Faculty/Staff Exhibit at Focus on Book Arts

Pacific University | Forest Grove, OR | May 2, 2019

Artist book by Elissa Campbell of Blue Roof DesignsThe Faculty/Staff Exhibit at the Focus on Book Arts conference includes work by workshop instructors and conference staff. The exhibit opens at the Pacific University library in Forest Grove, OR on May 2, 2019. It will remain on campus through the conference and can be seen during regular library hours.

My piece, Fine Art, is part of the exhibit.

The closing reception for the exhibit will be held in conjunction with Hospitality Night on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Library hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bound to Happen - Exhibit of work by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

S.P.A.C.E. Gallery | Burlington, VT | June 7, 2019

Artist's book and board game hybrid by Elissa CampbellThe Book Arts Guild of Vermont‘s annual member show, Bound to Happen, is currently on display at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington, VT. The exhibit will be open from June 7 – 29.

Using the book as a format or as material, artists use the interaction of concept, structure, materials, and content to create a kind of happening or experience for the reader.

The exhibit, the first at the gallery since April 2012, includes a wide range of techniques and subject matter ranging from repurposed books turned into sculptural shapes to miniature woven paper structures.

My piece, You Can’t it with You, is part of the exhibit – this is the first time that the piece has been shown in Vermont. It’s a hybrid artist’s book and board game that focuses on why we keep things and why we should get rid of them. If you make it to the exhibit, feel free to play the game – it’s fun and goes by quickly.

Find Closure

Pacific University | Forest Grove, OR | June 29, 2019

Handmade leather journals with multiple closures by Elissa CampbellSaturday June 29, 2019
Sunday June 30, 2019
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (1.5 hour lunch break)

I’m thrilled to be teaching at the Focus on Book Arts conference once again! This time around, it’s all about closures.

Need that finishing touch for your journal? I’ve got you covered!

Consider this workshop the equivalent of a Closure Dressy Bessy. First you’ll complete a set of two soft cover, leather books (measuring 9.5″ x 6.5″) each with a different variation of the long stitch binding.

Then comes the fun part – you’ll experiment with a variety of ways to secure those books. You’ll explore ways to use buttons, leather straps, sticks, and metal hardware to create up to 5 closures per book (as time allows).

Bring your own embellishments (buttons, ribbons, etc.) that you’d like to use for closures – there will be time for discussion and problem-solving as a group.

You’ll leave this workshop with two books, along with a detailed handout and resource list for all materials used.

Materials Fee: $65.00 (includes leather, paper, thread, and all materials for closures)

Supplies/Equipment: X-Acto knife and extra blades, 24″ metal ruler, cutting mat, pencil, bone folder, awl, scissors, a minimum of two sewing needles, Japanese screw punch (or equivalent) with assorted bits (1.0 – 5.0), small glue brush (0.5″ – 1″), PVA, glue stick, 2″ x 12″ gridded ruler (a quilting ruler would work), weight, small metal triangle.

Registration for FOBA is open until June 1st.


Three is a Magic Number

The Morgan Conservatory | Cleveland, OH | August 3, 2019

Handmade three signature leather journals by Elissa CampbellSaturday August 3, 2019
Sunday August 4, 2019
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

I’m thrilled to be teaching at The Morgan Conservatory for the very first time in 2019!

Have you always wanted to give Keith Smith‘s bindings a try, but the diagrams make your head spin? Then this workshop’s for you! In this two-day workshop, you’re going to work through nine three-section bindings, based on the work of Keith Smith, using only leather, paper, and thread – no glue needed!

Each binding involves sewing pages directly through a leather cover and each creates a different decorative pattern on the spine. These bindings are very flexible and allow the books to open completely flat. You’ll ease into each binding by practicing on a paper template first, then you’ll use what you’ve learned to sew the book. In addition to learning various stitches, you’ll also try out different closure methods for each book.

While all of the bindings include three sections, the last book will include nine – you’ll learn how to adapt a 3-section binding to create a larger book by repeating the pattern. You’ll be binding all of your sewing templates into your final book, and this will be a great reference for future work.

You’ll leave this workshop with a basic knowledge of bookbinding technique and nine completed books. You will receive a detailed handout and resource list for all materials used.

Supplies/Equipment: Awl, bone folder, 12″ metal ruler, X-Acto knife and extra blades, punching cradle, cutting mat, scissors, pencil, a minimum of two sewing needles, small metal triangle, Japanese screw punch (or equivalent) with 1.5mm, 2.0mm, and 3.0mm bits, gridded ruler (a quilting ruler would work), weight.

Cost: $290.00, all materials included

My workshop is open for registration!

You can check out this Morgan flyer for more information.


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