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Focus on Book Arts conference brochure available too!

Yep, it’s another blog post about the Focus on Book Arts conference! I can’t help it – I’m just so excited! I recently received a batch of FOBA brochures in the mail – they offer an overview of the conference, along with a listing of this year’s workshops. When I opened up one of the brochures, I was excited to see a close-up of one of the books that folks will be making in my workshop: Then I noticed the photo to the left of it – it was taken during my workshop in 2017! You can see me in the ...
Tags: Art, Education, Workshop, Conference, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, Don, Focus on Book Arts, FOBA


Happy National Handwriting Day!

I love funky holidays. Today we are blessed with National Handwriting Day.  The holiday was created by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977 to promote the use of pens, pencils, and paper. Perhaps they saw the internet coming? The date of January 23rd was selected because it’s John Hancock’s birthday. People have told me that kids aren’t taught penmanship in school any more…is that true? If so, that’s sad. There’s so much to be said for this beautiful art form.  What can you ...
Tags: Art, Bookbinding, Elissa, National Handwriting Day, John Hancock, Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association


Trip to Leatherwise

On our last day of vacation in California, we made a stop in Santa Cruz. We had some time to kill before our flight, so out of curiosity I did what I do – I performed a quick internet search for any kind of bookbinding supplies in the near vicinity. And…victory! I found Leatherwise, a sweet little leather shop. In this case, size sure didn’t matter. Every square foot of the place was jam-packed with awesome. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I wanted to have all the things. Unfortun...
Tags: Art, Leather, California, Supplies, Santa Cruz, Bookbinding, Elissa, Leatherwise, Santa Cruz CA Google


2019 Focus on Book Arts catalog available

The 2019 Focus on Book Arts conference catalog was just published – woot! They won’t be mailing them this year, but you can at your leisure. Seeing my workshop in print makes my teaching there all the more real. This is so happening! I love this conference so much. The first time I attended was in 2007, which was P.B. (pre-blog). Here’s a refresher about FOBA – they put on a 5-day book arts conference every other year in Forest Grove, OR. In addition to workshops, they have evening activiti...
Tags: Art, Education, Workshop, Conference, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, Forest Grove, Karen Hanmer, Bonnie Stahlecker, Focus on Book Arts, Pietro Accardi, Sam Ellenport, Steph Rue, Pietro Accardi Sam Ellenport Bonnie Stahlecker


Visit to Claire Maziarczyk’s Studio

This past Sunday, I had the good fortune of making a return trip to paste paper artisan Claire Maziarczyk‘s studio. My last visit was nearly ten years ago! Claire posted on the Book Arts Listserv that she was downsizing and was looking to sell not only her fabulous paste papers, but also supplies and equipment. I made the journey with a few of my Book Arts Guild of Vermont cohorts so the trip didn’t seem as long as the 3.5+ hours it took for us to get there. Claire fed us lunch, which was awesom...
Tags: Google, Art, Vermont, Judy, Elissa, Claire, Becky, Claire Maziarczyk, Mmm Claire, Kirogami, Echizen Japan, Chigiri, Wikipedia Handmade


Elissa & Michael’s Modern Contemporary Wedding At Osteria

Elissa & Michael When Elissa and Michael set out to plan their day, the bride had a clear vision in mind – “modern contemporary (if that’s even a thing, but I’m claiming it).” The day was filled with “lots of peachy and gold vibes with a touch of greenery.” Add to that fun details like a custom neon sign, sparkling festoon lights, acrylic stationery, and a dress and suit that beautifully embody the garden location and you have a wedding that will just about make any Wednesday a good one! Continu...
Tags: Wedding, Michael, Elissa, Bride, Osteria, Inspired Weddings, Australia - Queensland, Elissa Michael When Elissa, Elissa Michael


Trip to Japantown

After visiting the American Bookbinders Museum, we headed over to Japantown. Most Japanese immigrants to the United States arrived via San Francisco. According to Wikipedia, there used to be 43 distinct Japantowns in California, but that number has dwindled down to three. In addition to San Francisco, you can find Japantowns in both San Jose and Los Angeles. When you arrive at the San Francisco Japantown, you’re greeted by a torii gate (Sacred Bird gate) built in 1976. I had seen several torii g...
Tags: Art, Japan, California, Wikipedia, San Francisco, Supplies, United States, San Jose, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, Japantown, Kinokuniya, Historic Preservation Commission, Adhesive, San Francisco Japantown


Trip to the American Bookbinders Museum

Over the summer, I spent a week in California with my family (a real vacation – yay!). I was fortunate enough to visit The American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco.  I visited the museum back in 2009 when Tim James ran it. It has since moved into a gorgeous space and now offers a wonderful experience of the history of bookbinding and an explanation of why it’s relevant today. It’s amazing what can happen in a few years! I was charmed by the posters – they seem to be reproductions of wh...
Tags: Art, California, San Francisco, Equipment, Exhibit, Bookbinding, Elissa, Smyth, Tim James, Karen Hanmer, American Bookbinders Museum, Imperial Arming Press, Stump Imperial Arming and Printing Press, Clementina Street San Francisco CA Google


Apple CEO Tim Cook says he is inspired by the story of how an Apple Watch identified a user's clogged heart arteries

Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to a story on Twitter about a man whose Apple Watch picked up on a major heart problem. Cook said the story and others like it "inspire us." This isn't the first time an Apple Watch has averted a medical crisis. Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to a tweet from someone who said their husband's Apple Watch helped save his life. Twitter user Elissa Lombardo tweeted at Cook on Friday, telling him that her husband's Apple Watch picked up his irregular heartbeat. He subsequ...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Cook, Trends, Tim Cook, Apple Watch, Elissa, Lombardo, University of California San Francisco, Elissa Lombardo


Trump Summons Thousands Back to Work Without Pay as Shutdown Drags On

As the White House tries to get the government functioning, President Trump invited Democrats to the White House, hoping to find cracks. They rejected his lunch date.
Tags: News, White House, Trump, Illegal Immigration, Elissa, Democratic Party, Slotkin, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Immigration and Emigration, Shutdowns (Institutional, Border Barriers


Democrats Jilt Trump on Lunch Talks but Look for Shutdown Exit

The president invited Democrats in Republican-leaning districts to the White House, hoping to find cracks in the party’s shutdown stance. They rejected his lunch date.
Tags: News, White House, Trump, Illegal Immigration, Elissa, Democratic Party, Slotkin, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Immigration and Emigration, Shutdowns (Institutional, Border Barriers


No. 10 N.C. State women rout Tenn.-Chattanooga 78-58

Freshman Elissa scored 18 points and No. 10 North Carolina State started fast and cruised to a 78-58 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, Ap, Elissa, North Carolina State, Tennessee Chattanooga, N C State, Tenn Chattanooga


I’m teaching at the Morgan next year!

I am so, so very thrilled to announce that I will be teaching a summer workshop at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland next year! I am seriously beside myself with happiness! The dates for my workshop have not yet been chosen, so stay tuned to the Events page of my website for the most up-to-date information. I’ll be teaching my Three is a Magic Number workshop, the same one I taught twice at the 2017 Focus on Book Arts conference. If you were interested in my workshop then but couldn’t travel ...
Tags: Art, Education, Leather, Workshop, Cleveland, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Morgan, Elissa, Keith Smith, Morgan Conservatory, West Coast Ohio


Obama Alumni Return to Washington, This Time as House Freshmen

Nearly a dozen incoming House freshmen served in previous presidential administrations. Seven from the Obama administration are determined to restore Mr. Obama’s legacy.
Tags: News, Obama, Power, House, House Of Representatives, Samantha, Elissa, Tom, Stevens, Haley, Slotkin, Lauren, Underwood, Malinowski, United States Politics and Government


A Bookbinder’s Black Friday

Welcome to my 8th annual roundup of bookbinding-related Black Friday deals! It’s that wonderful time of year when I think to myself Why don’t I have a massive bag of cash so I can buy all the things? In all likelihood, I will not be leaving my house because I’ve got a craft show tomorrow and I’m engaged in my annual Holy crap, I don’t have enough inventory freak out. I see both caffeine abuse and lack of sleep in my future. There are quite a few bookbinding-related online sales going on today (...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Elissa, Bookbinder, Oak Knoll Books, John Neal Bookseller, Arnold Grummer, Glenn Phillips, GMT Vintage Paper Co, Getty Store, Marcia Reed, Hiromi Paper, Morgan Conservatory The Guild


Honeymoon parents 'have no regrets'

Janine and Shane Scott took seven-year-old Elissa on their honeymoon to New York during term time.
Tags: New York, News, Elissa, Janine, Shane Scott


Parents have 'no regrets' over honeymoon holiday

Janine and Shane Scott took seven-year-old Elissa on their honeymoon to New York during term time.
Tags: UK, New York, News, Elissa, Janine, Shane Scott


In Michigan, the Best Candidates Just Happened to Be Women

For the first time, four of the top elected statewide officials will be women who ran on a broad range of issues.
Tags: Elections, News, Senate, Michigan, Elissa, Slotkin, Gretchen, Rashida, Politics And Government, Women and Girls, Whitmer, Tlaib


Meet the New House Democrats: They May Not Toe the Party Line

The freshman House Democrats are the most diverse, most female class in history — and span the ideological spectrum. They arrive in Washington for orientation this week.
Tags: Elections, News, Washington, House, House Of Representatives, Kim, Alexandria, Joe, Andy, Abigail, Omar, Elissa, Democratic Party, Tom, Deb, Cunningham


Meet the New House Democrats: They Could Be a Management Headache

The freshman House Democrats are the most diverse, most female class in history — and span the ideological spectrum. They arrive in Washington for orientation this week.
Tags: Elections, News, Washington, House, House Of Representatives, Kim, Alexandria, Joe, Andy, Abigail, Omar, Elissa, Democratic Party, Tom, Deb, Cunningham


I’m teaching at FOBA next year!

I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching a class at the 2019 Focus on Book Arts conference! Now that they’ve posted sneak peeks on their website and I see myself there (!!!), I finally feel comfortable giving the scoop. Here’s the announcement (I just had to take a screenshot): This will be my second time teaching at FOBA. The idea for this workshop actually came out of a discussion that happened in my 2017 workshop. Here are the details: Find Closure Need that finishing touch for y...
Tags: Art, Education, Leather, Workshop, Closures, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, Focus on Book Arts


Comment on better chocolate babka by Elissa

This is definitely a food of love, but it is sooooo worth it!! It is moist and delicious!! The long rise makes the bread REALLY tender. It reminds me of babkas my Grandma picked up in a Jewish deli, but better… Amazing recipe!!!
Tags: Food, Elissa


The Art of the Fold: Instagram Post Round-up

I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey through The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures. It is a fantastic resource and compendium of Hedi Kyle‘s life’s work. The book is a must-have for anyone who loves paper and the magic you can do with it. Below you’ll find a round up of all of my Instagram posts detailing my work on each structure in the book. The Accordion 1. Folding an Accordion 2-4-82. Folding an Accordion 3-6-123. Folding an Accordion with Extensions4. Simp...
Tags: Art, Books, Instagram, Paper, Album, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, Enclosure, Franklin, Instagram Post, Pop-ups, Folding, Hedi Kyle, Ulla Warchol, Accordion Book


The Art of the Fold: Enclosures

Sadly, this post is my last in the series detailing my journey through Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol‘s new book, The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures. Today I’m highlighting the structures in the last chapter, Enclosures.  If you’re new to my blog, then you should know that I’ve been posting my structure of the day on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there. You can click on the name of each structure below and you’ll be taken to its related post over there. Time ...
Tags: Art, Books, Instagram, Wikipedia, Paper, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, Enclosure, Mesopotamia, Pleat, Hedi, Folding, Hedi Kyle, Ulla Warchol, The Art of the Fold


The Art of the Fold: Albums

This post is the sixth in a series detailing my adventures working through Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol‘s new book, The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures. Today’s post focuses on the structures in chapter four, Albums. Only one more chapter after this! If you’re new to my blog, then you should know that I’ve been posting my structure of the day on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there. You can click on the name of each structure below and you’ll be taken to its ...
Tags: Art, Books, Instagram, Paper, Album, Julie Chen, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, Garage Annex School, Hedi, Folding, Hedi Kyle, Ulla Warchol, The Art of the Fold


The Art of the Fold: One-Sheet Books, part 2

Today marks the fifth entry in my series of posts detailing my adventures working through Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol‘s new book, The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures. This post focuses on the remaining structures in chapter three, One-Sheet Books. If you’re new to my blog, then you should know that I’ve been posting my structure of the day on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there. You can click on the name of each structure below and you’ll be taken to its re...
Tags: Art, Books, Instagram, Paper, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, Hedi, Pop-ups, Folding, Hedi Kyle, Ulla Warchol, The Art of the Fold, Fishbone Fold


The Art of the Fold: One-Sheet Books, part 1

Welcome to the fourth entry in my series of posts detailing my adventures working through Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol‘s new book, The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures. This post focuses on half of the structures included in chapter three, One-Sheet Books. By the way – these are not made from bed sheets, but from one sheet of paper (I’m guessing you knew that already). One-sheet books are awesome for teaching kids in the classroom because they don’t require a lot ...
Tags: Art, Books, Instagram, Paper, Benjamin Franklin, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, Franklin, Hedi, Folding, Hedi Kyle, Ulla Warchol, The Art of the Fold, Fishbone Fold When


The Art of the Fold: Blizzards

Welcome to the third entry in my series of posts detailing my adventures working through Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol‘s new book, The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures. In this post, we’ll look at the structures included in chapter two, Blizzards. This chapter is full of structures I made when I attended Hedi’s workshop at North Country Studio Workshops this past January. If you’re new to my blog, then you should know that I’ve been posting my structure of the day ...
Tags: Art, Japan, Instagram, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, Hedi, Folding, Hedi Kyle, North Country Studio Workshops, Ulla Warchol, The Art of the Fold, Blizzard Book


The Art of the Fold: The Accordion, part 2

Welcome to the second entry in my series of posts detailing my adventures working through Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol‘s new book, The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures. This post includes the second batch of structures included in chapter one, The Accordion.  If you’re new to my blog, then you should know that I’ve been posting my structure of the day on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there. You can click on the name of each structure below and you’ll be taken...
Tags: Art, Instagram, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, Hedi, Folding, Hedi Kyle, Ulla Warchol, Accordion Book, The Art of the Fold


Evan Fallenberg's Playlist for His Novel "The Parting Gift"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Evan Fallenberg's novel The Parting Gift is complex and rewarding. Kirkus wrote of the book: "Magnetic…a complicated study of the ways in which religious heritage—from codes of ho...
Tags: Europe, Music, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, La, Wikipedia, Israel, David, Egypt, Selena Gomez, Francis, Lebanon, Elissa, Kirkus, Don, Atomic Books Comics Preview