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Gilding and Onlay Workshop with Tini Miura

March 1, 2010

The week of Presidents’ Day we invited Master Bookbinder Tini Miura here to Salt Lake City to teach a weeklong course titled “Execution of a Cover Deisgn on a Leather Surface.” I first met Tini in 1999 when I took my first bookbinding classes at The American Academy of Bookbinding, and I took subsequent classes from her in 2002 and 2004–but I never had taken her onlay and gilding class.

I’ll spare you much words and just jump to the photos I took of the students’ work. Here are the final plaquettes: (final being relative–they’re still not cleaned up and polished)

Diclaimer: some of us were not that thrilled about our designs–the main point was to practice the techniques, so my classmates said I could post photos as long as I don’t say who did what; but I will tell you that mine is the Micky Mouse — er — water molecule one (designed by my brother in-law for his dissertation that I bound years ago…and will someday finish). I’m thinking if I turn the water molecule upside down and use two closer colors for the parts, it will look less mouse-ish. Also, it looks like I didn’t get a photo of one of the student plaquettes. Darn. :)

Needless to say, each of us who took the class had a great time. Tini is truly a master at what she does. She is incredibly generous with her wealth of knowledge and experience, and even more, she is a delightful person with a huge heart and amazing stories to share. Combine Tini with the rest of the personalities in our group and it was of course a recipe for a great week. The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers has some great members.

It was so good to see Tini and to learn from her again! I still can’t believe my luck that I’ve had the privilege of learning from such an extraordinary person.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2010 1:25 pm

    gorgeous! i love those! i would love an entire library of leather bound gorgeous books like that. for now, i only have about 3…but my heart skips a beat every time i see one. i love this! what a cool opportunity to take this class with her!

  2. March 1, 2010 1:54 pm

    I was hoping the blue circles one was yours (water molecule! cool!), because it was far-and-away my favorite — and it does not look like Mickey Mouse.

  3. March 1, 2010 4:40 pm

    Very Groovy!

  4. Stephen permalink
    March 1, 2010 7:57 pm

    Wow!

    Wow!

  5. March 2, 2010 9:23 am

    LOVE!!! That just plain rocks!!!

  6. laurie permalink
    March 2, 2010 4:36 pm

    I like that mouse! ha ha. It doesn’t look like Mickey. But is is lovely. As is all of your fine work my dear.

  7. March 4, 2010 4:14 pm

    Beautiful work. You create the coolest things. Thanks for sharing!

  8. March 6, 2010 8:59 pm

    Jealous jealous! In a good way of course.

    P.S. your water molecule did not make me think about mice.

  9. zstitches permalink
    March 10, 2010 4:15 pm

    Ah, the perils of letting an engineer do design work. I say just use this one; I’ll bet he won’t notice the Disney thing.

  10. zstitches permalink
    March 10, 2010 4:17 pm

    Well now I’ve read the other comments I feel ashamed for putting down Dean’s artistry. (And, actually, I’ve seen him do some nice things. I just wish he’d finally finish our FHE chart he’s been perfecting for something like 3 months.)

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