Bookbinding Class Final Project: A Field Guide to the Rare and Mythical Creatures of Illinois

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During my master’s degree, I decided to take one elective outside of my focus on bookbinding and had a very enjoyable summer stitching together books and listening to world history on book craftsmanship. For our final project, we had to create content for the book in addition to the structure. I had just finished a year as a school librarian in Shelbyville, IL and was inspired by my fifth grade classes. During my lesson on evaluating information sources, I showed … Read More

End to Endpaper Bookbinding Project

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Colophon: Titled End to Endpaper, this handmade flag book was crafted by Heidi Uphoff. The flags are marbled paper. The endpapers were created using recycled grey paper dried on a textured cloth. The painted patterns on the front and back covers came from 3D-printed stencils.

Baby Turtle Pen

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Last year we used a Raspberry Pi Camera, a.k.a. TurtTV, and their favorite foods to lure our baby turtles out of hiding so that we could bring them inside the house for the winter. Babies often don’t survive their first winter of hibernation. This summer we didn’t want them to disappear out into the yard never to be seen again. So Andy built a pen area to keep them safe and so that we could feed and water them without … Read More