A Virtual Workshop!


Did you know you have a wealth of book-making materials in your home which often end up in the trash or recycling? In this fun introductory class, students will turn junk mail envelopes into clever pocketbooks using basic bookbinding and collage techniques. Much of the supply list includes household items, and even many of the specialized bookbinding supplies can be substituted with materials you are likely to have at home. (An inexpensive basic bookbinding kit is also available on Amazon, see link below) This structure is perfect for stashing cash and credit cards, tickets and ephemera, or any other small treasures.


Both novice and intermediate book makers welcome.


Registration closes November 4, 2020 to allow time for students to purchase their materials. With your registration you'll receive the full materials list (with some substitutions of common household items and any helpful links) to purchase/gather 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.

Upcycled Mail Art Wallet Online; Nov 14; 10am-1pm

    • Date & Time: Saturday, November 14, 10am-1pm EST 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:
      - 8 junk business reply envelopes of similar size
      - Metal Ruler (plastic acceptable)
      - Pencil
      - Double-sided tape
      - Glue Stick
      - Scissors
      - Large needle
      - Binder Clip or Large Paper Clip
      - Collage Images (to include old postage, office labels, magazine and vintage images, etc.)
      - Waxed Linen Thread (Substitute Embroidery Floss, Upholstery Thread, or other sturdy thread. Beeswax is a plus)
      - Bookbinding Awl (Substitute Seam Ripper or Large Needle)
      - Bone Folder (Substitute Plastic Spoon, or a fat Marker)
      - Washi Tape (Substitute Colorful Paper and Double Sided Tape)
      - Metal Eyelet and Eyelet Setter (Substitute Paper Hole Reinforcers)
      - Elastic Cord (Substitute Rubber Band)
      - 1” Glue Brush (Or Foam Brush or old Paint Brush)
      - Small Water Receptacle to rinse glue brush
      - Gel Medium, preferably semi-gloss or gloss (Or Modge Podge)
      - Old Magazines to protect work surface
      - Baby Wipes or Wet Rag for clean up
      - Optional: Postal Cancellation Stamp (Or any Circular Rubber Stamp)
      - Optional: Stamping Ink Pad
      - Optional: Clear Gesso (Art Basics or Dina Wakley brand)
      - Optional: Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen in neutral color (or Stabilo, or other non-alcohol based marker)

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HOURS (Starting July 1, 2020):

Wednesday–Thursday 10am–8pm

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

Closed Monday and Tuesday

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