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Center for Book Arts - Round Robin Books: An Edition in Two Acts with Scott McCarney

In sport, a round robin is a tournament in which each contestant is matched in turn against every other contestant. For our workshop, artists will be the contestants matched, in turn, with circulating sheets of paper and given the opportunity to make their mark. A variety of mark-making techniques are welcomed and encouraged (drawing, collage, frottage, tracing, transfers, stamping, etc.). As the papers circulate, we will fold them into sections to define the pages and create our own itineraries through the book. The second half of the day will be spent learning a variety of binding options for finishing our books. Each participant will have a hand in the creation of the edition and end the day with a personalized, one-of-a-kind copy.

Required Tools (please purchase before the start of the workshop and bring with you):

  • Bone folder
  • Knife for cutting paper (paper knife)
  • Mark making tools (pencils, pens, stamps, collage materials, etc. Because we will be working within a time limit, I'd avoid wet media like paint and ink. )
  • UHU glue stick for collage work (it dries quickly)
  • Needles and thread
  • Paper will be provided

You may also want to bring your lunch.

Scott McCarney is an artist, designer, and educator based in Rochester, New York. He received formal design training at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond VA) in the 1970s, and earned an advanced degree in photography from the University at Buffalo/Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester NY) in the 1980s. His primary art practice has been in book form since 1980 and spans many media, from offset and digital editions to sculpture and site-specific installation. His books combine his academic background in photography and design with a love for the corporeality of craft and philosophic possibilities of sculpture. His works are widely distributed and can be found in the library collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Yale University Arts of the Book collection, among others. His work is shown internationally (Sao Paulo, Brazil; Melbourne, Australia; Budapest, Hungary) as well as close to home (Hallwalls, Buffalo NY; Everson Museum, Syracuse NY; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY). His teaching and lecturing itinerary is varied and eclectic, carrying the banner of artists books to Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Mexico, and South America. He currently teaches in the College of Imaging Arts and Science at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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102 Wishcamper Building, USM Portland campus


For questions about this workshop, workshop materials, or instructor information, please contact USM Center for Book Arts at (207) 780-4031 or email Rebecca Goodale at