Covid-19 has motivated a few changes to my habits and expectations. At the time of writing this (March 18th, 2020), my University (Concordia U. BFA in Art Education) classes are on hold and I’m not sure how this shutdown will delay my progress through the program. I’ve been able to get quite a few smaller projects done that were waiting for time to complete them. I’m getting to the bottom of my list and it still feels like I’m procrastinating doing something big, but I don’t know what that is… yet.

One of the new things I learned this past semester, thanks to our amazing instructor and renown Art Educator Aileen Pugliese-Castro, was how to teach book binding to kids (of all ages). I have been wanting to learn how to do book binding for years and always thought it was too big a task. Boy, was I wrong! It can be simple and loads of fun… it also allows me to make my own sketchbooks… well, for my daughter, really. She draws constantly and loves to use my stuff! I’m happy to oblige. Anyway, here is the start of this new project… let’s see where t goes.

Simple sketchbooks

Above have used Single-Signature, Double-Signature, & Japanese Binding. The green one is an accordion binding. The blue one is binding with found materials. All are using simple needl-point thread. I will probably use other threads and materials going forward… I’m very fond of natural twine for some odd reason.

This is a small stack of paper sampler booklets I rescued from a recycle bin at school. It contains the most wonderful range of papers…. excellent for drawing on. They are small-is, but I’m sure I can transform them into funky sketchbooks or journals.

My teacher inspired me to start collecting bits of paper, cardboard, fabric, canvas, etc… the sherpa nature of being an art teacher. I have loads of materials to make books with… let’s see where this will go…

More to come…

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