Remember back in February and March when I took those two lovely little book making classes? Coptic Stitch and Japanese Stab Binding? They were both fun little 3-hour classes that I took through Monster Gallery. That's how I met my now-friend Soo-Tsu Leng from Bukurama. We hit it off right away.
So at the end of my last school year, I asked him if he would be interested in being our first guest visual artist at Stamford. We are having a craft show--a la Renegade--in November, so I thought having a craft-based guest artist would be a perfect fit. He agreed, and we spent the summer emailing back and forth what possibilities for bookmaking with 3rd graders could potentially look like. Leng landed on two options: Japanese Stab Bound and Accordion. He would be in my classroom for two weeks (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). Leng would work directly with 5 of my 7 third grade classes, and I would facilitate the bookmaking workshops with the other two third grade classes.