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Introduction to Water Gilding

Introduction to Water Gilding Course
At the studio of Sarah Pringle
http://cinchonline.com/courses/workshops/

Early winter 2018

Water Gilding: Foundation Study, Introduction to Traditional Materials & Techniques

Course Description:
This is an introductory level course suitable for those interested in learning the basic skills needed to work with traditional water gilding methods. You will receive five days of hands-on instruction in the practice of traditional water gilding, with the emphasis on practical techniques for surface preparation and the handling of loose leaf for panel and/or furniture gilding.

Materials, tools and equipment will be defined and their importance explained. Techniques in surface preparation using gesso and clay bole as the foundation for gilding will be taught step-by-step. Handling and applying gold and semi-precious leaf will be demonstrated so that you can become relaxed and confident when doing the application yourself. You will have the opportunity to prepare and gild a variety of panels and a mock up chair rail. Materials, supply and resource lists, recipes, a bibliography and supplemental material will be provided.

You may choose to add an additional sixth day to this course, which would provide you with access to the studio and time with the instructor to continue working on or to complete course projects.

Level:
Beginner. Given the detail oriented nature of water gilding some experience in hand/eye skills with brushes and an appreciation for technique and process is helpful.

Date:
Late January or anytime in February ; Five (5) day course (additional sixth day optional)

I’ve been asked by an interested prospective student to teach this introductory course. They have flexibility with when the course would happen. Those considering taking the course would have the opportunity to give input as to which week will be chosen.

Class Size: 3 – 4
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Workshop Location: One Cottage Street, Fourth Floor #42, Easthampton, MA

To make an inquiry about this course please go to http://cinchonline.com/courses/workshops/

S. Pringle Introduction to Water Gilding Course Description

 

USM Book Arts Bazaar

Book Arts Bazaar
Sunday April 9, 2017
10:00am – 3:00pm

A festival with Book Artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers and all things related to the book.

University of Southern Maine
Wishcamper Center

Free and Open to the Public

Book Arts Invitation 2017

11 Miller Street Open House

AFTER DARK:
FRI > MARCH 31, 5:30 –9 PM
IN THE DAYLIGHT:
SAT > APRIL 1, 12–5 PM
SUN > APRIL 2, 12–5 PM
Check out the work of binders and printers McKey Berkman, Barbara Halporn, John O’Regan, Amy Lapidow, Sarah Hulsey and Kate Rich at the Miller Street Artist Open Studios. The studio will also be putting on a bookbinder yardsale: cloth, paper, melinax, a machinist’s toolbox, plus more!
Brochure:
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Year-end appeal matching grant

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Dear Members and Book-Lovers,

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to the Guild of Book Workers year-end fundraiser.  So far, we have raised about 40% of our goal.  With less than a month before the fundraiser ends, we still have a long way to go.

Our President, Bexx Caswell, has made an exciting announcement: an anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations made from now until January 15th, up to $5,000!!!!

If you haven’t already done so, please consider making a donation to help support the Guild.  You can donate online here.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season,

Erin Fletcher
New England Chapter Chair, Guild of Book Workers

Year end giving

Dear Book Lovers,

We hope that you will consider the Guild of Book Workers in your year-end  giving.  Your support will ensure the continued success of our organization, while helping to build and strengthen our existing membership benefits.  Donors can choose from a variety of thank you gifts, and all donors will be thanked on our website and in an upcoming issue off the Newsletter.  We hope to raise $15,000 by the end of the fundraiser on January 15, 2017.

For more information or to donate now, go to:  Year-End Giving

The Exquisite Corpse

Outgoing Program Chair Erin Fletcher writes on her blog at HerringboneBindery.com about the conclusion of The Exquisite Corpse, a collaboration between the North Bennet Street School second year students and the New England Guild of Book Workers. Erin writes:

An Exquisite Corpse is a method of illustration invented by Surrealists in the early 1910s, where each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence usually without seeing the prior portion. Upon reveal this rule to hide the previous sequences offers up an abstract and amusing portrait. Each student created a plaquette covered in neutral leather (we used Harmatan Terracotta and Brown goatskin) and also completed the “head” portion of the figure. The plaquette’s were about 18in x 6in; allowing each participant to cover a 6in square portion of the board.

The artists statements are included below. Read the entire article on Erin’s Blog.

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