A summer workshop with Timothy C. Ely in Colfax, Washington
Sketchbooks: Thoughts and Actions
July 14 – 18, 2014
In this 5-day intensive master class, the sketchbook is the vehicle for delving into book binding and design, of structure and purpose, as well as inspiration for a personal archive embedded in a book form – an environment for big ideas and great change. We will cover often overlooked first principals of the craft of bookbinding, as well as explore a platform from which the participant can merge the generation of idea and observation with the creation of a hand-made book.
The sketchbook can serve as a planner, recording device, carrier of scrap, journal, and muse. Notations in a sketchbook are often the first step in connecting the imagination with the realization of an object or grasping an insight. Sketchbooks have a long and venerable history.
We will fabricate a “formal” codex book with rigid covers. Knowledge of this conceptually flexible book form will ultimately allow for a great deal of spontaneous play. These structures are fascinating hybrids, combining a traditional, sewn text block, with Ely’s development of the “drum leaf” binding for cover techniques. There are many variations possible, so adequate time will be provided to explore. Surface design on covering materials, possible variants on format, and engagement with mark-making tools will form a foundation for exciting and durable archiving. Adhesives, their make-up, and use for a range of techniques, both utilitarian and decorative, will be covered. Group dynamics will also insert topics of surprise as participants bring ideas and issues to the game.
The fee is $450.00, which includes all basic materials and two evening meals. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit received no later than May 10, 2014 will hold your place. The balance of $400.00 will be due by June 1. Transportation and lodging will be additional, by your own arrangement.
Email Tim at email@example.com for further details and a registration form.