Whimsical Laser Cut Wood Journal
Sunday, March 1st, noon - 4:00pm
Instructor: Tracy Bellehumeur
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 on the spine not only add a beautiful decorative touch, they also allow the journal to lay flat for writing or sketching. It’s a workhorse of a book! Come join Tracy to learn how to make your own. Choose from a selection of cover designs, then tear down artist grade paper for the text block, arrange the pages in signatures, and bind them to the cover following Tracy’s clear instructions. During class she’ll cover basic bookbinding skills such as paper grain and making your own jig. She’ll also talk briefly about how she makes the covers using the laser cutters at Boulder Library’s Makerspace.
All Materials Provided
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.
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 loves to work in miniature using 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 more. 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/ and https://beefarmgirl.wordpress.com/.