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Workshops 

Winter 2023 Online Workshops are now posted below! 


Stephanie has offered workshops online via Zoom through a variety of organizations: the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Maine Media Workshops & College, AVA Gallery & Art Center, Creative Arts Workshop, the Morgan ConservatoryCanadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, San Diego Book Arts, and Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.  Please get in touch if you are interested in having her teach for your group. For an idea of workshop offerings, see the photographs of workshop models posted below.


All recent workshops have been online via Zoom. Generally these workshops are recorded by the host institution and available for a period of time after the live session. Handouts are provided for all workshops. 


I want to express my appreciation with grateful thanks, not only for my own teachers, but for the historic bookmakers from many cultures, whose generous sharing of their knowledge and innovations whether through workshops or publications, has informed my own artwork and my teaching. 


Winter 2023 ONLINE Workshops


Historic Valentines

Tuesday January 17, 2023, 12-3:30 pm Pacific (note time zone for this class)   

San Diego Book Arts online via Zoom

In the mid-19th century, cobweb or bee-hive valentines were sometimes delivered on Valentine’s Day. They had a picture, often flowers or a picturesque scene, with a string in the center. When the string was pulled the top picture revealed a second picture underneath, visible through cuts in the top layer with the stretched paper having the appearance of a cobweb. The woven heart in hand was another “token of love” exchanged in past times. We’ll construct a model of both of these historic valentines. Participants can make more personalized valentines to send for Valentine’s Day or incorporate these techniques in their artwork after class. To register: https://www.sandiegobookarts.com/workshop-events/2023/1/17/historic-valentines-kjp5s


Half-Rotation Dissolve Volvelle

Thursday January 19, 2023, 5-8 pm Eastern

Jaffe Center for Book Arts online via Zoom

The half-rotation dissolve volvelle changes scene, rather than reveal information in a small window. The picture goes from one scene at rest, then dissolves into an entirely new scene as the lever is turned a one-half rotation of the circle. The construction isn’t difficult once you know the order and pattern of construction. We will use a template (provided) for the workshop, but discuss how to draw it ourselves, ideas for designs, choosing paper, and using a volvelle in a book. Our models will be reference for future volvelles. Note: A basic drawing compass is important to have, as is pre-workshop access to a printer to print the templates required. To register:

http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/workshops/half_rotation_volvelle.php 

Historic Valentines

Tuesday January 31, 2023, 5-8 pm Eastern

The Morgan Conservatory online via Zoom

In the mid-19th century, cobweb or bee-hive valentines were sometimes delivered on Valentine’s Day. They had a picture, often flowers or a picturesque scene, with a string in the center. When the string was pulled the top picture revealed a second picture underneath, visible through cuts in the top layer with the stretched paper having the appearance of a cobweb. The woven heart in hand was another “token of love” exchanged in past times. We’ll construct a model of both of these historic valentines. Participants can make more personalized valentines to send for Valentine’s Day or incorporate these techniques in their artwork after class. To register: https://www.morganconservatory.com/product/-virtual-historical-valentines/1426


The Layered Accordion

Thursday February 2, 2023, 5-8 pm Eastern

Jaffe Center for Book Arts online via Zoom

This structure combines accordions sewn together in multiple layers. It can be displayed as a long accordion, or the front and back covers can be positioned back-to-back to create a carousel shape. Windows can be cut to reveal a story or scene (similar to a tunnel book). Alternatively, the entire book can be treated as a single sculptural object with layers of a less organized design. We will create a basic model in the workshop with page spreads for five panels and cut-out windows. Come with a very simple idea for five scenes or focus on the structure and play with content later. We will fold accordions, sew them together, and use a simple cover method for our models. Ideas to vary the structure and upgrade the details will be addressed for use on future projects. To register: http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/workshops/layered_accordion.php


The Flutter Book

Tuesday February 7, 2023, 5-8 pm Eastern

Jaffe Center for Book Arts online via Zoom

The flutter book is a simple structure from the Eastern binding tradition. It’s a codex that can act a bit like an accordion, since the text block can be gently pulled out from the spine to show multiple pages at one time. Single folios are joined to create the text block, with a variety of possible cover options. A simple soft cover will be made in class, with discussion of other options. This binding is great for single-sided photographs or prints. It can accommodate papers of different weights—from heavier to very light. We’ll create two models (one with heavier paper, the other with lighter paper) to serve as reference for future work and discuss possibilities for the structure’s creative use. To register: http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/workshops/flutter_book.php


The Stenciled Image

Tuesday March 7, 2023, 5-8 pm Eastern

The Morgan Conservatory online via Zoom

Stenciled artwork generally breaks down an image into its most essential parts. Think of graffiti artists whose spray-painted graphics use stencils for making quick, repeatable images. In this workshop we will cover a basic method of creating and using stencils to make multiple copies on paper. Our goal will be on learning the general mechanics of stenciling. The instructor will focus on using acrylic ink, but demos will cover other mediums (though no spray painting). Additionally, the use of jigs to get good registration both of the image and its placement on the paper will be addressed. This one-session workshop will provide a good basis for further experimentation afterwards. 

To register: https://www.morganconservatory.com/product/the-stenciled-image/1430


One Sheet Books

Thursday March 9, 2023, 5-8 pm Eastern

Jaffe Center for Book Arts online via Zoom

A few folds, a cut or two and presto, a book! Participants will create a selection of simple folded “books” made from one piece of paper in this workshop. They are great for zines, comics, cards, and other self-publishing ventures, as well as artist books. Paper choices, layout, and duplication methods will be covered, along with ways to elevate these simple structures to more substantial creations. Simple, inexpensive reproduction or more complex artmaking methods can be combined with these forms. Our focus will be on making a set of models as reference for future work after the workshop. A great introduction to the book and paper arts. To register: http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/workshops/one_sheet_books.php