IN PERSON SUMMER WORKSHOPS
Design in the Details: Bookbinding Adaptations & Variations June 9-15, 2024
Wells College Book Arts Center, Aurora, NY
This workshop will cover inventive designs for physical book pages, inspired by historic bindings and ephemera. Learn how to incorporate photos or prints into a book, mount loose material, hinge and fold in oversized pages, and how to create pockets, foldouts, envelopes, closures, volvelles, and more. We’ll bind a series of sample pages into an album structure in the process. This workshop will be part of the Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute You can click through to https://arts.wells.edu/event/book-arts-summer-institute-2024/ for more information and to register. Early bird registration rates run through February 15. We'll have a great time!
Bound and Unbound: Photos, Prints and Enclosures July 1-5, 2024
Maine Media Workshops + College, Rockport, ME
This class will explore multiple ways photographs, prints, or other artwork can be shown in both bound and unbound forms. This workshop covers a variety of bindings while considering the incorporation of photographs or prints, especially the ability to add uninterrupted double-page spreads, as well as a number of enclosures to hold both loose items and bound volumes. The workshop begins with a few simple forms for small editions or self-promotion and continues with hardcover structures and a selection of enclosures. Hope some of you might join in! To learn more and register visit https://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/item/bound-and-unbound-photos-prints-enclosures/
SPRING VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS
Please note the time zones of the classes, as they vary based on the host institution.
Layered Accordion April 23, 2024, 5-8 ET with the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild
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. Register and learn more at Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.
Moving Circles: Volvelles April 24, 2024, 5-8 CT with Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Volvelles, sometimes known as wheel charts, are tools to help explain complex concepts and relationships. These structures have been used in historic books, in promotional materials, in devices to aid computation, as well as in artistic applications. 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 devices function 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. Register and learn more at Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
Exploring Map Folds May 14, 2024, 5-8 ET Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild
How do you bind maps or other large flat paper into smaller books? This workshop will cover ways to approach this situation. We will make a series of map folds and bind them into a simple softcover structure as a useful reference for future work. We will talk about the possibilities and limitations of fitting large paper into smaller books, and discuss a variety of solutions. Though the models will be softcover these are easily incorporated into hardcover books. While our focus will be on maps, these structures and methods apply to any larger paper items. Participants should have solid basic bookbinding skills to get the most out of the workshop. Note: Much of this material is also covered in the instructor’s longer workshop Atlas: A Book of Maps. Register and learn more at Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.
Toroidal (Circular) Accordion May 15, 2024, 5-8 CT Minnesota Center for Book Arts
A circle? A donut? A torus! Whatever you think of when you see this accordion, the shape has lots of fun possibilities for content, which we will discuss. When open, it’s donut-shaped, when folded up it’s a wedge—like a piece of pie without the tip. We’ll draw out the form, cut and fold, discuss variations and make a simple wrapper. Our focus will be on making a model or two that participants can use as reference for making more finished ones after the workshop. We will also look at the work of Ken Leslie, the artist from whom the instructor learned this form. Bring some drawing tools for adding basic content if desired. No advanced math is required, but a drawing compass is. This class is scheduled, but not yet posted on the Minnesota Center for Book Arts website. It will be as time draws closer.
Stephanie has offered workshops in person and 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 Conservatory, Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, San Diego Book Arts, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Please get in touch if you are interested in having her teach for your group, either virtually or in person. For an idea of workshop offerings, see the photographs of workshop models posted below. Or get in touch to discuss options designed for your group.
Generally the online workshops are recorded by the host institution and available for a period of time after the live session. Handouts are provided for all workshops, both virtual and in-person.
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.