A Virtual Workshop!


A continuation of Bel Mills Upcycled Book Arts series, in this class students will create a clever "file cabinet" in the form of a book from an assortment of upcycled office supplies including manila folders, business envelopes, cardboard and file labels. Unlike the typical boring file cabinet, however, this one isn't designed to hold records or bills, but rather images of anything the student is obsessed with; whether typography, birds, roses, or race cars. This is a cabinet where you will collect and organize images of your particular passion. Stenciled pages add a touch of whimsy to the project along with the arrow-shaped stitching on the spine. Students will leave class with a stitched and stenciled "cabinet" ready to be filled at a later time with the collection of images they desire. Examples of finished and filled cabinet will be shown for inspiration. This binding also makes an ideal travel journal.


Beginner book makers welcome!


Note: Registration closes July 28, 2020 to allow time for students to purchase their materials. With your registration you'll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items, any helpful handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page "how-to" on downloading and using the Zoom video app.


PLEASE NOTE: All workshops will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic's private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.

File Cabinet in a Book Online; Aug 8; 10am-2:30pm

How did you find out about this workshop?
    • Date & Time: Saturday, August 8, 10am-2:30pm via Zoom
      (invitation link will be sent to registrants before the event)
    • Instructor: Bel Mills
      Bel Mills is a collage artist and book designer inspired by second-hand, vintage and commonplace paper. In her Northern Virginia studio, Scrap Paper Circus, she uses old books, magazines, maps, and office supplies—among other materials—to create one-of-a-kind journals and collaged artist books. She believes in reusing old paper not only as a method, but also as a muse. As she tells her students, second-hand paper frees an artist from worrying excessively about waste and allows her to experiment and take risks without agonizing about mistakes or about ruining precious materials. She embraces accidents and rejects persnickety bookbinding dogma except when absolutely necessary; infusing her work (and her classes) with a sense of possibility, whimsy and delight. Students discover handmade books are fun to make and a joy to use. They leave with clever, personalized journals they can fill with their own experiences, rather than precious art objects that will sit on a shelf. You can find more of Bel’s work on Facebook @scrappapercircus, Instagram @scrap_paper_circus and Etsy at ScrapPaperCircus. Her business website is still under construction and can be found at https://belwillem73.wixsite.com/scrappapercircus/
    • Materials: At registration, students will receive the full materials list (with helpful substitutions and links) to purchase supplies. The list includes:
      - 1 Cereal Box
      - Craft Knife
      - Metal Ruler 3" wide
      - Book Binding Cloth Tape (OR Gaffers Tape OR Duct Tape)

      - 3 Manila File Folders
      - 1 Scoring Board
      - 12 Business Reply Envelopes w/ security patterns
      - 3 Sheets Graph or Notebook Paper
      - Waxed Linen Thread (OR Embroidery Floss and Bees Wax)
      - Large Needle Awl (substitute Seam Ripper or Large Needle)
      - Bone Folder (substitute large marker)
      - Glue Stick
      - Stencils (Or Rubber Stamps) of your choice
      - Make Up Sponge (for stencils)
      - Red Ink Pad
      - Washi Tape (Optional)
      - Alphabet Stencils (Optional)
      - Large Letter Stencils (Optional)
      - Number Stencils (Optional)
      - 1" Circle Punch (Optional)
      - Office Label Stickers (Optional)
      - Metal File Label Holder (Optional but Awesome)
      - Brass Paper Fasteners (Optional for Metal Label)
      - Urethane Glue (Optional for Metal Label)

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Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm

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