Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

Printmaking

Workshop Series

Spring 2021 Workshop

(Participants will need an internet connection to log-into the classes through Zoom, preferably on a larger screen such as a laptop or iPad (vs. phone) so you can see the demos. Please set up your workstation near your computer/iPad so you can follow along.) 

For Online Workshops using ZOOM, please refer to these additional Zoom Tips & Etiquette.

 

A Wardrobe of Paper Cases with Karen Hanmer

Saturday, February 27, 2021

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time), Synchronous Online with Zoom

$45.00, Click Here to Register Online or call (207) 780-5900

Maximum enrollment 25

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

In this one session online workshop we will quickly construct a text block using a very speedy sewing technique. This will free up the remainder of our time together to concentrate on folding a variety of paper cases to dress this text block ”mannequin”.

As each case is presented, suggestions will be given on appropriate sewing techniques and endsheet constructions for that particular structure. All structures are low or no adhesive. All can be constructed in a sparsely-equipped home studio with minimal specialized equipment.

This workshop is appropriate for intermediate binders, beginners who are ready for a fast-paced workout, and anyone who wants to add more paper cases to their repertoire.

TOOLS

Essential:

  • Bone folder, preferably sanded for a narrower tip so it can be used for precise scoring
  • Beeswax for sewing 
  • Bookbinding needle, two of them (I like the #18 John James bookbinding needle)
  • Awl
  • Cutting mat, 12x18" would be ideal
  • 18" straightedge or ruler that can be cut against
  • Smaller straightedge, 8 to 12” long
  • Scalpel, Olfa or X-Acto knife with a fresh blade
  • Scissors
  • Small glue brush
  • Dividers, an inexpensive set from Talas item #TTB033004 
  • OR 
  • “paper rulers” strips of 1/2” wide to use for quick measuring when ruler is awkward or unnecessary 
  • Recommended: 
  • Punching cradle (instructions to make one here: http://www.philobiblon.com/bonefolder/vol1no1contents.htm)
  • A small piece of non-skid shelf mat to casually anchor the text block to the bench for unsupported sewing 
  • Finishing press OR scrap board to put around the text block while gluing up

Optional:

  • Text-weight paper, enough for at least one and up to four books
    • 32 sheets @ 6.25 x 8.5” folded into 8 sections of four folios each
  • Cardstock template for punching sections, 1 @ 6.25 x 2”
  • Decorative paper for wrappers, heavyish text weight that can fold with and against the grain without cracking. Handmade paper or Elephant Hide is ideal, Burga or many other common endsheet papers will be fine.
    • 1@ 12.5 X 17”
    • 1 @ 9 X 12
    • 1 @ 12.5 X 16”
    • 1 @ 6.25 x 10”
  • #18/3 unwaxed thread, 7’ per book
  • PVA

MATERIALS:

Unless noted, all materials are grain direction parallel to the spine.

  • Text-weight paper, enough for at least one and up to four books
    • 32 sheets @ 6.25 x 8.5” folded into 8 sections of four folios each
  • Cardstock template for punching sections, 1 @ 6.25 x 2”
  • Decorative paper for wrappers, heavyish text weight that can fold with and against the grain without cracking. Handmade paper or Elephant Hide is ideal, Burga or many other common endsheet papers will be fine.
    • 1@ 12.5 X 17”
    • 1 @ 9 X 12
    • 1 @ 12.5 X 16”
    • 1 @ 6.25 x 10”
  • #18/3 unwaxed thread, 7’ per book
  • PVA

Image Below: Wardrobe by Karen Hammer

Wardrobe by Karen Hammer

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer’s work is included in collections ranging from The British Library and the Library of Congress to Stanford University and Graceland. She has served on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, as Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of Book Workers, and as frequent exhibition curator and juror. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in traditional binding skills. 

 

(Introduction to) Pop-up Book Structures with Colette Fu

Saturday, April 17, 2021

9:00 AM - 12-Noon (Eastern Standard Time), Synchronous Online with Zoom

$65, Click Here to Register Online or call (207) 780-5900

Maximum enrollment 25

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Movable books were originally created to illustrate ideas about astronomy, fortune telling, navigation, anatomy of the body and other scientific principles. Most commercial pop-up book publications today are geared towards children, but pop-up book structures can be used to make engaging works of art for any age- from greeting cards to animations to kinetic sculptures. In this workshop, students will learn the basic elements of pop-up paper engineering and how to combine them to create more complex mechanisms.

Participants will need an internet connection to log-into the classes through Zoom, preferably on a larger screen such as a laptop or iPad (vs. phone) so you can see the demos. Please set up your workstation near your computer/iPad so you can follow along.

(For Online Workshops using ZOOM, please refer to these additional Zoom Tips & Etiquette.)

Supplies Students should bring

  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife and self-healing mat
  • 65lb cardstock, https://tinyurl.com/y2td7mwv
  • Glue, PVA suggested for fast drying time, https://tinyurl.com/y4z59jd4
  • Pencil, eraser
  • Ruler
  • 3M Permanent double-sided tape
  • Small knitting needle for scoring or scoring tool, recommended
  • Students may bring any 2D paper-based art that they might want to incorporate/collage with their pop-ups. These can include magazine pictures, drawings, matte photographs, and laser prints.

Colette1-Dai Food Pop-up Book-from We are Tiger Dragon People series

Image Above: Dai Food Pop-up Book-from We are Tiger Dragon People series, by Colette Fu

Colette Fu received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, and soon after began devising complex compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. She has designed for award winning stop motion animation commercials and free-lanced for clients including Greenpeace, Vogue, Canon, Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton and the Delaware Disaster Research Center.  Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art and many private and rare archive collections. In 2017, Fu created the world’s largest pop-up book measuring 21x14 feet at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center where visitors were invited to enter the book. Fu's numerous awards include the 2018 Meggendorfer Prize for best paper engineered artist book, a 2008 Fulbright Research Fellowship to China, and grants from the Independence Foundation, Leeway Foundation, En Foco, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Puffin Foundation and Society for Photographic Education. Fu has attended over 20 funded artist residencies, most recently the Macdowell Colony and Yaddo. Her solo show "Wanderer/Wonderer: the Pop-ups of Colette Fu" was presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2016/17.

 

Previous Online Workshops Fall 2020

Image Below: Coruscation, by Beth Sheehan

Coruscation, Beth Sheehan

 

Monotypes and Accordions with Beth Sheehan

Wednesday Evening, September 16, 2020

6:00-8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, Synchronous Online with Zoom

$40, Maximum enrollment 25

Course Description:

In this two-hour online workshop, students will learn to create beautiful trace monotypes and fold them into a variety of accordion book structures. The immediate and ethereal nature of trace monotype printing is the perfect addition to any book and in this workshop, we will discuss tricks for registering multiple color prints, plan how your images will interact with the accordion book structures, and explore methods to enhance the book forms.

We will cover: proper inking and printing techniques, multiple color registration, using a guide to print multiples, folding a simple accordion, folding a Land + Sky accordion, and folding a one- page accordion.

Memento, by Beth Sheehan

Image Above: Memento, by Beth Sheehan

Beth Sheehan is a printmaker, papermaker, and book artist living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her work investigates ideas of memory and perception to explore her own lack of episodic memory. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Center for Book Arts, and the San Francisco Public Library.

Ms. Sheehan has worked as a professional printer at Durham Press in Pennsylvania and at Harlan and Weaver in New York. She was also the Lead Binder and Bindery Manager at Small Editions in Brooklyn and teaches paper, print, and book workshops around the country.

 

Write Now with Stuart Kestenbaum

Saturday, September 26, 2020

10:00 AM - 12-Noon Eastern Standard Time, Synchronous Online with Zoom

$50, Maximum enrollment 12

Stuart Kestenbaum

Course Description:

This workshop will be a combination of writing from observation and memory.  We will begin with quick writing exercises that open us to seeing the world that’s right in front of us and then follow our instincts and intuition move more deeply into our work. We will look at examples of other writers, read each other’s work, and spend lots of time writing. The goal is to start without judging and end up in a place that might surprise us.

Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of five collections of poems, most recently How to Start Over (Deerbrook Editions 2019) and a collection of essays The View From Here (Brynmorgen Press).  The director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 until 2015, he has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the New York Times, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac.  He was appointed Maine’s poet laureate in 2016.

Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life.  No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

Image Below: Only Now, Collabation by Stuart Kestenbaum & Susan Webster

Only Now

 

 

Print, Fold, Cut, with Rachel Church

Three Saturday Synchronous Online Workshops with Zoom

October 10, 17, & 24, 2020

9:30 - 11:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

$80 for All Three Workshops, Maximum enrollment 15

Rachel Church

Course Description:

Over the course of three sessions you will learn a set of at-home techniques and structures for creating engaging artist’s books with little surprises such as storage compartments, peek-through cut outs, and custom patterned paper. In the first session we will learn how to print patterned papers using simple supplies at home. Next, we will explore masu boxes, a folded box structure that can used to create a variety of book objects with storage compartments. And in the last session, we will learn to make a suite of single-page folded book structures and look at how to incorporate cut-outs to take advantage of both sides of the paper.

Rachel Church is an intermedial artist, book artist, and printmaker working in Maine.  Her current work explores gender issues through food and material culture, particularly cookbooks. In 2008, she was an intern at the Engine House Press, on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine, and in 2009 she spent a year printing with the Peregrine Press in Portland, thanks to the Kate Mahoney Memorial Scholarship. More recently, she was honored to be selected as the Baxter State Park 2018 Artist in Residence. She is currently a member of Running with Scissors Studios in Portland, Maine, and teaches printmaking and bookmaking workshops.

www.rachelchurch.com

Image Below: New Luck Leaf, by Rachel Church

New Luck Leaf, by Rachel Church

 

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Annie Lee-Zimerle, Program Coordinator

(207) 228-8014 or aemin.leezimerle@maine.edu

 

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