Whimsical Laser Cut Wood Journal Class ONLINE
Friday, February 19, 1-3:30pm MDT
Instructor: Tracy Bellehumeur
Limit: 12 students. Includes class kit + shipping
These whimsical journals feature original designs by local book artist Tracy Bellehumeur on their laser cut wood covers. The journals are sewn with the Coptic stitch, a binding method that’s over a thousand years old. The exposed braids of the binding on the spine add a beautiful decorative touch, and also allow the journal to lay flat for writing or sketching. It’s a workhorse of a book! Join Tracy in this basic class to learn how to make your own. She’ll cover basic bookbinding skills, such as paper grain and making your own jig, and will talk briefly about how she makes the wood covers using the laser cutters at Boulder Library’s Makerspace. The covers themselves feature fanciful scenes created from her line drawings- a Napping Snail with Mushroom, a “Together with You” Sheep, or a Vintage Bee Skep. Tracy also supplies the text block and decorative fly papers with pre-drilled holes for you to arrange into signatures. The last step is following her clear instructions to bind everything together with the Coptic stitch. Quicker than you think, you have an unusual and whimsical little journal!
If you have a cover design preference, please leave a note at checkout. We will do our best to give you your preference, but limited quantities are availabe of each design.
To receive your kit in time for class, register by Feb 5 if outside Colorado or Feb 12 if in Colorado. We ship the kits via USPS Mail and will email you the tracking number. If you are a Boulder local, you can pick up your kit from our Pearl Street location by choosing “curbside pick-up” when registering. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.
Class Kit Includes: 1 set of laser cut wood covers, decorative end papers,binding needle, paper for signatures, waxed linen thread. Kits will begin shipping at least 3 weeks before the class date or earlier.
Please bring the following materials:
Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the morning of the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellations made 3 weeks before class can either be refunded or used to pay for another class. If the class kit has already been shipped at the time of cancellation, the price of the kit plus shipping will be deducted from the refund amount. Two Hands Paperie retains a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. For cancellations made after the cancellation deadline, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee cannot be transferred to pay for another class. You may, however, gift the class along with the class kit to someone else; just notify us of the switch. These policies are to ensure that THP and teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 4 students are enrolled one week before. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be contacted via email and refunded the FULL class fee.
Tracy Bellehumeur is a local book artist, engineer, crafter, and beekeeper. Her first introduction to book arts was in 2001 at a University of Colorado class given by Mia Semingson, the co-owner of Two Hands Paperie. Tracy took to book making like a bee to honey, recognizing it as an art and craft that brought together many of her passions – photography, sculpture, drawing, the digital arts, and technology. She likes working in miniature with sculptural elements and photography, and is constantly experimenting with ways to create unusual structures such as dioramas, art books, shadowboxes, laser cut objects, little clocks, and other small wonders. She loves to teach and leads an eclectic group of workshops throughout the area and at community events.
Tracy is one of the founding members of BeeChicas, a Boulder-based voice and tireless advocate for pollinators. The group organizes the Boulder Pollinator Appreciation Month and can be found on the Boulder Library rooftop tending the bees. Their website www.beechicas.com describes Tracy best: geological engineer turned creative mastermind, urban homesteader, epic bike journeyer, energetic educator, craft curator, ukulele maestro, and artisan bread baker. Tracy is also the Creative Technologist at the Broomfield Maker Space. Learn more about her at https://www.instagram.com/beefarmgirl/andhttps://beefarmgirl.wordpress.com/