Thursday, May 14, 2009

Book Hippies

Great news--in June I will be heading off to Santa, Idaho to spend about a week in the woods with Jim Croft, bookbinder extraordinaire, taking his "Wooden Boards & Clasps" class.

Jim and his wife, Melody (who describe themselves as "hippies"), grow their own flax and make paper from it. Melody also spins flax to make thread to sew books with, and Jim cuts and cures his own boards to use for wooden book covers. Whew! Not only that, he also makes his own bookbinding tools. If you've ever dreamed of leaving it all behind and going off to the woods to devote yourself to your art, Jim is a real inspiration. You can read more about him and his work here:

Idaho Center for the Book Website (pdf file of article on Jim Croft)

University of Idaho website (article about an exhibition of Jim Croft's work)

I grew up on a farm in Northern Idaho, and it's an absolutely beautiful place (mountains, trees, fresh air, crickets chirping, horses (see photo above), etc. -- well, ok, lots of mosquitoes, too!), so I'm really looking forward to spending some time there. Plus it sounds like a great bookbinding class.

Jim describes the accommodations at his place as "civilized camping" so I'll be packing plenty of flannel and mosquito repellent -- hope it doesn't rain, as June in Northern Idaho can be a bit nippy. But really, even if it does, I'll be too happy to care!


Kathleen Coy said...

How wonderful! I've never been to Idaho, but have always wanted to go there, it sounds so beautiful. :-)

dinahmow said...

I've been popping in from time to time...I have to ask - is your banner ( blog header) one of your own pieces? I do like it, wherever it's from. Strangely, I cut a lino piece not much unlike this for some haiku work.
(Oh! I am a friend of Barnaclegoose, in case you think I'm spam!)

moonbindery said...

Hi dinahmow, actually my banner was designed by Amy Blandford (she has an Etsy shop).

I'm really interested in the work of William Morris and the 19th century Arts & Crafts movement, so I asked her to use graphics from that period in the design of my business card, and she threw this banner in for free. I'm really happy with what she did. It even has a moon, which fits my business name! :)

acornmoon said...

I think your banner is gorgeous also, by the way.

Have a great time in the woods and show us all what you have been up to when you get back.

moonbindery said...

Will do. :)

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