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2021 Online Workshops 

New workshops scheduled for July through September will be posted with links to register as they are announced by the hosting organization. 

Upcoming Workshops include: Unusual Accordions; More Unusual Accordions; One Sheet Books; Tunnel Books; The Sewn Journal Sketchbook; Moving Circles:Volvelles; The Stenciled Image; Atlas, A Book of Maps; Concertina Variations; Design in the Details, among others.

Stephanie has offered workshops online via Zoom through 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:

• Tunnel Books on Thursday June 10, 2021, 2021, 5-8 pm Eastern Time

These structures are like small theatres, similar to the shoebox dioramas children make in school. We will use our own illustrations or images cut from magazines or other source material in making our models. If you come with an idea or simple sketch for a small 3-dimensional world you want to create, you’ll be well prepared to make the most from this workshop. Our tunnel books will be 4” high x 6” wide, about the size of a postcard. We will discuss variations of the form and ways to incorporate the theatre into a folder or case. The model we make will be a solid basis for a creating a final finished book or as reference for future work. Instructions for pre-cutting paper will be sent prior to the workshop. To register:

• More Unusual Accordions on Thursday June 17, 2021, 2021, 5-8 pm Eastern Time

This workshop covers the folding of three more unusual (non-rectangular) kinds of accordions: a pentagonal, an octagonal, and a circular/toroidal accordion. We’ll discuss covers and wrapper options for these as well, and make some if time allows. Our focus will be on making models that participants can use as reference for making more after the workshop. These forms rely on folding rather than hinging paper. In the workshop, Unusual Accordions, other forms are covered: triangular, spiral, and hexagonal accordions. Each workshop is stand-alone and can be taken in any order. No advanced math is required. To register:

Workshops through Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH:

• Moving Circles: Volvelles on Tuesday June 22, 2021, 6-8 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. 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:

• One Sheet Books on Tuesday July 13, 6-9 pm Eastern Time

Participants will make a selection of simple folded “books” in this workshop. These structures are made from one piece of paper. They are great for zines, comics, cards, and other self-publishing ventures, as well as artist books. Paper choices, layout, and duplication methods will all be covered. These books can be used with simple, inexpensive means of duplication, as well as with more complex artmaking mediums and methods. Our focus will be on making models that participants can use as reference for their own work after the workshop. This extended version of One Sheet Books will cover a bit more than the 2-hour session I teach, including some options for covers. To register:

• 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: