Five artists spent two days in the studio exploring the art of printing with acrylics & gelli plates, using various papers, masks, stencils, and tools for mark-making. Though our color palette was limited & shared, each artist found their way through the process intuitively, producing vastly different finished works.
On day two, we assembled to sew our prints into Japanese stab (or side-sewn) books, tortoise shell variation, using lightly-waxed linen thread. This binding can be daunting for a newcomer to the binding, simply because it requires 12 holes to be punched before sewing in a specific order. The book results are as visually engaging as the prints, ending in a wonderfully tactile, colorful set of handbound books.
We spent the last half hour of the workshop playing with color, dip-dyeing papers—orizomegami—for use in future book projects. Again, each participant's results were quite different in color combination and style. This no-rules play is the perfect way to end a binding session, a pressure release from meticulous cutting & sewing.
If you're interested in exploring any of these topics (dip-dye, bookbinding, or gelli printmaking), please don't hesitate to contact me here at thicketheart. The same goes if you're interested in a custom bound book as a gift for a loved one. I'm happy to make books & papers for special people.
If you're curious about what else Tiger Lily Press has on the schedule, the workshops listing changes seasonally, and is available at tigerlilypress.org. In fall, classes will likely include linocut printmaking, papermaking, & eco-printing on paper, among others.