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Summer Book Arts


Summer 2020: Monday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 9th

Spend seven days in Portland, Maine studying Book Arts! The Wishcamper Center in Portland, Maine will be the setting for a series of Book Arts related workshops, filled with a wide range of topics including generating color and collage, botanical contact printing, letter forms, and many more.

During this program, each participant will have the opportunity to work with 8 different instructors in half-day and full-day workshops. Every participant will be exposed to a variety of approaches and opinions from a stimulating group of professional Artists.

Delicious lunches will be served each day of the program.

The Book Arts program comes to a conclusion on September 14th, 2020 with a final lecture and panel discussion followed by the exhibition reception.

All Book Arts Program participants are invited to participate (those taking the course for academic credit are expected to participate) in the Book Arts exhibit at Special Collections on the 6th floor of the Glickman Family Library, which will run for 4 weeks starting in September 2020.

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Summer 2020: Monday, August 3  – Sunday, August 9

  • Registration and Check In: Monday, 8:30am - 9:00am
  • Workshops:  Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Lunch provided Monday – Sunday

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August 3, Monday (Half day workshops)

  • The Shape of Writing with Judson Merrill

    Writing is an act of communication. Shapeless writing is shapeless because the writer has forgotten or doesn’t know with whom she is communicating and why. Writing develops a shape—it takes form—when the relationship between narrator and audience is clear. Most people understand this intuitively in their practical, day-to-day writing but lose sight of audience and form when they start to write creatively. We will look at examples of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to better appreciate the clear sense of audience and form that marks strong writing. We’ll also compose a series of short pieces borrowing common, practical forms that have specific, concrete audiences. A sharpened awareness of these basic elements of craft will help give shape to all kinds of writing.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as:
        • Pen and paper
    • Blizzard Books and Other Folded Structures with Kristy Cunnane   

       In this workshop, students will explore the playful dynamic of books that fold. Students will make a model of Heidi Kyle’s blizzard book and work with adaptations of that structure. Using lightweight papers, we will work with simple origami folds to create books with pockets and soft covers. Folded book structures are wonderful for housing a variety of content in a series of pockets.Practical or playful, the possibilities are endless!

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as:
        • participants are invited to bring lightweight /Japanese papers (such as Chiyogami) to work with, and any exciting ephemera which might fit into a series of small pockets

    August 4 and 5, Tuesday and Wednesday  (All day workshops)

    • Playing with Layers: 1 + 1 = 3 with Holly Berry

      In this workshop you will analyze and break down your figurative, decorative or abstract design into two blocks to carve from linoleum. The challenge will be to plan areas where the blocks overlap, when printed, to produce a third color. We will use primary process colors mixed with transparent base to print the blocks in layers. By exploring different color combinations and mixing up the layer order when printing you will discover a multitude of possible variations with shifts of visual emphasis from just one design.

       In addition, collage and stamping materials, foam and card stock will also be on hand to make into relief surfaces. Final prints may stand on their own, be used in collage and book making projects, journals, cards or in other decorative ways.

       All aspects of relief printing will be addressed; design and transfer of image to block, use/care of tools, cutting and inking choices and methods and registration of blocks for printing. Printing will be done by hand burnishing although a small press will be available for use if desired.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as:
        • Set of Speedball linocutting tools if you have your own
        • 3 inch soft brayer/roller if you have your own
        • Wooden spoon for burnishing if you have your own
        • Masking tape
        • Limited amount of printing paper will be supplied
    • A Myriad of Possibilities: Two and Three Section Structures with Rebecca Goodale

      A seemingly simple structure created with two or three can be the starting point for a variety of inventive possibilities including pockets and pop-ups. We will begin with the fundamentals and then explore our own imaginations as we develop 3 or 4 or more variations.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as:
        • A short piece of writing typed or hand written on piece of paper approximately 4 x 6 – can be two sided
        • Any favorite collage papers and pens or brush and ink

    August 6 and 7, Thursday and Friday (All day workshops)

    • Slice and Snip: Papercutting for Book Artists with Jennifer Lee Morrow

      From folk crafts like kirigami and wycinanki, to childhood projects of snowflakes and paper dolls, to formal silhouettes, paper cutting has a rich history, and is also being used by contemporary artists such as Kara Wallker and Beatrice Coron. Starting with your own images, students will develop abstracted designs and learn how to cut them out of a variety of papers. After a morning of exericises and exploration, each student will develop a favorite design and choose whether to leave it as a stand-alone piece, combine with other papers in a collage, create a book page, or layer it with translucent  papers.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as:
        • #11 X-acto knife and at least 10 sharp blades, pencils, and a thin marker
        • Paper punches
        • Sharp paper scissors and embroidery scissors if you have them
        • Copes of a few favorite images in a variety of sizes for reference
    • STAND OUT: Pop-ups and other methods to add sculptural elements to books with Christopher Patch

      This one day workshop will introduce simple methods of adding sculptural elements to your book. Students will learn paper engineering techniques to make prints and hand-painted elements literally pop from the pages. Bring prints and collage materials along to translate them into the third dimension!

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as:
        • Pencils/pens
        • Paint brushes
        • Collage materials
        • Apron

    August 8 and 9, Saturday and Sunday (All day workshops)

    • Woven Book Structures with Linda Lembke

      We will make models of several book structures invented by Claire Van Vliet and Elizabeth Steiner for their limited edition books. Some of these are described in their book Woven and Interlocking Book Structures, published in 2002. Others have been developed by Claire in recent years. All use weaving strips made of strong paper or Tyvek to bind the pages together. All are strong, non-adhesive, versatile, and elegant book structures.

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as:
        • Mechanical penicl with 5mm lead
        • See-thru rulers (1" x 6" and 2" x 12" with 1/8" grid pattern)
        • Piercing tool (small awl with a fine point or a biology needle)
        • Microspatula #1
        • Small, sharp scissors
    • These are a Few of My Favorite Things with Walter Tisdale

      One: We will create three binding models that I find most useful & engaging: the humble pamphlet, a two-signature binding, & a screen-fold leporello structure. You will get to handle many books from my collection that use these three bindings, & their variations. 

      Two: I will briefly motor-mouth about collaborating with writers, artists, paper makers, & bookbinders. You will get to handle two book archives that demonstrate collaboration. 

      Three: We will play with the deceptively simple Pochoir process, as a means to get color & patterns into your books. The Curwen Press in England, 1930s, & W A Dwiggins in the US, 1920-1950s, made delightfully creative use of this brush & stencil application. 

      • This workshop requires the Tool Kit as well as:
        • Pens/Pencils
        • Tubes of gauche
        • Water color pans
        • Scoring tools: folding-bone, knitting needle
        • Mesuring tools: rulers, dividers, triangles
        • Cutting tools: scissors, X-acto, box-cutter

    Questions about workshops?
    Please email Rebecca Goodale, the faculty director of Book Arts, at

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    September Exhibition and Public Lecture

    All undergraduate and graduate students in Summer Book Arts (at the Wishcamper Center) are expected to participate in the Book Arts exhibit at Special Collections 6th floor, Glickman Family Library. Those taking the course for credit MUST participate by creating an artist’s book for the September exhibition. In order to complete this course you must design and make an artist’s book inspired in some way by your week at Wishcamper.

    GRADUATE STUDENTS 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 3, 2020.

    Artist’s Books may be delivered in person to the 6th floor, Special Collections on Thursday, September 3, 2020, between 3 and 4:00 PM. Please include the title and your name on a piece of paper with the book.

    OR you can wrap your book and put my name on it: Rebecca Goodale- Special Collections. Then you can deliver it to the circulation desk in the Glickman Family Library by September 2.

    If you decide to mail your book, send it to Rebecca Goodale, Chappell Center for Book Arts, 6th floor, Special Collections, Glickman Family Library, USM, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04104. It must arrive before September 2, 2020. Keep in mind that once your book travels from your post office to USM, it then travels in USM’s mail system. Plan on 3-5 days for delivery, depending on your proximity to Portland.

    • Book Arts Exhibition: September 8-October 11, 2020, Glickman Family Library, 6th floor 

    • Lecture and Reception: Monday, September 14th, 4:00 PM University Events Room, 7th floor Glickman Library

      • The lecture will be held in the University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland Campus. Following the lecture, there will be an exhibition reception from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. on the 6th floor, near Special Collections. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Please bring everyone you know.
      • Two summer faculty, Judson Merrill and Jennifer Lee Morrow will each present their work.

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    Tool Kit

    All participants are required to bring the following TOOL KIT to each workshop:

    • X-acto knife and blades or a knife with break away blades or Olaf knife (small, with snap off blades) and supply of replacement blades
    • 18” Metal Ruler
    • Self-Healing Cutting Mat about 12” x 18”
    • Pencil
    • Notebook
    • Scissors
    • Bone Folder

    The TOOL KIT is required for all workshops and will be used daily.

    In addition to the tool kit, which you must bring every day, each workshop requires additional materials needed for participation. Please review the workshop descriptions for details.

    Questions about required materials?
    Please email Rebecca Goodale, the faculty director of Summer Book Arts, at

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    Registration & Tuition

    Registration begins on March 2nd for students enrolled at USM and other University of Maine schools, and March 4th for everyone. Participants can register for the 2020 Book Arts program for three undergraduate credits or three graduate credits. For those interested in participating, but do not need academic credit, there is a choice to enroll for undergraduate credit and select not to receive a grade for the course (audit the course) or to enroll as a noncredit student (CEUs available). Please note that there is a special course fee of $315 to offset the cost of the materials and lunch that are provided daily. 

    Summer 2020 Registration Options:

    Undergraduate Academic Credit:

    Undergraduate Academic Credit Program Fee includes full workshop participation and tuition, university fees, some course materials, and daily lunch. Participation in the September student exhibition and attendance at the September public lecture are 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.

    • When registering for undergraduate 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 course code: ART 342

      • In-State residents: $1,255.00
      • Out-of-state residents: $2,536.00

      Payment for summer is due on or before May 15th.

    Graduate Academic Credit:

    Graduate Academic Credit (3 graduate credits) Program Fee includes full workshop participation & graduate tuition, university fees, some course materials, and daily lunch. Participation in the September student exhibition and attendance at the September public lecture are 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. In addition to the artist’s book, each graduate student must also submit a research paper by September 5. The paper must explore a contemporary movement in Book Arts in relationship to the history of Book Arts. It is preferable that the research stems from the Summer Book Arts experience.

    • When registering for graduate academic credit, participants may choose to receive a grade or to audit the course. Auditing the course means that the participant is enrolled in the course for academic credit but will not receive a grade.

    Graduate course code: EPC 582

    • In-State residents: $1,648.00
    • Out-of-state residents: $3,658.00

      Payment for summer is due on or before May 10th.

    Senior Citizen Waiver (applicable only to the academic credit section and only available for in-state residents 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.  

    Participate for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    The Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) Participation Fee includes full workshop participation, basic materials, and daily lunch.

    Registration for CEUs can be done online. Please refer to registration instructions found here. If you have specific questions about the workshops, please contact faculty director Rebecca Goodale at

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    The Summer Book Arts Program will be held at the Wishcamper Center on the University of Southern Maine's Portland Campus. Our vibrant Portland campus is right at the heart of this energetic, diverse city, nationally known for its arts and culture, outdoor lifestyle–and amazing food!

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    • A Word About Portland:
      A Creative Community on Maine's Scenic Coast
      Authentic- by nature with its heady mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures, our region is stylish and sophisticated, yet remains genuine and unpretentious, a place where grey flannel and plaid flannel coexist companionably. And underlying the latest tech, fashion, and culinary scene is a deep sense of continuity. We invite you to experience the character of a region that blends the present with a very special past.

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    Summer 2020 Faculty

    Faculty Director:

    • Rebecca Goodale is the Program Coordinator for USM's Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts, is the Faculty Director for the Book Arts Program. Rebecca is a book artist, whose work can be found in numerous public collections throughout the United States including the local collections at Bowdoin College Library, the Maine Women Writers Collection, and the Portland Museum of Art. For questions regarding Book Arts workshop details, material lists, and tool kit contact Rebecca at

    Workshops Faculty:

    • Judson Merrill grew up in Maine, studied literature and writing at Brown University, and received his MFA from Brooklyn College, where he also taught for several years. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa ReviewThe Massachusetts ReviewChicago ReviewThe Southampton ReviewUnstuck, and other publications. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Millay Colony, Ox-Bow, Lighthouse Works, Guild Hall, and Hewnoaks.

    • 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.

    • Holly Berry is a Maine based relief printmaker and illustrator who works from her studio in Waldoboro. She has been making and exhibiting prints in juried and invitational shows throughout Maine and the US for over 30 years and has also illustrated several award winning children’s books. Currently, her work focus is on defining and interpreting graphic and decorative aspects unique to Maine's environment.

    • For the past twenty years Rebecca Goodale has been creating a series of artist’s books about Maine’s rare plants and animals. Recently she has been revisiting her training as a textile designer by employing that aesthetic and various printmaking techniques to create large scale repeatable patterns. Rebecca has taught Book Arts and Design at the University of Southern Maine for 4 decades. Her work is in many collections including the Maine Women Writers Collection at UNE, Bowdoin College Library, Herron Art Library at IUPUI, Boston Athenaeum, Yale University, Harvard University, the Library of Congress, and the Portland Museum of Art. 

    • Jennifer Lee Morrow is a mixed media artist with a strong interest in paper and textile techniques. She was raised near Niagara Falls – on the US side – and lived in Rhode Island and Kansas before moving to Maine in 1991. For most of her time in Maine, she lived and worked on exquisite Deer Isle. In 2017 in search of a more urban vibe, she moved to Westbrook where she has her studio in the home she shares with her wife, golden retriever, and two cats. Morrow has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from the University of Kansas at Lawrence. She has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Penland School of Crafts among other schools. 

    • Christopher Patch is an artist who lives and works in Richmond, Maine. He utilizes various printmaking techniques to create collages, sculptural installations, paintings and books which reflect his interest and fascination with the natural world. He received a BFA in Printmaking from Maine College of Art in 1997 and an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the US, Canada and Japan.

    • Linda Lembke is a hand bookbinder who incorporates traditional and experimental approaches to limited edition binding, fine binding, and boxmaking. She is proprietor of the Green River Bindery in Guilford, Vermont. Linda has worked as a teaching artist through the Vermont Arts Council's education program and has designed many bookmaking projects with students, teachers, and artists.

    • Walter Tisdale is a printer & publisher of limited edition handmade books, since 1979. He works in collaboration with artists & writers. He designs, prints, & binds these books from scratch, dependent on the text of the writer, & the response of the chosen artist to that text. This close working relationship results in books that often design themselves. He also works with a hand papermaker, creating sheets of text, or print media, that also reflect the contents of the book. The bindings & structures for these books evolve during the process. He is keen on the rich history of book & graphic arts, drawing on Western, Middle-East, & Asian traditions. He thoroughly believes that an informed knowledge of the past, allows one greater freedom to bring that knowledge forward. Make it New! 

    Questions about workshop faculty and program content?
    Please email Rebecca Goodale, the faculty director of Book Arts, at

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