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2021 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.

Upcoming Workshops include: The Stenciled Image; Concertina Variations: The Concertina-Crown Binding; Accordions: Geometric Convergence; The Sewn Journal Sketchbook; Moving Circles: Volvelles and Design in the Details. See below for complete descriptions and links to register.

Stephanie has offered workshops online via Zoom through a variety of art centers: the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Maine Media Workshops & College, AVA Gallery & Art Center, Creative Arts Workshop and the Morgan Conservatory. See below for descriptions of current classes and links to registration. Please get in touch if you are interested in having her teach for your group.

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

• The Stenciled Image on Thursday August 5, 2021, 10 am - 1pm Eastern Time

Stenciled artwork generally breaks down an image into its most essential parts. Think of graffiti artists (such as Banksy and others) 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 focus will be on learning the general mechanics of stenciling. We will use acrylic ink, but demos will cover other mediums. 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:

• Concertina Variations: The Concertina-Crown Binding on Saturday August 7, 2021, 10 am - 4pm Eastern Time

The concertina* spine can be combined with other techniques to create some useful and interesting forms. This workshop will start with folding concertinas for accuracy, then move to the construction of a concertina-crown binding—a non-adhesive compound binding with a lovely pleated spine and semi-rigid covers. This structure, while made with a concertina, operates like a codex and does not stretch out like an accordion. It was used on Stephanie’s book about the Beaufort wind scale created during her 2015 JCBA residency. We will finish with an examination of some other ways to use the concertina and the crown, building on the information covered. Measurements to make a small set of other concertina models after class will be provided. The concertina-crown binding model will serve as reference for future work. Participants should have solid basic bookbinding skills to get the most out of the workshop. (*an

• Sewn Sketchbook Journal: A multi-signature sewn binding on Thursday September 9, 2021, 5-8pm Eastern Time

This multi-signature book will be sewn in a traditional manner creating a textblock suitable for drawing or painting, depending on the paper you choose to use. It will be bound with a semi-rigid wrapper cover. Materials, simple variations, and ideas for use will be covered, including how to accommodate collage and other dimensional items attached to pages. This book structure is the basis for many traditional bindings, lightweight but durable, and perfect for a visual journal, sketchbook or more traditional text-based book. We will tear down paper in class, no pre-workshop preparation of materials required. This workshop should be fine for those with some knowledge and experience of basic bookbinding vocabulary, tools, and materials. To register:

• Moving Circles: Volvelles on Saturday September 18, 2021, 10 am-1pm, 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:

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

• Design in the Details: Page Adaptations & Variations on Saturday/Sunday September 11th and 12th, 10 am - 5 pm with a break Eastern Time

Learn a collection of inventive page possibilities suitable for use in a variety of binding structures. Making a book by hand allows opportunities for creativity in the design and material choices of the book. And it’s the details of these choices that can elevate that book from the commonplace and set your work apart. Binder-artists often have ideas that challenge the successful execution of traditional binding forms, whether by the use of unusual materials or unconventional alterations of these structures. This workshop offers some straightforward 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, and items that can be removed, as well as pockets, foldouts, envelopes, mounting options, and other display possibilities. We’ll also discuss the relationship between the reader-viewer and the design of the physical book as we work through these variations.

Each participant will make a simple but useful book model to hold their page examples for future reference. Previous bookmaking experience is helpful. To register:

Workshop through San Diego Book Arts, San Diego, CA:

• Accordions: Geometric Convergence on Thursday/Friday August 26th and 27th, 9 am-4 pm Pacific Time 

The accordion is a great structure for exhibition as it expands to show multiple panels all at once. In this workshop we will build upon the simple rectangular accordion and make variations based on other shapes: triangles, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, and the circle. We’ll also make some covers and wrappers to hold these structures, closures that are also useful for other books. The focus will be on construction of models, with the goal of creating a small library for future reference and inspiration. Expect to fold, sew, glue, slit, and hinge paper! NOTE: This workshop expands on and covers the content of the Unusual Accordions and More Unusual Accordions workshops. This workshop is open to both non-members and members of San Diego Book Arts. To register: