holds center stage. Kristen jazzed up her sample books with color and prints on the signature edges, but pretty much anything goes. Play with ombre, white on white, solid, or patterned papers for endless variations. Later at home, experiment with the visual depth created by the thickness of the laser-cut acrylic panels. Decorate the front and back pages of the text block, or decorate both sides of the acrylic panels themselves. Get creative by adding some thin lacy bits, printed transparencies, or alcohol inks for some cool effects. Or leave the clear covers undecorated and admire their streamlined beauty. Kristen provides a sewing template for the Coptic stitch, which makes it easy for beginners to learn and is a great refresher for those who have already done some Coptic binding. We love combining this ancient Egyptian technique with a contemporary material as a cover!
Please bring the following materials:
- Craft knife (such as X-Acto) with sharp blades
- Optional: favorite scissors
- Optional: Bag lunch and water bottle. There will be a short break for lunch.
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Kristen Law Lewis was bitten hard by the book bug during the last semester of her undergrad studies in Studio Art at CU Boulder. She's made all kinds of books since, and even created a line of hand bound books that she sold in galleries throughout Colorado under the name Papercuts Press. She later pursued artifact conservation, a second love, and earned a degree in Museum Studies. Kristen mixes her time between sculpture, bookmaking, and caring for museum collections. Her artwork - which reveals her deep love for paper, books, and maps - originates in her study of nature, and melds scientific and spiritual habits like collecting. These days she finds herself teaching others the art of bookmaking and loving every minute of it! One of her favorite things about book making is that the definition of "book" is so broad. Can you imagine using a paperwasp nest in a book? Kristen could. Using a rainbow of threads, she carefully stitched the nest to form the cover of a book for the 2011 Eccentric Artists Garden Exhibit in Boulder. She's constantly experimenting. Her latest work is with sewable electronics, which can add light to almost any piece of art. To quote her, "Book making is the perfect combination of craft and technology". Her blog is at http://www.papercutspress.blogspot.com.