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Gilding and Onlay With Tini Miura

March 1, 2010

The week of Presidents’ Day we invited Master Bookbinder Tini Miura here to Salt Lake City to teach a weeklong course titled “Execution of a Cover Deisgn on a Leather Surface.” I first met Tini in 1999 when I took my first bookbinding classes at The American Academy of Bookbinding, and I took subsequent classes from her in 2002 and 2004–but I never had taken her onlay and gilding class.

I’ll spare you much words and just jump to the photos I took of the students’ work. Here are the final plaquettes:  (final being relative–they’re still not cleaned up and polished)

Diclaimer: some of us were not that thrilled about our designs–the main point was to practice the techniques, so my classmates said I could post photos as long as I don’t say who did what; but I will tell you that mine is the Micky Mouse — er — water molecule one (designed by my brother in-law for his dissertation that I bound years ago…and will someday finish). I’m thinking if I turn the water molecule upside down and use two closer colors for the parts, it will look less mouse-ish. Also, it looks like I didn’t get a photo of one of the student plaquettes. Darn.  :)

Needless to say, each of us who took the class had a great time. Tini is truly a master at what she does. She is incredibly generous with her wealth of knowledge and experience, and even more, she is a delightful person with a huge heart and amazing stories to share. Combine Tini with the rest of the personalities in our group and it was of course a recipe for a great week. The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers has some great members.

It was so good to see Tini and to learn from her again! I still can’t believe my luck that I’ve had the privilege of learning from such an extraordinary person.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2010 2:37 pm

    Those are gorgeous. I’m so intrigued by them.

  2. Tracy Hall (dad) permalink
    March 2, 2010 11:11 pm

    That is an excellent model of dihydrogen oxide — not all Micky-mousish!

    Much beautiful work!

  3. April 15, 2010 12:19 am

    Yes, very nice! I wish there were more courses like that in Australia! I’m always very jealous when I read of all the nice bookbinding courses that are available so far away from where I live!

  4. May 1, 2010 9:51 pm

    Lili! Can’t believe I’m just barely looking at these. Great photos!

  5. larissadon permalink
    June 13, 2013 4:43 pm

    Tini Miura .. wow what an honor

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