Book Arts Classes

    • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Book Arts Studio, Class Code: BO092018MJL
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    Join us in our afternoon 'Book of the Month' Club held the third Thursday of the month. Sometimes called the traditional name Asa-No-Ha Toji (Hemp Leaf Binding), Japanese stab bound books are a beautiful way to bind single sheets together to make a book form. 

    This month we will decorate a box and fill it with sampler stitch patterns and templates.  You'll go home with a handsome box filled with stitch designs and the skills to make many more templates, and endless stitch designs.

    A Materials fee of $10 will be added when you register. 

    These classes are taught by a variety of instructors, and you can expect great ideas, excellent teaching and experience.

    This class is being offered by MJ Linford.

    This class series is also being offered in the evenings on the first Tuesday of the month. Please see the Book Arts Studio Calendar.

    • Saturday, September 22, 2018
    • Sunday, September 23, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Book Arts Studio, Class Code: BO0918JWMJL
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    Books Meet Writing in the Natural World: Coptic-Bound Nature Journal/Sketchbook

    In this two session class you will learn the techniques and gain the skills necessary for making your own nature journal/sketchbook with a Coptic binding. Learn from a writer/spiritual ecologist and a master bookmaker.

    You will be guided through step-by-step instructions for compiling, completing, and decorating your handmade book. Coptic-bound journals allow for pages to be opened flat, making them ideal for outdoor use.

    You will also be guided through simple outdoor, creative, nature-based, and writing activities aimed to inspire content for your journal/sketchbook. Please bring a willingness to go outside (with weather-appropriate clothing, rain or shine) for brief periods of time to engage in some of these inspiring activities. Students will leave class with their Coptic-bound book and a start on filling the pages with nature-inspired writings and images.

    There will be an additional $10 supply fee paid during the registration process.

    Please feel free to bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch in. 


    Jennifer J. Wilhoit, Ph.D. is an author, mentor, editor, and spiritual ecologist who has been researching the connection between creativity and nature for over two decades. Drawing from ecological and human nature, she offers compassionate processes for navigating writing and other creative projects. Through her practice, TEALarbor stories, Jennifer works individually with writers of many genres from all over the world; offers workshops, trainings, courses, and retreats to diverse audiences; and presents her work frequently at professional conferences. Jennifer has published three nonfiction books including Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew (2017); dozens of articles, book chapters, essays, newspaper articles, and guest blogs; and keeps her own blog. She’s currently working on her next book, scheduled for release later this year. Jennifer is also a longtime hospice volunteer. Please visit her web site at

    Mary Jeanne (MJ) Linford
    has been a professional book artist for over 20 years, under the press name Bad Girl Press ( Learning both by doing and also studying with Hazel Koenig at the University of Washington, she specializes in pop-up books as well as traditional binding styles. She also works with three other women under the press name Full Plate Press. Her books are in selected museums, libraries and collections nationwide, and can be seen in the book arts room at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

    • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • BARN Great Room Reservation
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    Please join us on Wednesday, October 17th* for a special seminar on charitable planned giving. This event is open to the public. (*This event has been rescheduled from its original 9-12 date). 

    Planned giving can do two things, lower taxes and trade a gift for income. It is sometimes referred to as gift planning or legacy giving. Some planned gifts provide life-long income to donor. Other gift plans use estate and tax planning to provide for charity and heirs in ways that maximize the gift and/or minimize its impact on the donor’s estate.  

    Planned giving allows for a donor to have a more meaningful impact with their gifts and potentially reduce unnecessary taxes.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • The opportunity of charitable IRA distributions
    • How the new 2018 tax law makes PLANNED GIVING more powerful
    • Gifts of appreciated assets
    • Income from gifts of appreciated assets
    • The new power of bunching charitable deductions

    Speaker bio: Mark McComsey

    Chief Investment Officer; Chief Executive Officer for Illumine Investment Management. 
    Prior to co-founding Illumine IM, Mark was the Co-Founder and Managing Director of McComsey Asset Management, a Large Cap Growth RIA where he served as its Chief Investment Officer.
    Mark began his finance career at Merrill Lynch as investment advisor and worked on independent earnings estimate revision studies that formed the basis for his investment process. Mark’s investment approach begins with a focus on earnings revisions and belief that accurate analysts provide a powerful edge in validation of growth as well as recognizing deterioration early.  
    • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • BARN Book Arts Studio, Class Code: BO101818SC
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    Join us for this evening 'Book of the Month' Club where we will be making a colorful assortment of books – bound pamphlet, classic accordion, and a folded lotus book – each with instructions for making more at home. Perfect for beginners; fun for any skill level to play with variations.

    A materials fee of $10 will be added when you register. 

    This class will be taught by Susan Callan.

    Instructor bio:
    Susan M. Callan has been a (mostly self-taught) Book Arts devotee since the early 1990’s. In the mid 2000’s, she was invited to join a 12-artist team (The Creativity Center) each teaching their own art. In that Center’s  5-year run, she discovered the genuine joy of sharing her BA knowledge and skills with enthusiastic students. She’s been teaching (and, of course, still learning) Book Arts classes ever since. She is an instructor at several Bainbridge Island organizations, and this coming June, she will again be teaching at FOBA (Focus on Book Arts) national conference in Forrest Grove Or.

    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    • Sunday, October 21, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Small Classroom & Book Arts Studio, Class Code: BO102018AB
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    We are very excited to bring Alicia Bailey back to BARN for another of her wonderful workshops.  

    Alicia is a rare combination of talented artist and excellent teacher, and this workshop is sure to be another fabulous experience.  

    This is a weekend class you won't want to miss!

    A materials fee of $20 will be added when you register.

    Please feel free to bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch in.

    Using a variety of layering, transfer and mark making techniques, and working from a personal memory or other favorite narrative, participants will create a hard cover accordion book.  Participants will then create a single tray partition box with a built in shadow box that will allow for permanent storage of a personal object alongside the newly made book.

    • Participants will be asked ahead of time to bring a small object to the workshop that triggers a memory or holds some sort of personal significance.
    • No previous bookmaking experience is required. Painting and drawing experience is helpful but not required. 
    • Please feel free to bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch in. There are limited options for purchasing lunch nearby.

      Alicia Bailey is a well-known book artist, and owner of the Abecedarian Gallery in Coloroado.  She currently travels the country giving workshops and trunk shows of the work of book artists from her gallery.  She began publishing under the Ravenpress imprint in 1996. Ravenpress publications are held in private, public and special collections worldwide. 

      Please note:  If this class should fail to meet the minimum enrollment 10 days before the first scheduled meeting, it will be canceled.

      • Saturday, November 17, 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • BARN wide event

      BARN Bazaar 

      Join our BARN Artisans in a show and sell event. 

      More info to come soon!

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