This week I had the pleasure of leading a workshop that I have been developing over the course of my summer here at Spindleworks. The workshop, consisting of four classes over a span of two weeks, combines printmaking and bookmaking to create handmade sketchbooks/journals. This week of the class was focused on creating the book covers using found objects as stamps. The artists experimented with all sorts of materials- string, marbles, wood pieces, and even bok choy- to develop fun, beautiful abstract prints. It was amazing to see how much personality and variation each of the artists’ prints contained, despite having been created from the same materials. Some of the artists developed their own techniques entirely- adding texture with paper towels, or turning the wood pieces to create a spiral effect. I, for one, am totally excited to see the finished products…stay tuned for more images of the completed books!