Alternative Surfaces: Creating a Gourd Book

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Alternative Surfaces: Creating a Gourd Book

Time: June 9, 2012 at 10am to June 10, 2012 at 4:30pm
Location: Society for Contemporary Craft
Website or Map: http://www.contemporarycraft.…
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Society for Contemporary Craft
Latest Activity: Dec 16, 2011

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Create a miniature gourd book with a cover made from the outer shell of a hard-shelled Lagenaria gourd. The pages will be a combination of handmade Mexican amate paper, enhanced with specialty papers. Learn several hands-on techniques to complete your "tiny treasure" as: making gourd pulp paper, woodburning, jewelers sawing, torched-fired patinas and other decorative surface techniques for embellishing with wire, vintage bone, torched-fired copper, gourd seeds, beads and charms. Each day will be filled with myriad techniques, day one primarily focused on the covers and construction, while day two will focused on the inside pages and the decorative bead strings.

Dates & Times: Saturday & Sunday

June 9 & 10

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (bring a bag lunch)

Registration Deadline: June 1

Instructor: Opie and Linda O’Brien, visiting artists from North Perry, Ohio

Tuition: $225

Materials Fee: $15  


For more information or to register, call Sherrard Bostwick at 412.261.7003 x25 or email

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