Idaho, my new love for many reasons, but for the sake of this post, I will focus on my experience at The Old Ways of Making Books Workshop with Jim Croft.
It's been a month since I returned home from this life changing adventure and I want to share with you a glimpse of the experience. It goes a little something like this:
June 28-July 14, 2019
15 days at the home of Jim Croft and Melody Eckroth in Santa, ID
Learning and applying skills to create a Medieval Gothic Book using materials from the land
4 characteristics of this style of bookbinding:
A rough plan of the work that lies ahead in order to make each part of the book by hand:
1. making paper from old cloth
2. making tools from bone for preparing pages, supporting sewing and working the leather spine
3. spinning flax fiber to make thread to sew the text block
4. processing animal (deer) hide to make leather to cover the book’s spine
5. sharpening a series of metal tools to support the wood working process
6. sewing a text block on a sewing frame
7. cutting and shaping book boards for the book’s cover
8. designing and creating brass clasps to hold the book closed
Alyssa Sacora is an artist, a gardener and an observer of nature living in Western North Carolina. Trying to make sense of this lifetime, she explores the world with her hands, learning processes and making correlations between humans, spirit and the natural world.