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Book Art, Paper Art & Printmaking

The last week in February was our annual week-long celebration of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Like the Folk School, the Arts and Crafts Movement celebrates craftsmanship and skill. The movement began in England in the 19th century as a reaction to increased industrialization and resistance to the ornate Victorian style, and it resonated in America in the first half […]

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Under my tree this year is another tree and it looks like this: In the Book Arts class, “Ornamental Books and Boxes for the Holidays” with Dea Sasso we tackled three ambitious projects for the Long Weekend. The first project was the tree pictured above with a fancy triangular box. Dea bought a wonderful assortment […]

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Gian Frontini has taught book making and restoration at the Folk School for many years. He runs a small bindery in Amherst Island, Ontario, and concentrates on restoration and conservation of early leather and vellum bindings. I talked Gian about his upcoming class: Book Restoration Clinic, about book making, the Folk School, and more. Enjoy […]

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Japanese aesthetic philosophy inspires us all the way from the Far East to the Folk School. Radically different from Western design, Japanese design principles mesh especially well with the Folk School due to an emphasis on simplicity, unobtrusive beauty, function, irregularity, weathered textures, nature, and tranquility. Cultivate a bonsai, write a haiku, try Ikebana flower arranging, learn about traditional […]

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Every time I see Sara Boggs around campus, like a giddy child, I ask her: “Can I see your sketchbook?” She always says “yes.” You see, Sara is one of those artists who constantly carries her handmade sketchbook around, capturing tiny moments of life here and there – taking the time to practice and develop […]

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