Daniel Essig Altered Mica Workshop in February

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Daniel Essig Altered Mica Worhandmade10_9-4x6kshop
February 6 - 8, 2015 And advanced on Feb 12-14.

Fri. 1 - 4 pm, Sat. 9 am - 4 pm, & Sun. 9 am - 4 pm.
Fifteen hour workshop. Fee: $275 + $40 materials fee.
Location: First Christian Church
740 East Speedway Tucson, AZ 85719



Contact Sonoran Paperworks if interested (www.paperworks.info)

“Some people use my books as journals and fill them up with words. I don’t write in my books. For me, the books themselves are journals, visual records of my life and work.”

Daniel Essig is interested in traces of the past, ancient binding styles, altered
books, distressed finishes, and found objects. All of which he uses in his
books.This workshop explores the pleasures of creating and filling a hand-bound
book. Utilizing a binding that has withstood the test of time with it’s elegance,
flexibility, and strength, we will first bind a book of fine papers and ridged
translucent mica sheets. We will then cut, hammer, glue, shred, paint, and sew
back into pages, creating niches, alcoves, and secret spaces to house and
protect treasures, images, and words.
Participants will work with mica - both the natural and man made forms of this
material - and become familiar with it’s unique characteristics.
Instructor will have optional supplies available for purchase.
Student tools and materials (what participants need to bring)
Thin or light weight collage materials: decorative and text papers, antique
photos-paper, tintypes(steel) or ambrotypes(glass), old letters, sheet music, old
books, insect wings, leafs, feathers, photo copies, etc.
Small found Objects 1/8-1/4 inches thick (for altered book workshop only)
Black sharpie fine line
Few colors of acrylics (earthtones)
6-12” metal ruler
Exacto knife and extra blades, utility knife and blades
Self-healing cutting mat
Assorted binder clip
Small sharp scissors
Utility/Kitchen scissors
2-3 inch rubber brayer
Awls-including a slender one for piercing sections.
Japanese paper drill & tips(not a must, but bring one if you already own it)
3/8 inch Flexcut palm chisel (available at fine woodworking stores or mail order
from http://www.earthguild.com/products/woodwork/flexcut/flexpalm.htm item