The Newport Paper Arts Festival (NPAF) is a three day celebration of paper and book arts that is held every April. Sponsored by Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, this was the 20th anniversary of the festival. This year there were 86 attendees (as listed on the roster) with 17 NORBAG members (six from California, five from Oregon, five from Washington, and 1 from Alaska). There were 12 instructors (including two NORBAG members, Randi Parkhurst and Margo Klass) and 18 workshops covering such topics as monoprinting, surface design, collage, stamp carving, boxes, decorative book binding, nature printing, paper manipulation, photo-transfer, and encaustic.
All but one of the workshops were one-day classes, but seven NORBAG members chose the two-day Coptic-Bound Flitch Book class taught by Margo Klass. This was a great opportunity to work with vertically cut and aged Alaskan birch wood. Members also took classes such as Gelli Plate Monoprint Mania, Drum-Leaf Binding, Crows’ Feet and Layers Book, and Randi’s two classes; Paper Embellishment and Secret Matchbox Structure.
|Gelli plate prints taught by Cheri Aldrich|
|Spray painted papers|
|Completed Drum-Leaf Binding Books|
|Flitches - vertically cut and aged Alaskan Birch|
|Margo Klass instructs Michele O and Michele K|
|Preparing to attach a cover decoration|
|Carol S and Michele K working on their Coptic binding|
|Michele O and Sandy V hard at work|
|Michele O's book almost finished|
|Here are some completed Flitch books|
Even though some classes were very intense, a few of us still found time to play with other book and paper structures in the evening at the Sylvia Beach Hotel. All in all it was a wonderful opportunity to learn new techniques, attend the instructors' book and DVD signing and sale, view the instructors' displays at a reception, and mingle with other book and paper artists.
|Instructors' show in the upstairs gallery|
|Randi Parkhurst demonstrates her latest work, Tansu Gothic. |
The following photos are from the instructors' show.
|Sarah Gayle Plourde|
|Sarah Gayle Plourde|
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