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Explore the pleasure of creating and filling a hand-bound book. Utilizing a binding that has withstood the test of time with its elegance, flexibility, and strength, we will first bind a book of fine papers and ridged translucent mica sheets. We will then cut, scratch, hammer, burn, glue, paint, and sew back into the pages, creating niches, alcoves, and secret spaces to house and protect treasures, images, and words.

Participants will work with mica—both the natural and manmade form of this material- and become familiar with its unique characteristics. Participants will create two book structures and experiment with a variety of materials and techniques.

Students should bring:

Thin or light weight collage materials: decorative papers, photos, insect wings, sheet music, old book pages, leafs, feathers, etc. High contrast imagery generally works best

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Instructor: Daniel Essig

Daniel Essig was born in St Louis Missouri, studied at Southern Illinois University, Penland School of Craft and the University of Iowa. He maintained a studio at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville NC for 20 years. He currently continues his fulltime studio work in Penland NC. Daniel Essig lectures and offers workshops nationally and internationally at book centers, craft schools, colleges, artist retreats as well as privately. Daniel has created wooden and sculptural books for 25 years. He is the recipient of the North Carolina Artist Fellowship Grant. Daniel exhibits his work nationally and is in numerous private and public collections. His work has been collected by the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery, the Mint Museum, the University of California at Santa Cruz McHenry Library and the Topeka Public Library.