Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

Workshop Series

From Watercolor to Handmade Book: Make your own painted book covers and explore decorative sewing on the spine with Valerie Carrigan

Saturday April 9, 2016 10 AM - 4:00 PM
Multi-Purpose Room, Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus
Registration Required. Fee: $125

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In this workshop, we will construct a series of one, two and three section bindings using a variety of decorative sewing patterns through the spines of our books. We will spend the first hour of our workshop making experimental watercolors - with pigment, salt and stencils - to be used as creative covers for our books. Later in the day we will create a full cloth-covered hardbound book with a recessed watercolor image and more advanced sewing through the spine.  You will leave this workshop with a set of colorful and uniquely bound books and the knowledge of how to make more! This workshop is great for both a motivated beginner and advanced bookmaker. No painting experience necessary, just an open mind and love of color.

Valerie Carrigan is the proprietor of Messenger Press. Her art studio is located in an old industrial mill in North Adams, Massachusetts where she produces prints and artist books focusing on monotype, relief and letterpress printing. She was recently awarded the Martha Boschen Porter Fund, a grant through the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, to purchase an etching press for her studio. She also received the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair Juror's award in 2014. Her work can be found in the Smith College Book Arts Collection, University of Denver Special Collections, and George Mason University Collections among others.

List of tools for students to bring:
Bonefolder, Awl, Pencil, Scissors, X-Acto knife, Cutting matte, 12" or 18" metal ruler with cork backing, Watercolors --- a simple set is fine, Watercolor brushes, Watercolor palette (white dinner plate works well), Paper towels.


Valerie Carrigan






There is no reason to spend money on these supplies if you don't have them. I will bring extras of everything to share.  AND please bring your lunch as there is nowhere on campus to get lunch.


Story Building with the Artist's Book with Karen Baldner 

Saturday, October 17, 2015 10 AM - 4:00 PM
424 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland Campus
Registration Required. Fee: $125

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Ever wonder how to optimize an artist's book to a radiantly expressive work of art?
This workshop will address the nuts and bolts of building content within the unique format of the artist's book. We will begin with a narrative building exercise that addresses sequencing, timing, the careful construction of visual charge and closure, the relationship between book structure and image progression, and discovery of story motifs. We will discuss advantages of several binding structures with their expressive potentials for narrative building such as stab bindings, concertina, piano hinge, maze books and accordion variations. Students choose a familiar binding style that speaks to them for the development of a story. Projects will be small and so they can be completed within the afternoon. Basic skills in bookbinding are prerequisite.

Karen Baldner teaches book arts, papermaking and letterpress in the Printmaking Department at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work is inspired by the dynamics of life's paradoxes and is based in a variety of media ranging from large-scale drawings, installations of handmade paper structures, collaborative installations, experimental book structures and small editions of artist's books. Some of her projects pursue an interest in the cathartic of collaboration such as the "Bloomington Breast Project" (an on-going collaboration with her hometown of Bloomington, Indiana) and "The Jewish/German Dialogue Project" (a collaboration with Religious Studies scholar and friend Björn Krondorfer). Fulbright and NEA Grants as well as state grants from Arkansas and Indiana have supported Karen's work. She shows extensively throughout the US and Europe, has her work in a number of public and private collections and is represented by Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, NY and by Vamp &Tramp Booksellers.

Students should bring: 
scraps from prints, drawings, and decorative papers, glue stick, bone folder, 1" hake brush, scissors, x-acto knife, awl, self-healing cutting mat, stencil/templates, box knife, 18" ruler, right triangle, technical pencil, colored sewing thread or twine, sewing needle, colored pencils and markers, optional: rubber stamp sets AND your lunch.