Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

Workshop Series

Image:Temporary Passage, Stephanie Stigliano, 2013, mixed media on handkerchiefs.

Image of Mixed Media Hankercheif Book

Making a Side-Sewn Book from Start to Finish
Stephanie Mahan Stigliano

Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts at USM Workshop
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10 AM-4 PM
$125, to register on line CLICK HERE, or call (207) 780-5900
Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus

Registration limited to 16

In the morning participants will make binder’s cloth from fabric and Kitikata, a thin yet strong Japanese paper. We will also make Suminagashi marbled paper and gelatin monoprints to use in the books we make. Along the way, we will discuss the benefits of the structure and how it differs from other styles of binding. Lots of artists’ books from the teacher’s collection will be available for hands-on inspection. Traditional methods will be discussed, but the design demonstrated in this Workshop is actually an American adaptation of an age-old technique from Japan. Stephanie will share her experiences of 25 years of teaching artists’ books. If you are a teacher, this workshop will give you lots of ideas for integrating artists’ books in your classroom, no matter what age student. This book is not hard to make. The trick is to keep in mind how the materials interact; flat things, sharp things, wet things. No special tools or expensive materials are necessary and all the supplies are non-toxic. Everyone will leave with a beautifully bound book and the knowledge of how to make another one back home.

Stephanie Mahan Stigliano contributed to Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. Her book from this international traveling exhibition was displayed on the cover of the July/August 2013 issue of Art New England. She exhibited in Correspondence: The 9th International Book Art Festival, which traveled throughout Poland in 2012-2013. In 2014. She taught a three-day workshop to the women’s artist collective of Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery in Stonetown, Zanzibar, TZ. She has exhibited her prints at Íslensk Grafík in Reykjavik, Iceland and the Newport Museum in Newport, RI. She initiated a collaborative print project between students of The Technical College of Reykjavik and The Walnut Hill School for the Arts in 2015. Her print, Monsters, was exhibited in the Boston Printmakers 2015 North American Biennial at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She is a Board Member of The Boston Printmakers. She has also served as East Coast Coordinator for the traveling exhibition of prints, Absence and Presence, currently on display in Cairo, Egypt. Her artist’s books and prints are in the collections of The Houghton Library and The Fogg Museum of Art of Harvard University, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, and The Book Arts Museum of Łodz, Poland. She teaches at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA, and Art New England Summer Workshops, Bennington, VT. 


Recommended supplies, if you have them:

Bone folder (if you have one)
Self-healing cutting mat if you have one
Olfa mat knife with snap off blades and locking blade (if possible—this is the kind I like)
18” steel ruler with cork backing

AND your lunch!

I will bring extra tools for those who don’t have or couldn’t find the necessary supplies.

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Image of mixed media book with postcards

Image Above: Windward, Stephanie Stigliano, 2012, letterpress and stencil on postcards with mixed media.

Image Below: Reply, Stephanie Stigliano, 2004, letterpress and stencil.

Image of accordian book Reply

 The Case for Leather: A “Fairly” Simple Leather-Spine Binding
with Todd Pattison

Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts at USM Workshop
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 AM - 4 PM
$125, to register online CLICK HERE, or call (207) 780-5900
Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus

Registration limited to 16

Leather can seem a bit intimidating to work with, but in this one-day workshop a simple method will be taught for using leather as a spine covering. Incorporating a technique learned by the instructor in Switzerland in the 1980’s, a variation of a case structure will be made that allows for binding with a leather spine with a minimal amount of paring or shaping. Covering and decoration of the boards with leather will also be demonstrated. Using the technique with cloth, paper and other materials will also be discussed and demonstrated as time allows.

Todd Pattison first became fascinated with the binding of books in the Boy Scouts while completing the Bookbinding Merit Badge in the late 1970’s. He went on to study bookbinding with Fred Jordan in western New York state and Hugo Peller in Ascona, Switzerland. He currently works at the Northeast Document Conservation Center as the Senior Book Conservator.

Tools to bring:

Bone folder
Snap off blade cutting knife or x-acto knife
Glue brushes

Additional materials to bring:

Decorated paper or bookcloth for covering boards
Two sewn text blocks no larger than 7 inches high by 5 inches wide (though they can be much smaller). If you have any questions please contact the instructor at tpbinder@gmail.com 

Optional materials to bring:

The instructor will provide leather but you can also bring your own leather or other spine covering materials.
Leather paring knives (only if you have any – don’t buy them for the workshop)

And Please bring your Lunch!

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Printed Poster Stating Books Matter on Printing Press