Friday, September 13, 2013

Back to (Book) School


Back to school is not just for the kids!  Local artist Erin Sweeney recently held her ninth annual Book School at her studio on Main Street in Peterborough.  Described on her website as a "week-long book arts extravaganza", this year's workshop began with the creation of beautiful hand-printed paste paper and continued with its transformation into books of all types - Spider book, traditional album, Long Stitch on tapes, Hinged Box Book, Coptic, and variations. 

Artist Erin Sweeney teaching Book School

Hands at work - Stitching the Spider book

We were lucky enough to be introduced to Erin through one of our guests.  This guest has returned to stay with us for Erin's Book School for four years now!  A treat for me is the Show-and-Tell portion of her stay when she lets me see what she has been working on!

More work on the Spider book
Flag book

Now I must say, I am a lover of art, craft, and all-things-paper, so I am drawn to Erin's work.  The colors, the textures, the creativity... and the results!  Beautiful!


For more information about Erin's work and workshops, see her Lovely in the Home Press website or facebook page.  Her work is featured in the current exhibit at the Sharon Arts Center, Main Gallery in Peterborough. The exhibit, titled (con)TEXT, focuses on text incorporated in art.  The exhibit runs now through October 25, with a Curator's Talk on September 19 from 5 to 6:30 PM.  Erin is also part of a group that presented a "Minis on Main" exhibit and sale of petite artwork this past May.  The group, with 40 artists now participating, will be presenting another exhibit and sale in November, on the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Held at the studios on the second floor at 30 Main Street, the exhibit will be held on November 29 and 30th, from 10 AM to 6 PM each day.

Lovely in the Home Press studio at 30 Main Street



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