EncaustiCastle: Books Arts with Seth Apter and Daniel Essig
May 9, 2018 @ 9:30 am - May 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm$400 - $600
Workshops at the EncaustiCastle are unique.
Workshops here are of the all-inclusive nature. This 138 year old three story Victorian ‘castle’ as its dubbed in the neighborhood is a wonderful retreat from the every day. For workshops the five rooms/3 bath are shared among attendees who choose the onsite accommodations (10 total for 2/room) option. I encourage you mightily to be brave and jump in; whether you choose to share with a friend also attending, or let things fall into place and look forward to meeting a new roomie, you will be well cared for, indulged, and fully immersed in creative inspiration for the entirety of your stay; it is my goal and obligation to make it so. Delicious locally-sourced and onsite-prepared by me breakfast and lunch are provided each day of your stay. My goal is for you to feel cared for, indulged, inspired and creatively energized like never before~
The guest instructor retreats are formatted as they are-back to back, 3.5 days each to total one full week-to give you the greatest advantage. Whether you can only manage one 3.5 day retreat, or are able to partake in the full 7 day indulgence, the back-to-back design is such so as to compel you to be able to get all you can from these like material-ed, moded, or methodology-ed artists. I hope it speaks to you, and you jump in whole-heartedly~
A Library of Memories: A workshop with Seth Apter
Join me for a mixed media adventure that will focus on a wide variety of techniques related to bookbinding, mixed media layering, painting, assemblage, and collage. Over the course of the retreat, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind Library of Memories that holds your stories.
Using cradled panels, you will start by making a hinged container resembling a book that will serve as your Library. It will be layered in paint and covered with objects and materials. Inside, we will work on filling the niches of the panels with one or more handbound books as well an assemblage of objects. Your Library can be themed or unthemed and will truly reflect your style, whether vintage, modern, bohemian, eclectic, or one all your own.
Materials fee $30.00 inclusive of:
cradled panels, hinges, screws and clasps for container, brads, and a few surprises.
I will have the following for shared use but you are welcome to bring your own: drill, heat gun, awl, bone folder, tin snips, screwdriver, craft wire, needle and thread, embossing powder and embossing pad, book board, assorted ink pads, alphabet and background stamps, leafing pens, assorted mixed media materials, and all basic supplies on the list. Philips Head
Student supply List:
Book covers for your handmade book – matching front and back covers from a hard cover book, separated from the book block and spine, sized no larger than 6.5 x 9 inches. Choose a cover that you like as much of it will show on your completed book.
Cardstock – at least 12 sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock in your choice of color for both your binding and some book pages.
Acrylic paint – assorted colors.
Water container and paint palette.
Paint brushes – several detail brushes for painting and several large brushes (½ or 1 inch cheap bristle brushes are perfect) for painting and gluing
Adhesive: bring two types of your favorite – one for adhering paper (for example white glue, matte medium, PVA, glue sticks) and one for adhering metal and other heavier materials (my favorite non-toxic brand is Liquid Fusion and my favorite toxic brand is Loctite)
Scissors and/or craft knife and cutting mat
Flotsam & Jetsam – embellishing your container and book is where you can stretch your creative muscles and let your inner artist out. Anything goes. Bring in your choice of paper (ephemera, magazine and book pages, hand painted paper, scrapbook paper, etc), photographs, fabric scraps and/or trim, loose book covers, decorative and/or masking tape, your own small drawings, bling, die cut frames, alphabet and design stickers/rub ons, favorite pens and markers, lightweight metal pieces (hardware, watch parts, gears, pocket watch-cases, brass stencils, jewelry pieces, commercial embellishments, metal findings, brads, etc), found objects, etc. See images of workshop sample for examples.
Seth Apter is a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer from New York City. His artwork has been exhibited in multiple exhibitions and can be found in numerous books and national magazines. He is the voice behind The Pulse, a series of international, collaborative projects that are the basis of his two books The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed-Media Artist, both published by North Light Books.
He has also released eight mixed-media workshop DVDs with North Light. He is an instructor at Pratt Institute in NYC and his live workshops have been held throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and the UK. He is a Designer member of AFCI and has designed product lines with Spellbinders Paper Arts, StencilGirl Products, Impression Obsession and PaperArtsy.
Treasure Binding: A workshop with Daniel Essig
Utilizing a binding that has withstood the test of time with its elegance, flexibility and strength, we will first bind a book of fine papers and translucent mica pages. We will than work back into the book structures creating niches, alcoves and secret spaces to house and protect treasures, images and words.
Materials Fee $50 inclusive of:
Mica, Text block, Handmade papers, Waxed linen thread, Wood pages, Needles, Sandpaper, PVA bookbinding glue, foam brush. Other tools and materials needed to complete projects
Student Supply list:
Thin or light weight collage materials: decorative papers, antique photos-paper, tintypes(steel) or ambrotypes (glass), old letters, sheet music, old books, insect wings, leafs, feathers, photo copies, etc.
Small found Objects (up to 1/8 inch thick and 1 inch in diameter-coins, shells, buttons, etc.)
Black sharpie fine line
Few colors of acrylics (earthtones)
6-12” metal ruler
Exacto knife and extra blades, utility knife and blades
Self-healing cutting mat
Assorted binder clips
small sharp sewing scissors
2-4 inch rubber brayer
awls-including a slender one for piercing sections.
3/8 inch Flexcut palm chisel-available at fine woodworking stores or mail order from
(I will also bring a few chisels that can be purchased at the workshop)
Daniel Essig was born in St Louis Missouri, studied at Southern Illinois University, Penland School and the University of Iowa. Nineteen years ago he moved to Asheville North Carolina where he has maintained a full time studio at Grovewood Gallery. Daniel Essig lectures and offers workshops at book centers, craft schools, colleges, artist retreats as well as privately. Dan has created wooden and sculptures books for over 25 years. He is a recipient of the North Carolina Artist Fellowship Grant. Daniel exhibits his work nationally and is in numerous private and public collections. Recently his work has been collected by the Smithsonian Renwick Museum, University of California Santa Cruz, McHenry Library, Special Collections and the Topeka Public library. Many of Daniel’s sculptural pieces are featured in The Penland Book of Handmade Books.