Title: Book Arts Summer Workshop, ART 342 / EPC 582
Dates: Summer 2022: Monday, August 1 – Sunday, August 7
Meeting Times: Every day from 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Portland campus - Wishcamper Center (Campus Map)
- Completed prerequisite ART 241 OR received instructor permission to add the course.
- Students attend all 8 workshops at the Wishcamper Center on the Portland Campus.
- Students will be expected to devote at least 10 hours per week to class projects.
- Students Complete One Book after the Workshop as a Final Project to be exhibited exhibited on the 6th floor of Glickman Library during the months of September and October.
- Failure to complete projects by the end of the semester will result in a failing grade.
(Two half-day workshops: you will attend both, one in the morning, one in the afternoon)
- First Tracks: Exploring and Befriending the Blank Page with Julia Bouwsma
- Filling the Page: Generating Visual Ideas for Artists’ Books with Alice Stanne
Tuesday 8/2 & Wednesday 8/3
(Two all-day workshops: you will take one on Tuesday and the other on Wednesday)
- Adapted Blizzard with Kristy Cunnane
- 7 Japanese Book Bindings in 7 Hours with Evelyn Wong
Thursday 8/4 & Friday 8/5
(Two all-day workshops: you will take one on Thursday and the other on Friday)
- Paper Engineering for the Pop-Up-Curious with Shawn Sheehy
- Hand Lettering in Artist Books with Jan Owen
Saturday 8/6 & Sunday 8/7
- Creating and Presenting with Annie Lee-Zimerle
REQUIRED ESSENTIAL TOOLS:
For every class, and every day have this kit with you:
- X-acto knife and blades or a knife with break away blades or Olfa knife (small, with snap-off blades), and a supply of replacement blades
- 12”-18” Metal Ruler-preferably stainless steel / non skid
- Self-Healing Cutting Mat about 12” x 18”
- Bone Folder
- A list of additional tools required for each workshop will be available prior to the week of the workshop.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS and ARTIST BIOS:
First Tracks: Exploring and Befriending the Blank Page with Julia Bouwsma
The blank page can be an intimidating expanse. It stretches out before us, empty and endless, luring and taunting us in unison. In front of the blank notebook page or computer screen, we can become a deer caught in headlights—temporarily blinded and frozen by the sudden and overwhelming glare of possibilities. But the blank page is also exhilarating—a fresh terrain to be explored, an opportunity to give our writing new and exciting contours. In this workshop, we will try out a wide assortment of writing prompts and possible forms to remind us that writing is, at its heart, a practice of play. Exercises will include poetic and flash fiction/nonfiction forms, creative approaches to forms found in daily life, responses to art images, and experimentation with different sizes and shapes of paper. Together, we will expand our writer’s toolboxes, building confidence and imagination.
Julia Bouwsma lives off-the-grid in the mountains of western Maine, where she is a poet, farmer, freelance editor, critic, and small-town librarian. She is the author of two poetry collections: Midden and Work by Bloodlight. She is the recipient of the 2018 Maine Literary Award; the 2016-17 Poets Out Loud Prize, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver; and the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award, selected by Linda Pastan. Her poems and book reviews can be found in Grist, Poetry Northwest, RHINO, River Styx, and other journals. A former managing editor for Alice James Books, Bouwsma currently serves as Book Review Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and as Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine
Filling the Page: Generating Visual Ideas for Artists’ Books with Alice Stanne
In this workshop students explore the process of generating visual ideas and their relationship to book structures and forms. Starting with exploratory exercises to help with idea generation, we’ll combine quick image making processes with simple folded structures to create short books infused with content. We’ll review examples of a wide variety of illustrated artist books to examine how imagery and design interplay with structure to tell a story, convey an idea, or create an experience.
Alice Stanne is Boston-based handmade book artist and illustrator. She combines her watercolor and cut paper illustrations with various bookbinding techniques to create one of a kind artist books, rich with detail and pattern. Working mostly on a small scale, her style and concepts add touches of whimsy to themes of nature and architecture, often inspired by research into history and folklore. Alice earned a BFA with Honors in Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she continues to teach bookbinding and illustration classes.
Tuesday 8/2 & Wednesday 8/3
Adapted Blizzard with Kristy Cunnane
In this workshop students will explore books with pockets. Books that have pockets offer varying possibilities of opening –the opening of a book, opening a pocket, opening an envelope within a book, perhaps even creating books within books! The sequence and narrative of content within these structures can be dynamic and surprising. Feel free to bring ephemera, small drawings or ideas for filling pockets.
Kristy Cunnane is a teacher and artist living in Orland, Maine. She is a book artist, painter and printmaker. She learned book making with an enthusiastic group of artists who after nearly 20 years still meet a few times a year to share books and explore new structures. A believer in affordable and accessible art, Kristy runs an art subscription, sending out zines and prints monthly. Her work is collected by neighbors and friends, far and wide.
7 Japanese Book Bindings in 7 Hours with Evelyn Wong
In this workshop, students will learn 7 Japanese book binding structures in about 7 hours! We will cover a range of simple to moderately-complex bindings including the yamato-toji, daifuku-cho, 4-hold stab, noble, hemp leaf, tortoise-shell, and the retchoso bindings. With these structures, students will be able to craft their own books for utility purposes as well as for book arts projects.
Evelyn Wong is a Chinese American interdisciplinary artist working across a variety of media, including drawing, painting, embroidery, book arts, and installation to explore themes of history, trauma, culture, race and gender through the lens of personal narratives as well as her Asian American heritage. She is a recipient of 2021 Artist Project Grant of Maine Arts Commission, MECA MFA Fellowship and Residency Award at MassMoCA, and the Monson Arts Fellowship Award. Wong lives and works in Portland, Maine.
Thursday 8/4 & Friday 8/5
Paper Engineering for the Pop-Up-Curious with Shawn Sheehy
Nearly all pop-ups are built from just two simple, fundamental structures: v-folds and parallel folds. Learning how and when to use those two structures—and to see the broad range of what they can do—can open the door to a lifetime of exploration. In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of pop-ups by building a set of models with a simple set of tools and materials. Ultimately, you will bind your folios together into a book of samples. All skill levels are encouraged; participants with previous experience in book arts or paper craft will have a leg-up.
Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level for 20 years, including stops at the Center for Book Arts, Penland, Arrowmont, FOBA, Pyramid Atlantic, San Francisco Center for the Book, Minneapolis Center for the Book, PBI, and many others. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. He has created two trade pop-up books: Welcome to the Neighborhood (2015) and Beyond the Sixth Extinction (2018). Both were originally produced as artist books and both were published by Candlewick Press, winning numerous awards. He has served as director of The Movable Book Society since 2018. He holds a Book Arts MFA from Columbia College Chicago.
Hand Lettering in Artist Books with Jan Owen
Using your own hand lettering makes your artist book even more personal. In this class, we will make abstract marks on banners and then letters using a variety of tools and pens. Topics will include basic letterforms, calligraphy, letter spacing, historic and contemporary page layouts, (and how to make corrections.) Students will experiment with different inks and gouache and be offered different papers to write on. We will be using black ink so wear an old shirt or an apron.
Jan Owen is a calligrapher and book artist. She makes unique artist books and hanging scrolls. The work often incorporates brush marks and a variety of letter forms. When she worked as a graphic designer, she learned she loves designing a page. She has done many school residencies and taught at Haystack and Maine Media.
Saturday 8/6 & Sunday 8/7
Creating and Presenting with Annie Lee-Zimerle
During the last two days of the workshop, students will start working on their dummy books for the final project. We will have opportunities to review and share work in class through individual and group critiques and presentations.
Annie Lee-Zimerle is an artist with a background in printmaking, painting and drawing.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and galleries and is in numerous private and public collections, including the Dayton Metro Library in Dayton, Ohio, Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago and the Joan Flash Artists’ Book Collection in Chicago, Illinois. She has held solo exhibitions at Springfield Museum of Art, Kent State University, and Paper Circle Southeast Ohio’s Center for Paper and Book Arts, among other locations. She was also featured on The Art Show on PBS. She is an Assistant Professor & Faculty Director of the Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts at University of Southern Maine.
Questions about the workshop?
Please email Annie Lee-Zimerle, the faculty director of the Summer Book Arts and the Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration & Tuition:
- Current USM/UMS students: March 1 & 2
- Open Registration*: March 3
*Registration continues up to the first start date of a course.
Summer 2022 Registration Options:
When registering for undergraduate/graduate academic credit, participants may choose to receive a grade or to audit the course. Auditing means that the participant is enrolled in the course for academic credit but will not receive a grade.
Undergraduate Academic Credit
Costs for participation include full workshop participation, undergraduate tuition, university fees, and some course materials. Participation in the September student exhibition and attendance at the September public lecture is required for all those who wish to receive a grade. In order to complete this course for full academic credit, you must design and make an artist’s book inspired in some way by your week in the program.
Undergraduate course code: ART 342
- In-State residents: $1,084.00
- NEBHE residents: $1,619.00 (NEBHE states include: New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachussetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island.)
- Out-of-state residents: $2,501.00
Graduate Academic Credit
Costs for participation include full workshop participation, graduate tuition, university fees, and some course materials. Participation in the September student exhibition and attendance at the September public lecture is required. In order to complete this course, you must design and make an artist’s book inspired in some way by your week in the program.
- Graduate Students Only: In addition, you will write a research paper on some aspect of the week-long program. For instance, you might write about the history of printmaking, or on a particular book artist, binding, and/or Artist’s Books. This will also be due on or before September 6, 2022.
Graduate course code: EPC 582
- In-State residents: $1,476.00
- NEBHE residents: $ 2,313.00 (NEBHE states include: New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachussetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island.)
- Out-of-state residents: $3,732.00
Senior Citizen Waiver (Only available for in-state residents ages 65 or older)
Maine residents 65 and older are eligible to apply for a Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver. The Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver covers tuition, unified fee, and the summer administrative fee. Individuals must be a Maine resident, 65 or older, and registered for undergraduate academic credit. Learn more about USM's Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver.
If you have specific questions about the workshops please contact Annie Lee-Zimerle, the faculty director of the Summer Book Arts and the Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts, at email@example.com.