October 21-22, 2017
Simplified Binding with Embellished Leather Covers
Lettersong Calligraphy Studio, Louisville, Kentucky
This handsome, thin volume with leather covers offers participants a chance to explore various leather embellishments such as blind panel stamping, cold tooling, and cuir-cisele (cut leather). The decorated leather covers are made entirely off the book and are attached to the text block after they are finished.
The pages for the book are painted with fabric dye. Using the two-as-one pamphlet stitch, the sections are sewn to a concertina that has a pocket for a hidden note. A book cloth spine completes the book.
For more information and how to register for this class go to Lettersong Calligraphy Studio and Gallery.
March 10-11, 2018
Embossed Leather Journals
with Secondary Tackets
Santa Fe Book Arts Group, Santa Fe, New Mexico
This workshop will focus on using leather as an expressionistic material for bookbinding by way of embossment. Leather has long since been employed as a covering material for books and its adaptability makes it ideal for this purpose. To take advantage of the tactile nature of the embossment, the instructor designed this elegant book structure using historical methods.
Participants will first cut a linocut of their own contemporary design that will be used as the embossing plate. Dampened goat leather, in a choice of colors, will be embossed with an etching press. After the leather is dry it will be enhanced with painting and other surface treatments before being formed into a semi-limp wrapper. The text block, sewn using the French link stitch, has a lined spine and over-sewn leather headbands. It is secured to the wrapper with secondary tackets. Other ways to make embossing plates will be discussed along with sources for the materials used.
April 21-22, 2018
Byzantine Sewing with Leather Covered Boards
Cincinnati Book Arts Society, Cincinnati, Ohio
This historical book structure features a handsome sewing pattern, which forms a thick chain across the spine of the book. The covers will exhibit an artistic design with decoration techniques freely borrowed from the Late Coptic period. These techniques include vellum lacing, inlays and blind tooling, all of which are done prior to adhering the leather to wooden boards. Participants will first experiment with the techniques before using them on their own designs. To finish the book, a slit braid leather strap with fore-edge peg will be attached.
upcoming or current exhibitions
September 12 - October 22. 2017
The Unspoken Word
Clowes Memorial Hall Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gallery Tour on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Stahlecker’s work is not traditional bookmaking. It goes far beyond that. All books contain words and/or images that attempt to convey knowledge, whether it be in the form of a story, a history or perhaps a theory... This art is about the concept of books. This clever, well-thought-out work expresses thousands of years of man’s evolution in passing information from generation to generation. Each of these sculptures deserves close inspection.
Tom Shafer’s review in the Journal & Courier, November 24, 2011 (reviewing the book-like objects at the “Thread Editions” exhibition at the Lala Gallery, Lafayette, Indiana.)