Mica Album

Mica or bookstone is a silicate mineral found throughout the world. This workshop will push beyond using mica just as an element in book arts. Build covers and collage pages that are primarily mica. Use and explore the Indian version in its vastly different grades, translucencies and commercially available shapes. The main focus of this program will be using composite mica used in the lampshade industry. These sheets of mica are much larger and come in several colors, depending on the variety of mica and the shellac that holds the sheet together. You will learn how to use and recognize both natural and composite forms of mica, when to pierce, to sew, to drill, to glue or to nail.

Create a wonderfully crafted and detailed book form and learn structures that will utilize the rigid or stiff leaf feature, both sewn and hinged. You are encouraged to bring collage materials i.e.: photos, old book pages, insect wings, feathers, leaves, marbled papers, fibers, fur, lint you name it, as long as it is pretty thin. Content is a factor in this workshop, and you will have time and support to create a theme for the book if you wish, but for structure fans, the program will not dwell on content.