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!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Artist Laura Wait was in Telluride for three days teaching a wonderful class titled "The Book as Art: Images+Handwriting+Exposed Sewing." I was lucky and got to attend the class. I loved it! I'd much rather be in the studio than upstairs sitting at my computer! I'm a painter...well I've done some painting, and this class appealed to me as we painted images and made marks on paper and then cut up the large sheets and made them into books. So cool. We spent two days making the pages, and on the third day we sewed the pages together. I can't tell you exactly what kind of sewing we did, but our sewing was exposed on the spine of the books. Laura combined techniques and made up these structures. They aren't too complicated, but the combination of personal artwork—inspired by words that we wrote down as our homework assignment—and simple binding structures made beautiful and interesting pieces. 

Everyone really enjoyed the class. This was the first class in 'artist's books' that we have taught at Ah Haa/AAB, and lots of local artists took the class. I was excited to introduce a new medium to our local art community. There are so many ways to use the book as a form of expression...and unless you see artist books first hand, you don't really know what they are. I love them. And I love Laura's books as well as her encaustic paintings. She is really talented. 

We can't wait to have you back Laura! I know your class will fill quickly. 

Thanks for a great introduction to a new structure!

Here are a few photos from the class.......

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