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2021 Online Workshops 

New workshops scheduled for April 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; The Illustrated Notebook; Small Paper, Long 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 is offering workshops online via Zoom through the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Maine Media Workshops & College, AVA Gallery & Art Center, and the Morgan Conservatory. See below for descriptions 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:

• Unusual Accordions on Thursday April 8, 2021, 5-8 pm

Accordion books are most commonly rectangular, but they can be most any shape. In this workshop we’ll break from the rectangle, and fold 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. This workshop focuses on the folding of paper to create the accordions. In the workshop, More Unusual Accordions (scheduled for June 17), three other forms will be presented: a pentagonal, an octagonal, and a circular/torodial accordion. Each workshop is stand-alone and can be taken in any order. No advanced math is required. To register:

• The Illustrated Notebook on Saturday April 17, 2021, 10 am-4 pm

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 edition work. Each student will receive small samples of demonstrated techniques to add to their sample book, mailed after the workshop (U.S. shipping only). To register:

• Small Paper, Long Accordions on Thursday May 13, 2021, 2021, 6-8 pm

Accordion books are great structures for exhibitions, as content can be revealed all at once without having a viewer handle the work. But large paper can be a challenge to find or to print on. This workshop covers the basic accordion form, methods of using small paper to create long accordions (and the benefits of doing so), along with a handful of ways to join strips of any length together. We’ll discuss some of the challenges when working with the accordion form, and some work-arounds and opportunities these limitations present. Participants will complete a set of models to serve as inspiration and reference for future projects. To register:

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

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

This workshop covers the folding of three more unusual kinds of accordions: a pentagonal, an octagonal, and a circular/torodial accordion. Covers and wrapper options will also be discussed. In the workshop, Unusual Accordions, three other forms are covered: a triangular, a spiral, and a hexagonal accordion. 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:

• The Sewn Journal Sketchbook: A multi-signature sewn binding on Tuesday May 11, 2021, 5-8 pm

This multi-signature book will be sewn in a traditional manner creating a textblock of paper suitable for both wet and dry media. 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. To register:

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

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: