Dear Friends, Students, Faculty Members and lovers of books,

This is Deb Stevens. I am the administrative director for the American Academy of Bookbinding based out of Telluride, Colorado. This blog was started as a way for all of us, those who have studied at AAB, friends of AAB, as well as those who want to find out more about this place, can keep in touch with each other during the year. I'll be posting all kinds of photos, news and updates as regularly as possible (or newsworthy). I hope you will also share any bookbinding thoughts, questions, revelations, etc. Send me your photos and let us all know what you're up to. Keep connected!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Don Glaister's Class....FANTASTIC!! Hélène Jolis Arrives!

Hélène with Titling students.

John works on his hinges.

Lisa from Calgary practices her titles using ink on paper.

Don pointing out subtle details with Garie from Ohio and Jill from Texas.

Don Glaister's Fundamentals of Bookbinding class was absolutely fantastic. Though students tended to work in the studio long after class was over, Don was there too, giving advice, teaching, reviewing the day's techniques. This was Don's first year teaching for the Academy, and every student had rave reviews of him and the course. Almost all of the students have signed up to take Don's Intermediate Fine Binding course in the fall, which is the next course in the series. I can't say enough great things about Don.......he is kind, patient, funny, creative and very generous with his knowledge and time. We look forward to many more years of having him in Telluride. Thank you Don!!

And our honored visiting artist, Hélène Jolis, arrived from Paris last week. Her first class, "Titling for Fine Binding and Conservation," started this week. In the students' words: "This class is amazing! It's just what I needed. I've taken Titling before, but Hélène is teaching how to apply the titles in a very systematic, structured way. I love that there are concrete, clear ways and rules of doing this." And another, "Excellent. Fantastic!! I am learning so much!!" Thank you Hélène. We are so honored and happy to have you here.

Hélène will be in the U.S. teaching for a total of six weeks—2 weeks in Telluride, 2 weeks in Ann Arbor, one week each in San Francisco and Boston. There is still room in some of the upcoming classes, so let me know if you are interested in attending. You don't want to miss this incredible opportunity! More news and photos to follow.....

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