Sunday, August 14, 2011

From Hedi Kyle, to Daniel Essig, to Dorothy Wheeler

                  The eight day art retreat, Art Unraveled, in Phoenix, Arizona, 
recently finished another successful run. I had the great pleasure of meeting Dena Bliss and her friend, Dorothy Wheeler, at this year's event.  They talked me into taking Daniel Essig's Tree Book workshop although it doesn't take much to talk me into taking a class from him.  He is one of my favorite book artists/binders.

Here is Daniel Essig demonstrating a fishbone folding technique originally created by master book artist, Hedi Kyle.

Workshops for me are places to gather ideas and not a place for making a precious masterpiece. The finished project is just the beginning of new innovations to come. Dorothy definitely demonstrated that philosophy when she returned home and created a 60th birthday card/book for her sister.
Here is our basic workshop project.

And here is how Dorothy added her own touch to it.

Mica sheets are laminated (glued) to the inner and outer cover surfaces, front and back, as well as on the front flap.

It's a wonderful concept with great potential for modifications of all sorts.