January 15 - 17, 2016


Historic Longstitch bindings date from as early as the 13th century and were common throughout Europe. This binding style is perfect for sketchbooks, guest books and journals, as the book opens flat for easy writing. During this course, students will learn about proper binding techniques, wise tool choices, how to select appropriate materials and the history of this remarkable structure. All materials and tools will be provided. No previous bookbinding experience is necessary.

Class Level: Intermediate to Advanced 

Margot Ecke is the owner of Smokey Road Press, a design, letterpress and bookbinding studio in Athens, Georgia. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Cornell University. She received a Professional Printing Certificate from the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico and completed her training by earning her Diploma in Bookbinding at the North Bennett Street School in Boston. Margot was the Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts at Wells College in Aurora, New York from 2004-2006, where she interned at the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler. She has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, the North Bennet Street School and the Ink Shop. She was an Assistant Professor of Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of Georgia from 2006-2009. Her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally.

the visual language of collage journaling
dariana dervis

Participants will be introduced to mixed media collage as a visual journal artform. Using the basic design principles, we will experiment with various techniques such as photo transfers. As introspective tools to record, clarify, and heal, these journals are creative explorations and interpretations of our daily life. All levels of creativity are welcome!  

Class Level: Beginner to Advanced

Dariana Dervis finds mixed media collage to be a versatile and gratifying medium as a means of personal expression. Deeply inspired by nature, she incorporates found objects such as insect wings and dried flowers as well as papers into her artwork. She often uses sewn thread to adhere layers and create line work. Her exhibitions include an installation at Bart’s ArtVenture at the Birmingham Museum of Art as well as numerous gallery and juried art shows. She delights in helping others explore and discover the beauty of their creativity

Japanese postcards
Chiharu takahashi

Japan has four seasons and the Japanese enjoy all of the seasons with events or things unique to a season-natural phenomena, tastes and living things. In Japanese culture, postcards are decorated with drawings, paintings or short messages. In this class, you will design your own Japanese postcards to send to loved one or keep for yourself. 

Class Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Chiharu Roach was born in Nagoya City, Japan. Chi moved to Birmingham, Alabama fifteen years ago and went to school to learn English. She creates art so that she may express her mind without using the sound of speech. She begins each of her artworks with a pencil outline and then applies acrylic paint and rice paper on wood panels.