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Totebook with Watercolor Paper In-Store Class Oct 7

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Totebook with Watercolor Paper In-Store Class
Saturday, October 7, 10:30am-4pm
 Kristen Lewis
Limit: 6 students. All participants must be 15 years or older.

Class Details:

There are so many reasons why we love this new book structure from local book artist Kristen Lewis! First, it's practical and versatile. Scond, the small details give it a professional look. Third, it also includes a number of transferable techniques to add to your paper and book skills.

This particular version of the book has pages of watercolor paper, making it a more economical option for art than buying a commercial journal. Kristen’s book is designed so it’s easy to take anywhere – hence the name Totebook! The hard cover protects it when it’s thrown in a jumbled bag, the soft spine is both flexible and sturdy, and an easy chain stitch binding holds up well to use. (Did we mention that the structure is versatile?) When making more Totebooks at home, you can easily change the purpose by substituting other paper such as text weight, sketch, lined, grid, or other. 

Included in the class are some useful techniques that readily transfer to other book projects: an elastic band that keeps the book closed, rounded corners that keep it from looking dog-eared despite constant use, and envelope paste downs that are both useful and fun. Kristen thinks of everything! Her Totebook is a workhorse, and a handy thing to have around.

COVID Safety
Due to the limited size of the classroom, social distancing will not be possible. Attendees of the class are welcome to wear masks. Help keep community members and our staff safe, please do not attend the class if you are feeling sick. Please contact ahead of time if you have specific questions regarding class covid safety.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Optional: apron
  • Optional: snacks, waterbottle, sack lunch for the short lunch break

    Class Materials Include:

    • All bookbinding tools + scissors, glue, thread, etc
    • Templates, handouts & information
    • Bookboard covers, decorative paper, envelope pockets, grommet hardware, elastic closure etc
    • Precut watercolor paper textblock

    Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

    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.

    Instructor Bio

    Kristen Law Lewis was bitten by the book-bug in the last semester of her undergrad Studio Art studies at University of Colorado. She’s made all kinds of books since - founding Papercuts Press in 2005. She later pursued artifact conservation, a second love, and earned a degree in Museum Studies. Kristen mixes her time between sculpture, bookmaking, teaching, and caring for museum collections. She has taught bookbinding classes since 2007 and brings a gentle, engaging, and informative approach to guiding class projects.

    "My work is largely driven by materials and process. I love the challenge of physically incorporating something special into what I make. Upcycling, repurposing, and reducing waste are key interests in my studio practice. I think a lot about where things come from, and where they are going. I'm enamored with material objects - modifying their past significance to construct a relevance for them today."

    Read Two Hands Paperie’s Artist Interview with Kristen

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