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While serendipity is indispensible to creativity, diverse skills greatly enhance your ability to fully realize your vision.

Dreaming Mind workshops teach more than the specifics of creating a beautiful structure. Our projects are a springboard for exanding your understanding of tools, materials and processes. This new knowledge will enrich your creative work in the future.

Join us in a relaxed atmosphere where absolutes are set aside in favor of an exploration of general principles and the creation of fabulous objects.

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Upcoming Workshops

Future Workshop Offerings

Bench Skills: Adhesives

Wheat paste and PVA are the cornerstones of my adhesive arsenal. In this session we'll explore the how's and why's of these two versatile adhesives. The proper use of adhesives is dictated by the materials being glued and the need to control stresses in the items created. Through the hands on exploration of a variety of materials, learn when to use your adhesives in their pure form and when to mix them. Explore different techniques for applying adhesives and how these change the behavior of the materials. You'll leave with new understanding and new skills that apply directly to your binding projects.

Bench Skills: Cutting

Accurate cutting is the starting point for quality binding work and can directly effect the function of your finished projects. In this Bench Skills session we'll look at the use of a variety of cutting tools and how to get the best results from them. We'll also tackle hand cutting techniques and the important skill of knife sharpening. Leave with an arsenal of techniques and skills which will serve you in all your future projects.

Slip Case Intensive

Arrive with your book (or precise dimensions) and leave with your completed slip case covered in any of the book cloth or papers in my stock. We'll cover all the details of creating a lined, double walled slip case and discuss details and variations which you may choose to use for your project. No previous experience required for this start-to-finish intensive. Maximum content size 8.5 x 11 x 1"

Bench Skills Intensive

This two day intensive will cover all the material from the Adhesives and Cutting workshops PLUS a segment on jigs and templates. Brace yourself for a tsunami of information!

Eggshell Panels - Holiday Edition

Lacquered eggshell can be applied to many objects, creating a fascinating and beautiful surface. In this special holiday edition workshop we'll look at techniques for creating this elegant surface, create a holiday ornament to celebrate the season, and discuss methods for using eggshell panels in your book projects. Expect to: - make eggshell panels that can be cut to size and inlaid - make panels directly in a debossed area - create a finished hanging-ornament featuring eggshell panels We'll take a 1/2 hour lunch during the day, so come prepared for 6 hours of information packed working time. Materials list and other pre-workshop information will be provided.

Web Site Creation Coaching

This is a follow-up to Planning Your Web Site. Three hours of private consultation to help you past those inevitable technical hurdles, or to help you refine you plan as you bring it to reality. Face to face or on the phone; a three hour session or 6 twenty minute consults; your time is always one on one.

45 Minute Box

Learn to make a professional looking box to exactly fit your books, prints, card collections or other objects. Topics discussed include factors to consider when scaling your box, techniques for cutting accurate parts and managing your adhesives for best results. We'll also explore strategies for creating box closures. You'll leave with your completed box and an Excel spread sheet to specify parts for any size box. No prior binding experience required.

Just-the-Facts-Ma'am Notebook

You've seen them in every old police series-the classic flip top notebook. Handy and stylish, this notebook features a 1/4" capacity ring mechanism (manufactured exclusively for Dreaming Mind) and a pocket for loose papers. Skills: Leather paring, installing ring mechanisms, adhering cloth and leather, turning round corners. Previous experience with leather recommended.

I Bought This Cloth and...

So, you found the perfect cloth but your not sure how to cover your project with it. It's too thin and adhesive goes right through; it's very thick and you'll have a big lip on the inner cover when you do the turns; It's just about right but do you REALLY have to back it with paper? Come for a discussion of the factors to consider when you're using cloth that wasn't intended for book binding. Learn to make wheat paste and back cloth. Learn techniques for working with unbacked cloth. Come for a day of possibilities, puzzles and rule-breaking.

Top-of-the-line Pamphlet - Holiday Edition

In this holiday edition of the pamphlet binding workshop we'll organize our efforts around creating a holiday recipe book.Take the simple and useful pamphlet binding to the next level. Get your first taste of paring leather for your elegant small book. Learn how to adapt the useful and flexible pamphlet sewing (for a single signature book) to a wide range of covering materials. Learn to control your adhesives for use with various materials. Learn about some of the software and techniques for imposing your pages to create a properly sequenced pamphlet style book. No prior binding experience required.

Reusable Notepad Cover

Learn to make attractive, refillable covers for spiral bound and glued notepads. We'll make covers, sized for a stenographer's pad, with cloth on the front and back and a leather spine (quarter bound). Each cover will include a pen loop and inside pocket for loose papers. Skills: Gluing leather, cutting on board shears, cutting cloth, gluing cloth to rounded corners, nipping press. No prior binding experience required.

Clamshell Box

If you're ready for a challenge, learn to make the classic and versatile clamshell box. Learn some essential tricks for creating accurate parts for your box, the advantages of double wall constructions, factors to consider when scaling your box and managing your adhesives for best results. You'll cut your own box parts, assemble the shells and hone your skills as you cover your box with book cloth. Using a spreadsheet to simplify specification of the many box parts is discussed. Some binding experience is recommended.

Planning Your Web Site: What's it all about, Alfie?

On offer in this session is a day of discussing the how and WHY of websites. I'll do my best to break the technology and processes down into manageable bits.

But technology is only a tool. Web sites, like art and life, are about content and relationships. The real goal for the day is to open your imagination to the grand possibilities for your online presence and forge that kernel of inspiration into a plan.

Here again, I'll bring my 15 years experience designing and running web sites to your aid. Is your plan sustainable? Would it be more realistic developed in phases? How do you match your vision to your skills?

Join us for a 7 hour marathon of lively discussions and planning sessions. Leave with a new or refined plan for your web site and a clearer understanding of the tools necessary to realizing your goals.