Artist Residency at IAA

Monday, September 6, 2010

Bookbinding Class at the Shelburne Art Center

This spring I had the pleasure of teaching a bookbinding class to wonderful students at the Shelburne Art Center in Shelburne Vermont. The class was a lot of fun and my students were very enthusiastic. As my thoughts turn with the changing seasons back toward teaching (as the busyness of summers outdoor activities winds down) I am reminded of the joy of working with motivated students. This is a picture of one of my students, Sophie, with her newly sewn book.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Stow Street Arts Festival and New Products on Etsy


I am excited to share with you that I will have a booth at the Stowe Street Arts Festival this weekend in Waterbury, Vermont.

Join me and over 50 other artists at the Stowe Street Arts Festival on July 17! It's going to be a great day, with lots of art to see (and buy), delicious food, music, and artist demonstrations. Stowe Street and Bidwell Lane in Waterbury are closed for this event. You can get the whole schedule of events by clicking on the following link:

Date: Saturday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Historic downtown Waterbury, Vermont
Directions: Take Exit 10 off I89 then go south on Rte. 100 into Waterbury to the first stop light. The festival will be on the street to your left
Parking: Look for festival and municipal parking signs. There’s plenty of parking on Main Street and at Thatcher Brook Primary School on Stowe Street.

There is a wide range of art for sale (not just mine!) and plenty of reasonably-priced food. And best of all, admission is free!

Please tell your friends and let people know about this great annual arts festival, celebrating all the arts on July 17.

I am pleased to share with you that the pictures included in this blog are of some new products I have recently listed in my Etsy store. I had a record month of sales on Etsy in June which has re-energized my interest im making and posting my latest projects.

You can visit my Etsy store by going to:

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you,
Eliza Collins

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Bookbinding Class at Shelburne Art Center

Hello Friends and Fans,

I wanted to share with you all a new class that I will be teaching starting later this week at the Shelburne Art Center in Shelburne Vermont. You can find a description of the class and register online at (

Bookmaking Advanced Techniques and Sculptural Elements
Instructor: Eliza Collins Weissberger
Thursdays 6:30-8pm
Four weeks, May 27 – June 17
Members $105, Non-Members $120
materials list & $10 fee

Push the boundaries of bookbinding with an investigation into the artistic and sculptural elements of their design. Learn how to add doors, windows, drawers, scrolls and other moving parts using non-traditional materials.

The pictures in this blog entry are the work of students in previous sculptural bookbinding classes that I taught at Left Bank Books in Hanover NH.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Natures First Green

Everything these days seems to be glowing with inner light. The trees new leaves, the shimmering water and the lush new grass. All this growing and greening has me in the mood for some new creating. Here for your enjoyment are some pictures of recent projects.

In the slide show above I am excited to share some pictures of a series of small travel journals I made with paper from envelopes saved from historic family corespondents. Many of them were purchased by Passport & Go to be included with a travel package for their clients traveling to Egypt.

Below you will find some pictures of items I have recently posted to our Etsy shop.

Enjoy the inspiration of this bursting spring!

Friday, January 22, 2010

New Energy

The new year with its lengthening days, and this late January icicle melting sun must have warmed, and awakened within me, a new urge for action.

I have been moving forward positively on many fronts. A fellow artist (Stephanie Mckay of Rivulette, and I have been tromping around town looking for the perfect art making home for our creative endevers. A studio, with ample space and convenient to down town Burlington. The catch, it must be very, very affordable. We have seen a few and expect to see a few more on Monday. Perhaps soon the Flying Turtle will have a place to bed down.

This past week I have been in major book production mode. I have finished eight so far. Many have paper quilt collages on the covers, and decorative longstitch bindings. I keep developing new designs which keeps the stitching exciting.

Last night I came home very inspired from a brush-making workshop at the BCA clay studio where I learned how to make real animal hair brushes. The focus of the class was to make brushes for glazing potter. I am also very excited to experiment with the brushes for watercolor painting.

Well, guess I'll sign out and see which way the next breeze blows me. I am excited to see where this new year is headed.