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Online Workshops 

All workshops are online via Zoom. Most (if not all) of the workshops have recordings available for a period of time after the live session.


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. See below for descriptions of current classes and links to registration and photographs. Please get in touch if you are interested in having her teach for your group.


Online Workshops through Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University:


• Star Accordion on Thursday December 2, 2021, 5 - 8:00 pm, Eastern Time

This well-known form is a fun structure for both books and for ornaments. Folded square sheets of paper joined together can create a long accordion or form a star shape. We will make two models: one is designed to use as an accordion book form, the other is perfect for an ornament. The ornament folds down into a small book-like object, which when opened transforms into the star shaped ornament. This structure has lots of possibilities for variation depending on the materials and the page attachment. To register: 

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


Journal for a New Year on Tuesday January 4, 2022, 5-8 pm, Eastern Time

We will create a simple two-signature softcover journal to be used for notes and thoughts during the new year, a new month, or a new season. Each participant will choose what to add to their book: monthly calendar pages, plain or gridded paper for notes or sketches, a place for contacts. The journal will be bound with two sections and will have some pockets, both side and top-loading. Along with making our journals, we will cover ideas and resources for keeping one. 


Access to a printer or copy shop is needed to print out some of the materials provided, such as calendar and contact pages, should you wish to add them. Please note that the structure of this journal has some thickness limitations, so this journal wouldn't be large enough for a daily calendar. It can also be made without any calendar. If you run out of space in the journal, you’ll always be able to make more! The binding is adaptable to other kinds of content and uses. Basic bookbinding skills will be useful for this workshop. To register:

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


• The Illustrated Notebook on Saturday January 8, 2022, 10 am - 4 pm, Eastern Time

Explore a variety of simple, yet effective ways of incorporating illustration and text in artist books. Using paint, thread, stencils, and other materials. we will make marks on paper to learn the possibilities of each method. These include paper manipulation, stenciling, rubber stamps, among others. Demos will be presented, with students trying the techniques at home with the supplies they have readily available. We will bind our samples in a small book to serve as inspiration and reference for future projects. Artistic applications, along with the benefits and limitations of various methods will also be covered. These techniques don’t require expensive equipment and can be used for both one-of-a-kind and editioned work. Each student will receive small samples of demonstrated techniques to add to their sample book, mailed after the workshop, U.S. shipping only.


A list of art supplies for the demo techniques will be sent prior to the workshop. These materials are mostly common art and household supplies, like crayons, watercolors or other water-based ink or paint, sponge, low tack “blue” masking tape, and scraps of nice paper. It is not necessary to have all of them to participate in the workshop. The idea is for participants to use materials they already have or can easily get, to see demos of techniques, and then afterward receive samples of what was shown by the instructor. To register:

http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/workshops/illustrated_notebook(1).php


One Sheet Books on Tuesday January 11, 2022, 5-8 pm, Eastern Time

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_book.php


Historic Valentines on Thursday February 3, 2022, 5-8 pm, Eastern Time

Historic Valentines on Saturday February 5, 2022, 10 am-1 pm, Eastern Time

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. In this one session workshop 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 for Thursday February 3, 2022, 5-8 pm:

http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/workshops/historic_valentines(1).php

To register for Saturday February 5, 2022, 10 am - 1 pm:

http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/workshops/historic_valentines(2).php


• Unusual Accordions on Tuesday February 8, 2022, 5-8 pm, Eastern Time

Accordion books are most commonly rectangular, but they can be most any shape. In this workshop we’ll break from the rectangle, and fold models of a spiral accordion, a triangular accordion, and a variation (or two) of a hexagonal accordion. We’ll discuss covers and wrapper options for these as well, and make some if time allows. These forms rely on folding rather than hinging paper. Our focus will be on making models that participants can use as reference for making more after the workshop. In the workshop, More Unusual Accordions, three other forms will be presented: a pentagonal, an octagonal, and a circular/toroidal accordion. Each workshop is stand-alone and can be taken in any order. No advanced math is required. To register: not yet posted on the JCBA website.


Design in the Details: Adaptations & Variations on Saturday/Sunday February 26 & 27, 2022, 10-5 pm, Eastern Time

Learn a collection of inventive page structures suitable for a variety of bindings, while creating a reference model for inspiration. Making a book by hand allows opportunities for the design and material choices of the book. And it’s those details that can elevate your work from the commonplace and set it apart. Binder-artists often have ideas that challenge the successful execution of traditional binding forms, whether from the use of unconventional materials or alterations of the structure. This workshop offers some approaches to designing pages that go beyond the regular printed page, but are easily bound into traditional forms.

We’ll cover a range of techniques, with many based on historic structures, including how to incorporate photos or prints, oversized pages, loose material, as well as pockets, foldouts, envelopes, mounting options, and other display possibilities. We’ll discuss ways to incorporate content using these page possibilities.


Each participant will make a simple but useful book model to hold their page examples for future reference, similar to the model pictured. Students should have solid basic bookmaking skills. Please note: This workshop requires participants to cut all the paper required for the workshop, 25 or more pieces. It’s not difficult, but it will take time. Instructions to do this will be sent, with diagrams and a chart to make it straightforward. To register:

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


Online Workshops through Maine Media Workshops & College, Rockport, ME:

https://www.mainemedia.edu


• The Sewn Journal Sketchbook: A Multi-signature Sewn Binding on Sunday January 30, 2022, 1-4 pm, Eastern Time

Learn foundational binding skills, while making a multi-signature book suitable for a journal or sketchbook. Sewn in a traditional manner, it will be bound with a semi-rigid wrapper cover. Materials, simple variations, and ideas for use will be discussed, including how to incorporate photography, either printed on the pages themselves or inserted after binding. This structure is lightweight but durable, and perfect for visual journals, sketchbooks, or a traditional text- or photo-based books. We will use large paper and tear it down in class, but other paper options will be covered. Our models can be used as a journal/sketchbook or as a reference for future projects. This workshop is appropriate for those familiar with basic bookbinding vocabulary, tools, and materials. To register:

https://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/item/1-day-sewn-journal-sketchbook/


One Sheet Books on Sunday February 6, 2022, 1 - 4 pm, Eastern Time

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:

https://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/item/one-sheet-books-online/


Online Workshop through Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT:

https://creativeartsworkshop.org


Moving Circles: Volvelles on Saturday December 4, 2021, 10 am -1 pm, Eastern Time

Volvelles, sometimes known as wheel charts, are the focus of this workshop. These structures have been used in historic books, in promotional materials, and in devices to aid computation. Two or more circles turn to show information through cut out windows. This workshop covers a basic version of a volvelle and discussion of variations and ideas about incorporating content. Our focus will be on making models and learning how these function in order to create more complex and finished versions after the workshop. Volvelles are fun to make as cards, personalized gifts or to include in artist books. To register:

https://creativeartsworkshop.org/courses/no-term/moving-circles-volvelles/