Last week, I was lucky enough to help vollenteer for a day at a week-long workshop organized by the LCBA for the V&A Museum of Childhood in London. It was in conjuction with the museum's exibition "Small Stories" about doll houses. Each hour-long session (there were four per day) focussed on helping the visiting children create and design three different minature book art projects: a folded newspaper, a concertina (accordion) book attached to a cover, and a minature 3-hole pamphlet, where the adults did the sewing (yes, even me).
The folks at the LCBA went wonderfully crazy preparing for the workshop. The mini - newspapers all had real headlines and was printed on the same salmon-pink paper that the Financial Times uses. The choices for the covers for the pamphlet books were amazing - over 20 different colors and designs, all with different foil-block prints and linings. There were carved stamps especially designed to fit into the books, tons of small vintage photographs, colored pencils and pens galore. As it was held during school holidays, there was plenty of interest. The classes ranged from small (3-5 kids and their parents) to packed (20+ children and a score of adults). Everyone had a fantastic time. That my London neice was able to attend a class made it even that much more special.