Book Arts Guild of Vermont workshop: Dowel Spine Portfolio
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the monthly meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. I was in charge of the evening’s program and taught folks the Dowel Spine Portfolio, a structure I learned during my summer workshop at the Focus on Book Arts conference with Peter Thomas.
When I received my grant from the Vermont Arts Council, one of my goals was to provide at least one free workshop based on a class I attended at the conference. Mission accomplished.
Below you can see my completed Dowel Spine Portfolio, as I discussed in this post about Peter’s workshop.
I was able to adapt Peter’s book to a size that accommodates a CD – I taught that at the class as well. I can’t teach a workshop without being a dork and taking a picture of my workshop supplies, eagerly awaiting folks to arrive.
I was convinced that the turnout would be small, as I figured that a lot of folks would be on vacation. 23 people showed up. I couldn’t believe it. And that room was small – it was like cramming a bunch of bookbinding clowns into a car.
Please note that the Guild members are not actually clowns.
I realized that when I teach a workshop, I achieve an unavoidable sense of “Bwwahahahhahh!”. And I express it. It’s just who I am.
I think the workshop went well. Folks went home with 2 books and many attendees told me that they were going to teach the structure to others, which makes me happy.
What made me even happier was that I had prepared 24 sets of materials, hoping for the best with attendance. I went home empty-handed. 🙂