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Nature Inspired Soft Covered Books


Combine the art of bookbinding with marks, prints, and colors derived from the natural landscape with artist Lotta Helleberg. 

Course Description

In this course our main focus will be books with soft and flexible covers that often wrap around the interior for protection.

We will adapt these traditional binding techniques to create journals, sketchbooks, and artist books, using combinations of paper, fabric, and repurposed materials. Nearby woods and fields will provide tools and inspiration as we develop the content and imagery for our books. In addition to learning technical binding skills, we will explore natural mark making techniques, such as relief prints, dyes, and botanical contact printing (eco printing) on both paper and cloth. Stitching and embroidery are also incorporated to further enhance the work.

The result is a series of unique, functional, and beautiful books, imbued with natural inspiration and materials. 

This class is designed for all levels of experience.





Artist Biography
Lotta Helleberg is a Swedish-born artist based in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more than a decade, Helleberg has experimented with print making and surface design, focusing on botanical contact printing, relief processes, and local plant-based dyes, to render works that both document and celebrate her immediate surroundings. Her unconventional wall and book works have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States as well as abroad, including the Festival of Quilts in the United Kingdom and Kyoto Shibori Museum, in Japan. Helleberg’s work has been presented in several national and international publications such as Natural Processes in Textile Art by Alice Fox, Art Quilting Studio, American Craft, and Patchwork Professional.

Learn more about Lotta Helleberg and her work by visiting her website, and checking out her Instagram @lottahelleberg.


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