Susan Mills’s books make me feel like a five year old wearing mittens in the petting zoo- watching an incredible tactile experience hoof past me. Susan Mills opened her own studio in 1990 and (thank the stars) dedicated her creativity and artistic vision exclusively to book making and teaching. She teaches at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, as well as a number of classes and workshops in New York City, including here at the Center for Book Arts.
Her books run the gamut from elegant to magnificent to jaw-dropping- eye-crossing- small amounts of drooling. She works with a whole slew of different materials: felt, leather, handmade paper and vegetable parchment, to name a few. Check out her website at http://www.susanmillsartistbooks.com/. She has many of her titles listed with a quick one minute video detailing the books’ interiors. Each one is more surprising the next. This one blew me away, lime paper?!
Susan Mills is also the host of a bookbinding podcast http://www.bookbindingnow.com/, although you probably already know that and have it automatically download to your five apple devices every other Wednesday. But, maybe what you don’t know is that Susan Mills is teaching a new class at the Center for Book Arts in the evening, June 24th through the 27th, 6-9 pm.
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The class covers different variations of the French Groove- a classic, versatile approach to binding. No, you won’t learn how to make paper from Dragonfruit, but you will learn some foundational techniques from a fantastic artist and teacher who will undoubtedly inspire!
The French groove is a visible space or joint at the spine of a book. The class will cover three different versions of a hardcover book, using this element: the built-in groove case, the three piece built-in groove case, and the flat back case. This class is a great introduction to (or review of) the materials, tools and techniques of hand binding. Register here.
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