Nature & Book Art – one-day workshop

Piano Hinge book by participant Birgit Daa Birkkjær made with Birch bark. Photo M-SDA, 2012
On Thursday May 17th 2012, the third one-day workshop took place at the Limfjordcentret as part of the fourth Doverodde Book Arts Festival 2012. Like the previous years the day began with a guided walk on nearby Ydby Heath led by experienced nature guide Søren Kiel.

The beginning of the tour started on the parking lot. Photo M-SDA, 2012

This year he took us on a new route which began by the Bronze Age burial mounds on Ydby Heath. The largest collection in Denmark of 32 mounds in total. From here we walked to the beach of the Limfjord and back through the forest enjoying many tales from Søren about Vikings, history of the area and its wildlife and plants.

An introduction to the use and history of the burial mounds by Søren Kiel. Photo M-SDA, 2012

On Blue Berry Hill with the Limfjordscentret in the distance. Photo M-SDA, 2012

Notes from Blue Berry Hill by Hilary Judd. Photo M-SDA, 2012

A sleeping/playing dead beetle. Photo M-SDA, 2012

At mid-day the group returned to the Limfjordscentret to enjoy a light lunch together arranged by the Limfjordscentret. Afterwards designer and book artist Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck began her bookbinding workshop and took the group through the technique of the Piano Hinge Binding originally devised by Hedi Kyle, USA – encouraging the participants to incorporating elements and experiences from the tour on the heath.

After lunch work began in the creative workshop area. Photo M-SDA, 2012

Participants enjoying the challenge. Most came from far away like Canada and Singapore. Photo M-SDA, 2012

Hilary Judd's result of a day on the heath. Photo M-SDA, 2012