I recently retired after 36 years as a teacher and school administrator, and am enjoying spending time practicing book arts.
Seven years ago, my daughter, Betsy, knowing my love of antiquarian books, decided that I should join her in making books. We took some classes with Robin Harper, a book artist here in Durham, and I also learned from the internet and from books. Soon, however, Betsy moved on to other interests and the exigencies of my job made it impossible for me to continue with book arts.
Upon retirement in the summer of 2014, free of the demands of a large high school, I returned to books arts and began taking classes again, with both Robin Harper and with Kathy Steinsberger. I work on book-related projects every day and have more classes lined up through the coming months.
When Betsy and I started making books, we gave ourselves the light-hearted moniker, Tongue in Cheek Press. I find that the name still appeals and have decided to stick with it.
The purpose of this website and blog is twofold. On the one hand, I want to showcase my work. I find that friends and family don't know what to think when I say that I'm spending my days doing book arts. I hope this helps. On the other hand, the blog is an opportunity for me to explore processes -- to write about what I'm doing and how it's going. I invite visitors to participate in conversations via the comment function.