Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

Workshop Series

Image Below: Beatrice Coron, Art  

Image of "ART" cut by Beatrice Coron

Fall Workshop: Cutting Edges with Béatrice Coron

Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts at USM Workshop

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9 AM – 3PM

$125, register on line at usm.maine.edu/bookarts or call (207) 780-5900

Multi-Purpose Room, Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus

Registration limited to 16

During this intensive class of serious fun, participants will discover the incredible variety of applications of this art form from fine arts to public art commissions. Through different exercises students will learn how to adapt reference images into papercuts and produce works as different as black and white scenes, color collage, pop-ups, wearables, and stencils. Cutting different papers and experimenting with scale, we will keep an open mind to adapt them to other materials and explore new territories. Tips, tricks and resources will be provided. No experience necessary.

Béatrice Coron is an artist specialized in cutting stories used in artist books, installations, and public art. Born in France she lived in Egypt, Mexico and China before moving to New York City. Her cut designs are made of paper, glass or metal from small to monumental. Her work is in collections such as the Metropolitan Museum, NY, the Getty, CA and le Getty, MN. You can watch her story on http://www.ted.com/talks/beatrice_coron_stories_cut_from_paper

Workshop Materials:

 - Any scraps of paper for stenciling bookmarks, etc.

- metal rulers, scissor/ stapler

- cutting mat (if buying a new one consider 18 x 24" in translucent gray)

- utility knife, Xacto or equivalent with replacement blades (number 11)

- 1 roll each: scotch tape and double sided tape

- pad of tracing paper (us letter)

- paper to print stencils (any kind that you may have)

- water-based paint (watercolor or acrylic)

- stencil brushes, paint brushes

images:

old magazine, photocopies, or inspirational images (photo/art images or your own work)

Optional

whatever you may have for experimentation for example:

- large papers (wall paper, wrapping paper etc..) 

- transparent papers (vellum, tissue…)

- coloring: stamps, inks, crayons or pigments

- texture and decorative papers to use in collages

- objects to stencil: bags, tee-shirts, umbrellas, lamp shades..

- 3-rings binders and clear sheet protectors to keep notes and small paper cuttings

You will also want to bring your lunch because there is nothing on campus available on Saturdays.

 

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Paper Cutting of woman by Beatrice Coron

 Image Above by Beatrice Coron,

 

 

Spring Workshop: Secret Belgian Binding – Two Ways

with Erin Fletcher, Herringbone Bindery

Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts at USM Workshop

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

$125, register on line at usm.maine.edu/bookarts or call (207) 780-5900

Multi-Purpose Room, Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus

Registration limited to 16

This workshop will explore the Secret Belgian binding (also known as Criss Cross binding) and ways to modify it. The binding is simple and easy to construct; it opens flat and is perfect for smaller text blocks. Students will complete two versions of the structure; one bound in the traditional sense and the second will offer a bit more secrecy and refinement to the structure.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding during her studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This initial exposure to bookbinding created a desire to culture a deeper understanding of the craft. In 2010, Erin moved to Boston to attend the full-time bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School. She received training in both historical and contemporary bookbinding techniques from Jeff Altepeter. Her training also included basic conservation with Martha Kearsley.

After graduation, Erin launched Herringbone Bindery, providing hand bookbinding and box-making to artists, presses, institutions and the general public. Her work has been exhibited both domestically and internationally. Erin also teaches at NBSS in the Continuing Education department and for the Middle School Book Arts Program.

Tool List:

- 12" Metal Ruler (preferably with metric)

- Glue brush

- Olfa or X-Acto knife

- Small Cutting Mat

- Small Scissors

- Pin Vise or Awl

- Needles - #18 blunt

- Bone Folder

- Pencil

 Optional:

- Dividers

- Small 45/45/90 Triangle (metal or plastic)

- Colored 18/3 thread (preferably unwaxed)

- Small Sanding Block

Please also bring your lunch because there is nothing on campus available on Saturdays.

 

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 Belgian Bound Books by Erin Fletcher

Image Above: Secret Belgian Bound Books by Erin Fletcher