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Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts Presents Workshop

The Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts will be presenting a hands-on workshop, “Intimate Apparel: Books Worn Close to the Heart with Anne-Claude Cotty,” from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 in the University of Southern Maine’s Wishcamper Center Multi Purpose Room, Portland. 

For centuries, books have been made to be worn on the body. Journals, almanacs, sacred texts inscribed in miniature scrolls and tablets worn around the neck, sewn into leather amulets for the wrist or tucked into a girdle belt at the waist are examples of these books.  This workshop will focus on three innovative structures that bind elements of style and adornment with the play of a book inside.  Form and content will include an added dimension of concealment and enchantment, as these are books that can be shared, but mostly remain closed and private. 

Anne-Claude Cotty, leading the event, moved to Deer Isle over 30 years ago. Cotty has enjoyed a career evenly divided between teaching and studio practice.  She is a community artist, touring artist on the Maine Arts Commission roster, conference presenter, Haystack faculty and art teacher on two bridgeless islands.  Her work as a printmaker, experimental photographer and book artist has been exhibited across the country and abroad.  Cotty holds graduate degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Alberta.

Participants are asked to bring a bone folder, scissors, x-acto knife and blades, self-healing mat, metal and plastic rulers. Other optional materials to bring, though some will be provided, include ephemera, cord, embroidery floss, ribbon, beads, buttons, buckles, rubber stamps, paint supplies, metallic powders, brushes, metal foils, and poetic texts.  The workshop will begin with a slide show and end with a fashion show of the day's creations

Registration cost for the event is $125. To register or obtain more information on the event, call (207) 780-5900.