In 1990, the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven paired up with the New England and New York Chapters of the Guild of Book Workers to build an exhibit to honor Polly Lada-Mocarski and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the bindery at CAW.
Gisela Noack, Chairman of the Exhibition, noted the exhibit was a tribute to Polly, who was a “bookbinder and conservator, a teacher and mentor, a fundraiser, sponsor and inventor, but most of all a friend.”
Book Arts Exhibition 1990 — Polychrome — Polytechnique went on display from April 22 – June 3. During the opening reception attendees were entertained by Susan Joy Share and Geoffrey Morrow as they performed excerpts of their performance “Unfolded World” (click on the link above and scroll down to find images of this work).
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.
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.
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.
The Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT will host New England Chapter member Peter Geraty this fall. Some of us have had the opportunity to take workshops with Peter and can highly recommend…
Parchment over Boards Workshop
Instructor: Peter Geraty
Creative Arts Workshop. New Haven, CT.
Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm, Oct 29 – 30 Cost: $450 members: $405
This workshop will encompass the binding of a book into parchment over boards. Although parchment has a reputation of being difficult to work with, it is an ideal binding material. It is beautiful and stronger than any other material we normally work with in bookbinding. In this workshop, we will sew a blank book, round and back it, sew endbands, create the parchment cover and case the book in. To accomplish this, the class will move quickly through all the steps; students should be comfortable sewing a textblock, endbands and making cloth cases. Please bring a standard binding kit – bone folders, sewing needle, awl, scissors, dividers, pencil, metric ruler, knife and straightedge, glue brushes, backing hammer (if you have one). If you have a sanding drum, such as a Dremel or a Foredom, you should also bring it. Please register by October 10 to assure place in the class. A $75 materials fee for parchment is included.
Paper Marbling Workshop with Dan and Regina St. John
March 7 and 8, 2009
Creative Arts Workshop
New Haven, CT
Dan and Regina are the proprietors of Chena River Marblers in Amherst, MA. They are splendid teachers and provide the entire set up for marbling. Participants leave with more than 25 sheets of marbled paper!