Tools of the Trade
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Tools of the Trade

Sue heading out the the Book Making Workshop
Last Saturday, as my son was boarding a plane to China for an epic adventure, I was setting out on a micro-adventure of my own. I attended a book making workshop at the Art Gallery of Windsor, led by Meagan O’Connell, curator of Salt & Cedar press in Detroit. What a wonderful experience!

I’ve been wanting to make an Adventure Journal, so this seemed like the perfect place to start.

The icing on the cake was meeting some truly wonderful people who were there to take the course too.

Meeting Oona Mosna and Mega O'Connell

Those nifty divas up there? It’s Oona Mosna, Program Director at Media City Film Festival, and Megan O’Connell, proprietor of Salt & Cedar press in East Market Detroit and our book making workshop leader. Megan not only had an abundance of patience helping us stitch our books together, but a contagious enthusiasm about art and a lot of very worldly adventures to boot. I’m looking forward to connecting with her again.

Tools of the Trade

These were the tools of the trade, including a hand-carved bone folder used to score the paper we used before gathering it into signatures of 5-10 sheets each. We hand-stitched these signatures together with heavy Irish linen thread. It was a meticulous process, but very cathartic.

The finished product.

The finished product: a tiny adventure journal that I have been tucking notes into each day since the workshop last Saturday. While it is a rustic little beginning, it was a great way to learn the art of bookmaking.

I really enjoyed meeting our workshop leader, Megan O’Connell, of Salt & Cedar at the Art Gallery of Windsor, and look forward to engaging in other events at the Art Gallery.


Adventure diva, geek, artist & storyteller. Practitioner of wishcraft. Cooks with visual soul pepper. (You had me at string theory ...)

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