mcba open studio

i love you, drill press!
the drill press, my new best friend.

yesterday was a shit day, and i really didn’t want to spend the evening in a public arena. i wanted to crawl under the covers and hide out in my air conditioned bedroom. but i had registered for open studio at minnesota center for book arts, and i really needed to get over there so i can finish some projects.

i also love you, guillotine!

the open studio workshop on tuesdays is pretty new, and it’s a great deal: for $10 (members), the bookbinding equipment is available from 6-9pm (letterpress and screenprinting equip is also available for different fees). usually it’s $20 per hour to use the bindery, so clearing time on a tuesday night is a nice money-saver. i had 2 reams of paper to cut for coptic-bound and secret belgian bound journals.

i also made use of the drill press for photo album pages. i bind albums with 2 screw posts, and i’ve been punching those holes by hand. it has gotten to the point to where i hate making photo albums because punching those 2 damn holes in every page really sucked. so i used the drill press to drill the 2 holes in about 250 pages, and life is going to be a little better.

richard stephens sewing up the book

the highlight was working with artist richard stephens. he was the monitor in the bindery for the night, and i needed to brush up on my drill press skills. we talked while we figured out the machine, and i realized that i was familiar with his linocuts — i bought a bunch of his cards at the loring park art festival a few years ago. he’s currently working on a book with writer steven schild, called these old men know things. it’s steven’s haiku, paired with richard’s linocuts, and richard is handbinding each book. it’s a small edition — i can’t remember the exact number, but it’s under 25. what a treat to see it coming together!

richard stephens sewing up the book

7 responses to “mcba open studio”

  1. shona~LALA dex press says:

    It would be wonderful if our local universality’s book binding foundry + print studio offered this to the public. I know you appreciate having this available to you.

    I guess I could take my chipboard to someone to cut in minutes what it took me about 6 episodes of “Alias” to accomplish, but truth be told, I sort-of enjoy my complete hands-on process. If only I had my dad’s jumbo cutter he has offered to me if I can get it from L.A. to Nashville.

  2. Sarah says:

    I can only hope to someday write on *anything* that involves the phrase “secret Belgian bound journals.”

  3. Anna says:

    So wonderful when something you don’t want to do at certain point in time but force yourself to turns into a pleasant surprise.

  4. jackie says:

    so glad you did not dive under your covers. power tools make you a Super Hero!

  5. cindy says:

    ditto anna’s comment! it’s also nice to see where you make your books and how.

  6. Regina says:

    We have GOT to have something like this in NYC! Must look and find. Very cool! Hope your day got better; I feel you.

  7. Sonya says:

    Ooooh a drill press! Nothing like cranking out a bunch of stuff that would usually be an agony of time to get through. Good for you!

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